But you know what? While film is subjective, some movies clearly stink while others are clearly fantastic regardless of the context or genre. No, I am not the arbiter of what is good and what is bad when it comes to movies, but I'm not going to back down from my opinions. Sure, I can see how you can debate the merits of a movie like Wanted, and if you do it in an intelligent and respectful manner I'm all ears. But having 14 year olds show up on this site and screaming obscenities at me in some lame effort to argue the merits of AVP:R isn't gonna sway me folks. Sometimes a movie just plain sucks. Period.
And speaking of a snarky attitude, I've seen a fair share of comments accusing us of being overly negative. Well I invite you to look at the upper left corner of this page and take note that the name of this site is Screen RANT. The reason I created this site was to vent my annoyance at idiotic decisions made when it comes to movies and TV. Believe me, we've mellowed folks. You should read some of the posts from three or four years ago.
Finally, the last issue involves having additional writers on the site. I've tried to gather a bunch of guys here who all share similar opinions on film so that we can present you with a single voice representing the Screen Rant point of view. We've been accused of being "late" bringing you stories, but the thing is, I'm the bottleneck as I review and edit every post before it goes live. Unlike some of my movie site brethren like Pete over at /Film, John at TheMovieBlog, Alex at FirstShowing and the majority of other popular movie sites, Screen Rant is a part time gig. Not only for me but for all the writers here. So I've been caught up lately in just trying to get as much movie news out to you as I can, but by necessity we have to pick and choose what we cover because we just don't have the time to cover it all. Also, keep in mind we don't just cut and paste movie news, we provide opinion on the news of the day.
So here's the deal. I'm rebooting my attitude. I've gone back and fixed my rating of the movies I've mentioned above, and my Get Smart and Wanted reviews reflect my back to basics "call 'em like I see 'em" writing style. I'm not going to apologize for my point of view. We don't write to appeal to everyone, heck, that's a losing proposition - but if you don't like our opinions, you have three choices:
1. Disagree in an intelligent, respectful manner.
2. Don't read our site. There are plenty of others out there for ya.
3. As I've said many, many times before: Go start your OWN movie blog. Now you have no excuses because the article linked above gives you step by step instructions on how to do it.
And to all you folks who are regular readers: We love you guys (and gals)! Thanks for your support and for the occasional kick in the pants when we need it. :-)
Vic HoltremanEditor-in-Chief/Senior ContributorScreenRant.com