Becoming an Online Movie Critic

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To become an online movie critic, compose a collection of sample writings, and distribute the samples to online publications, or simply start up your own movie blog. Write about important movies online with advice from a professional film critic in this free video on writing.

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My name is Peter Rainer, and I'm a film critic for the Christian Science Monitor. I'm here to talk about becoming an online movie critic. I think the way to become an online movie critic is essentially the same way as becoming a print critic. You have to have something to show somebody, some example of your writing, and instead of showing it to somebody for a print publication, you show it to an online publication. But the process is essentially the same: you first have to write something, and get it seen by people who are in a position to employ you, have been able to bring everything they know about life into their writing--and that means politics, sociology, aesthetics, their knowledge of not only film, but literature, of art, of music... of psychology, of everything. And that's what's so exciting about writing about movies, is that ideally, and especially when there are films that are really worth writing about, you can bring everything to bear on this, and it can be just as exciting as any other form of criticism. And it's possible to write for your own blog. You can write your own material without even selling anything anywhere. As long as you have some way to display your writing, at least you can attract attention that way. Okay.

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