Nocturnal Animals and Good Criticism – Film Brain

Film Brain objects to a column about the movie ‘Nocturnal Animals’ – not because he disagrees, but because it’s a bad piece of criticism.

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6 Comments on "Nocturnal Animals and Good Criticism – Film Brain"

Chaaya
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I disagree with Mr. Buck. A review is a frame work of criticism, and criticism expressed outside of said frame work is no less valid or somehow weaker. After reading the article it felt obvious Victoria Coren Mitchell’s goal was not to enlighten the viewer to an overall assessment of the film’s worth to your average consumer, but to highlight one thing–the mistakes made by the film makers are so ghastly, so prominent they break beyond contextualization and their inclusions straight up ruin any sort of artistic merit they were trying to achieve. A god-damn mustache on the Mona Lisa.… Read more »
9ansean
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He didn’t say her criticism wasn’t valid. He said it didn’t adequately address how the shocking image was used in the context of the larger film. You can’t just sight a few gruesome scenes and make a sound concluding that the only reason this movie exists is to excite audiences with scenes of sexual violence! There are scenes in the Bible (The Book of Judges) and Shakespeare (Titus andronicus) that contain such scenes. Even books and films written and directed by women have rape scenes in them that might sound worse if described out of context. As the late film… Read more »
CaptainRoland
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I choose to believe that you’re wrong Chaaya look up the definition of the word review. Now look I am not sexist (well maybe a little cause I’m still a virgin in my mid to late twenties) or a misogynist. Power corrupts and turns human people into show-offs for both sexes for all the centuries since time began, yes there was and still is injustice for women in the world. Philosophically it is God if you believe who made women the weaker sex but with their own special kind of strength. Feminism and Abortion Rights are not always correct. Rape… Read more »
Alfje17
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I think it’s important to note that this piece was in the Opinion section of The Guardian and not the film reviews. Victoria Coren is an intelligent woman, who has a strong opinion on this movie, however she’s not a film critic. I take on board her point, but I turn to The Guardian’s proper film critics like Mark Kermode or Peter Bradshaw to find out if a film is worth seeing or not.

That said, this quality newspaper did publish one of the worst movie reviews ever:
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/oct/01/dragonball-z-resurrection-f-manga-animation

9ansean
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I suspected it was never meant to be a proper review. Perhaps it’s better to compare and contrast two different reviews with a similar conclusion about the same film, but written in a drastically different matter in order to illustrate how to better write critical reviews.

CaptainRoland
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You’re a good man or boy Mathew Buck, a true professional, don’t listen to this man or woman in the first comments below much, they’re unprofessional.

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