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July 02, 2004

The Amazon.com Knee-Jerk Contrarian Game!

Waxy.org has a wonderful post about the Amazon.com Knee-Jerk Contrarian Game:

Here's a fun game... First, look up the most popular and critically-acclaimed books, movies, and music on Amazon. Click on "Customer Reviews," and sort them by "Lowest Rating First." Hilarity ensues! It's the Amazon.com Knee-Jerk Contrarian Game! [Waxy.org]

Some of the ones listed are hysterical. Here's one as an example:

John Coltrane, "A Love Supreme"

  • "Coltrane's A Love Supreme is the most overhyped jazz album in history. It is music? Maybe. But I find it to be unlistenable, despite several efforts to find something good in it."
  • "The first number is torture if you like melodic music. There's no connection between the phasing and the rhythm. Again, is this supposed to be clever?"
  • "Nobody will care about the technical achievements of these guys in 100 years."
  • "I think about Kenny G., for instance. His rythmic session is much more regular, whereas Coltrane's session seems sometimes to loose the beat."

Here's my contribution: West Side Story

  • I left this movie with the feeling of fairness what i mean by this is this movie was obviously given toooooooo much credit and really deserved LITTLE.I felt this movie was a rip off of REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE.The knife fight sequence even the backround music that went with it,oh and casting natalie wood,as i was watching this movie,scences of REBEL kept flashing in my mind. i would have enjoyed this movie if it was ORGINAL!ENOUGH SAID!
  • The singing [stinks] and the characters barely talk. It is about a...girl who cares more about her evil lover than her brother..... It's a really terrible plot not worth spending to see
  • There are several old movie musicals that hold up ... this isn't one! Some of the music is good, though enormously derivative, hence the one star. Two scenes have some life in them still: the 'officer krupke' song and 'america'. Everything else is tedious, unreal, awful, sappy ... and it's full of 35-year-old 'teenagers', this movie needs a remake: with a changed ending, the loss of a few songs, better choreography (it's so bad now ... I don't understand my memory of it being exciting, at the time it came out ...), and more reality: a better re-creation of that time ... the directors did not have an eye for their own time at all!

Posted by snooze at July 2, 2004 04:29 PM