glenn, i don't like big brass ring, besides, just like a newspaper, you can't really write what you think about big brass ring unless you loved it, because your guy wants to sell tapes.
in a 2 newspaper town, newspaper critics, i call them cheer leaders. even if the movie sucks they gotta keep that spirit up and do the cheer because movie theater chains buy advertising. will they buy it from you, or buy it from the other guy. you can only trust a critic that works for a paper that does not depend on advertising dollars from local movie chains. most of what i wrote the head of the department would call me and say, "i can't put this through. can't we like this film a bit more? my god, they bought a quarter page advertising!"
in a small town, buying a quarter page advertising suddenly makes the movie god's movie! if they buy a full page, the movie is as good as lawrence of arabia. i had no qualms lying, my problem was having to sit through bad movie after bad movie. i would have been more than happy to lie if i didn't have to watch the damn fim.
The line, "the feel good movie of the year" makes me want to puke. the paper liked that line.
ANOTHER FUNNY FORD STORY:
ford got word that ward bond died. they closed the set for a few days and flew to the funeral. they arrived back on the set to film. ford looks at andy devine and says, "well, ward bond is dead. i guess now that makes you the biggest shit i know." andy just stood there with a surprised look on his face while all around him laughed.
my friend just emailed me this from a book he's reading. it was tooo good not to share.
(all this constructive posting is very boring. i wish glenn would blow a fuse and attack me)