Some fun exchanges on the value of criticism (especially movie criticism):
You're largely ignorant of what makes a film work, which is why you 1) can't write your own reviews and 2) can't get your screenplays produced.
Almost any way you slice it, if a majority of critics like a movie, chances are it will do better at the box office than a similar film the majority of critics don't like.
In case you're as ignorant as you seem, many TV shows are put on the air as a gamble with no guarantee of success. The networks roll the dice because they believe quality will attract viewers.
Your claim that critics claim to see "all movies" is a stupid straw-man argument. I haven't claimed that I've seen every Native-themed movie, or that I need to see them.
Needless to say, you're ignorant of the effects of criticism on the "buying" public.
I don't criticize works of fiction because I'm a frustrated artist. I write fiction myself.
"The power to question is the basis of all human progress." --Indira Gandhi
Whether or not a filmmaker intends to include a message, a message is often there.
When you've thought and written as much as I have on these subjects, then we'll talk. Until then, you're a dilettante.
Critics aren't "wrong" if they judge a movie bad and the public judges it good.
Tell us which acts of ignorant racism you're willing to defend on the grounds of popularity, Russ.
[I]n matters of historical accuracy, I don't claim to be an expert--unlike you.
As usual, you think ratings = quality, which shows you don't know much about quality moviemaking.
So what do we have here? On the one hand, many giants of arts and letters who understand the role of criticism. On the other hand, you.
At least I base my opinions on what the critics say. You base yours on nothing.
I guess "hearsay" is your word for "reporting." As you may have heard, journalists often don't witness an event themselves.
Readers of Newspaper Rock know I often write my own reviews. If you don't know this, you're a blithering idiot.
Write your own reviews if you think you can do a better job of it, hypocrite.
As for your idiotic conflating of ratings and quality, you've said it before and I can quote you on it.
A movie's acting, directing, and so forth aren't Native issues, bright boy.