J. & C.'s Movie Reviews

Our Notes on Movies Made Public

Archive for January, 2007

SPOILER ALERTS!

Posted by J on January 28, 2007

Most people who come here seeking a review of a new theatrical or DVD release have not seen the movie.  Conversely, most people looking for an older review of a movie have seen the movie.  Frankly, we’re more interested in analysis, which means discussing what the last acts of a movie mean.  So the general rule is that if we’re reviewing an older movie (pre-2007), we’re likely to discuss its ending.

You are now sufficiently warned.

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FAQ

Posted by J on January 7, 2007

Hey, why are you’re giving away the end of a movie?

Most people seeking a review of a new theatrical or DVD release have not seen the movie.  Conversely, most people looking for an older movie review have seen the movie.  Frankly, we’re more interested in analysis, which means discussing what the last acts of a movie mean.  The general rule is that if we’re reviewing an older movie (pre-2007), we’re likely to talk about its ending. You are now sufficiently warned.

Why are you quantifying Entertainment, Morality, etc.?

There’s gotta be some way of telling you how much we liked a movie, and of sorting out what’s good, pretty good, okay, and terrible.  Every critical rating system is crude, but necessary for the general reader.

Why don’t you talk about my favorite actor’s performance?

Why should we?  Actors are overrated.  They get the glamor job, but much of what we see of them depends on a number of factors, including: the script, the director, the producers, the editors, the make-up artists, the costume designers, the cinematographer, etc. An actor may get ten takes, nine of which may be horrific, but it’s up to masterminds other than the actor to figure out which take is just right.

This is not to say that there aren’t great actors worthy of praise.  It’s just that, basically, they are glorified minstrels.

What about the Oscars?

A glitz-and-glamour fest on the surface.  A big marketing tool for the movie studios underneath it all.  Rarely, if ever, does the best anything win the Oscar it should.  In short, we don’t care.

You seem to hate everything! What do you really recommend?

Rarely watch anything.  Spend time with the family.  Read a book out loud; it will occupy several days and everyone will love it.  And you’ll be having good interaction with people you should be having good interaction with.  (This rarely happens when you all gather around a screen and stare at it.)

Everyone knows that 98% of all movies are junk.  Just like 98% of the novels, 98% of non-fiction, etc.

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About Us and Our Ratings

Posted by J on January 1, 2007

We’re husband and wife.

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