Beware the cranky critic

Beware the cranky critic

On paper, movie critics love movies. Pretty simple.

But not every critic appears cut out for the gig. You know the type … the ones who can’t give more than two stars to a popcorn movie, or call any film starring a “Saturday Night Live” comic an overlong “SNL” skit.

I’ve read too many critics who have nothing but disdain for modern movies yet love Hollywood’s Golden Age. That’s fine, but it makes you a less reliable barometer for those plunking down greenbacks on today’s movies.

Caught “The Last House on the Left” last night and I saw a Cranky Critic type in action.

He stormed out of the theater as if the movie had insulted his mother for 90-plus minutes. (I’ll post my review Friday).

He clearly wasn’t having fun – the opposite of nearly everyone in the theater, I’m guessing. Some movies aren’t for anyone, but critics should be able to enjoy a brutal horror movie as well as an intellectual Merchant/Ivory epic – so long as each delivers on its promise.

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GrofeNo Gravatar March 10, 2009 at 5:20 pm

I’m with you! I don’t care what the genre is; if its good – its good. I can’t stand a reviewer that dismisses a film out of hand just because he or she hates horror films or chick-flicks. As you’ve already stated ’so long as it delivers on its promise’.

BTW: The first time I saw the original ‘Last House on the Left’ I was convinced that I had witnessed an actual murder. Not that that makes it a good movie – but it really freaked me out. Can’t wait to read your review.

cftotoNo Gravatar March 10, 2009 at 6:00 pm

I’ve never seen the original “Last House …” – am gonna try to rent it this week.

The new one is … brutal. I’ll say no more!

RonnNo Gravatar March 11, 2009 at 5:30 am

i agree with grofe when i saw the original ‘Last house’ it felt like i was watching a documentary it is an intense film. i wasn’t sure if the remake was going to be toned down but from what you said it seems like they didn’t. The thing i have never understood is why a lot of critics have this elitist attitude and have an extreme hatred for the horror genre. it’s refreshing to see a film critic that will review a horror film with an open mind it doesn’t matter if it is a horror film or a high brow art house film. if it is a good film it is a good film it doesn’t matter what genre it is in.

dimitriosNo Gravatar March 11, 2009 at 2:18 pm

For me the original Last House on the Left is kind of like watching Eraserhead. You have an intense desire to take a shower after watching it. Not sure I would feel up to watching a remake of either film.

Unfortunately certain genres, especially horror, get an immediate reaction from the artsy fartsy set. Which is unfortunate because there are a lot of good horror movies out there.

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