“FAIL” vs. “FTW”

Travis McClain

Bats: R, Throws: R. How Acquired: Traded for a player to be named later. I hold a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Louisville, earned in history. I have lived with Crohn's disease since 2005, and chronic depression since my youth. I bring into each film that I view a world view shaped by those and other parts of my background. I try to be mindful of the socio-political themes and implications of movies, intended or otherwise, and that surely shows in my blog pieces. I also love doughnuts.

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7 Responses

  1. Michael Osciak says:


    This is a great article. Not to be boring, but I agree with you. If you look at my Top Ten list, I have more movies that mean something to me then movies that are really “Best Films of All Time”. Marley & Me, for example, is ranked tenth for me. I loved the movie since it reminds me so much of the dog I had growing up. I know it’s not better made then Jaws, Godfather or No Country for Old Men but it will always have a special spot in my heart and on my list.

    I sadly haven’t seen Transformers but I have it high up on my Netflix. Maybe I should stop watching movies like Norbit and check that out. I was more for G.I. Joe growing up so I’ve seen that 80s cartoon film about a hundred times. I’ll let you know what I think of your Transformers.

  2. Travis McClain says:


    I’m glad you enjoyed my article. It’s interesting to me that you’ve responded so strongly to the notion of being honest about which movies we really do love vs. deferring to what we’re told are “better” or “more important” films. Certainly, I applaud such honesty, but it wasn’t necessarily the larger point I was attempting to make, which just goes to show that once something is “out there,” it’s no longer yours…but belongs to each person who reads, sees or hears it. I’m glad you found my debut editorial interesting, and I hope to have another soon.

  3. Brando says:

    This is exactly why Gremlins 2 is my #1. Well, and I think it’s legitimately brilliant. But first and foremost, immensely entertaining.

  4. Travis McClain says:

    Strangely, Tew It has helped sharpen my initial intent, which is to underscore the value of thoughtful criticism. Perhaps his/her “FAIL” remark was meant entirely in jest, but perhaps he/she honestly didn’t care for the editorial. There really isn’t anything for other readers to respond to, though, and (selfishly), there’s nothing to help guide me as its author to address weaknesses Tew It found with this piece.

  5. johnmason says:

    This is exactly how I’ve always approached my Flickchart: Which movie would I rather watch RIGHT NOW?

    I can say, for example, that Requiem for a Dream is technically a very good film, but it depressed the hell out of me, and it’s very, very low on my chart.

    A lot of people don’t like Mission: Impossible 3, but hell, I enjoyed it, and it’s happily in my Top 100.

    I’ve always looked at movies as entertainment first and art second. A film may be considered by the “experts” to be “art”, but if it doesn’t entertain me, that doesn’t matter. (This is not to say a film can’t be both….)

    Nice article.

  6. Nathan Chase says:

    I always find myself leaning towards nostalgia, or giving the nod to films that made impacts with their special effects, cinematography, and other visual accolades. I’m generally less concerned with story and characters than I am with moods, imagination, and the ability of a film to transport the viewer to another place.

    It’s pretty rare when I have to rely on “which would I rather watch right now” – I almost always can quickly find a trait (or several) that sets one apart from the other. I know some spend agonizingly long on certain matchups – but I can’t think of a time that I’ve spent more than 10 seconds or so making a decision between two films.

    The winning qualities just jump out at me.