Tim Schaefer | Chicago Reader

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Re: “In Andrew Haigh's 45 Years, a long marriage comes unraveled in a short time

All good points, Barry. It depends upon the level of appreciation that does it for you. Some people just like to be entertained by a good story and go along for the ride. That doesn't make all of them Donald Trump fans! There is an art to the film review. No reviewer in his right mind would have given away the ending to The Sixth Sense, for example!

Roger Ebert and the great critics of the past never gave away the store. They gave you enough to pique your interest--or not. They had something to say about the film that was more than just a complete, or nearly complete synopsis. That is my point. It seems to be a lost art.

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Posted by Tim Schaefer on 02/11/2016 at 3:09 PM

Re: “In Andrew Haigh's 45 Years, a long marriage comes unraveled in a short time

Peter: I know some people who read the ending of the book before even starting it. They just can't STAND not to know--even for a moment (and even if it makes no sense to them because they know nothing of the backstory). But I don't think most of us are like that. That's why there's a very popular genre called "suspense."

Posted by Tim Schaefer on 02/11/2016 at 12:50 PM

Re: “In Andrew Haigh's 45 Years, a long marriage comes unraveled in a short time

Nicely written, but you've given away the entire film. Why is there a trend these days to turn the film review into a synopsis? If the reader knows everything that happens, what is there to motivate him to buy a ticket?

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Posted by Tim Schaefer on 02/10/2016 at 6:07 PM

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