Cultural Divide – Movie Critics Go To Battle Over Screeners

The Motion Picture Academy’s decision not to send DVD copies of movies to critics juding awards has provoked movie critics like no other issue in recent years. “Movie critics are flooding colleagues’ computers with e-mails carrying subject lines like “United we stand” and “On strikes and self-immolation,” not to mention “Shame!” Some critics’ associations have canceled their year-end awards in protest. I know these people, and I assure you they’re nice, civilized folks. But we critics can sting when we feel wronged, and passions are running high.”