So how does the future of film criticism look for the next Roger Ebert among us? Well, it depends on how you look at it.
When looking at it with the printed word, film criticism has been dying, much for the same reasons as newspapers themselves have been dying over the last few years. With the abundance of internet access, smart phones and 24-hour news media outlets, the need for newspapers have taken a dramatic toll.
As such, to stay relevant and up-to-date, newspapers began to cut back and take away sections of the paper that they felt don’t need to be there. In many cases, that includes cutting the film criticism section of newspapers, where local critics would discuss the new releases in theaters. So long as this continues with newspapers, the need to printed film criticism will be very low.
However, when looking at film criticism with being online, it has never been stronger. With the blogosphere, Youtube allowing anyone to make videos and twitter, anyone and everyone now has their own voice on a film and anyone can make a great blog post discussing the latest film they watched. It gives a voice to the voiceless and can even strengthen critics reviews, now that they have video to discuss these films.
“In some ways, film criticism is dying,” said film critic Dan Webster. “But, in other ways, it’s as strong as it has ever been. Film criticism is always relevant if you watch lots of films and read what others have to say.”