Posted by Neil at 22.214.171.124 on August 24, 2001 at 14:40:08:
In Reply to: Re: Oddly enough... posted by RocketeerZ on August 24, 2001 at 14:12:15:
: I don't see it as nikpicking as much, I just think that as in all working situations, people should be responsible for the work they put forth. Ebert's review was mostly positive, yes. I have no problem with what he thought of the movie, whether his feelings were positive or negative. To each his own. I just feel that if he's going to use exact "facts" and "points" about a film, that he double check himself to make sure he's getting said facts correct. That's all. It's just a matter of professionalism and pride in one's work. No biggie. No major harm intended. No foul.
And that's basically a reasonable point, in kind of a minor way.
That said, I don't think many critics do – or many of us would if we were professional critics – cross-reference every note they make on the film, confirming who each actor played, etc., when they know from "memory" how we saw it.
I'd agree if I believed he was unsure and neglected to check his facts, but I suspect he just misunderstood and it didn't occur to him to check.
That said, your point is reasonable and reasonably made. I'm sure a quick look will show that's not the way most people here are handling it.
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