Baconsale Episode 51: Everyone’s a Critic

You know it’s hard out there for a critic. In this episode of Baconsale, Kent, Joel and Jacob discuss contemporary film criticism and its effect on modern society’s opinion regarding media arts.

Wow! That sounded really grown up and boring. Let’s try that again: In this episode, Kent spends the whole time talking about himself and bashing on Rotten Tomatoes while Joel makes fun of him for it. There. That’s much better.

Give it a listen and then let us know your opinion in the comments section below because, as we all know, online comments sections are where the most reasonable and enlightening discussions happen.

12 thoughts on “Baconsale Episode 51: Everyone’s a Critic

    1. It’s all a matter of commitment really. We have the numbers now to get them on the path. However, they (joel and jake) would have to be willing to see at least 50 movies a year and write reviews on them.


      1. I asked that question before I heard the rest of the episode, but I hope Joel and Jake don’t get credentials. I think the podcast is great with only one jaded film critic.

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  1. I have to give this episode 3 stars. I found the background on ROtten tomatoes interesting, and knowing how many movies critics see makes me less likely to trust them. I like seeing previews, but not too many and I hate reading reviews beforehand unless it is a movie I wasn’t planning on seeing to begin with. I think I’m like Joel, I like learning more about a movie afterward, but I try not to do it beforehand, but I did do some research into the spider-man costume in Civil War because the eye movement intrigued me. That is not a customary practice though, and since there isn’t much out there about Spidey’s role in the movie, I’m glad it was mostly speculation. Anyway, keep up the good work.

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  2. I read reviews after I’ve seen the movies I want to see, or if it’s a movie I don’t plan on seeing but will probably redbox later. I side more with Joel but I get Kents side as well. I didn’t know how Rotten Tomatoes scores worked so that was a fun bit of knowledge that took them down a few notches of credibility in my book. Why is everyone so focused on figuring out everything about a movie before they see it? I love knowing nothing about a plot and going in to see a movie and figuring it out as it plays out. My friends that research and dig for spoilers before going to see a movie almost always come out of the theater disappointed because they’ve made an image in their mind how it’s supposed to play out and they didn’t have the same image as the director. Random pet peeve of mine there.

    Awesome episode.

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    1. I know, right? I love being surprised by a movie! The internet is WAY too focused on trying to find out everything about a movie before its released.


      1. Yeah it drives me nuts. I love that Abrams keeps a tight lid on stuff that he’s working on. Like how awesome would the reveal of Spiderman and Black Panther in Civil War be if no one knew beforehand that they were going to be in it? I know that’s a crazy pipe dream but it’s something I miss about movies before everyone went crazy with figuring the stories out, seeing behind the scenes footage, and leaked on set photos.


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