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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Why "Turn Me On, Dammit!" Is Like "The Hobbit"


Reader: "Run! RUN FOR THE HILLS!!! SAVE YOURSELVES!!! HE'S TALKING ABOUT THAT DAMN NORWEGIAN MOVIE AGAIN!!!!!!" 

Oh, just calm down, the lot of ya. I could point out "Turn Me On, Dammit!" was released to American DVD & Blu-ray just this past Tuesday (it was) and re-point out for the 74th time how freaking awesome this movie is (it is) and how empty and meaningless your lives are if you haven't seen it or specifically choose not to see it even when having easy access to it (they are)......but what good would it do to say those things? So I won't say them. And I'll tell you why.

Every time someone has told me they don't want to see "Turn Me On, Dammit!" because it doesn't look like "my kind of movie", my gut reaction is to become enraged. And this makes me a hypocrite. And it makes me a hypocrite because every single time someone starts blathering about the "The Hobbit", I tell them I don't want to see it and after arguing back and forth about this for a bit I inevitably explain that "The Hobbit" simply is not "my kind of movie." Lord Almighty, just thinking about slogging my way through "The Hobbit" after the mind-numbing drudgery that was "Return of the King" ("Just take the stupid ring off your stupid finger and throw it into the stupid fire and END THIS") makes me break out in a cold sweat.

So that's the deal. You can avoid "Turn Me On, Dammit!", I'll avoid "The Hobbit", and we'll all go have some waffles instead.

Mmmmmm.....waffles.

2 comments:

Vancetastic said...

You're quoted in the trailer, so your thoughts on this movie are tainted by bias.

Actually, it was #2 in my queue without even reading this. So I will be seeing it. Soon.

Also, when you're a critic, isn't every type of movie supposed to be your type of movie? I do my best to adhere to the impossible critical standard of giving every genre a fair shake, but limitations on my time and money are starting to make me wonder if this is worth doing anymore.

Nick Prigge said...

Glad to hear it's in your queue. I sincerely hope you enjoy it.

That's an interesting question you raise. I suppose we ARE supposed to give every genre a fair shake and, yet, because I'm merely a blogger and not a professional critic, per se, I'm in this position of not necessarily having to drag myself to everything. I see MOST everything and try to give MOST genres a fair shake but when you have the option of not adhering to an editor's demand of seeing, say, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter", I can opt out.