Controversial Clashes: “Blue Velvet” vs. “I Spit On Your Grave” (Part 2)

Chad Hoolihan

Having no affiliation with any spiritual or philosophical movements, Chad instead attempts to find meaning through watching movies.  He also enjoys  watching birds fight over food in supermarket parking lots.

You may also like...

3 Responses

  1. David Greenwood says:

    Why do I feel like you’re more interested in bitching about Roger Ebert than the topic at hand? It’s not that I’m bothered that you disagree with the man, but when your “Verdict” section begins with a picture of Ebert, and an ad hominem attack due to this love of (and work on) the films of Russ Meyer, don’t you think you’re maybe a little over-obsessed with this one dude’s opinion? Especially when it comes to Blue Velvet, given that Ebert is (as you point out) in the minority of critics in finding it cruel.

    The rest of your article is quite interesting, but I had to sigh during the half of it devoted to Ebert-bashing.

  2. Chad Hoolihan says:

    Nice to see someone finally respond to the article.

    I did make it pretty clear in Part One that my intent was in part to analyze Ebert’s criticisms. You could call my approach “Ebert bashing”, but the guy has a history with the films and has become notorious for his views on them. Rarely can you talk about the background of either film without Ebert coming up eventually.

    I don’t think I was making any attack on Ebert for his association with Meyer. In fact, I like Meyer’s work and have no problem with Ebert being involved with him. My point was directed at the fact that Ebert wrote sexually explicit films that portrayed violence against women, yet he was outraged by I Spit On Your Grave and Blue Velvet. I found his attitude to be be inconsistent, or even hypocritical.

    Maybe the whole point of the article is that opinions on films, even those of respected critics, have a lot more to do with personal biases and the heat of the moment than any objective criteria.

  1. April 24, 2011

    […] back next week for part two, where we discuss how movies like Deliverance, The Last House on the Left, Irreversible, and Last […]