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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

if you’re not reading my Film.com postings…

…you missed:

a valentine to my new DVR

a look at the glamorous day of a film critic

my soon-to-be-traditional Friday weekend preview

Film.com will open commenting eventually. Til then, comment here if you like.

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  1. RE: Six Degrees of Press Screenings
    You get to watch three films for free in one day (how many films do you review in a typical week?). You take notes in the dark (why don’t you whisper into a tape recorder?). You have to get someone to save you a seat (are there that many NY film critics?). You don’t have time to eat (concession stands must be closed during press screenings).
    RE: I Achieve DVR Nirvana
    I just got my DVR from the cable company last month. I turned in my two cable boxes for one DVR (didn’t need the one in the bedroom anymore). It was a good thing I waited so long since I ended up with a dual tuner DVR with a 160 gigabyte drive. Now I can watch one channel while recording another or record two channels while watching a recorded show.

  2. “(how many films do you review in a typical week?).”

    I’ll attend anywhere from two to seven per week.

    “(why don’t you whisper into a tape recorder?).”

    You’re kidding, right?

    “(are there that many NY film critics?).”

    Screenings are often attended not only by actual critics but other members of the media (editors, producers, etc). So yes, screenings can be very crowded.

    “(concession stands must be closed during press screenings).”

    Screening rooms don’t have concession stands, and many of them forbid you from bringing in any outside food (they’re worried about messes). But I was talking about real food, not junk.

  3. I can’t imagine sitting through seven films in a week! Do you find people falling asleep during these screenings? I’ve obviously confused media screenings with test screenings. I thought they were both held in actual movie theaters. Sounds like these media screenings are held in post-production/film company screening facilities. Small scale theaters without the usual amenites found in actual theaters. That probably accounts for the limited seating. I still can’t imagine taking notes in the dark while screening a film. Don’t they supply you with media/press kits? Too bad they can’t mail out DVDs encoded with special proprietary DRM software so that film critics can view them in the comfort of one’s home. It’s kind of strange that film companies aren’t willing to supply film critics with a free meal or glass of wine/beer for a decent review of their multi-million dollar film.

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