Hello to all the loyal Cinematical readers. It's me, Scott, the Managing Editor of this site. Part of my job is to keep throwing new ideas to the team, simply because I'm supposed to keep *you* at the site a little bit longer. Fortunately we have an excellent team of movie freaks who know how to write, which makes my job a whole lot easier. Every few weeks I come up with something like "Fan Rant," "Scenes We Love," "Credits Report," etc., and then Erik Davis and I try to gauge A) how well the Cine team 'takes' to the feature, and B) how our readers feel about it.
So if you have a big problem with the "Movies I'll Never See" concept, feel free to direct your anger away from writers like Dawn Taylor and point it towards me. Basically, I figured we ALL have a handful of films that we never plan to see. Could be politics, personal preference, a monumental distaste for a certain actor, or you name it. 98% of our readers are die-hard movie freaks and I guarantee they also have a short list of "nope, never" flicks. The intent of that feature was not to be closed-minded or ignorant regarding unseen films, but more like a "Fan Rant" on the strange reasons we might continually avoid a certain film. But since the reaction to Dawn's Schindler's List article was so overwhelmingly negative, I turn the question over to you: Is there no place for this sort of discussion? Do you really find it that distasteful? Or do you dig it? I can see both arguments, really, but I still kind of like the concept...
After the jump: How a clerical error turned me into a leper -OR- Superhero Tournament Do-Over!
Just to get it out of the way right now: I glitched the numbers while I was seeding my geekily ambitious Superhero Movie Tournament. And I'd been so careful too! Me and three friends actually "drafted" a fantasy squad of super-flicks, just to ensure that we'd get the fairest "ranking" before the tournament started. And then, since I had seven or eight extra films, I even did a preliminary "preseason" to introduce the concept and make sure I had all the bugs ironed out.
So what did I do wrong? A simple thing, really: The placement of the seedings was off. One has to go "top, bottom, top, bottom" when seeding the bracket, otherwise, once you have 32 movies left, you're stuck with a lot of #1 vs. #2 matchups. And that halfway ruins the whole point of the affair. You would assume that I realized this error too late, and was duly informed of my mistake by the readership. That assumption would be correct. I've recently been called a moron, an asshole, a dick, and a retard -- but, amidst a litany of bile, two or three readers said "Yeah, simple mistake, why not just fix the current brackets and run a do-over on Round 5?" So that's what we'll do on Monday.
Again, thanks for all the feedback on these and all the other Cinematical features. Please do keep in mind that all of our writers are human beings, and sensitive writer-types no less, so your comments (be they positive or negative) earn a lot more weight when you deliver them with some basic respect.