Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Everyone's a Critic

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Everyone's a Critic

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Pat Crandall is batting 500 (movie reviews)

Back when he submitted his first Everyone's a Critic review, he was Pat Crandall, 52, West Beaches. And for just about every issue of Jack and its predecessor, Weekend, Crandall has had something to say, in 75 words or less, about the week's movies.

Today, Crandall's review of "Going the Distance" marks his 500th Everyone's a Critic. We have quite a few regular contributors, but no one else is close to 500.

Crandall said he doesn't see every movie that comes out, even though it seems that way. "I refused to see 'Eat Pray Love,' " he said earlier this week from his classroom at Episcopal High School, where he teaches a film analysis class. He catches a lot of preview showings, thanks to Will Henley of Entertaining U, a monthly entertainment magazine that sponsors previews every week.

Crandall said it's not always fun to see movies. "We've walked out of four or five, but the absolute worst was 'Borat,' " he said.

And, at 75 words, he said writing the reviews isn't very difficult. "None of them really strain my ability to think."

THE AMERICAN

I want my money back. Now. And I want George Clooney to personally deliver it. And apologize. This film gives Americans a bad cinematic name. It's not even American at all. It's Italian, with its glacially s-l-o-w plot and it's fatuously pointless full-frontal nudity sex scene. This will go down as the most monumental example of unmet expectations of any movie this year (or next). I better be hearing the door-bell ring VERY soon. BOOO!

PAT CRANDALL, 59, West Beaches

GOING THE DISTANCE

Despite having all the depth of leaky kiddie pool, this romcom-wannabe has a few good moments, just not enough to justify the ticket price. Neither lead is particularly engaging, and the story has far too many maudlin scenes to generate any sparks. The "falling in love montage" is particularly galling, and other scenes are just awkwardly embarrassing (unintentionally). Pass.

PAT CRANDALL, 59, West Beaches

THE AMERICAN

Another dog from Hollywood! Start with a so-so story, add a big name actor, film it in Europe, throw in a young Italian actress, stir the pot and now you have a ho-hum movie. …

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