I normally post every Saturday however something irked me enough to warrant a post today. If you could not already tell by the title, warning, rant incoming.
I walk every other day. It helps me with weight issues but also just to have better health overall. I try to go at least 3 miles but sometimes I do more. I also use the program called Charity Miles, which allows me to donate walk and run time to charities. As you can imagine, anything over 3 miles is a good chunk of time so during that I listen to podcasts. One of my favorites is ANNCast. It is an anime/manga podcast which is by far the best of its kind. I have mentioned them before and asked people to listen.
Sometimes, they mention other things outside of the anime world and generally I agree with every word that they speak. However, this time they rubbed me the wrong way. They were having a discussion about movies in 2012 and which they would award with a golden globe or oscar. They then proceeded to put down not only The Dark Knight Rises, but also people who choose that movie and others like it as their favorite. They went on to call the people non-movie goers and not someone they would want to have a conversation with.
Just to give you a background on myself, I have been watching movies all my life. Though I am only 27, I can remember watching not only older films, but what people would consider “artsy” films at a very young age. It was actually to the point that upon reaching middle school, my movie/cinema/musical pedigree was far beyond my peers. On top of the massive amount of movies, musicals, and anime I have watched, I also hold a B.A. in Fine Arts.
I take offense to their comments because the final Batman movie actually was one of the best movies this year. Maybe they aren’t familiar with comics (I am and have been a reader for a very long time), but I would say after many years, with the debut of that movie, comic book fans have a perfect reincarnation of comic books in movie form. I actually wrote a review up of The Dark Knight Rises and I stand by everything I said. If you care to read just run though a search under my movie category.
They also put down Brave which I think is a huge mistake. Not only was the animation gorgeous, there a very few animated movies that if I had a daughter I would be comfortable showing her. A lot of animated movies usually focus on how weak or needy women are and the desire to find a man. I would want more of my daughter and I would expect more of myself then to end up watching one of those generic movies. Brave would be a movie I would not only watch with her and enjoy, but also be proud that I could.
They then listed DJango Unchained as their favorite of the year. In response I would say that I am not a fan of over the top shock value for just the pure shock of it in movies so I am not a huge Tarantino fan. Though instead of their own reactions, I would not attack their likes and tastes or refuse to speak with them about movies. Instead, I would have a conversation as to why that is indeed their favorite and explain why I do not enjoy it.
I want to take a serious, but quick glance at all the movies released this year because they seemed to single out things that I thought were very good, put them down, and left out a whole list of movies that were not only better than anything Tarantino could put out, in my opinion, but also were horribly terrible, non-viewable movies, again, in my opinion.
Did they just forget that these movies came out: Wanderlust, American Reunion, The Three Stooges (seriously, you want an idea of bad this would have been it), Dark Shadows, Battleship (which they did mention but not with the disdain it deserved), Men in Black 3, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Magic Mike, The Campaign, Paranormal Activity 4, Fun Size, Breaking Dawn Part 2 (because Twilight is so deep they needed to break it up into 2 parts) and I will end the list there because I have made my point.
To be fair, here is a list deserving of being on the best movie ticket: The Dark Knight Rises, Argo, The Hobbit, Zero Dark Thirty (because yes, violence can be used for an actual reason Tarantino), Brave (because it is that important in the history of animated movies), Life of Pi, Lincoln, Beasts of the SOuthern Wild, Prometheus, Act of Valor (again violence for a reason), Les Mis, Skyfall, and I don’t care about the haters, The Hunger Games.
There is no reason to be snobbish. I have been accused of that for many years by many different people. However, not once have I ever personally put down someone for their taste without first seeing if they have a good reason for it. I am open-minded enough to desire a conversation, an understanding, of other people. I will not stop listening to their podcast, because my skin is not so thin as for this to deter me. But this should not be the attitude of any media critic. Your opinion is not the only one and this is why Harry Potter was snubbed even though Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2, if combined, were fantastic movies which were underappreciated by critics and adored by fans.
Well… I feel a bit better now. Thank you for listening. Talk to you on Saturday.