A Critic is Born
What can we learn from Truffaut other than it's not as hip to know who Truffaut is in 2018?
Jean-Pierre Léaud as Antoine Doinel the semi-autographical alter ego of François Truffaut.
In the film L'amour en fuite, a father, Antoine, is sending his son, Alphonse, off to music camp for the summer. From the platform Antoine calls out to Alphonse encouraging him to practice hard so that Alphonse can become a great musician. As is developmentally appropriate (and often annoying), Alphonse asks "but what if I don't practice hard?" Antoine's answer is short and yet instructive, "then you'll become a critic."
Dedication to a craft not only provides an appreciation for the craft itself, but it can inform our appreciation of those things that don't interest us as much. A good friend of mine once told me that even the most horrible movie (by whatever standard) was a lot of work. You don't have to like it but it doesn't mean that you can't appreciate it.