Long time contributor and editor of outsideleft, our man in Dublin, Shane O'Rielly has created Shane The Film Snob, an eminently readable impossibly fantastic new film blog. He had us at the strapline, the movie snob's blog with the only opinion he wishes mattered...
Since many things in the world suck, maybe everything in this world sucks - the economy is in the toilet for just one tiny thing, and maybe that's contributing I think to Shane having a lot of time on his hands - a good thing for us since Shane sees a lot of films so we don't have to. Truly it's a fortunate thing that Shane's providing this service, doing this, because a lot of films are very very hapless and few are worth the investment of two hours or say lets put that another way, the way the woman running the famous newsagent shop checkout put it to me as she was getting me my discounted copy of the Despicable Me jr. novel. "£75 for four movie tickets, drinks and popcorn. You could have a good night out for that." Okay so you couldn't really have a good night out for that, but maybe she could, and I think I know where she is coming from.
Any non American non english language film begins with a demerit in our book. So often they're like... they really believed in themselves until they left the house, until they started rubbing shoulders with the big boys on the screen. No real trousers.
Anyway as you can probably imagine, Shane's reviews are so often more entertaining than the movies he reviews, no matter what he says, no matter how positive he remains behind his movie world weary eyes.
You know, movies I want to love them so. The cinema house is after all a great place to go to get out of the heat or the rain, but that feeling, when I am stuck in the middle of a film that I just can't grasp, can't get it to do it for me and I can't go back and I don't want to go forward and well. Well. I kinda sometimes find myself thinking about how hard and how diligently the crew works to create what sometimes can end up as the least entertaining film ever. There are lots of the least entertaining films ever, after all. Meanwhile Shane is down in the movie trenches, always trying to find a glimmer of hope where there's none I'd say, maybe there is something but I am S.K.E.P.T.I.C.K.L.E. I don't know I don't write about movies at all ever because somehow I'd get off track meanwhile generally Shane's finding something a whole lot better or no worse at least than on an average evening when you can't find the remote and the TV is stuck on the movie mix channel.
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