Film criticism is the analysis and evaluation of films and the film medium. The concept is often used interchangeably with that of film reviews. A film review implies a recommendation aimed at consumers, however not all film criticism takes the form of reviews.
Nick James, former editor of Sight & Sound arrived in post in 1997, the year DVD was introduced. He says: “For me actually, video is the more important invention because it completely changed what the film criticism profession is because you could actually rewatch the films. Before you had that holy moment before you saw the film and after that you had to rely on your memory and notes, and that’s it.”
It would take another 11 years before DVD surpassed VHS sales, but by then the internet in the shape of film streaming platforms were already on the march.
The Britflicks Podcast 5 Great British Films of the last 21 years is out soon.