Creating the Comment Monsters

July 19, 2012 — 113 Comments

I think the biggest story in the online film world this week, outside of the forthcoming release of The Dark Knight Rises, was probably the vitriolic response that a number of critics got from Rotten Tomatoes users to their less than 100% positive reviews of that film. There’s been plenty of writing on the subject of Batman fans’ reactions to those reviews, and the whole story is wrapped up nicely by Matt Singer over at Criticwire. Some have said that these responses, which have included horrible misogynistic comments and death threats, are the result of some sort of insanity specific to Batman and Nolan fans. I don’t take this view, maybe because I consider myself a huge fan of Nolan’s work and his Batman films, and I also consider myself a fairly reasonable person.

I don’t think it’s fair to single out Batman fans. We saw the same sort of thing happen to several critics who dared to point out the flaws of The Avengers before that film came out. You know what? I kind of sympathize with those terrible fans. I kind of get where they’re coming from. I love Nolan’s work and I love his take on Batman. I look at The Dark Knight Rises, which I haven’t yet seen, and I do very much want to enjoy it. I want it to be great. When I see a negative reaction to the film from a critic, I don’t want to believe them. I don’t want them to be right. I consider their opinion, and even if it’s just for a moment I forget that it’s an opinion and my mind assumes they must be wrong. It’s a silly thing, but I get the impulse. It’s not that I know they’re wrong, or that they can even be wrong, but that I just don’t want to believe I might end up agreeing with them.

Given, then, that I somewhat sympathize with these so-called fans, why then am I not so vitriolic? Well, I think the answer lies partly outside the fans themselves, and at the online, fan-centred, movie news industry and blogs. It’s us. We created the monsters.

Sure, you could maybe blame the marketing departments of the studios who put out endless press releases, with new information, images, videos, trailers, etc. It’s their job to build the hype for a film so that people will actually drop hard-earned dollars to see it. That’s why I don’t quite blame them. But the online world of movie blogs and websites? They’re not just reporting on these films. They’re not even just being straight tools of these marketing departments. In fact, websites that cover film news one-up the studios. They live and breathe on getting hits, and the more posts they can write about a film like The Dark Knight Rises, the better. It’s terrible. It creates an inflated sense of importance for many of these films.

Maybe instead of wondering why Batman fans are so much crazier than all other fans (which itself is a somewhat baseless claim, but we’ll run with it anyway), we should look at the environment that creates and supports their undying adoration for a comic book movie. /Film tallied it up, and according to them, they’ve written almost 600 articles about The Dark Knight Rises since 2008. That’s 2008, the year The Dark Knight was released. We’re talking, just after the previous film came out, two years before Nolan ever said anything about actually doing another sequel, two years before The Dark Knight Rises was announced, almost three years before it even had an official title. For four years we’ve been inundated by articles featuring every tiny bit of potential information about this film.

Of course, you don’t have to read these articles. I read a lot of them, out of curiosity, but not all of them, and mostly I wasn’t insanely invested. But for someone who does get a bit more invested in this stuff? This is dangerous. It’s like giving a crack addict a house full of crack. It’s an unending supply, pushed out every couple days, feeding the monster. Is it any wonder then that the monster goes wild when the hype and expectations that have been built don’t climax in something crazy like a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes?

If we’re going to call out the insane fans who spew terrible language, misogyny and even death threats at critics, we should also look back at ourselves and see how we supported them all this time. And not just supported them. We practically created them. We play into that awful hype machine and treat a movie like The Dark Knight Rises as though it’s the most important event in modern history, and then we act surprised when the event arrives and a select few people actually behave like all that was true. It shouldn’t surprise us that the monsters we create sometimes get loose and turn on us.

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113 responses to Creating the Comment Monsters

  1. 

    Nicely done. Perfectly sums up why, after Rises, I’m pretty much done with most movie news sites. Battle lines have been drawn on way too many films in the last 15 years that the fun of actually discovering and possibly enjoying a film has gone. It’s all about who’s right, how many hits I can get, and how many I can piss off just because I don’t share popular opinion.

    • 

      Yeah. I still follow movie news sites. I like to be up on industry news and trends, but I no longer invest myself in the outcomes. It’s not worth it. Just meaningless hype.

  2. 

    I think the larger issue is the general anti-critic culture that’s risen with the Internet during the past decade, especially in the last few years. Too many readers are looking to critics to verify their views, not to question the status quo or have differing opinions. The cult of Batman is an extreme case, but it’s related to the idea that critics are out of touch. I frequently hear the phrase “I like what critics hate” or vice versa from all types of people. I’m also really excited to see TDKR, but I don’t see the need for everyone to like it, much less any film.

    • 

      I think you’ve got a point there, but it’s interesting how this anti-critic trend has come along at the same time that the Internet has also made in-depth and enlightening conversation and criticism more common and accessible.

      • 

        I agree that they’re related, though I think the anti-critic stance has been around longer than the Internet. It has really taken off at the same time as the rise of blogs and podcasts, however. There are a lot of positives in having more options, though there are some negatives with this change like your post’s example.

        • 

          anti-critic feelings have been around, but you need to remember two major things about the internet that feed into this situation. One the internet gives people the instant ability to respond to something. I remember my father once said of a columnist from the Boston Herald that he read his column every week to see what stupid opinion he was writing about now. The difference is that in order to say something to a newspaper writer required that you write it out and mail it, which allowed time to cool off, and newspapers would not print any letters that were simply hate-laced rants. Also with the internet people have the possibility of being anonymous. They can say what they want and don’t have to own up to it. This has made it easier to fling attacks at others since they feel like there are no consequences.

    • 

      Exactly. I don’t go on movie review sites, but I do review books on goodreads, and sometimes I end up not liking a popular book. I get called a snob, an ignoramus, a bloody idiot, a brainless moron and everything in between.
      In contrast, sometimes I end up liking reviews I disagree with (because I enjoyed a book/movie/piece of art) because they have good reasons for disagreeing with my view.
      Having consideration for the views of other people is very important.

      • 

        I well-written review with an opposing opinion is often just as enlightening as one that confirms your own. Hearing ideas that are different from yours is a great way to expand the mind.

        Also, my goodreads account is a source of deep pain since it’s always there, reminding me how I really should be reading more than I do.

  3. 

    Good post.
    There’s an old saying I just made up. Critics make the rules, artists break them. Unfortunately, after the events in Colorado, I think the movie will be remembered for other reasons, at least in the near future.

    • 

      It would be very unfortunate if this event in any way mired The Dark Knight Rises. The film didn’t make the monster.

      • 

        I agree, but unfair as it may be, collisions between pop culture and socio-economic events are out of the hands of their creator. The Beatles didn’t create Charles Manson, but their song Helter Skelter will forever be linked to him.

        • 

          Oh I agree completely. There is no way that Nolan or The Dark Knight or even /Film can be blamed, but I do think that a site like /Film can assess itself and realize the responsibility it has for propagating this sort of nasty commenter culture. It’s not their fault, but they certainly don’t help matters.

  4. 

    I don’t read much news about upcoming movies, including big blockbusters like “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” because I like to keep that element of surprise once the trailers eventually do come out. And when they do, and these are for movies I’m //really// excited about, I watch them two or three times. Five times at most. And even that’s rare for me.

    It was definitely shocking for me to have seen that once negative/somewhat unfavorable reviews for the movie came out, all sorts of vitriol spilled and flooded comment boxes as it did on Rotten Tomatoes. I just don’t understand why people, most of them had not yet even seen the movie, get in such a state of rage over an opinion. SO WHAT if a critic didn’t enjoy the movie? Disparaging their work based on one or two reviews and sending death threats don’t change anything.

    For me, when I disagree with someone over a film:

    1) I take it as a learning experience, a possibility that maybe I overlooked something or perhaps consider that I missed the point of what the filmmakers were trying to say. It might even inspired me to watch the movie again from a different angle.

    2) When I enjoy the film and someone didn’t, I’m actually GLAD because I felt like I didn’t waste my time watching something for 2 hours.

    Overall, I think the anger might come from a combination of hubris and ignorance, a criticism of a film taken as a personal attack. It’s sad, really.

  5. 

    “It shouldn’t surprise us that the monsters we create sometimes get loose and turn on us.”

    Eerily prophetic, given what happened in Aurora CO last night…

    😦

  6. 
    Simple Heart Girl July 20, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I think any time you get people who develop an obsessive-like love/admiration for something, be it movies or music or (insert whatever you will here), you’re going to get angry responses to any kind of negative opinion about what it is they love/admire. No one likes it when someone talks smack about something they hold near and dear to their heart.

    • 

      Yeah, but we’re talking about a movie that hasn’t even been released. If someone talks smack about Back to the Future I’ll get annoyed because I’ve developed a connection to it after many years. But The Dark Knight Rises? How do these people know they’re going to love it? All they have is their want to love it, and movie sites that peddle in news about every tiny detail about a film’s production only feed that want in an unhealthy way.

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        Simple Heart Girl July 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm

        But that’s just it. These “super fans” don’t actually care whether the movie is as great as they think it’s going to be. In their minds it already is, without having seen it. They loved the first two so much that as far as they’re concerned the third one will be a master piece.

  7. 

    Thanks for the interesting take. I do film reviews myself (in a blog) so does that mean I am a critic? And if am a critic or if I am simply a critic/blogger – does it matter? People should go to see a film and decide if they like it or not on their own. One can read newspaper critics, or listen to video critics, watch them on tv, or read the opinions of bloggers like me and the author of the post above. But in reality, the only opinion that matters is did we like the film rather than what A.O. Scott, Kenneth Turan, or Roger Ebert had to say about the film.

    But whether we created the comment monster, or the Hollywood hype machines did, or even if we ourselves are the comment monster, does it matter? My view is that comments or opinions exist in everyone, and some of those (us) with opinions publish them on the internet for others to see, read, and then offer their own opinions. At the end of the day, none of it should matter to the critics or the movie goers as none of us have a stake in the film. If we do have a stake ( a financial interest) then we are the producers and/or the principals of the film, or we are the movie theater chain, or a small indie movie theater owners. Or we might even be the vendor who supplies the theaters with the popcorn, candy, and soft drinks. But how many of them are there as compared to the number of ticket buyers?

    Yes, I look at my stats but what do they mean exactly – people choose which blogs they like the same way they decide which films to see.

    But you know what – people fight and are violent at soccer games, in baseball stadiums, But that is face to face. The anonymity of the internet is what has created the comment monster. I can’t see a way to blame anyone or anything else.

    • 

      I wouldn’t say that critics are complicit in this. Critics do a very specific thing. There is another problem, though, which is that these days a lot of the people who do criticism for big film news sites also report news for them. So while their criticism isn’t a problem, the fact that they’re writing a constant stream of articles hyping up movies that haven’t been released isn’t doing any good.

  8. 

    great evaluation of the situation, one that could probably be applied to many crazy fan genres.

    • 

      Yeah. I think it’s important to remember that this is true of all kinds of fans of all kinds of properties. Maybe the Batman films inspire an even greater amount of crazy, but I don’t think it’s specifically because of the films or the fandom, but the environment that bolsters them.

  9. 

    Thank you for this article. I follow message boards for various shows and movies, and I can confirm that the type of hate-filled commentary on Rotten Tomatoes is NOT specific to one franchise. As you imply, I believe it’s more a product of internet culture in general. I’ve actually been turned off of at least one television show because I couldn’t take the negativity of the fan base any longer. Unfortunately, when this type of cyber bullying becomes so highly publicized, it’s difficult for me to disassociate it from the movie or show in question.

    • 

      Bullying is right. It’s gotten so out of hand. Everything is polarized. You can’t just “like” The Dark Knight Rises, you have to love it or hate it. It’s becoming hard for me to take, and I’m slowly growing more annoyed with modern popular film culture as a whole.

  10. 

    I think the movie is overhyped a bit hopefully it delivers in the end but thus far these hyped up movies tend to fall short

  11. 

    It’s not vitriol its the babble and cries of developmentally arrested teenagers who think it’s ok to throw tantrums like toddlers.

  12. 

    Reblogged this on The Surfing Violinist and commented:
    Right on.

  13. 

    Although “It’s just a movie,” seems like the rational thing to say to some of the maniacs out there, I have to admit that I’m one of those obsessive fans, and I just saw the DKR yesterday. Aaaaand…I would probably do something crazy if I came across any criticism of it whatsoever right now. So I admire people like you who can remain objective, but still end up staring sadly at my reflection in the computer screen as I read reviews all day (before going to see DKR again…and again).

    • 

      Hey, I know what you mean. I loved The Dark Knight Rises, and I’ve read some negative reviews and shook my head thinking “what’s wrong with this person, did they see a different movie?” It’s a gut reaction, but I don’t take it to heart.

      • 

        Exactly. I didn’t want to go shoot whoever disagreed with me, I was just extremely disappointed that they couldn’t appreciate the awesome-ness that is DKR.

    • 

      Always a good job right here. Keep rolling on thghoru.

  14. 

    His characters are so bold &Heroism is seeded deep into each. Nolan &his writing is Genius.

  15. 

    I agree with this completely, which is why I also blogged on the same topic at midnight last night:
    http://nerdtakeout.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/waiting-for-a-real-life-batman/

  16. 

    Did political correctness create a society in which no one can tolerate anyone who disagrees with them?

    • 

      I think if that was the case people wouldn’t be throwing around death threats and making extremely misogynistic remarks.

    • 
      NotResonsibleAmy July 22, 2012 at 12:15 am

      or did the First Amendment create that society?

      • 

        The First Amendment is not something to ever blame. I live in Canada where the protections on speech are not quite as free as in the States, and I can tell you, I think the US has it more right. I wouldn’t want to limit anyone’s speech, no matter how hateful. What I would like is for this new internet society to make it clear that such vitriol is not acceptable form for regular interaction.

        Just as you wouldn’t walk down the street shouting racial epithets, you should publicly be saying misogynistic things about a woman who reviewed a movie. It’s a matter of social acceptance, and I think it’s become far too socially acceptable to say nasty things online. “Oh, it’s just the Internet. People say that kind of stuff all the time on there.”

        • 
          NotResponsibleAmy July 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm

          It’s not a question of blame. It’s a question of pointing out a fact.

        • 
          NotResponsibleAmy July 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm

          It’s not a question of blame. It’s a question of pointing out a fact. Also, Americans will hide behind the first Amendment at the slightest provocation without realizing it only protects government interference in freedom of speech – it doesn’t protect the right of one private individual to be a jerk to another. Oh – and how is limiting anyone’s speech different from telling someone certain speech is not appropriate for certain situations?

          • 

            We agree on that, but you brought up the First Amendment, which has nothing to say about assholes being assholes, but is something to take pride in. That’s all I’m saying. Having decorum and having your speech protected from government interference are not mutually exclusive. You can say whatever you want, but it still doesn’t mean you should.

            • 
              NotResponsibleAmy July 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm

              I don’t think it is necessarily something to take pride in because, like a lot of the constitution, it is an 18th century intellectual conceit which creates wider problems in a modern mass society. The Constitution is predictable on a notion of absolute rights with no reciprocal notion of corollary responsibilities. So people do feel free to act with the sense of entitlement you explain in your article. And the protections it offers are illusory as well, now with the patriot act in place which means you can incite people to burn down a mosque on Facebook and walk away but do 10 years for sending pornography throught he mails.

              • 

                My response to that is twofold. First of all, out of everything in the Constitution, an obviously imperfect document, the ideal outlined in the First Amendment is one of the few bits of perfection. It’s an absolute ideal, but then that’s the idea of the Constitution. It’s a framework of ideals to strive for in practice.

                But that’s a complex legal/political issue. When it comes to commenters online, who even knows if they’re all American? And even the Americans. Do you think they sit there thinking that the First Amendment is what allows them to make death threats over a negative review? I think it’s more of a social issue.

                We’ve allowed the Internet to e a sort of Wild West, which is great in some ways, but it also encourages the idea that there are no rules and that there is no decorum. We expect commenters to act like monsters and so we let them do it. And those people? They feel like the Internet is a good space to let off like that and so they do. It’s unfortunate really. I highly doubt these people would say such awful things face-to-face with a critic.

  17. 

    thumbs up!!! i love it!! 😀

  18. 

    When a movie is the only thing that is important to a person, you really need a step back. I was given that at my church when a member would say to me “I read your article every week but I really don’t like the movies.” In my head, I am thinking how sad that it because I love movies. But it also made me realize the latest multi-million dollar flick means nothing to a good portion of the world. Then again, only one person has been willing to comment on my latest post about NOT like the latest Muppet movie.

  19. 

    It’s a side-effect of the democratization of journalism via the internet. On one hand, you have Julian Assange, on the other you have every fan-boy pedant peeing his pants when someone who has seen the film voices and opinion that clashes with his expectation and sense of entitlement. As for the film, it might have been a great film, but Nolen will never make a truly great film because he is totally devoid of empathy as a director and is much too in love with how clever said fan-boys tell him he is.

  20. 

    The extreme-hype machine doesn’t just happen in movies. I want to thank you because I think I have a better understanding about my own behavior, why I have a seemingly allergic reaction to hype.

    Best wishes and congratulations on FP.

  21. 
    storyfrontier01 July 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    As a film student I just sit back and enjoy the show and allow myself to come up with my own conclusions about the film. Forgetting the fack that I’ve been taught to breakdown the films the I watch and just watch the film for what it is; entertainment I truly enjoy. Maybe I’m just too simple minded or silly but in the end it all comes down to having the imagination of a child and believing that its real, that’s when you really enjoy the show. But that’s still just one shrub’s opinion.

    • 

      I’m pretty much on the same page with you. On the one hand I probably over-analyze and over-think a lot of the films I watch, but I try to actually watch them openly, looking in a pure way to be entertained. The other stuff that goes along with a great film are the icing on the cake.

  22. 
    NotResonsibleAmy July 22, 2012 at 12:15 am

    It’s Batman, for frack’s sake. There are real issues out there that need to be dealt with but we seem to want to indulge ourselves in this false, interminable adolescence. America is doomed. The terrorists have won, we deserved it.

  23. 

    “It shouldn’t surprise us that the monsters we create sometimes get loose and turn on us.”

    In light of recent events, your closing sentence is haunting.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the people in Colorado who have suffered more than anyone, whether directly or indirectly, because of this movie.

    • 

      I’d refrain from saying “because of this movie” for the simple fact that the movie did nothing. It’s a piece of art. The lunatic who shot people is alone responsible for his actions, which truly were horrendous.

  24. 

    no film will ever deserve 100%. nothing is ever flawless. people obsessing over one film is very disturbing and a sign that people have goals and ambitions based around mass produced entertainment. I work in a cinema and see so many cases of people with social issues going to comic book films, the same people communicating purely through online interaction. it is neither healthy for an individual of for the nation. once the film is over then what do they do?

    • 

      Yeah, and what’s even more crazy is that the 100% these people care about is the Rotten Tomatoes score, which isn’t even directly tied to the rating the critics give the film. 100% of critics could give the film a 6/10 and a fresh rating and it wouldn’t mean that they thought it was better than a film with only 85%. This idea that all critics must agree, that we must have a consensus on this stuff. It’s nuts.

  25. 

    I loved reading this blog. Personally, I am a huge fan of Pirates of the Caribean. I loved al lthe movies, even though neutral folks were quite dived about the last one. I guess it’s somewhat normal that an average fan expects the movies in a sequal they like, are good. It’s basically what we all expect fans to do, right? Fans forgive little mistakes and therefore will always rate a movie for being 100% good. That’s just the way it works these days I guess.

    Then again, the type of fan you describe in this atricle goes beyond that. That sounds more like they are obsessed with the movie. When one can’t take a critic at a movie or something alike, that’s serious. Though we might have helped creating those people, it goes beyond what I believe to be reasonable. It’s just a movie, just another screen play that millions of people watch before going back to their lives. Lives where financial problems, relationship trouble and all sorts play. Maybe, just maybe, we should not make every movie sequal such an important event. After all, there is release or premier every week.

  26. 
    wackyindiankid July 22, 2012 at 8:29 am

    well i too always wanted to believe that the final dark knight movie had to be awesome but somehow after seeing it i wasnt that much convinced. I never read any of the reviews before watching the movie but after seeing it I did have to agree with many of them. In fact i think maybe Nolans last few works werent as good as his initial works. take a look at this article where I have elaborated on that http://wackyindiankid.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/nolan/

    • 

      I still think The Prestige is his best film. In fact, it’s in my Top 20 of All Time. I could watch it endlessly.

      • 
        wackyindiankid July 22, 2012 at 11:33 am

        yes prestige and following are my top two favorites of his. Also the kind of movies he’s been coming up with recently makes me feel my nolan favorites wont change for a while now.

  27. 

    Reblogged this on jest a word on life and commented:
    A very insightful article on the expectation of Dark Knight Rises and what the film media has hyped themselves and their movies up to be.

  28. 
    Sinister Dreams July 22, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I think some amount of hype is a good thing. Viral marketing can be fun, and interesting. But when it gets to the point of movies like Batman, where the hype stated building 4 years ago, it’s a out of hand. And I purposefully ignore ALL movie news now, because I hate spoilers, and I really don’t care to see every little sneak peek of the actors costumes, or whatever is released. Personally for me, it doesn’t add excitement, it just seems like voyeurism, and it’s kinda creepy.

    • 

      I agree. I like some hype, at least to the extent that it creates enthusiasm. But there is a limit. Once is gets to obsession it can be a serious problem. I think the craziest movie news stuff has been for The Hunger Games, where literally every tiny character gets a full press release announcing casting. Absolutely nuts.

      • 
        Sinister Dreams July 22, 2012 at 11:44 am

        It is absolutely nuts! And because they market movies this way is is incredibly hard to say that I don’t like something. If I say to people that I don’t care for the hunger games I get hounded for it, like it’s the worst possible thing I could have ever said! Like you mentioned above, and it’s not like I try to troll people or anything, it’s just not to my taste.

        It’s also kind of sad that honest opinion is pushed out by overly obsessive fans. It makes me wonder a bit if the excessive hype is done on purpose for that reason. Because hype=good, and if you don’t like it you’re an idiot.. or something along those lines. 🙂

        This is a very interesting post. 🙂

  29. 

    Can’t wait to see this Batman movie… I hear it’s killer.

  30. 

    i stopped following movies and their gossips in the public a long time ago just to avoid fights between the fans and the hooligans..these fights sometimes go INSANE at public places…..

    so for me, i just sit back, chill, and just enjoy the movies really (cuz thats what its really supposed to do for most of the people by my best guess)!

    anyway i do also come off a culture where guyz and girls don’t really appreciate people ruining their fun with comments and such….even if i’d disagree with someone’s monster, i’d let it slip away …..(that simple :))

  31. 

    Really well written, sure beats my own post on this situation.

  32. 

    I suspect that the calm, rational tone set by the article has resulted in commenters competing to see how much of the original post they can parrot. Interesting. Perhaps a subject for an article.

    • 

      Haha, I think people are simply responding to what they feel but haven’t always articulated. A lot of us have reached this tipping point with movie hype.

      An article about the comments on this article would be pretty damn meta, though.

  33. 

    It’s a real shame that such a dedicated and faithful take on a much loved character gets swept up in the the marketing machine. Did this movie really need the exposure it did? I don’t think so – the fan base is already there. I loved the film – would have liked it better with 30 minutes shaved off but it was a fantastic ending to a fabulous trilogy. I think this trilogy will prove to be the definitive portrayal of Batman – never to be bettered.

    • 

      Funny, in a way I could have done with 30 minutes added. Not that the movie felt rushed, but it was too short to feel like it had the structure of an epic, and too long to feel like it was sustaining a normal three-act structure. It’s never boring, but the pacing goes in fits and starts a little bit.

      You might be right though about it being the definitive take, at least cinematically. That’s totally possible.

  34. 

    Sad when someone has a personal thought and then thinks that it is the only truth on a matter.

  35. 

    I have yet to see the movie just like you . I hope to like it once I see it, but reviewers, critics, bloggers, don’t persuade me in any direction. Some people have simply lost their since of indpendence of thinking. They think they have it by supporting it simply because they think they should…because they want to be PART of something in life that’s bigger than themselves and there’s this mob mentality behind it for the ones who are in that camp to beat up on anyone who doesn’t agree with their view…you see it in politics,religion,entertainment, you name it..that mentality is everywhere in life.

  36. 

    In case you’re interested, my Dark Knight Rises review…http://hereticaljargon.com/2012/07/22/the-dark-knight-rises-movie-review/

  37. 

    Reblogged this on Heretical Jargon and commented:
    This posting comes from “Justatad,” a blog about film and other similar musings. Something I get a huge kick out of.

  38. 

    Net-anonymity sure makes for fertile ground for the crazies among us.

  39. 

    Haven’t seen this movie yet; that horrific incident just scare the hell out of me. I might just watch it on DVD. Some fanatics are nuts. Can’t distinguish reality from fantasy.

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    • 

      I saw the movie and liked it a lot. You shouldn’t let an event like this turn you off. Go out to the cinema. Have a good time with the Batman. It’s not good to live in fear.

  40. 

    We need to start hyping this problem more and more over the next few years until the steady feed of hyperbole gets the community worked up against crazy people who let themselves get worked up over steady feeds of hyperbole. It’s the only method with any success rate.

  41. 

    “What? Somebody has a different opinion than I do about a film I’ve never actually seen? Murder!!!!!!!”

  42. 

    Love the last line. It’s true that all in all, there’s no one in particular to blame for such behaviors. Also, those threats will probably stay only in the comments, oftentimes unnoticed by the critics. Such an unreasonable waste of time.

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