Tuesday, October 9, 2007

James Rocchi is a moron

That's as mild as I can put it. A blogger for the Cinematical blog, which is part of Moviefone, Rocchi recently posted a blog on the seven worst Stephen King film adaptations. I'm reading it, agreeing with most of the choices (like Maximum Overdrive or Children of the Corn), so far, so good. But then, for a reason that'll never make sense to me and many others, he puts The Shawshank Redemption on the list. The Shawshank Redemption. A film that's beloved by nearly everyone who's seen it, a film that's been the recipient of endless critical acclaim, that's #2 on the IMDB top 250, and that is still talked about to this day. Not to mention, that it's my personal favorite film.

So what's the reason for it being on his list? TNT plays it too much. Yeah, that's his reason. It makes no sense to me either. Even if they do play it a lot, so what? It's a great picture, and it's better with repeated viewings. If you don't want to watch it again, change the channel. That's no reason to put it on a "worst" list.

I attempted to leave a comment on the blog, I called him a "fool", and predictably, it never materialized on the Cinematical blog. I never like calling people names, and I always try to be diplomatic, but I couldn't help myself, Mr. Rocchi has gone way too far.

BTW, he couldn't have filled in that spot with another horrible King adaptation? There were still a lot left, like The Graveyard Shift, The Mangler, or Dreamcatcher (which I haven't seen but everyone who has, has said that it's a special kind of horrible).