Giving idiots a soap box to stand on and speak is ruining everything. The soap box today that these idiots disguised as “critics” stand on happens to be cinema rating websites. Martin Scorsese is speaking out against the Rotten Tomatoes and CinemaScores of the world that are slowly ruining the movie experience for many. During his acceptance speech for receiving the Robert Osborne Award at the Turner Classic Movies film festival he stressed the issue that review sites are making the movie industry just as disposable as the music industry. No one cherishes a film and always has “what’s next” on their mind before fully digesting a film. Now if someone could just speak out against Yelp ruining the restaurant industry as well. Maybe Guy Fieri can say a few words in his totally cool mid life crisis flame print button up shirt.
Martin Scorsese criticized Rotten Tomatoes and CinemaScore as well as the “devaluation of cinema.” Scorsese honed in on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and movie-appeal measuring service CinemaScore.
“The horrible idea they reinforce [is] that every picture, every image is there to be instantly judged and dismissed without giving audiences time to see it,” he said. “Time to see it, maybe ruminate and maybe make a decision for themselves. So the great 20th-century art form, the American art form, is reduced to content.”
Most people believe that only viewing a movie’s trailer qualifies them to put their critic’s hat on to comment. The bar is so low. Imagine the amount of down voting going on just because a certain demographic felt offended. According to Martin movies like Tropic Thunder should be categorized as arthouse before minstrel epic. Sure Robert Downy Jr. is in blackface preaching about the dangers of going full retard but if we had time to let our opinions of the film ruminate we would see the artistic side of things. The score would be a solid two out of ten on any review site if that movie were to be released now instead of 2008 because most would considered it offensive content instead of the art that it truly is. How do we as a society fail to appreciate the painstakingly accurate precision paint strokes applied to Robert’s exposed areas of skin. Picasso wept.
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