Introducing Briefs
Introducing Briefs
So I haven't been writing a lot of film reviews recently. There are several reasons for this: I am in law school, so I don't have a whole lot of free time, and also, as I do not have a car with me at school, it can be hard to make it to the theater. When I write a Review, I like it to be timely, which in my book means it goes up within a few days of the film's theatrical release. That's a tight window, and one I find virtually impossible while I am in school.

Yet just because I can't write a lot of reviews at the moment (I hope to write several over the summer) doesn't mean I'm not watching movies, and doesn't mean I don't want to be writing about them. Timeliness is a struggle for me currently, but that doesn't mean I don't have thoughts on what I'm watching. And so I'm introducing "Briefs," a shorter, more discursive style of commenting on films. Briefs will have no standard length, but will for the most part be one or two paragraphs long. They will be written quickly, in the minutes after I see a film (or at least within a day), and will represent my thoughts on it at the particular moment I am writing it. Briefs will also be about whatever I am watching, old or new, in theaters or in the comforts of my own home. This means the scope of Briefs is much wider than those of Reviews--I write Reviews about films as they are released, and within two days of that release, but Briefs can be about any movie from any period of time.

I hope to use Briefs both to burgeon the content in our Film Section (which has been sparse since I started law school) and to start a larger conversation about Film with you, our readers. I have been writing blurbs on the movies I've watched all year, and I have now posted those, backdating them to when they were written. To make navigating Briefs, and all of the rest of my film criticism for the site easier, I have created an archive, the link for which is at the bottom of this article. I hope you'll enjoy the Brief style, and that you'll find it interesting and informative. If not, let me know, and I will stop clogging the site with them. If you do, please feel free to comment on them, to tell me what you like and don't, or to just discuss a movie with me. Thanks, as always, for reading.

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