persona non sequitur

a review of media by a slightly jaded baby boomer.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

ALIEN SEX FIEND isn't the name of this e zine blog, but someone could be using it.

There are some movies that when initially released got bad reviews but public reaction and circumstances caused critics to waffle and reverse whatever commentary they made. An interesting thick book could be made from clippings from films from all periods.

THE WIZARD OF OZ did not make money when it was released. Ditto ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE was a box office bust.

When the movie CHRISTMAS STORY was released it was savaged as an unfunny worthless flick. The director, Bob Clarke, had previously released PORKY'S, BLACK CHRISTMAS and CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS. I think critics were going after his resume, and not the Jean Shepard story...

I wonder how many film critics are trying to hide the initial reviews of STAR WARS, because I recall the film as getting two ** in a local paper or two, instead of the revised later views of *** 1/2, or more.

Just wondering over this thinking because NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM was given a ultimate "ho hum" when it was released.


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