Saturday, July 14, 2012
I was standing in the press line at the DGA this morning to snatch up a “hard ticket” for “Making Love” (which screens tonight at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Hollywood) when a fellow struck up a conversation with me.
When he noted that a couple of short films (presented at Outfest yesterday afternoon in a program titled "Looking For?") didn’t appeal to his artistic sensibilities, I was inclined to quiz him on the issue.
“Why not? Was it the subject matter, or the way the films were executed?”
“Well, a bit of both,” he quickly noted on-the-uptake.
“Actually, I have a form that I use,” he stated matter-of-fact, as he pulled a questionnaire out of his briefcase.
At the top of the sheet there were blank spaces to write in the name of the film and its director, the time and date of the screening, and so-forth-and-so-on.
Below that, there were also blank boxes labeled - story, production values, acting, etc. – where he ceremoniously filled in a score (1-10).
“Oh, so you don’t know how a film did until you add up the numbers, eh?” I joked.
Actually, I nearly broke into laughter (so ridiculous was the idea), but managed to contain myself.
I expect when movie reviewers around the country read this “shout” for the day, that they will have a big chuckle, too.
Formula film critiquing?
It would be nice if reviewing a movie was that easy.
Only in Hollyweird!