Thanks for this piece. It inspired me to write this:
@lily.janiak Well, you're just a puddin' cup. Thanks for the kind words. A lot of people in the comments misunderstood my point. I think the perception is that I was refusing to criticize "Knight Knight," despite the fact that I did, and pretty negatively. I was trying to make a distinction between being critical and being a deliberately hurtful douchebag. Halfway through the film, I realized that making fun of it would be like mocking a child's stupid macaroni art or something. I want to be honest -- even devastatingly honest -- but I don't want to be a bully.
I reviewed a terrible film in the same issue called "The Revenant," and made no attempt at kindness toward its creators because the valence of the film was overwhelmingly mean-spirited and reactionary. I felt that it was deliberately punching down at poor people and ethnic minorities in the name of entertainment. The point being that I don't think anybody can accuse me of being a dancing monkey. No offense intended toward cute monkeys, particularly the ones dressed up like little bellhops.