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Movie Natters: June 27, 2009 Archive

Movie criticism in the modern world - at the gas pump

Posted at 3:13 PM on June 27, 2009 by Euan Kerr (0 Comments)

We have heard a great deal about the shrinking numbers of movie critics as a result of the great 21st century journalism crisis.

Yet I was still unprepared for my gas pump to spontaneously begin pontificating about movies when I filled up the family car this afternoon.

As part of what might be described as the in-flight entertainment on the monitors in the pumps at my local filling station, suddenly some guy from Access Hollywood blasted out a recommendation that I skip "The Land of the Lost." This was the culmination of an in-depth review which must have lasted a good 15 seconds, max. Just about as soon as he began he was gone.

A couple of minutes later he was back to make the same recommendation as the recording looped around.

Of course, being told to do something suddenly without warning makes some of us want to do the exact opposite. I had never planned to go see Will Ferrell being chased by a T-Rex, but there I was thinking maybe I should.

Then the sheer ridiculousness of taking advice from a gas pump sank in. Chastened, I drove home.

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