“I gotta say that every day I hate film theory & film students & critics more & more,” he tweeted.
“Film fandom’s become a nasty bloodsport where cartoonishly rooting for failure gets the hit count up. Watching them beat the shit out of it was sad. Like, it’s called Cop Out; that sound like a very ambitious title to you? You REALLY wanna shit in the mouth of a flick that so OBVIOUSLY strived for nothing more than laughs. Was it called Schindler’s Cop Out?”
Smith added: “Writing a nasty review for Cop Out is akin to bullying a retarded kid. All you’ve done is make fun of something that wasn’t doing you any harm and wanted only to give some cats some fun laughs.”
Oh, he’s not done: “Realised whole system’s upside down: so we let a bunch of people see it for free & they shit all over it?” he posted. “Meanwhile, people who’d REALLY like to see the flick for free are made to pay? Bullshit: from now on, any flick I’m ever involved with, I conduct critics screenings thusly: you wanna see it early to review it? Fine: pay like you would if you saw it next week.
“Why am I giving an arbitrary 500 people power over what I do at all, let alone for free? Next flick, I’d rather pick 500 randoms from Twitter & let THEM see it for free in advance, then post THEIR opinions, good AND bad. Same difference. Why’s their opinion more valid? It’s a backwards system.”
Smith is right. The critics that see movies/films for free, like me (full disclosure), should automatically write praise for it. That’s the deal. Free equals good in Smithland, NJ.
Most screenings are public screenings, meaning that it’s not only members of the local press that are there to witness the latest studio project, but an auditorium filled with “regular folks” who want to see the movie. These are people who won a contest on the radio, stopped by Big O Tires or just waited in line for the doors to open up at the theater. They are the most forgiving fans on the planet because they are utilizing Smith’s Rule of Free Screenings — they saw something for free and they looooove free stuff. It usually doesn’t matter what it is.
Yet even at Cop Out, those guys weren’t in love with it. Kevin, I realize your feelings are hurt, but critics weren’t the ones that tanked Cop Out: that blame rests with you.