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The Readers Respond to 'Moviemakers, Movie Critics and You' : Screening Out the Trash

November 04, 1990

Some newspapers or TV network, someone, has got to have the guts to perform a fundamental classification even before a review is written. Films that are blatant in their profit motive must not be discussed. These would include 99% of all movies that are into their third sequel or beyond. It would include Steven Seagal movies, death movies, teen-age murder movies.

I admit the call could be a bit complicated, particularly if we define the movie business as fundamentally a business . But we could at least recognize the semblance of an honest effort or an attempt toward integrity, and we could reward those efforts with a review. The others would not qualify.

Film criticism is, after all, part of the total process in the evolution of film art. Film critics adulterate that process by reviewing waste material.

ROBERT B. CANAAN, West Hollywood

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