By Brian Lafferty
September 7, 2012 (San Diego) – There are two people who have had the biggest influence on me as a critic. The first is Duncan Shepherd, who authored film criticism for the San Diego Reader from its inception in 1972 until he retired in November 2010. I didn't really know Duncan that well as a person. I saw him at pretty much every screening, but I was too shy to approach him. He was the type of critic who preferred to keep to himself, who expressed himself best in writing rather than with the spoken word. I didn't read his criticism until I started writing for East County Magazine, but I immediately noted his frequent, adept commentary on cinematography. If you wonder why in every review I write these days I talk about image, this is part of the reason.