You have a comment and don’t want to send a letter? Please click HERE and pipe up on the message boards. Please? That thread is deader than Ralph Bellamy. Now that I’ve gotten another Leak out of me, the letters are coming nice and steady. Makes me think I oughta keep it up.
Here’s the letters.
Would you eat anything that came out of this vehicle?
Reviews, the Web, and You!
So it is funny…. Well not funny, but coincidental that the last few months or so I have had the same reactions to the nature of reviews as yourself and agree whole heartedly. In fact I feel the same way about any media, in that be it news print, radio, whatever, there is always an agenda that the motivations need to be ferreted out in order to get the painfully small morsel of real information that is worthwhile. I digress and get back to the movie reviews:
I had always noticed that it seemed like Reviews were different before the release of a movie, but for some reason it didn’t click with me the extent until I noticed the tomato meter of Nacho libre. It was halfway decent prior to opening then now down to a paltry 35%. Not that I give a crap about if the movie is good or not (or about the pop barometer tomatometer…. I find it entertaining to compare to my own reactions), just the extent at which the sleight of hand is executed. Or in the case of Superman, there is nothing slight about it. Superman could be an amazing movie as the “reviews” claim…. I will go see it, and would even if they were all bad, but it is truly a shame that this is the way things go. What it means is that event movies will continue to be events, and small wonderful gems like Kiss kiss bang bang, will continue to go barely noticed until DVD, if at all.
Thanks for voicing your disdain as it is my disdain as well. Keep up the great site. Although I don’t always agree with yourself, Devin, or the rest of the wonderful cast. I certainly always respect it and make Chud a part of my daily routine. Thanks again
Nick’s Reply: I appreciate the clicks. Tell your friends! We have to get investors excited about CHUD.com so they give us what we need to make our movie! As for reviews, since the dawn of film there’s been a weird sense of "who is this critic writing for?’, and film criticism accepted as anything less than entertainment in my mind is defeatist. That said, at our best, we’re helping people decide where to spend their valuable dough and if we connect on some level tastewise with some folks we have an obligation to stay the course and not be blindsided by extraneous bullshit. My contemporaries, some of them, are losing a grip. That said, may I make a nice big "THIS GUY IS LEGIT" cyber-hug to Collider’s Jeremy "Mr. Beaks" Smith? We saw a flick together (oh, and it’s very excellent and subtitled) last night and just from chatting I was reminded how solid a writer and reviewer that cat is.
Not the Red Tuft.
Nick’s Reply: I was not referring to anyone in particular, no. I do feel that a lot of the reviews sites run from their readers are tainted as Hell. I have gotten about 15 reviews of Superman Returns sent in from "readers" and I filed them accordingly.
Nick’s Reply: I’ll try to be less missing.
I just want to interrupt my work for a moment to thank you for this fine Steady Leak Return. It has always been my favorite Chud feature (besides The Prognosticator…..WHERE IS IT?!), and I have missed it. Sure the Leak Letters helped get me through some days, but I really care to read more of your words, and less of your SPAM mail.
There’s something about your commentary that I really enjoy more than the others. Devin is a fun writer, but his tastes are too uneven. He likes the mean-spirited boring intellectual characters from the Squid and The Whale, but hates Deadwood? That’s not right. You don’t condescend the way he does. PLUS you’re always good for excellently placed Lobot and Levine references.
So yes, thanks for taking the time. I love the PODCASTS as well. Don’t stop doing them. They are worth your time (to me anyway).
If Chud ran… again I shower you with compliments.
I click on Chud at least 15 times a day and have done so for over 5 years.
Sorry, thought I was looking into the mirror. I appreciate the note. I think that when this site is at its best, it’s from a variety of folks contributing. We need a daily news guy/gal to handle the bulk of the news that hits, which will allow for Devin, Dave, myself, and if there’s a God, Russ to make this site as great as it can be. With the other folks kicking ass with CC, Fetal, and the upcoming SewerChewer site, we’ll be rock solid. Oh, and don’t give up on NP. It’s coming back strong.
The PROFESSIONAL reviews have all been glowing – so your position loses all credibility.
How We’ve Changed.
Nick’s Reply: I think that once the lights go out and the sound and image kick in, when there’s no cell phones, pets, kids, traffic, and religious zealots trying to cram into your head a movie is still a movie whether you know everything or nothing about it.
I’m a Dicktreater.
Nick’s Reply: Thanks!
So glad you’re back! I’ve been a long-time reader. I have to admit I haven’t been too excited by the reviews out there either. I don’t put too much stock in them…I try to see the trailers and decide for myself whether or not to go to the theater or wait to rent the DVD. And I also wondered how there could be “review” quotes for movies that weren’t even finished yet. I do have to say that when Devin trashes a movie, I usually look forward to it because I almost always disagree with him. I feel he just doesn’t “get” silly comedy. Some of us have mundane jobs and look forward to some mindless guffaws now and again. I’ll keep reading reviews online anyway…I just won’t believe everything I read. Keep up the good work!
Nick’s Reply: If Devin hates silly comedies, I’m going to rue the day I sent him 11 Colonels ATTACK!.
Hey there. Andy from Springfield, MO. I’ve loved the
site for a long time and I just recently bought an
iPod. I’ve been running through your podcasts while I
work in the stockroom at the local Target. In episode
nine, I believe, you requested an e-mail response from
your listeners. This is mine.
I love listening to you show and I am eagerly
anticipating the next episode. I get a lot of strange
looks when I through fits of laughter during the
middle of work. Keep up the excellence, both with the
podcasts and the site in general.
Two things I would love more of on the podcasts:
1.) Dave Davis.
2.) Degrading pseudo-celebrity interviews.
Nick’s Reply: I’ll do what I can. Dave has a sexy voice, doesn’t he? It’s amazing what a sexy voice and a bag of candy does for that guy.
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