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Who is this Wire Service and why is s/he getting all the plum film reviewing jobs?

It's not for certain, but chances are Dan Bennett's reviews will be replaced by those off the wire. Dan left the North County Times as their freelance film critic several months ago. It had been a while since Dan and I had met at a screening. Last night just moments before before Zero Dark Thirty hit the screen, Dan hit me with the news.

Dan's film writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Movieline, the Los Angeles Times and MTV.com. Dan is the co-founder of the San Diego Film Critics Society as well as the creator and driving force behind the enormously popular San Diego International Children's Film Festival.

In addition to being a top-notch film reporter, Dan is known in critical circles as a mensch's mensch. There isn't a critic in town more liked and admired than Mr. B.

Good luck, Dan. Your print presence will be sorely missed. Let's hope that you and the kids will still make an effort to surprise us with occasional cameo appearances at screenings.

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Dan_B Dec. 7, 2012 @ 2:43 p.m.

Scott, just to clarify, I haven't been on staff at the NCT for a few years (actually started at the Blade-Citizen in 1986, with first movie review published elsewhere in 1979), though I did contribute movie reviews as a freelancer after I left the paper. Those slowed down and eventually disappeared as space became tight, but I was able to do other types of writing. I voluntarily ended my time as an occasional contributor a few months ago, and I have moved on to other things. I am grateful to the NCT and all the opportunities I had there. It's a good group of people. Meanwhile, I'm confident that there are enough resourceful film critics that voices will continue to be heard. People seem to like reading/hearing about movies from a critical perspective.


Scott Marks Dec. 7, 2012 @ 3:42 p.m.

When I used the term "on the beat since 1979" I did not mean to imply that was the year you started with the paper. Sorry for the confusion, Dan.


SurfPuppy619 Dec. 7, 2012 @ 4:23 p.m.

I want to be a film critic.

I would limit my reviews to only dog and animal movies, as they are my expertise......I could provide a niche/boutique review from the K-9's persepctive!


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