Anders Wright teaches Writing Film Criticism
They say that everybody’s a critic, but film criticism is much more than just sticking your thumb up or down. It’s about being able to objectively analyze the relative merits of a movie from a purely subjective point of view, and then knowing how to express that opinion in a clear and engaging way.
In this class, participants will learn how to review films from a reasoned, personal standpoint, creating criticism that is insightful and thought-provoking. They will reexamine their own personal aesthetic, to determine not just which films they like and dislike, but why, and how to communicate that through their writing in a manner that’s intriguing, entertaining, and interesting.
We’ll work on forming, articulating, and ultimately writing concrete opinions about several films we see outside of class, dissecting the script, story, acting, direction, editing, cinematography, score, and other far more elusive, ephemeral qualities, all from a critical perspective. And we’ll read classic film criticism, from Pauline Kael to, yes, Roger Ebert. The class will touch on the good, the bad, and the indie, and what we learn will help us determine, as writers, how to get to the truth of a film.
By the time the credits roll, you’ll look at movies through a new lens and you’ll write about them with flair and confidence.
Anders Wright is the Film Editor and Critic for San Diego CityBeat, and he can be heard on the KPBS radio show Film Club of the Air. He is the current President of the San Diego Film Critics Society, and has been writing professionally about film and pop culture for more than 15 years.