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

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RogerBW
RogerBW
Fri, Sep 02, 2016 11:29am

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.)

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  RogerBW
Mon, Sep 05, 2016 12:39pm

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.

Danielm80
Danielm80
Fri, Sep 02, 2016 12:30pm

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

bronxbee
bronxbee
Fri, Sep 02, 2016 10:12pm

bastards.

cinderkeys
Sat, Sep 03, 2016 4:25am

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
RogerBW
reply to  cinderkeys
Sat, Sep 03, 2016 11:58am

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.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  RogerBW
Mon, Sep 05, 2016 12:40pm

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

RogerBW
RogerBW
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Mon, Sep 05, 2016 1:01pm

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

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  RogerBW
Tue, Sep 06, 2016 2:35pm

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