During the early 2000s, I began reading movie reviews from a variety of sources. Finding myself blindsided by the negativity of many reviewers toward movies that I adored, something became patently obvious to me; I wanted to become a film critic. It is easy to draw inspiration from a variety of places. The most salient characteristic that up-and-coming film pundits embody is their desire to learn about the industry inside and out. By the mid 2000s I had begun testing the waters of film review writing and found myself in uncharted waters. The following is a retrospective of how I learned to write movie reviews, and how I continue to learn the tricks of the trade on a daily basis.
Where to Find Movie Reviews
Possessing a proclivity for writing is only the beginning. After acknowledging my ability to write prolifically, the first stop for me as a burgeoning movie reviewer had been websites such as the famed Rotten Tomatoes, Yahoo, and Metacritic. That is where many of the reel (pun intended) experts can be found. There I found examples of model movie reviews from the likes of the late Roger Ebert, Dan Hudak, Peter Travers, Bill Zwecker, and Rene Rodriguez, among others. Whether I agreed with their perspectives or vehemently disagreed, one thing because clear: There was more than one way to skin a cat.
How to Write Movie Reviews
Some movie reviewers concentrate on informational pieces designed to inform audiences in advance. Others such as Anthony Lane write startlingly poetic prose about movies that are a mixture between psychoanalysis and supreme deconstruction. The list of styles and techniques is endless. What I found most revealing had been the sort of liberty to express oneself that movie reviewers enjoyed and continue to thrive on. There is no one definitive style, which freed my prolific writing mind to draft reviews that followed no one templative style. Instead, I preferred to experiment with composite reviews that incorporated a mixture of information and criticism. After all, it would have been no fun at all to write movie reviews without at least diagnosing the quality of any given picture.
For some, writing movie reviews involves taking copious notes, but in my case, I write the review in my mind as each movie unfolds and then the race is on to transcribe the material before I become distracted. It is essential to have friends, family members and editors review one’s work. One should never choose to publish without first going under the proverbial microscope. Being a great proofreader is the secret to a great movie reviewer’s success.
Where to Publish Movie Reviews
For many years I have enjoyed publishing my reviews at www.screenspotlight.com, and recently I have joined the Yahoo Contributor Network. Moreover, I am a member of a film critics organization, the Florida Film Critics, comprised of major media players in Florida. From them I have learned to be more light-hearted about reviewing movies. Writing upbeat and complimentary reviews (whenever possible) will help the industry in so many ways. Drafting movie reviews is never an easy proposition. The enjoyment comes from knowing that talented actors and directors receive their due for hard work and devotion to their craft. If you would like advice on how to become a movie reviewer or anything else relating to online writing, please feel free to contact me at any time. I love writing and movies are my specialty.