September 29th, 2013
Usually it is our job to recommend, but this week, others did it for us. The choices - it's still us talkin' aboot the flicks.
When it comes to film, it's fascinating to witness the evolution of the "Recommendation." While mainstream critics still wield a rather hefty & (some would argue) unbalanced sword with the "Yay or Nay," their power as a voice of endorsement has been slowly dwindling. Social media & interest-aggregating websites have taken the reins from the Maltens, Shallots & Schwarzbaums. Not to mention podcasts: you're welcome.
Now the art of recommending films can be more personal. If you disagree with Manohla Dargis, you could tweet your distaste & hope she sees it sometime. However, if a tip from Aunt Mabel just made you lose 118 minutes of your life to a saccharine-soaked poo-fest, you can be damn sure the next time she sees her Facebook wall, it's gonna be splattered in 50 shades of crimson. And brown
The Film Recommendation: precarious by nature & an invariable source of discussion. How could we resist? How can you resist? If we take on your suggestions, we'll mention you on the air!! No better thing than that... right?