Some days I swear the Internet reads my mind. I have been working on a post about how 'Sucker Punch' has been getting a raw deal from critics (who are full of shit most times) and the movie's target audience - geeks who are never happy with anything no matter how cool or perfectly tailored to us the movie, TV show, comic book or novel is. We bitch about about movies like '300' or 'Watchmen' instead of celebrating the mere fact that our favorite comic book tales actually got made and are right there for us to enjoy, live, on the big screen. We complain about the tiniest little things instead of having perspective and looking at the project as a whole. No one takes more crap for making GOOD movies than Zack Snyder.
Brother Mike D over at Cultural Compulsive Disorder sent me this article that articulates everything that I had been thinking about when I saw that 'Sucker Punch' only received a 20% 'fresh' rating from 'Rotten Tomatoes. To me that is a quarter of the positive reviews that this movie deserved. I suspect that in six months there will be many genre fans who will quietly place this movie as one of the most 'fun' and 'entertaining' movies they saw all year.
I learned a long time ago to not let the pack mentality of critics determine what I do or do not want to see. They often have opinions that are radical different than my own. If you have read any of my movie reviews you will see that I am entertained by pretty much anything as long as the filmmakers put some effort into their project. You have to mess up in a pretty big way to gain a 5/10 from me. Maybe I am too forgiving in my assessments or maybe I just look to reward the good I see instead of punishing and bitching about the bad. I see the glass half full in this area of my life (popular entertainment) which runs counter to my usual opinions about life in general.
I love to watch movie review programs because I enjoy hearing what other people think of the films opening in theatres. Often they justify my own reasons to want to see a certain movie in the first place. Sometimes they infuriate me with their 'educated film student' arrogance.
I have a person grudge with the new movie review show 'Ebert at the Movies' in which new critic Ignaty Vishnevetsky has a bug so far up his priggish little ass that he can't seem to enjoy any movie that was made in color and released post 1930. His love for arcane black and white French cinema is obvious. To him, no one has made a good movie since 'The Bicycle Thief'. I hate his reviews because I know there is no way he will like anything. He is predisposed to being disappointed by any film that smacks of popular entertainment. He must be infuriating to be around in real life as he is on that program. Just watch one episode of this new TV show and tell me I am wrong and you don't want to smack him upside the head. Just looking and listening to the contempt he has for all of us movie fans is beyond irritating.
So check out this article and tell me what you think. If you have seen 'Sucker Punch', does what the author claim ring true with you? If you have avoided seeing 'Sucker Punch' because of all the bad press or word of mouth I would encourage you to remember how much you wanted to see this movie when you first saw the trailer for it last summer. If you can lower your impossibly high expectations, I would encourage you go give it a try. You may surprise yourself and find a whole new respect for Zack Snyder and his visual genius.
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.