Monday, February 23, 2009

Why AIn't It Cool News needs to just quit.

Ain't It Cool News is that site where the fanboys are supposed to congregate and talk about all things geek. The lead geek, Harry Knowles, has managed to let the site degrade itself into such a sorry state that it has gone from true Fan Boy to ass kissing of the millionth degree. Point in case;
Harry does this thing every week where he goes over the DVD's released for the week. Harry missed a few and in trying to catch up has managed to give a long column of mostly one or two sentences overviews, showing disservice to the films mentioned. To add insult to injury he had the film HOUND DOG listed and states that he won't watch it. Why? Because the character that Dakota Fanning plays gets raped in the film? If he doesn't watch it then it didn't happen? If he doesn't watch it then he can use his ignorance to pretend that child rape never occurs here in the good old U.S. of A.?
It's that closed minded attitude towards everything that has put this nation in such a sorry state. Where it's okay to have television bombard us with some of the most violent imagery known to mankind, but if there's, Heaven forbid, a nipple slip, then the masses are up in arms. Child rape is a loathsome issue that must be met head on. To ignore it is the worst kind of stupidity and to have a site as popular as Ain't It Cool News help feed that ignorant fire is inexcusable.
The longer that site sticks around and acts like this, the more damage it will do. Plus, the interesting thing is that by making a statement like that all Harry has done is feed the fire for the film he won't watch by making people curious enough to go see what all the fuss is about. He is making the film more popular by dismissing it in this fashion. Way to go, Knowles. In your closed minded ignorance you will have made a film that you loathe more popular. If you weren't going to do this you should not mentioned it at all.
But then the movie companies would stop sending you all those freebies that your precious site hangs on so pathetically.
Now, I'm not going to see the movie, but it's more because it's not my kind of flick and Dakota Fanning grates on my last nerve in anything that she's in.
See? A good reason not to see a flick. Not some pretentious bullshit.
That's it for me.

1 comment:

Heather Santrous said...

I remember hearing about this film, I believe just after it wrapped up. It already had people talking because of what happens in the film. Personally, I don't know if I will ever watch it. It isn't because of the subject matter so much as it's not really my type of film either.

If this film can get people to actually talk about the subject matter, not be mad about it and say it should never be in a movie, then that is always a good thing. I hope that is why the film was made, not only to tell a story, but to get people to talk about the subject matter.

I did like what D.F. had to say about what she thought about people being upset that she is "raped" in the film. She said something like I wasn't really raped, it's called acting.


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