Adrian Martin : ” The role of film criticism is more important than ever “

The Australian film critic is who works in the cinema industry. He has been overcoming movies since he was a child and is now co-editor of the online magazine Rouge. Also, he was a member of the jury during Chile’s Valdivia International Film Festival and launched his book “What is Modern Cinema?” in which he discusses cinema from the viewpoint of its artists and its directors. (Editor, 2008).


Analyzing the work of filmmakers like Abbas Kiarostami , Pedro Costa , Naomi Kawase and Aki Kaurismaki , among others, Martin recalls in this the role of the critic and his particular look at a time (the oversaturation of information) in his figure it seems increasingly depreciated . ” I think the critic has a more important role than ever before,” says Martin. (Editor, 2008).


One of the things that keep my attention was a particular website call LOLA which is edited by Adrian Martin and Girish Shambu. In this website there is a particular space with the name of Cine-Letters, Rotterdam 2012. Here Adrian have a film discussion between Adrian and Cristina Álvarez Lópe, the particular is that they discus in a letter format. For e.g:



Querido Adrian,


“To respond to your letter, let me start with this image: the tangle of Tokyo highways as filmed by Andrei Tarkovsky in Solaris (1972). This real image, which belongs to us and leaves its trace in us because of cinema, can well illustrate those ‘extreme walks in the name of art’ you mention…” (Martin, A, & Shambu, G).



Hola Cris –


“Let’s start at the end: the new Brazilian film Neighbouring Sounds (O som ao redor), which won the Fipresci Award at Rotterdam. It has a stylistic verve, married to a tangle of popular genres, that reminded me irresistibly of Paul Thomas Anderson at his best…” (Martin, A, & Shambu, G).




This kind of notes in the LOLA journal makes a new approach to different movies or festival that Adrian wants to discus and analyzes. Also have a video-essay which is a dialogue on the video – essay as a form of interest to develop another perspective of analysis in film criticism. A video essay, could moves beyond the art world, their techniques, taking the intervention as a source : actively working to manipulate , re fix and reconfigure the fragments (which might means changing both the chronology and the ratio of the image and sound). The video essay may comes from experiments taken and wishes from writing and teaching of cinema : it could be found that we really need to “touch” movies more directly, in a material form , to demonstrate and pursue our analysis. And the analysis , we moved in another direction : the creation .


“Having access, by his own, is not enough . ( Critical ) must be an explorer , a bridge builder and then helps create in the public ‘s desire to see them ,” he explains about which is the location of the critical today. ” Many people tend to choose the safest or conservative. I try to lead them in another direction ,” he says .( Editor,2008).


For the people who read film criticism on a daily, casually, and sometimes with some interest , this is really ” all that is ” of film criticism in his experience. Most film reviews in the media, concentrated, as everyone knows, especially in the commercial film which opens in theaters week after week: the latest movies, movie stars and box office reports. Is the type of review of films and writing articles that take place in newspapers or magazines, another way to express a critic is Internet. Many older and established critics are nervous about the Internet. They suspect that what appears on the Internet lacks cultural authority, and not professional. All this aspect Adrian Martin tries to explain that is sometimes this this standard aspects are blocking our critical imagination.










Reference list :


  • Editor,2008, “Interview With Film Critic Adrian Martin”, The Santiago Times, November 12th
  • Martin, A, & Shambu, G, “Cine-Letters, Rotterdam 2012”, LOLA, March 2012.






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