Thursday, January 13th, 2005

Russell Smith hates movies…almost as much as he hates you.


Russell Smith is the Globe and Mail’s resident metrosexual and cultural commentator. His latest missive is about how much he hates going to the movie theatre, seeing as how he has to share space with the great unwashed and see sub-par Hollywood tripe. (It’s the first article in the list; Google gets it for free but going directly to the page hits a ‘subscription’ wall.)
While I’m forced to agree with him that the opening weekend movie experience sometimes ain’t all that, he bitches in such a godawful, pretentious, “I’m superior and did I mention I wrote a book about the Toronto art scene” way that you want to reach through the screen and strangle him by his immaculately knotted tie.

Part of the problem for me is that I love movies, and I love most of the movie going experience. Yeah, you can run into some real idiots, and the deluge of ads is a little ridiculous. But when things click, and you see a really good movie like Lord of the Rings on opening weekend, with a crowd that’s just as hyped as you are to see a glorious big screen spectacle, the movie theatre is almost magic. That’s something ol’ Russ will never get, not that he’d bother trying.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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