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As you know nothing of my background, credentials or circumstances I will disregard that sweeping, assumptive statement. As much as I've enjoyed our debate, I'll actually disregard everything you've said as up to now I've received overwhelmingly positive feedback for my work, including from people whose opinions actually hold some weight i.e. the directors and producers of films I've reviewed. If you'd like to make a more considered critique of my body of work I'd kindly invite you to read my back catalogue of reviews for this site. I'm always receptive to constructive criticism, but thinly veiled, assumptive dismissals of what I do are particularly useless.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2012 on Remote and Controlled at Critic's Notebook
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That's funny, because the last time I checked journalists practice journalism. I'd love to hear what stands you in such an exalted position to infer otherwise?
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2012 on Remote and Controlled at Critic's Notebook
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I'm amazed that you seem to be so personally affronted by the fact that I saw a movie, enjoyed it and wrote down my opinions as such. I take it that your primary criticism of this piece is that it isn't highbrow enough for your evidently high standards. Sometimes there's a time and a place for considered reflection on a film and sometimes it's actually ok to gush about a film that surprises you. As for motives, I don't have any. To suggest otherwise is fairly insulting and betrays an inherent understanding of what it is to be a journalist. I think you'll find if you read other reviews of this particular film the tone and content is much the same. That's nothing to do with it being a 'nerdgasm', it's to do with excitement about a genre defining piece of work. Like it or not, I don't particularly care either way. My job isn't to satisfy every customer and I've obviously failed to impress you. And seeing as you are so interested I studied at the BFI, so "blame" them.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2012 on Remote and Controlled at Critic's Notebook
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If the objective of a review is to critique a film whilst putting forward an opinion of it, then I've succeeded in doing so as far as it's possible to do for this film. I don't know if you've see The Cabin in the Woods, but its success relies on knowing almost nothing about it before viewing. That being the case, a more traditional review, examples of which you can see here http://www.criticsnotebook.com/alexbeattie.html would not work. If you don't like my review, that's fine, but to disregard it as a "useless nerdgasm" and as a "desperate need for self-expression" is entirely missing the point.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2012 on Remote and Controlled at Critic's Notebook
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Simon, Thanks for your insightful feedback. Would you care to expand on your critique of my review?
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2012 on Remote and Controlled at Critic's Notebook
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