Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Critiquing Movies

Critiquing movies is not really about what works for you and what doesn't. It's about what works for the intended audience. Any of you Toms, Dicks, and Hairy Assholes can say a chick flick is stupid because you don't like chick flicks. But if your insight is to be any use to people, you have to look at a movie from the point of view of those to whom it's being sold. Fast Five is loud and brutish and idiotic if you've made the mistake of watching it the same way you would watch an art house film. Un Chien Andalou is a crock of faggotry if you were actually intending to watch The Expendibles. Sex in the City 2 would be the whiniest movie ever made if you had been living under a rock and thought you'd be watching porn. Judge a movie based on its merits or demerits for the intended audience. Does it add something new to the genre? Or is it just a cocktail of hackneyed gimmicks? Now go watch a movie. Watch as many as you possibly can.

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