Dennis Schwartz is editor of the Vermont based film magazine "Ozus's World Movie Reviews." He has been a prolific online movie reviewer since 1998, also contributing to publications all over the globe and maintaining an active website--where it's not uncommon for him to review 365 films a year. In his other life he was a poet, teacher, restaurant owner, wanderer and follower of Tibetan Buddhism (where he studied with Lama Govinda and lived in Kasa Devi, India).The first film he saw as a child, Bob Hope's Paleface, left a hunger for films that has not been sated with all the passing years. The critic who influenced him the most was Walter Benjamin, not a film critic but one of the truly great literary critics of the 20th century. The lesson to be learned from him and other serious critics is that all true art is subversive and unsettling.
MOVIE FAVORITES (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
Dead Man/Beau Travail/Eyes Wide Shut/2001: A Space Odyssey/The Searchers/Dybbuk/Greed/Touch of Evil/The Passion of Joan of Arc/Eyes Without A Face/The Rules of the Game.
I always want to feel like an outsider because whenever I think otherwise some stranger tries to steal my identity.