Naturally, I forced my wife to re-watch all the episodes with me by her side – but those six hours of my life were punctuated with already-seen-it-can’t-contain-it spoilers, “Watch this bit! 3) The disappointments outnumber the joys So, you’ve refined your search and finally discovered a series that stars Jason Bateman and includes at least nineteen references to denim cut-offs.Of course you’ve checked it out on Rotten Tomatoes (because Netflix’s own scores are clearly created by a drinking bird toy pecking at the Y key) and you’re encouraged to see that it’s rated 78pc 'fresh' – but still you brace for a total failure to launch.After I had a chance to see, I was even more disturbed by this rush to judgment, and that's why I wanted to share my thoughts.
Those changes have occurred at every level, from the way movies are made to the way they're seen and discussed.
Many of these changes have had an upside and a downside.
There’s nothing more galling than championing a series to your other half, only for both of you to agree three episodes in that it’s not the brightest spot on Tina Fey or Ellie Kemper’s CV.
I have serious doubts that anyone misses the days when they were back in school and getting graded on their work. When I graduated from school, I thought to myself, "Great, no more grades! As any filmmaker can tell you, previews are brutal experiences.
However, I will say that in the past, when some critics had problems with one of my pictures, they would generally respond in a thoughtful manner, with actual positions that they felt obliged to argue.
Over the past 20 years or so, many things have changed in cinema.These firms and aggregators have set a tone that is hostile to serious filmmakers — even the actual name Rotten Tomatoes is insulting.And as film criticism written by passionately engaged people with actual knowledge of film history has gradually faded from the scene, it seems like there are more and more voices out there engaged in pure judgmentalism, people who seem to take pleasure in seeing films and filmmakers rejected, dismissed and in some cases ripped to shreds.Sometimes, when everyone is working together, test screenings can help answer some very basic questions.Was this piece of information clear enough to the audience? What is throwing the audience off at that moment, and why isn't it landing? And then, once the movie is made, there are the reviews.For instance, digital technology has made it possible for young people to make movies in an immediate way, with complete independence; on the other hand, the disappearance of 35mm projection from the majority of first-run theaters is a real loss.