I don’t know shit!
Sure, I know I have an encyclopedic knowledge of entertainment. I can quote hundreds of movies, I’ve watched hours and hours of special features. I am constantly trying to watch, rewatch, and analyze shots. I look at special effects, read screenplays, and watch interviews.
I also have an intimate knowledge of how games work, mechanically, and artistically. My name is in the credits of two videogame titles (even though they kind of suck), and I’ve been a gamer for most of my life.
And finally with music, I have great friends who know a lot about it, I have taken a college class on it, and I’ve also ventured off into my own territory, not normally listening to newer music, and appreciating what’s come before.
Do you see the pattern here? I’m obsessed with knowing everything, but most of all, I am obsessed with quality.
Movies either tend to be good or bad for the most part. Some are very good, but most are mediocre at best. The problem I have is when I critic comes into a movie expecting it to be the best thing he’s ever seen in his life, and then goes off on a tangent about how it sucks and doesn’t explain his case very well. More importantly, what kind of film was he reviewing, and does he have a personal bias with it?
I would use Cowboys & Aliens, which I very much enjoyed, as a point. You see, the main issue for most will come from the title. It says it all. There’s Cowboys, and there’s Aliens. It’s simple, and effective. Passing off this idea automatically as ridiculous does not allow one to experience the film and appreciate it for what it truly is. This was not made for an Oscar audience, this was made as a fun and frantic summer blockbuster, and what it does is incredibly effective.
Because of bias about the subject matter, some reviewers did not enjoy the film. But do they go in with prior knowledge? Or do they go in without knowing anything at all? Obviously, it is always going to be different, as opinions vary from person to person. I liked the movie, others may find it strange, maybe even boring! But don’t dock people’s effort. They tried their best. Some movies end up being crap from the start, sure, but sometimes, the magic just isn’t in the air, even with a great concept.
So what do I know? I know that I’m wrong about a lot of things, and that I don’t know all there is to know about entertainment, nor will I ever, but that doesn’t make me feel any less different about what I want, or my most abundant obsession: doing the best I can with what I have.
And it continues…