Bill & Ted actor Alex Winter says criticizing film critics is part of the ‘pervasive and growing disdain for scholarship, expertise and intellectual criticism’

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Bill & Ted actor Alex Winter recently claimed that criticism of film critics is part of a “pervasive and growing disdain for scholarship, expertise and intellectual criticism”.

Source: Bill and Ted face the music

Winter’s comments apparently come in the wake of backlash to reviews of the recently released Netflix film Don’t Look Up which follows “two astronomers [as they] Go on a media tour to warn mankind of a planet-killing comet hurtling towards Earth. The response from a distracted world: Meh.

The film is about climate change according to its director Adam McKay. In a conversation with director Joe Wright published by Variety, McKay said, “It came to me from where a lot of good ideas come from, which is absolute terror. It’s been building for 10 or 12 years, where the climate crisis and everything I’ve learned about it just seems worse.

He added: “A friend of mine, David Sirota, made a joke about it, that a comet is going to hit the Earth, and nobody cares. I didn’t know that a pandemic once every 200 years was heading our way.

DON’T LOOK (left to right) director ADAM MCKAY,
JENNIFER LAWRENCE as KATE DIBIASKY. cr. NIKO TAVERNISE/NETFLIX © 2021

McKay and the film’s writer David Sirota, Bernie Sanders’ former speechwriter, would respond to critics criticizing the film.

First up, McKay tweeted, “Love all the heated debate about our movie. But if you don’t have at least a tiny tinge of anxiety about climate collapse (or United States), I’m not sure Don’t Look Up makes sense.

He explained, “It’s like a robot watching a love story. ‘WHY ARE THEIR FACES SO CLOSE?’”

Source: Adam McKay’s Twitter

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Sirota would add his own thoughts, writing, “Not surprised an assistant to a morning TV show host doesn’t like our movie. Fine.”

“What’s annoying is that instead of admitting its refusal to cover the climate and having more scientists on its airwaves, CNN decides to publish anything,” he added.

Source: Dave Sirota’s Twitter

Winter would engage in this debate by initially responding to comments by Slate editor and film critic Sam Adams.

Adams tweeted: “If film critics are skeptical of DON’T LOOK UP, maybe it’s because they’ve spent the last 15 years cutting the slack for well-meaning climate change films that ultimately didn’t change anything.”

In a follow-up, Adams added, “I wrote a weekly cover story on AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and I don’t regret it, but I’d also be lying if I said I thought it made an iota of difference.”

Source: Sam Adams’ Twitter

Winter replied, “It’s something every (honest) doc director lives with; do the job without expecting to move the needle. Making well-told and compelling stories is hard enough and should be the end game. The rest is out of our hands.

Source: Alex Winter’s Twitter

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Adams replied, “That’s an almost impossible standard to set (although, as you’re no doubt aware, documentary funders love to seize the opportunity). And I like stories just to be stories! But when the filmmakers say it’s their endgame, etc.

“Yes, I think it is dangerous to make impossible promises to financiers and festival/awardees, and it obscures the ability to do good work. I told financiers that our movies might not change anything and they shouldn’t have central ‘takeaways’ and sometimes they bail out,” Winter replied.

Source: Alex Winter’s Twitter

Winter would then tweet the next day: “The current targeting of film critics as enemies of the people would be laughable if it did not speak to a pervasive and growing disregard for scholarship, expertise and intellectual criticism, accompanied of a moral imperative. imposed on culture.

“It’s scary,” he added.

Source: Alex Winter’s Twitter

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However, movie critics are bought and paid for by movie studios and they even admitted it.

SyFy Wire’s Dany Roth said so during SyFy Wire’s “Who Won The Week” podcast in 2019 alongside SyFy Wire Editor-in-Chief Adam Swiderski and Editor-in-Chief Karama Horne.

Roth says on the podcast, “Here is the real reality. Here’s where we really stand in the industry if you want to talk about quote access media.

“Everyone who wants to get to things early, who wants to get to things to get traffic to their site will do that on occasion – everyone on this podcast, everyone in our industry has to play the game sometimes. softball, sometimes has to look, you know, a little the other way around. Everyone has to do it,” he said.

Roth explained, “In the sense that I hated a movie, but I wouldn’t say I hated a movie. Or an actor behaved somehow, and you don’t want to say that happened.

DON’T LOOK FOR (L to R) CATE BLANCHETT as BRIE EVANTEE, TYLER PERRY as JACK BREMMER, LEONARDO DICAPRIO as DR. RANDALL MINDY, JENNIFER LAWRENCE as KATE DIBIASKY, Cr. NIKO TAVERNISE/NETFLIX © 2021

“Good, because you might not get the next review,” added Horne.

Roth continued, “Good. To some degree, everyone in our industry who is part of these quote-on-quote access media has to sort of decide which battles they want to pick. Which of those where my voice is the one that needs to be said.

DON’T LOOK, JONAH HILL as JASON ORLEAN. cr. NIKO TAVERNISE/NETFLIX © 2021

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Not only are movie critics bought and paid, but many of them are also trying to push the disorderly behavior and propaganda of the current regime through their reviews.

Director Ron Howard has called out the film’s critics after ridiculing his film Hillbilly Elegy last year.

During an appearance on CBS This Morning, he said, “Well look, it’s always hard to tell and critics have a job, which is to see something, put it through their lens, write and talk about it. So I can’t argue with that.

He then added, “I feel like they’re looking at political thematics that they may or may not disagree with that, honestly, aren’t really reflected or aren’t the focus of this story.”

“What I saw was a family drama that could be very relatable. Yes, culturally specific, and if that fascinates you, I hope you find it interesting. If you’re from the area I hope you find it authentic as that was certainly our goal and it was our effort. But I felt it was a bridge to understanding that we are more alike than we are different,” Howard concluded.

HILLBILLY ELEGY: (left to right) Owen Asztalos (“Young JD Vance”), Amy Adams (“Bev”). Photo Credit Lacey Terrell/NETFLIX © 2020

What do you think of Winter’s comments? Do you agree with him that criticizing film critics is part of a “widespread and growing disdain for scholarship, expertise and intellectual criticism, accompanied by a moral imperative imposed on culture? “

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