Lights, Camera, Critic! (My dream job, still)


I remember it being a childhood ambition of mine. I would go to the theater and say yes, three stars and my friends would just giggle. Of course at that time I was highly influenced by male roles, and even now I become smitten a little with the character. Since I saw movies go from a single story to becoming an epic, I wished I could be like Ebert, a man with a career spanning 40 years! I love seeing movies in the theater, and unlike music where I love nearly everything, the field of criticizing films needs someone to distinguish between the bad, the average, and the exceptional. This is something I would be phenomenal at. The theater has an allure to me. I love comparing and contrasting films with my friends, and turning a love into a career would make it a lasting one.

Every weekend I try to watch a movie or two that I had never seen before and let my knowledge of movies develop and expand. No movie is off limits, they all take me to a different place. A different place, like a blissful place; I’m in the actors’ shoes and I love to “act” as if that’s me! Like books, movies teach life lessons and show you the world as you have never seen it before. Lessons of countries and brother torn by war, of heroes and the villains that make or break their character are invigorating for me. Of men banding together for a cause. A love story, complicated, flooded with the elements of our times. Not every movie is good, but each brilliant story has a reason for its brilliance. I believe my open-mindedness towards movies and the world in general, that my various friends have helped to establish would keep me unbiased.

A beauty, a pure gem would be my life if I was given this chance to become a film critic. It would be amazing to see where my job would take me and what people I would meet. I have never taken journalism but can belt out an excellent essay if I believe and have a strong passion for it. The words they come and flow from my mind. These streams of creativity, that I could produce this picture in someone’s mind. I could produce this painting, this view point. It would be something that others watch and comment on my review. I have never enjoyed the limelight, but it would be fun to me famous, except that I’m a private person. Finally, if I could be this legendary film critic I would use the money for charities and to better our school, our environment, and our universe. I want to help the world because it is so ridden with disease, violence, and political uprising; I want that world to change. I need the piece of mind that my children to have a better world, and I’d work diligently to give them a chance to grow up like me. Amazing how a career like being a film critic could encompass your life and surround it in joy.

How is a critic different from anyone else viewing the film, they are both the same thing, human. So why does this critic get the say. How does he judge the movie in a way that will appeal to the general public? That is exactly why film critics were brought on this world. It is impossible to find a critic a who both critics a movie for no entertainment value and come back with the other side, something that is rare if not impossible. My huge responsibility is to watch many movies and on the spot write lots of reviews every week, understanding that I must be honest, but constructive.

To become a critic a background in journalism would be preferred. There is not set of school and other programs, but I would definitely say that college would not hurt. A liberal arts degree would be looked fondly upon. Also, computer science editing, language, musical composition, and writing are all suggested classes.  For example if you are watching a historically related movie, it would help to have knowledge in the subject so you can see how well the film depicts history. Maybe you will have to be most patient with the career ladder. Take small steps to lead your way to the top. Who knows? Maybe I will sit opposite Roeper the great critic and give my commentary of a certain movie that peaked my attention.

The main personal quality one needs in this field more then people skills, more than courtesy, more so even then being good under pressure, is be honest and really being able to analyze the movie in such a way that gives as accurate depiction of what the movie experience might be for a person who sees that particular movie. You must be able to distinguish the excellent from the mediocre and not just like every film. That would pretty much make your job pointless. Personality wise, construction crisisim and the ability to work with all kind of people would be essential. You cannot be racism or sexism. You must when you undertake this job, be fine and open-minded. To understand people is a complex thing, but you need to give it a chance to blossom. You must be able to understand people and mingle with them. Respect, hope, optimistic, and a bit of luck send you on your way to being a film critic.

Movie stars, the directors, and the producers all mock film critics, even they are just trying to do their job. The bad review is like a bomb that goes off within the Hollywood scene. People’s eyes need to be opened to the fact that not every movie is good. Wouldn’t you get tired of seeing the same bad movies? Well, without a film critic in would be hard. So these critics must be strong-willed and disregard Hollywood and say the truth.

There is much in terms of tasks that are uncommon in any other field. A brief list looks at major things you need to be able to do. You have seen a mountain of movies and are able to divide them into high-quality and dreadful. Like I previously mentioned, if you love every movie you see this job is just not for you. You need to have the ability to write extremely well, choosing words cautiously and carefully. You have the time and fondness to watch and review lots of movies: five or more films a week. Finally, you need an outlet for publishing your work, so that means a job whether on TV or in a newspaper. A salary can get you up to 100,000 grand and beyond! In the United States, there are about 200 major daily newspapers. 1,200; that is the amount of critics in the United States!  The Census Bureau reports there are 280 million people in the U.S. Roughly half of them wish they could be a critic. Competition is intense. Nowadays a critic would start online publishing and work his way in the newspapers televisions, and into people’s hearts!







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