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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

from Twitter: are the studios trying to kill off indie critics?


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  • RogerBW

    Cost-saving of smaller screening rooms, combined with a sense that independent critics aren’t a good use of their marketing budget because they don’t write what they’re told? (To be fair many newspaper critics don’t either, but when I skim even something the Guardian, which prides itself on being fairly anti-corporate a lot of the time, I see a lot more recommendations of big releases than I do on any site run by individuals.)

  • Danielm80

    Eventually the screening room will be empty except for Peter Travers.

  • bronxbee

    bastards.

  • I originally thought along the lines of indie critics not praising everything that comes along, but most mainstream critics aren’t bought either. Smaller screening rooms? Dunno … Are there really so many local critics in even a large city that they have to worry about making the rooms smaller?

    It doesn’t make sense and it sucks.

  • RogerBW

    Well, it’s not as if they have a permanent venue AIUI – they’ll hire a screening room suitable to the number of people invited.

  • Cost-saving of smaller screening rooms

    No. The screenings are still happening in the same screening rooms. They were almost never full, and they’ll be a lot more empty now.

  • Some of the studios and distribs do have their own screening rooms, actually.

  • RogerBW

    Fair enough. Then it looks like just a decision that this isn’t a wise use of their publicity budget.

  • No one in the London critic community seems to be able to figure out what is going on.

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