Saturday, November 26, 2011

Was I out yonder somewhere blinking at a star?

So. I deleted my more recent post about Gigi. The more I thought about it, the more disgusted I became with myself. Someone took the time to recommend something to me and what did I do? I bashed the movie. It was terribly bad form and dreadful manners. I want my friends to feel comfortable recommending movies to me. I do apologize.

4 comments:

  1. That's OK. I think we all feel the need to bash a movie now and then. I started a whole new blog to do just that - motion picture bombs. I do like Gigi, though.

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  2. I'm sorry to see that you felt compelled to delete a post. I actually really enjoyed that article because you didn't just trash the movie - you had very specific and articulate points to make. It happens that I agreed with you, but even if I didn't, I think that criticism is a very important part of film reviews. Without criticism, you're just a cheerleader.

    One of the problems with old films (and old books and plays - don't even get me started on Shakespeare!) is that times change but films just stay as reflections of the times that they were made. Gigi, whatever its virtues, is a sexist and fairly misogynistic film, even if it wasn't considered so by the standards of the time it was made. Old movies aren't fantastic simply because they are old.

    You like Holiday Inn, and so do I, but there are some tragically racist scenes in the movie that are indefensible. If you were to discuss the movie honestly, you would have to address those elements.

    The point is, you have opinions and you shouldn't be afraid to make them. You didn't bash Gigi, you discussed it critically. That's still a comfortable environment for movie recommendations.

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  3. I agree with Tom. As long as you thank people for their input and not be too harsh in your critique, It should be okay. People have differing tastes after all. You seem like a nice person so I don't see a problem.

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  4. Hey Sally, this is *your* blog and you're entitled to your opinions, whatever they may be and however you may think other people might not agree! Come to think of it, isn't that the whole point of a blog...? I'd hate to think that you (or any blogger) would not post something because it might not put forward a popular point of view. Your opinions are your opinions and that's okay. It's all good!

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