I’ve been sort of complacent with my writing responsibilities for Juice. I’m very, very thankful to them for giving me an opportunity to write reviews for films, theatre, and concerts and the other articles that come to my mind. I’m very, very thankful that they are giving me a chance.
But I’ve been complacent, as of late, because things just started to get a little busy and, to be honest, the recent string of films that were released just didn’t catch my interest and force me into the theatre. That’s a horrible reason, I know. I should go out there and watch and review films whether it interests me or not. But I like the distinction that I’m a blogger who reviews films for Juice and not a straight-forward film critic. I get to keep my own personality and my own prejudices and not have to take a completely objective view.
I’m not a critic. I have a high regard for critics and I don’t fit that standard. I don’t watch as much films as I should and I don’t know the classics as much as a critic should. A critic should be open to all genres and styles of filmmaking, and I tend to stick to my own. So I’m a blogger, a reviewer of films, and not a critic. I get to keep my biases and opinions and write from that perspective.
In that regard, I can review Transcendence and talk about Johnny Depp and how I feel he has strained his acting credentials by allowing his celebrity status and choices of film mar the work he does in Transcendence.
I talk about it in my review for Transcendence: Like a Machine: a review of Transcendence.
At the same time, it allows me to go and write a semi-humourous article on films that make going to the sea or ocean a scary thing. I realised, while putting this list of films together, that I haven’t seen that many films about my given topic but I think I had enough to make an interesting (albeit lighthearted and fun) article on some really good and really bad films.
The article, How safe is the water? (movie edition), is just a part and parcel of my love for film, my personal take on the fact that it is summer and I haven’t gone to the beach, and a view of what I’ve seen and what I think of them.
At the same time, I feel comfortable, being a blogger, to just say what I feel about upcoming films. I wrote about my fears for X-Men: Days of Future Past, especially since so many people seem to be so excited for it. I sort of break down the reasons why I am not as excited and why I am reserving judgment (though will probably watch it as early as I can). I get to do articles like these because I’m not a critic. I can be personal and I can be subjective. I feel safe in that distinction.
You can find my reasons in the article: Why I’m Nervous for X-Men: Days of Future Past.
It’s not easy to always have thoughts and opinions about movies that you would like to share to the virtual world; or you think would benefit the readers. Apparently, I was told, people like reading my reviews of films and that makes me sort of happy.
At least I’m not fooling myself into thinking that this is something I can do. I guess I can do it and I’m very happy to. I’ve been watching films as far as I can remember, a little kid lying in bed with my Dad and Mom while all my brothers and sisters are there in the room watching with us. After the film, we’d all go to the kitchen and talk about the movie we just watched. And I learned so much about films and movies and movie-making. My Dad is an excellent director and he’s a great teacher as well. What he taught me, about films and appreciating films and how to read films, I get to use in my reviews. Of course, I’ve come to my own aesthetics and opinions about film — having gone through my own experiences and being of this generation and having studied criticism in Literature class — so it’s a merging of these two styles of thought.
I like it. I like that I can do it. I hope I’ll be able to keep doing it for some time.