“The show is becoming less and less about reviews and more and more about a form of critique that is highly academic and meant for insiders, i.e. those who have already watched the material or who have background knowledge of the personalities concerned. The change to an hour-long format just seems to have encouraged this. Films and shows are picked apart ad nauseam to assess whether or not they address the right issues in the right way. It's not good - and I say that as a person who as both some interest in looking at themes and who has considerable sympathy for the causes that are constantly referred to. I just don't subscribe to the view that EVERY film or television show is only of merit if it has the "right" politics, and frankly this podcast comes across more and more as if this is the dominant measure of merit.
Last week's episode ended with a remark to leave a 5-star review and a statement that if it wasn't going to be 5 stars, "we don't want to hear from you". It was probably meant as a joke, but it was very revealing. The people involved clearly love what they do, but if you as a listener don't then tough luck. This listener is now dropping out and will be looking elsewhere for reviews that help me make informed viewing decisions, with the hope of avoiding dissections that make me feel there's no point in going to see the movie anymore.”Read full review »
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