IBJ Night at the Movies

January 3, 2008
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Want to join us at an advance screening of one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year?

I’ll get to how in a second.

First, I wanted to ask if critics—of books, art, concerts, whatever—have influenced where you’ve decided to spend your arts and entertainment money and time.

As someone who reviews every week (you can see the latest at ibj.com), I’m always interested in how reviews are used.  Post your thoughts below.

OK, now about that movie night.

Be among the first 50 people to e-mail lharry@ibj.com and we’ll set you up with a pair of tickets to the next IBJ Night at the Movies, featuring “There Will Be Blood,” the latest from Paul Thomas Anderson, writer/director of “Magnolia,” and “Boogie Nights.”

Inspired by Upton Sinclair’s novel “Oil!”, the epic film stars Daniel Day-Lewis. It opens in theaters Jan. 18, but we’ve got a screening on Thursday the 17th at AMC College Park. More information can be found at www.therewillbeblood.com.

Showtime is 7 p.m., but you should arrive early since passes do not guarantee seats. No purchase necessary, of course. The film is rated R for some violence.

We’ll be looking for your comments on the film here on Jan. 18.
  • I pay far more attention to the opinions of critics regarding movies than anything other form of entertainment. Even then, I generally take such critiques with a grain of salt. I feel confident enough in my knowledge of music and theatre to know what I will like, but I still find it interesting to hear what others have to say.
  • I give more weight to certain reviewers than others. I basically agree with the previous post. I know what I like. Sometimes, if a movie I was sort of interested in gets slammed all around, I'll probably just wait for dvd rather than spend my money at the theatre. The other thing I look at if I'm planning to see a movie and have a few to choose from is to look at the reviewers quotes attached to the movies advertisement. If it doesn't have many endorsements or if the endorsements seem slight or by obscure reviewers, I may pass on it for something else. Unless it's something I really want to see - meaning a favorite actor or movie based on a favorite book or character.

    Regarding books - I really read alot of classics, so critics reviews aren't so much involved in that. They're books that have stood the test of time. When I do read newer literature I look for the number of reviews on the book cover and who they are. If it's only got a couple of reviews and they're from some obscure publication I may pass or possibly look for it at a book sale or the library. I won't buy it, unless it's an author I really like, then I may go ahead and give it shot regardless.

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