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Damn these Movie Critic Critics!

Damn these Movie Critic Critics!

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An article which deals with those pesky and arrogand Movie Critic Critics
An article which deals with those pesky and arrogand Movie Critic Critics

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Published by: Adrian on May 04, 2007
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Here’s a scene that’s more than familiar to me by now:A snickering buffoon, waiting in line to get his tickets for a movie (for the sake of argument let’s say the movie in question here is…the recent box-office-hit ‘300’), startsranting his vacuous and thoughtless opinions to his social circle, in a voice a bit higher than normal speaking volume, a volume
 purposely
made higher than normal by thespeaker, to ensure that the surrounding parties hear more than enough of his ever-knowledgeable opinion.The ranting always begins with an idiotic comment:“300 is a work of Art – it should be nominated for an Oscar”Followed by, some sort of insane rationalization:“I can’t believe this movie isn’t getting nominated for any awards! It’s those critics fault,you know? They give bad reviews and the movie suddenly “isn’t good”…that’s crap!”And the whole discourse on “real movie quality” is finally finished off by an incredulousstatement:“Who do these people think they are?”The ignoramus then lifts his upper lip, forming an arrogant smirk. And he’s done.If you noticed, I turned what would have been a normal movie-goer’s annoyingconversation with his peers into a clichéd dialogue, off the mouth of some boringcharacter in some mediocre high school produced play (at least that’s what I remember high school plays were like – the ones written by high school students) – but only tomake my point as clear as possible:
that the people that critique the film critics come off as arrogant as the critics themselves.
 
 And more importantly – that these movie critic critics are close-minded.
The whole audience vs. the critics thing seems like a ridiculous white glove fight at times – it starts with a haughty critic, who heavily bashes “Bring it On 3” (or some other B-Movie…or maybe even a horrible A-movie) followed by the response from a typicalmovie audience, for example, a barrage of teenage girls – whose favorite movie is “Awalk to remember” - and who, after reading the unfavorable review in their SeventeenMagazine, shriek violently (followed by some suburban parent shouting: “Honey, youok?”) and then flood their Hello Kitty diaries, writing down how “unfair” people are with“non-art-house movies” and how “unappreciative these critics are with super-amazingmovies”. Yech.Once again, I have made a point via an improbable situation (did any Film Critic even see“Bring it on 3”?), and sent my message through a more improbable group of film critic
 
critiquers ( I would worry about a teenage girl who actually cared about film reviews – and does Seventeen even have film reviews?) – yet the image, of teenage girls shriekingat a critic’s picture in a teen magazine and writing down their feelings in a diary is far more effective in depicting the rage-filled situation in visual terms (albeit based on falsecircumstances) in my mind, that it would be otherwise.In my opinion, describing what really happens when people disagree with critics(normally, bloggers, other would-be writers – and mostly, people associated with the filmitself – or those who have a stake in it, be it personal or financial) is more boring thannot. And the last thing I want to do now is bore you. I want to seriously interest you inthis. I want to tell the world that these movie critic critics are nothing more than facetiousindividuals who hold some unfounded resentment towards honest film reviewers – reviewers whose only job is to post their opinion and
try and 
 
make people think.
Why do I care you ask (I’ll pretend someone did)?I care because I know that film reviews are more than just that. They’re mini essays – andif read correctly, they leave the same satisfying remnants of knowledge that fables, essaysand well-written articles leave.It’s no accident that three film critics have won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism (Roger Ebert, Stephen Hunter and Joel Morgenstern).There
is
valid content in film reviews.As so wisely stated by Richard Corliss in his article “Don’t Read this Column!”:“In the movie business, those who can, do. Those who can’t critique. And those whocan’t critique, critique the critics”.Yes, maybe some critics do write crap columns, and take part in somewhat unfair critiques (maybe sometimes they relish too much in annihilating a movie’s director theydon’t see eye to eye with) – yet their take on movies is a perspective different to ours – it’s an opinion which is lent to us, to make us reflect and maybe realize that the critic,might be making a valid point.Critics are lauded when their reviews coincide with mass opinion, yet they’re vilified andscorned whenever they decide to call a popular movie a “mess”, “plot less” or “the worst90 minutes of my life”.Tyler Perry, and hundreds of his followers (most of them fans who had seen hisunderground plays before he ´hit it big´ in Hollywood) were furious that Roger Ebert hadgiven “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” such a bad review. His bad review had been the product of what he considered a “Good Movie buried underneath a Bad One” – yet for allof Ebert’s clear explaining and structured self-explaining analysis, he was rendered“clueless” and even “racist” by his detractors.

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