One of my favorite film critics, David Edelstein, engages in a long, wide-ranging interview with the folks at RockCritics.com, Here’s a taste:
We’re always going to need good critics. Not so much as consumer reporters–now you can get that on the Internet. We need them to keep the discussion going. To help catalyze the reaction between the viewer and the work. To teach by example how to think about what we see–or in some cases how not to think about it. It probably sounds silly to evoke wine, but here it is: A movie doesn’t just have an aroma and a taste. It has a finish, and if it’s a great movie that finish lasts decades while you weigh all the nuances and components in your mind. Criticism is a living thing. At its best, it’s revitalizing. And as we sink further and further into a stupor, we need it more than ever.
There’s more, much more, here.