By Indiewire | Indiewire October 5, 2007 at 6:17AM
The life of a film critic follows a relentless annual cycle, from Sundance and the Oscars in the winter through Cannes and the summertime blockbuster barrage, culminating in the annual holiday white elephant sale. Each season has its own distinct pleasures and frustrations, but I think my favorite time of year is right now, the moment defined by the middle of the New York Film Festival. A.O. Scott reports.