The 140 Character Critic

We live in a society where, well, I’ll be impressed if you’ve made it to the end of this sentence. We want it and we want it now. Damn the introduction and the notion of subtlety. One of the best examples of this, as I’ve said before but will repeat in case no one was listening, is the current fascination with Twitter.

Now when I talk about tis obsession that people seem to have with twitter, I don’t want anyone to think that I somehow feel superior. Sure, I resisted it at first. Then when I finally broke down and signed up, I told myself that it was in the name of this blog. I mean, hell, it’s free promotion. Now I spend most of my time tweeting thoughts like “Have you ever thought about how chum means shark bait AND friend? Coincidence? I think not!” and other pearls of wisdom.

But I swear I’ll get back on track. I’m developing an idea (well, actually, consider it developed) about creating another Twitter account. I keep my personal one for my wanton acts of frivolity and the other I shall call (this is where I imagine the fanfare in my head) “the 140 character critic”.

The goal of the 140 character critic is to boil the essential qualities of a film down to a tweet. Sure, I won’t be able to delve into the complexities of characters or the subtle nuisances that the director brings to the film, but what’s that saying? Don’t judge a book by its cover? Yeah, I’ve never been able to fully get behind that so I guess that’s what I’ll end up doing… except replace the word “book” with “movie”… and “cover” with “tweet”. Okay, so they aren’t exactly interchangeable, but at their core, it’s not hard to see what I’m getting at.

SO basically, what I’m getting at (and as I go over 300 words, I truly congratulate those who stuck it out to read this essay of epic proportions, I know it must’ve been tough) is these are getting too long for you, keep an eye out. I’d like to think that people can handle the occasional 500 words or so, but if I’ve learned anything, it’s always better to underestimate people. Keep an eye out for “the140charcrit” for updates on what to see and what it’s okay to miss.


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