A couple of things. First the positive.
Kudos to Regal Cinemas. Again this summer they’re running a film series for kids at the Columbia Center 8 and at other Regal theaters around the country. How cool is this? You take your kids to the double-feature for free.
Free as in absolutely free. No charge. Zip.
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week it’s Rugrats in Paris and Kung Fu Panda. Coming in the next couple of weeks: Wallace and Grommit, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Jimmy Neutron, Monsters Vs. Aliens, Muppets from Space and some other great films for kids.
Did I mention you can take them for free?
Regal has done this for the last couple of years and it has been very successful. You’ll need to check the theater for times.
Both the Rugrats and the Panda movies are terrific. If you haven’t seen them and your kids haven’t seen them, it’s always better to see these things on a big screen than your tiny TV.
Movies — as I’ve said for years — ought to be seen where they are designed to be seen: the theater.
The negative. Normally I don’t complain about criticism of my take on movies. A person criticizing has no business being critical when others are critical of him or her. People pointing out flaws in my logic are always welcome. I love debate and welcome varying opinions and disagreement.
I have made it no secret that I also report to to the movie review sit Rotten Tomatoes. For some reason I tend to really get the site’s readers ticked. Usually when I pan a film that is really popular — like any of the Twilight films — I get hammered. The critical comments range from 15 to 20 — sometimes higher. No big deal.
However, sometimes those responding get really, really angry and very negative. Comments vary but they hit me for my age or tell me I’m stupid or — my favorite — a “tool.” Some of the criticisms order me to get a new haircut. I think trim my mullet is a favorite. Do I even have a mullet?
On they go. Those I can handle.
It’s the very, very violent and very, very negative remarks that bother me. It’s not that they’re aimed at me. I really don’t give a rip whether someone hates my review or not or if they disagree and think I’m ugly. It’s the violent tone of the respondents that is a concern.
Most don’t argue points or counter my comments with intelligent comments of their own. Instead I am personally attacked and in one case over my review of Inception threatened. The person said I ought to have my eyes cut out.
At one point there were about 40 of them. Rotten Tomatoes apparently edits comments when they get too ugly because they removed the worst of them.
I never write to my critics. This time I made an exception and wrote to the man who thought my eyes should be removed so I can never see a movie again. He — to his credit — apologized and feels awful for making such an ugly comment. I accept that apology and wrote and compared favorite movies with him.
Though he hasn’t written back yet, his list of favorites is excellent and I love more of them than I loathed. So we agree more than we disagree. Most of the scathing commenters would likely find the same thing.
But that’s not my point. My purpose for writing this is the awful, hateful attitude with which these comments are written. Is a movie review really worth all that vehemence? It’s a freaking movie.
Is a review someone doesn’t find favorable worthy of so much hate?
Most — due to the language, awful spelling, bad grammar and complete lack of any rational argument — seem to be very young. Aren’t young people supposed to be liberal, peaceful and tolerant of the views of others?
Can we have a rational, civilized debate about movies?
And wouldn’t it be better to put all that energy into something that really matters — such as global climate change, poverty in Tri-Cities, child abuse, animal abuses, libraries being shut down, services being cut, education opportunities or something like that?
What do you think?