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Jakarta Post

Beyond good and bad: Art of film criticism, then and now

  • Josa Lukman


Jakarta   /   Fri, January 22 2021   /  01:00 am
All-time greats: A collage of posters and stills from Indonesian film classics adorns a wall at Jakarta’s Sinematek Indonesia, the first film archive in Southeast Asia.(JP/-)

A blockbuster movie can set a new record in ticket sales even as it is savagely roasted by critics or vice versa, winning critical praise left and right even as it bombs at the box office. Film critics are an essential part of the movie industry, and their opinions are often influential in shaping audience perception. But with the rise of social media, everyone has an opinion these days and are keen to proclaim them loud and clear. So where do film critics fit in today’s cinematic experience? Former members of the now-defunct movie review website, Rumah Film, recently discussed the various aspects of film criticism and their relevancy today during an online seminar hosted by the Jakarta Arts Council. Rumah Film, or “house of film”, was founded in 2007 with the primary aim to facilitate the need for film criticism in Indonesian cinema. The site also covered f...