So you want to know where it all started? Well, in that case we have to rewind to almost exactly a year ago when one of my co-workers who was planning to go see Black Swan asked me what I thought about it. You see, she knew that I tried to see all the Oscar nominated movies in the four major categories (Best Picture, Actor, Actress, and Directing) and she wasn’t sure if she would like the movie. I explained to her my view of the movie (overall, I rated it an “eh” and thought that Aronofsky was clearly going for psychological thriller, but the film ended up campy and weird.) In the process of reviewing the movie, I also panned Natalie Portman’s performance saying it lacked depth, but, to be fair, I also explained to her my friend Doug Bretz’s opinion of the movie as well as Portman’s performance. He thought she did the best she could with material that was, let’s face it, weak sauce. In the end, I suggested she add it to her netflix queue and not bother seeing the movie in theaters. My co-worker was amused as I described my back and forth with Doug and our discussion about the performances. She suggested that Doug and I start a movie blog. She thought our dialogue could help people decide whether to spend the money seeing a film in the theater or renting it. (She decided to wait and rent Black Swan and ended up agreeing that the movie was just weird and not worth seeing in the theater.) It took Doug and me a while to decide that my co-worker was right about us starting a blog, but we hope that our reviews and arguments are interesting, amusing, or helpful. Enjoy!
As for Doug’s take on the blog, he will just say that movie banter with Sarah is always fun and educational. And the goal of Doug’s participation in all this is to get Sarah to see that it’s OK to dislike, love or even hate a movie, but it only matters if you dislike, love or hate the movie for the correct reasons. Doug is here to steer Sarah at least somewhat toward those correct reasons. It’s on.