Ask Forrest: The art of criticism

Question: I am the movie reviewer for the entertainment supplement KUDOS of the Verde Independent newspaper in Arizona. A friend in Reno sent me a copy of your column (where you stated that you are not influenced by the opinions of other film critics). I want to tell you that I totally agree, and I frequently say to people, “It’s only a matter of opinion — AND everyone is entitled to MY opinion!”

I also make a point of saying why my reviews often differ from the major critics. They seem to be concerned with the art of filmmaking while I focus on the pleasure of watching a movie. — David Kanowsky, Cottonwood, Ariz.

Answer: While your comment isn’t a question, it launches an interesting discussion on the art of film criticism.

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