July 31, 2006


You ever notice how some folks just wait until someone says, or does something wrong, and then they jump on it and have to show everyone how "wrong" it is? We all do it to some degree, some of us less than others, but some folks just live for that shit. It's their livelihood... they are film critics. And then there are the wannabes...

I went back to IMDB to read some of the reviews and quotes from The World's Fastest Indian... the film I watched Saturday night. (Actually, Redneck, it was the DVD.) I came across an instance of someone in too much of a hurry to critique... so naturally, I'm going to be a jackass, and critique their critique.

Anachronisms: In the scene in the bar in the desert Bert is telling them that, "Back in New Zealand we breed those things [deer] on farms."
In New Zealand, deer farming didn't start until the late-1970s and most Kiwis would have laughed at the idea in 1967
While it's true that deer farming didn't start until the 1970's, this guy, or gal, is totally off. What they're referring to is a scene where the locals of that bar try to jack with Burt. One of them asks something along the lines of, "You seen anything like that back home," and then points overhead to a jackalope. A JACKALOPE... not a frickin' deer. Burt, seeing the smirks on the other locals faces, plays along, and starts in with his tale, telling how they take the horns, grind'em up, and send them to the Orient as an aphrodisiac. It lightened the mood of the bar.

I think most Kiwis would have laughed at an idiot who can't tell a jackalope from a deer. But then again... I may be wrong. Maybe it was a deer, and I'm an idiot. Those of you that have seen the movie, am I wrong? Or am I right, as usual?

BTW, if you start looking at dates, jackalopes have been around since the thirties... at least. So ya can't ding me or the movie on that one.

Posted by That 1 Guy at July 31, 2006 07:01 PM | TrackBack

of course, you're right. i've seen a giant statue in douglas, wyoming, which i believe is home to the jackalope. if you are ever out that way, there's absolutely nothing else to see in douglas. research, my boy, research.

Posted by: shoe at July 31, 2006 09:03 PM

Never ever listen to film critics - they are almost 100% idiotic and even the better ones have an agenda. It's annoying.

There's an old movie with Doris Day and David Niven called Please Don't Eat the Daisies. Niven is given the job as a critic (can't remember if it's film or plays... oh well) and it goes to his head. CORNY film but his character is very much like the critics we see today.

Posted by: Teresa at July 31, 2006 10:01 PM

Although that old 90's cartoon about the film Critic was pretty funny :)
The Critic I think? My memory fails me at this hour

Posted by: BloodSpite at August 1, 2006 06:03 AM


Looks like the Jackalope may have been around since the 1800s.

Posted by: vw bug at August 1, 2006 07:38 AM