Being the movie-lover that I am, I can really relate to CRITICWATCH, a part of eFilmCritic or HollywoodBitchslap (same site, different name). What the site does, apart from having good movie-information, thoughtful reviews etc., is to inform the moviegoing public about the whoring going on among movie critics. By accepting invitation to press junkets, receiving gift baskets and whatnot, the movie studio essentially “buys” good review for their crap movies. Criticwatch lists the top “whores” over the year so you know who to watch out for. If you see a movie presented as “one of the year’s best” and that quote is by someone like Earl Dittman, Paul Fischer, or Harry Knowles – then stay as far away as you can from that movie! The studio probably couldn’t get an honest quote from anyone credible, so they were stuck with these purchased quotes!
There’s even a petition going at the moment, alas it’s not really gaining that much momentum yet. Too bad, because I really feel for their cause!
I just read an awesome article there about trailer-making there. It’s really interesting to read how cynical and market-driven the people involved in making a movie-trailer are. There’s really ver little integrity left in that process…. Apparently, it’s fair game to insert any scenes you want into the trailer, even if they never make it to final cut. I always thought it was an oversight, or some last-minute cut to the movie that the trailer-makers were unware of, but no, it’s just a question of putting in all the good stuff into the trailer, to bring the pack in for opening weekend!