16 January 2005
Truth in film (reviews)

Eye of the Needle was on the box this afternoon and (as so often) I decided to look it up on IMDB and there I found a rather amusing review by some bloke called Gary.  So, I went off looking for some of his other reviews.  This is what he had to say about Taxi Driver:

...if all the prints of this film mysteriously burnt overnight, it wouldn’t be missed.

Quite. And this about Lawrence of Arabia:

Why we’re all expected to swoon over this film I don’t know. I always found it a colossal bore.

Heh.  And he’s not finished yet.  Here he is on the Silence of the Lambs:

Hackneyed dialogue, direction-by-numbers, corny music and silly performances make this one to remember.

And here he is on the Sopranos:

I’ve lost count of how many films have started to treat the mob as almost lovable and acceptable,... Boring, elliptical, nasty and mediocre, it hits the same note on the keyboard week after week and the psychiatrist plot is piffle. It’s so called insightful writing flatters to deceive. There is nothing ironic, funny or remotely interesting about it, it merely perpetuates the mindlessness of the viewing public who seem prepared to swallow the premise like so much sheep. Underneath it all is a moral cowardice. “Come in me old mafiosi, and have a cappuccino.” This series sucks up to criminals and smacks of appeasement, and all just for a corporate buck.

About Bloody Time.  And to that list, and from slightly different genres, I might add Ali G and the Office.

Mind you all this does raise some rather awkward questions about the things that get raved about.  Was it always thus or do we live in an age where people are particularly susceptible to Emperor-has-no-clothes-style Group Think?

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  1. Please expound on your beef with The Office, if you can be bothered - I’m intrigued.

    Posted by Jackie on 17 January 2005 at 02:43am

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