Amy Nicholson is a “film critic” who knows nothing about films and film history
I often heard Paul talk about this podcast on How Did This Get Made and finally decided to give it a try. I’m sorry I did. I expected to find a podcast about a comedian-turned film enthusiast being guided through the AFI’s 100 Best Films by a knowledgable film critic who understands the process of filmmaking and the history of these great movies. What I found instead is a comedian-turned film enthusiast who knows more about these movies than the supposed film critic, Amy Nicholson, whose ignorance is staggering.I should have known something was wrong when in episode 2, “Ben-Hur,” she actually admitted she had never seen this seminal film. How can you be a film critic and not have seen Ben-Hur, one of the greatest films ever made? That’s right, Amy Nicholson isn’t a film critic in the classic sense; trained and schooled. She’s like all of the new media “film critics,” aka ignorant bloggers who fell bass backwards into blogging their inane thoughts about movies through a lens of neo progressive ideology and identity politics.I then listened to the episode about Unforgiven, a classic Western, rich with heavy themes revolving around revenge, forgiveness, honor, and loyalty, and all Amy Nicholson could do was talk about how much she didn’t like Clint Eastwood (because she doesn’t like his politics… like that has ANYTHING to do with the movies he makes), and then said the film shouldn’t be on the AFI’s 100 Best Films list, again, not because she made an intelligent argument as to why the film is lacking, but because she doesn’t like Clint Eastwood’s politics.Save your time. If you’re a passionate film fan who is tired of terrible bloggers with ignorant opinions posing as film critics that inject their inanely shallow political bias into everything they write as opposed to offering actual criticism about films involving writing, acting, directing, scoring, or anything about filmmaking, then you should avoid this tedious podcast.What a shame. Had Paul paired himself with an film critic with a passion for filmmaking and knowledge of film history, someone like Drew McWeeny, this could have been so much better. It should have been better.
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