I always take more pleasure in liking something than in disliking something. That’s not to say there aren’t some things that deserve to be liked and some things that deserved to be disliked, but I’m never fond of disliking something.
The lesson I’ve learned is to be wary of those who are. The ones who seem to think that being critical is the same as having good taste. Those people almost never have good taste, so their opinions don’t matter.
There’s no particular sophistication required to be a critic. We know this, because children often dislike foods they learn to love as adults. So, even if what you’ve done isn’t so great, just remember that those who can’t say so with grace, those who seem to take pride in criticizing you, their opinions don’t matter. It may very well be that you’ve created a masterpiece, and they’re just children.
If you can learn to be a fair judge of yourself, you won’t feel the need to rely on other people’s opinions. - Chris Shiflett (via @chytrakita)
I first started writing reviews for fun. I thought I might as well share these commentaries in case others might enjoy or benefit from them. Providing a platform for discussion and connecting with other film/television lovers was another incentive. Somewhere along the way, the reviews became a way to provide honest (hopefully not too brutal) feedback to other writers and filmmakers. I feel this is the least I can do in return for the joy I experience from whatever happens to capture my fancy. Music, film, books-once I set my sights on a project, I’ll support it to the moon; advertise it and probably give unsolicited (i.e. free) advice on how you can improve it. My opinions are obviously my own and the only authority I’m willing to claim is that of a fan.
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