Ongoing Lies and Distortions from Movieguide

Exposing the latest exhibition of the ignorance that pollutes so much of the material published at Movieguide, Steven Greydanus published this article about The Rite and Movieguide's review of it. … [Read more...]

Film Critics Say the Dumbest Things…

John Podhoretz: If you told me you didn’t like movies about boxing, I’d have to answer that you didn’t really like movies. … [Read more...]

The most revolting movie commercial I’ve seen.

"Bones" is a TV show I rather enjoy for the clever banter, the amusing actors, the slick effects, and the humor, But last night's episode was sickening. … [Read more...]

Reconsidering Basterds, and Catching Up with Rightwing Film Geek

Is it wise for me to tell you that my opinion of Inglourious Basterds has changed dramatically over the past few weeks?I don't have a review yet to back up that claim. I keep starting to write one, and then my thoughts and feelings continue to evolve. … [Read more...]

“Snob!”

Been called a snob lately? Roger Ebert has. … [Read more...]

An Enemy of Serious Film Criticism?

Here's Brett McCracken on Movieguide's ongoing campaigns of preposterous "film criticism."Earlier, Mark Moring's post at CT... in which the comments became lively, especially when Movieguide's Tom Snyder showed up to call Moring's post "a silly article" without sufficiently answering any of the problems exposed.  … [Read more...]

Strange Critical Behaviors, Case 120809a

Whenever I ask a question about the strange behaviors of critics and their tendency to write things that exalt their own discernment, I point that shotgun right at myself. … [Read more...]

Have You Done Your Critic Exercises Today?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMlioyKsaQg … [Read more...]

Don’t Tell Me How to Feel. Make Me Want to See.

My pal Ron Reed posted this quote over at ArtsandFaith.com. I'd read it before in one of my favorite C.S. Lewis volumes, Letters to Children, but it's always a good reminder for writers, whether they're beginners or not... In writing, don’t use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the thing you’re describing. I mean, instead of telling us a thing was terrible, describe it so that we’ll feel terrified. Don’t say it was delightful; make us say ‘delightful’ when we’ve read … [Read more...]

“Why do you have to analyze everything? Why can’t you just enjoy it?”

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Recently, I encountered someone who was clearly disgruntled by the mixed reviews of the movie Fireproof. He responded to the critics' observations by declaring that reviews aren't really important... that "the success and value of the film" would ultimately be determined by "ordinary people"... not by those "paid to review the film." He went on to express disinterest in "movies that win awards," describing those who distribute film awards as "elitists," and noting that "hardly anyone has seen" … [Read more...]


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