You may have noticed a recent dearth in fresh reviews. I assure you, I will continue to watch films and provide written analysis. Recently, however, my job has been enveloped by a film festival. This is a grand thing, and a great deal of fun, but also rather tiring. As such, I have had fewer opportunities to post new reviews.
At the same time, I have had a chance to chat with a number of young filmmakers from around the world. These chats have been enlightening but have highlighted a cause for concern as I continue reviewing films. The more one gets to know a filmmaker, the more difficult it is to objectively analyze and criticize their work.
The same holds true for mainstream filmmakers whom I may interview. I’ve recently talked with Randall Wallace about his new film Secretariat, and Bruce Beresford and Chi Cao about Mao’s Last Dancer. After talking to the filmmakers I have felt a conflict of interest in posting an honest review of each film. Neither film is bad, and both will be greatly enjoyed by their respective audiences, but I will not be posting my reviews publicly. The same will be true going forward.