Jesse Hassenger
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Contributor, The A.V. Club. I also write fiction, edit textbooks, and help run SportsAlcohol.com, a pop culture blog and podcast. Star Wars prequels forever!
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I think you may have a different definition of trash than I do, but in any event, I love the idea that Megan Ellison is all about bribing critics to give movies that her company didn’t wind up making directly, but on which she retained an executive-producer credit, a “B” review.

9/9/19
4:37 PM
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I think it was also around the time that Carell’s post-comedic sad-sack routine started to feel a little cloying. And yeah, I agree, not as good as the McKellar movie!

9/9/19
4:36 PM
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I dunno, it seems to me the solution here is to find some specific critics you like and read them, which has pretty much always been the solution to myriad issues with film criticism. There’s a lot of bad stuff out there. But I would not classify any of the AVC film people as interested in the “zeitgeist of an

9/9/19
4:18 PM
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But what if this was a different and entirely made up other movie? WHAT THEN?

9/9/19
4:04 PM
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I don’t know if you’re saying this in the tone of Jay Sherman at the end of the pilot episode of The Critic (“he plays a concert pianist, who...”), but I am definitely delighted to read it that way.

9/9/19
3:58 PM
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You’re right. It’s policy here at the A.V. Club to avoid EVER praising a movie with morally shady male protagonists:

9/9/19
3:54 PM
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I have, in fact, not least because I try to re-read mine a few times before I turn them in. I’m also a big fan of Rife, D’Angelo, Murthi, Shoemaker, and all of the other film contributors here, and I wouldn’t call that an accurate description of their work (not least because our personal styles and tastes have a fair

9/6/19
4:18 PM
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As disappointing as it is for me to find out that this is NOT, in fact, a documentary about seeing me at an Aquaman revival screening, this is awesome and congratulations!

8/23/19
2:58 PM
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Right. I’m not saying it’s impossible to empathize with Lester, but I also don’t think “you can empathize or sympathize with anyone!” is a catch-all that means any movie that does attempt to empathize with someone is excused from, say, a certain smugness, or obviousness, or obliviousness.

8/20/19
6:12 PM
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INDEED. The Babysitter was such a vivid instance of “this movie is garbage but who is THAT??”

8/20/19
9:09 AM
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It’s not UNlike You’re Next, but if anything, it’s a little nicer-looking than what I remember of that movie. I could have sworn this was shot on film, even though it was apparently not. 

8/20/19
8:52 AM
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I might need help with parsing just how awkward “generalise up a storm” is as a turn of phrase, but as far as the enormous paintbrush goes, I’m all set, thanks!

8/20/19
8:50 AM
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I mean, I’m as guilty of enjoying Free Content as anyone, but it’s kinda funny that for years, a preference for a particular publication was fairly easy to turn into money, because you could just charge people for that publication. Obviously not every site can go full-on subscription. My point is only that people *do*

8/20/19
8:44 AM
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As can I. I was trying to avoid getting into too much detail about the mechanics of the situation, but the tradition *isn’t* that the spouse is immediately murdered. (That’s why the husband hasn’t told the wife about it. He’s betting it won’t happen.)

8/19/19
4:53 PM
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As someone who writes for a bunch of places and has his own site (as well as accounts at Twitter, Letterboxd, Facebook, Instagram, etc.), “unlimited” is a misleading word here. Or maybe “can” is just doing a lot of work. Yes, I *can* write a tweet that several hundred thousand people might see. I *can* also write

8/19/19
4:46 PM
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Always great to hear someone with seemingly no idea about how any websites work expounding at great length about how and why people who work at websites have written or discussed something (or why they’ve, say, placed something on a best-of-the-year list).

8/19/19
2:54 PM
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One problem with banning movies based on rightwing outrage, among a whole bunch, is that rightwing types in general don’t know shit about movies and tend to go where their outrage leaders send them, and as such, applying any kind of consistent metric is a fool’s errand, one that Universal apparently went on when they