Una peculiaridad del lanzamiento del nuevo álbum de The Raconteurs este año fue que salió igual para todos: fans, público en general, medios y críticos. La explicación de los porqués de la banda, según su página en My Space:
We wanted to get this record to fans, the press, radio, etc., all at the EXACT SAME TIME so that no one has an upper hand on anyone else regarding it’s availability, reception or perception.
Q. I'm curious how you collect information while you are watching a film. Do you take notes? If so, doesn't that necessarily affect your experience of the film? If not, how do you recollect factual details when you sit down to write about it? — Frank X. White, Silver Spring, Md.
A. I do take notes, though, contrary to popular belief, I do not use a lighted pen. The content of the notes varies — sometimes I jot down lines of dialogue, sometimes plot points, sometimes interesting visual or other stylistic effect — but taking them is mostly a way of keeping my attention focused. Since I rarely have the opportunity to see a movie more than once before reviewing it, I try, in effect, to watch it twice in one sitting. I need to experience the movie in the way everyone else will, but also, simultaneously, to reflect on that experience, to analyze my responses while at the same time allowing myself to have them. This is more complex than it sounds; it's more of an acquired technical skill than anything else, like learning to play left- and right-hand piano parts simultaneously.
Q. I frequently digest films over time, needing to see them at least twice to really form my opinions properly and often my attitude towards them will change. Have you ever given something a very positive review only to change to your mind as time passed and perhaps you saw it again, or indeed, have you ever felt you were unjustly critical of something which you later warmed to? — Elizabeth Nolan, New York City
A. I don't think I've ever, at least since I started reviewing, reversed myself completely on a movie. Sometimes, though, I've seen movies again and felt that the emphasis of my review wasn't quite right — either that I was too hard on minor failings or too forgiving of more significant ones. I can think of quite a few examples, none of which I'm willing to mention here.