Vitaly Tretyakov, (in a lovely interview with Anna Malpas ), describes how Russian critics write film reviews:
“Our Russian reviewers write their reviews, as a rule, in the following way: ‘While watching the new film by director X, I remembered my first kiss.’ (Then follows the story of the first, second and 15th love of the journalist.) … And at the end is an announcement that the film is garbage. Or a masterpiece.”
(On another note: Langour Management feeds me some of these links from the Context arts section of Moscow Times, and I have to admit, it’s one of the smartest expat publications I’ve seen).