There is a myriad of reasons why and when people read film reviews. I’m guessing that some do so to: (1) Make informed decisions as consumers, (2) Gauge their own expectations in-spite of knowing they’ll proceed with watching anyhow, (3) Ruminate on their own experience after, while others (4) Do it for the pleasure of gathering new ideas.
I’m leaning towards the first and third. Reviews from a trusted source help [narrow down a quality as subjective as cinema] to simply “good” or “bad” prior to watching; because a trip to the theaters consumes hours from precious weekends, I prefer doing some reading on the net beforehand. By identifying movie lovers, reviewers and critics who react on the same frequency; some form of trust in their judgement about future films is thus established. But this method isn’t foolproof — however few and far between, there were times of disconnect between their opinions and my personal views.
That said, there are certain directors and screenwriters whom I frequent without question: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Ang Lee, Charlie Kaufman, Danny Boyle, Gaspar Noé, Jacques Audiard, Joel and Ethan Coen, Kenneth Lonergan, Michael Haneke, Michael Mann, Neil Marshall, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez, Todd Field, Wong Kar Wai, Woody Allen, Woo Yen Yen and Collin Goh, So if anyone is reading this memo right now, consider the possibility of confirmation bias if I happen to write about anything made by aforementioned filmmakers. 😛
This note is the result of a notion [some may describe as guilt] that came after feedback regarding my recommendation for Amour and [the lack of it] for Seven Psychopaths.
P.S. This is really just a space for me to rant, rave and ramble on about stuff I’ve seen. Hence; it would also be prudent to note that I’m a horror film fan and reviews may sometimes be skewed towards the positive — in particular for B-horror, exploitation and the zombie genre. Happy reading.