Originally Posted by 3xasif
In that article Turin sounds like an old elitist snob who is tired of his job. Or, like my parents who said "all the music you kids listen to is such garbage compared to what we did". Or my friends who disparage "that rap music" that our kids listen to.
To accuse everyone who buys perfumes we don't like as being "dumbed down" is a bit dangerous. People buy what they like. If they are being presented with generic perfume that perfumistas (who sniff a ridiculous amount of perfume) cannot abide, how does that dumb them down?
I guess wine critics can keep tasting and reviewing wine because there is no crappy wine out there? "Good old days"? Come on guys, throw away the canes and dust off the cobwebs.
I find Turin amusing, bright, & I enjoy his writing, but I don't know if I would/ could like him. He sounds like a pompous self important boor. There are way too many a@@holes out there for me to meet any new people anyways. Like, 1 out of the 4 people I like are un-friendable.
Hold on, I'm going to go call Whine--1-1 for him.
Haha, I wish everybody in all industries shared the same attitude and beliefs, but sadly, they don't. My perspective, as an aspiring writer, is this doesn't necessarily come from a critic's point of view, but rather the industry's itself.
Let me explain: Each year, there are 50,000 screenplays registered to the WGAw, with probably another 50,000 that have been written without the authors bothering to register them. Out of all these, perhaps a couple of hundred movies get made. Out of all these, even a smaller percentage make it to the big screen. Out of all of those, a smaller percent actually make money and are deemed a critical success. Out of everything, at least in the past, 5 movies would be considered Oscar-worthy (this year it will be 10).
Now, the industry folks themselves tell you how dreadful most of the work they see is. Because of this, it's near impossible to actually get your material read. They won't accept anything unsolicited, and it's becoming the norm that, if they even accept a query letter, it needs to come with a referral attached.
Their reasoning for this is because there's just so much crap out there. I literally had a reader write in my coverage about how overworked they were. I would love to pull the whine-11 on him (very funny, by the way
), but it's not going to cut it. It's so ridiculous that you now read where agents don't even bother to read an entire query! It used to be if the script didn't catch them by page 10, it went into the trash. Now if your query letter doesn't catch them in the first few sentences, it's rubbish, and you're considered unworthy of their time.
Then of course, one drives by the local cineplex and sees what's playing, and just rolls their eyes.
At the end of the day, a critic can only critique things that have made it through this process. They're not responsible for it, nor the outcome. And while it does come across as uppity-nose-man-like for them to make vast generalizations, from the example I've given, it starts way before they're ever involved, and with those responsible for producing the product.
When it comes to people settling for mediocrity, I've got a funny example. I previously worked on a government project where the average age was mid-fifties. It was a predominately male work force, but there obviously were some females, and a handful of younger people here and there out of nearly 2,000 employees.
One day, a younger guy who started as an intern while in high school, was looking out the window of an office he shared with a few other people on the second floor overlooking an intersection. From a distance, he saw this female approaching, and made a comment something along the lines of "woah, she looks pretty good".
I looked at the other guys in the office and started laughing. As she grew nearer, he kept making positive comments. The other guys and myself knew who was approaching. Finally, I said "Chris, I think you've been working here too long. You need to find another job".
Confused, he asked what I meant.
"Well, it's become apparent that you've lost all sense of what an attractive female looks like. I mean, it's understandable, working with a bunch of old men... It's bound to make you get all excited with the first female that crosses your path... Even if she turns out to be... a man".