In the New York Times this week, new film critic Manohla Dargis answers readers questions:
The fact is that like every other type of art, movies tend to fall into the bad-to-average range. It’s tough to make a good film and exceedingly difficult to make a great one; and from the evidence it is pretty easy to make a lousy movie. Given that life is so short, I don’t think I’m unduly harsh. When a filmmaker wastes two hours of my life (and sometimes a chunk of my change), it really annoys me because I can’t get those hours back.
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I thoroughly understand the desire for entertainment (really!), but movies were never “meant” to be any one thing. The medium was seized on by opportunistic business types early on, but it was always also a medium for artists, intellectuals and those for whom a life in the movies means something more than just a succession of pneumatic blonds and a swank Beverly Hills address.