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Why Bother?




This is the time of year when most of us movie nuts/cinephiles/opinionated jerks start putting together best of lists. I love looking over other peoples lists for two reasons.

1. I'm always curious to see what films really resonated with individuals.

2. I miss tons of stuff every year and I'm always looking for that hidden gem that slipped past me.

The other side of these lists that are in essence a celebration of film are the worst of lists. These lists do nothing to celebrate or elevate art in fact they only exist to take the piss out of it. What's the point? If you love film why would you take time to tear it down? I understand wanting to review films and not all those reviews will be positive but why revisit what was a negative experience? Why take the time to collect and rank all of your negative experiences with art? I'm not asking as a judgmental prick. I genuinely do not understand the purpose of those lists and furthermore what do the people who write them get out of revisiting a shitty experience?



The Razzies took the piss out of The Oscars and don't have the same venom that these online critics do. Why take the time to point out that Transformers 4 was a mess? Write a review at the time of release or whenever you saw it and move on. Why dwell in negativity? I guess taking time out of my day to question the worst of lists could be considered dwelling in negativity but I just want your recommendations... I am fully aware of my hypocrisy. What did you see this year that blew you away? What did you see this year that was woefully ignored? What should I watch tonight?

I ignore your worst of lists because I don't care about your disappointment. I want your elation. I am a vampire sucking all of the joy I can from the internet and won't be satisfied till I find the next Blue Ruin.

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