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Yep... that's pretty much what I'm saying. Now, of course they won't be experts on the more technical aspects, and they may not know all the terms, but they will still gain an appreciation of those things and be able to give a more knowledgeable opinion about them. I do agree with you that it is not good to assume your opinion is absolute fact if you don't have a little background in the subject though. But I could say that about anything. Assuming your opinion is absolute fact is never a good thing... ever. But I still think people are able to form very well constructed thoughts on films even with no background in film-making. Especially in the areas of screenplay, character development, and acting methods.
You are basically saying that if the person watches movies regularly, she will soon start to understand about screenplay, character development, acting methods, editing techniques, camera techniques. I couldn't disagree more.
The more time you spend watching/being entertained by certain mediums, the more knowledgeable you will become of them. It makes no sense to compare knowledge of paintings to knowledge of films. Most people don't spend their nights walking around to different galleries. It's just a fact. In general, the average person will be MUCH more knowledgeable about films than other forms of art, simply because they have spent so much time watching them.Movies and paintings are pieces of art like any other and they can be interpreted by a subjective point of view. And continuity errors, as you pointed out, is a error. If a canvas is ripped, everyone is going to notice. We are not talking about errors. Afterall, if it is an error, there is nothing to discuss about it. It is a fact.
Editing is not tangible. Is a technical aspect like any other. As the strokes on a painting, or the arrangement in a song. And, no one is talking about continuity errors. They said the editing is sloppy because apparently, they disagree with the way the cuts are combined, not because there are errors.