“A good writer can come from everywhere, but not everybody can be a good writer.”
When I decided to embark on this series of interviews with my favorite writers in the field of film criticism, I worried that conversing with these individuals would be a challenging feat.
Thankfully, I was instantaneously proven the contrary from the beginning of my interview with chief film critic of IndieWire, Eric Kohn.
Due to the plethora of positive responses from readers and colleagues, I’ve decided to continue with these articles, and move on to more writers.
About a month ago I was fortunate enough to speak with Eric D. Snider. For those who don’t know of him and or haven’t read his work, I’m deeply sympathetic towards your lack of literary enjoyment.
Born in Lake Elsinore, California and later went on to attend BYU, our interview – much like his writing – is a great mix of sincerity and humor, information and hijinks.
We talk about a wide array of topics. In particular Eric’s favorite films, his experiences with print and online media, the stupidity of public press screenings, homeless people writing cinematic blogs, the one and only attention seeking, contrarian Armond White, and what it means to be and survive as a film critic in 2012.
Unlike the first edition of this series, I’ve decided to attach the interview in audio format. I did this mostly because our discussion truly is more of a conversation, than your standard Q & A. Thus making it next to impossible to encapsulate the spirit of our conversation, on paper.
At the end of the day it comes down to our subject: Eric D. Snider. Rarely does one get the opportunity to speak to someone who’s as kind, humorous, humbling, and perceptive as this man.
I appreciate every ounce of time he offered up to Duke & The Movies and the advice he gave me in the pantheon of film criticism. Most of all, though, I hope our interview spurs conversation and provides folks with enough interest to seek out Eric’s work.
Here are a few of his quintessential pieces.
A breakdown of the Cinematical debacle entitled Leaving In A Huff.
In perhaps his most personal and affectionate piece of writing, Eric discusses his battle with depression.
And then there’s Snider’s spoof of a Randy Newman song, scoring the new film We Need To Talk About Kevin. Absolute brilliance.
Eric D. Snider is a film journalist based in Portland, Oregon.