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Earlier today, I posted (on my other blog) How Not To Critique A Film (The Chronicles of Narnia). It was one of those posts that I've been debating on doing for the past week.

I've been in the blogging habit for a few months now – slowly getting my feet wet at first and then jumping in full blast. I enjoy reading other people's blogs, and hope everyone enjoys reading what I have to say.

Usually, I believe in speaking from the heart, saying whatever it is the way I see it – or putting some information out there and letting everyone make their own decisions on its relevance or importance. But, today was something else all together.

Today's Post on Noli Nothis Permittere Te Terere – a movie review on last year's The Chronicles of Narnia movie that just came out on DVD – contained a lot of opinions that I don't agree with. They're actually nothing but a flaming heaping pile of bullshit. So, why did I post it? Because I was trying to make a point.

As a big movie buff, I occasionally like to listen to the critics. I don't necessarily take their advice (I can make my own opinions as to what movies I think are good) but I do like to listen to what other people are saying. Some of my favorite movies of all times were trashed by the critics, sometimes for reasons that have nothing to do with the quality of the film. (We didn't like it because Barbra Streisand played a hooker, again … We're sick and tired of watching movies based on comic books … We just don't like movies where the main character's first name is Bob.) And sometimes I am just reminded of the old saying, "Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and sometimes they're full of shit."

(Pardon my french.)

After renting The Chronicles of Narnia, I decided to see what people were saying about it on the Internet before I actually saw it. Most people liked the film and had pretty good things to say about it. But then I read in someone's blog (sorry I don't remember who'se) about how they were disappointed in how "a good christian film" like Narnia didn't receive nearly as many Oscar nods as that gay cowboy movie, Brokeback Mountain.

Now, I have yet to see Brokeback Mountain, but nearly everyone I have discussed the film all stated the acting was phenomenal, the film was very well made, and that it more than deserved the Oscar attention. Now, Narnia I have seen. I found it was an Ok movie, the acting was fairly good, the computer effects were really the only thing that really impressed me, although there were a ton of them and I think they could have been better.

Award Shows, such as the Oscars, the Golden Globes, and the rest are supposed to be about, or so I like to think, about the quality of the film, the excellence of the actors, how well the music and the effects helped set the scene… and not necessairily about the issues the film raised.

Now, granted – there is nothing stopping you from doing your own award show, if you think that films should be judged by other criteria. Lord knows, there's been a lot of that lately. And I am all for that. The Nickelodeon Channel has had great success with their kids-based awards show, BET has done the same for African American media… so yeah, if you have the time (and resources) … go for it!

I've also read so many blog posts about Brokeback Mountain that I got tired of reading about it. (Maybe that's part of the reason that even though I bought the movie when it came out, I still haven't seen it – LOL) I swear, either people love it or they hate it. And may of those who posted about hating the movie raised so many issues in so many different ways – nitpicking each and ever little thing – taking things out of context and justifying it with some wild thing, masking it with something like "good values"… URGH! It's enough to drive anyone absolutely batty.

So, when Lucy runs off with Mr. Tumnus, who wasn't wearing any pants, a spark was born. So, when I was talking with one of my friends a little later, I made some comment about how if Narnia was a gay movie, some critic would point this out as part of the reason the movie was total trash…

And thus, after some internal debate, I decided to post a critique of Narnia. Maybe it'll get people people thinking about the way we relate with the critics – or maybe it won't. But … that's what it is – the way I see it.

April 14, 2006 Posted by | Blogging, Personal Thoughts | Leave a comment