TAKEN IN was written and directed by personal filmmaker, Chris White. It was made entirely with cash and in-kind contributions from friends and family. The story (co-written with his wife Emily), was inspired by Chris’ theatre work with students at a therapeutic boarding school. The film is dedicated to his own teenage daughter, Gibson.
20 June 2011
Which begs the question, "Who cares what you think?"
When I was younger, I cared what people like Siskel and Ebert thought about the movies. I learned about movies as I listened to them banter back and forth. Both men were film fans, of course. Both enjoyed seeing good films. And usually, when their thumbs pointed down, it was with a degree of sadness.
Siskel and Ebert wanted to like the movies they saw.
Nowadays, most so-called film critics want you to know that they are very smart. Many don't like the cinema, and much as they "understand" the cinema. And almost all communicate their opinions snarkily. Mean and clever. Witty and withering.
Clearly, this is of little use to the filmmaker. And, perhaps, not useful to the audience either. Though there are still a few bright lights remaining. Gene Siskel has passed away, but Roger Ebert soldiers on. And there is Filmspotting, of course. That podcast is all the film criticism any of us (filmmakers and/or audience members) need.