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View Diary: Saturday Night Loser's Club, Vol. CCCLXVII: Movie Spoilers Edition (61 comments)

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  •  The difference between a review and a critique (3+ / 0-)

    I don’t think the review of a movie, which might appear within a week or two, should include spoilers (THE BUTLER DID IT! JAMES BOND’S WIFE DIES AT THE END! HE FALLS IN LOVE WITH A WOMAN WHO’S REALLY A MAN! THE USUAL SUSPECTS INCLUDED A DUMB GUY WHO WAS REALLY THE MASTERMIND!)

    The point of a review is to say if the movie is good or bad. Thumbs up or thumbs down. A spoiler ruins the movie for people deciding if they want to see it.

    On the other hand, a critical essay by a film historian about a movie that’s more than five years old can include spoilers. Rosebud is the sled in “Citizen Kane.” The main character drinks himself to death in “Leaving Las Vegas.” Or whatever.

    Just my opinion.

    "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

    by Dbug on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 10:53:25 PM PDT

    •  in the case of Gullette and "Amour"..... (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Dbug, Youffraita, RiveroftheWest

      ......we're not even close to the 5-year mark, of course, and she didn't observe your rule of thumb, not even close.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 11:27:01 PM PDT

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