new feature: friends won't let friends see...

As someone who takes cinema a titch more seriously than the average duck, I get a lot of requests for recommendations. This ranges from Dad calling me right before heading to the theater a few weeks ago, to my coworker Virgin Mother sitting in my office this morning until I emailed her a list of DVD recommendations.

It's always cool when someone respects your opinion. Often, though, I have to break out the anti- recommendations; it occasionally becomes necessary to talk my loved ones out of seeing a stinker. They don't always heed the warning, but at least they can never say I didn't warn them.

And with this in mind*, I'm starting a new feature: Friends Won't Let Friends See... It will be based on my solely objective estimation of a movie's potential putridity. Most of the time, I'll anti-recommend something I haven't (and won't) see**, based on what I've read, and my opinion of the trailer. On the occasion I did see something absolutely cruddy, I'll certainly include it.

One more thing... I don't really have an objective rating system for movies I've actually seen... so I will also not implement one here. Just take my advice, or leave it.

*I admit I was also inspired by the trailer for Meet Dave this weekend.
**No one has yet offered to pay me to see the dreck.
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5 Response to "new feature: friends won't let friends see..."

  1. Daniel G. says:
    June 23, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Love it!

    I also find myself talking DOWN movies more than talking them up in conversations with "everybody else." Generally they've never heard of something I'd recommend, so instead you have to do your best to keep them away from the bad stuff.

  2. Fletch says:
    June 23, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Yes, great idea. Friends won't let friends see...Bangkok Dangerous. ;)

    So...which one aer you in the illustration?

  3. Nayana Anthony says:
    June 23, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Daniel... My thoughts exactly.

    Fletch... I'm both and neither.

  4. David Bishop says:
    June 23, 2008 at 11:30 PM

    Is it sad that all I can think about is the day when I might possibly reverse your decision to see a movie that ends up in this series?

  5. Nayana Anthony says:
    June 24, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    David... I hope that never happens. But in truth, you're in the select group (along with Pistola, Fletch, and Daniel G) that could probably accomplish that.

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