Welcome to The Overly Self-Righteous Critic, an opinion, critic and commentary website, where we analyze entertainment pieces and judge whether they are actually any good.
This is not an entertainment website, in the sense that we’re not about following the latest trend by mass producing any and all click-bait articles with no substance or even real news as fast possible to stay on top (in fact, according to my search engine ranking, I am nowhere near on top). It generally takes me a certain number of weeks to produce an analysis or essay, and a little less for reviews. I also analyse all kinds of media, from old to recent, from popular to indie, and whatever else strikes my fancy.
Most people do not like to hear that they are mediocre. That they are limited, and so are their creation. They’ll screw up their face at the criticism, with the dawning understanding floating somewhere in the ether of their subconscious, not ready or willing to confront that fact or admit to it publicly. After all, we all want to know we have worth, and that what we produce is valuable. Most people will harshly reject criticism, and put the blame on the messenger, for daring to tell them they are average.
What TOSRC is about, is calling out mediocrity, while also praising quality. On this website, we answer the questions “Is this worth watching?” and “Is this media worth consuming?” We’ll look at plethora of mediums, from movies, to series and books, across video games, comics, and whatever else there is to comment on.
➡ Why such harsh judgement? You may ask. Because the content mass produced by the entertainment industry is crammed down everybody’s throat on a constant, regular basis. Consumers have no choice or say in what’s presented in front of them, as they have no production power to yield, and the best we can do is either create our own content, to bring forth more of what we want to see, or speak up about what’s already there.
Critic is ultimately about judging the quality of something, and so most importantly, the merit of someone. Because art is always a reflection of its creator. Every time we dive into a work of fiction, we get the privilege to see the machinations of the author’s mind, at the time the work was created. These machinations are the patterns that, in fiction, we like to call Trope and Character Archetypes, which are explored in length on TOSRC.
But seeing what’s inside a person’s mind can end up looking like the collective experience we all had of Twilight, where the majority of the world absolutely loathed it for what it revealed of its author, and what is in her mind. On a larger scale, there are also authors or companies that like to release half-baked products, dub it quality, and expect to turn a huge profit over it. Not just amateurish work, or that could do with just a little improvement, but genuinely non-quality content at its core. Or, authors who know just fine what they do is trash, but who don’t care, and insist you’re as delusional as they are.
So while everyone wants what they create to be good, it’s often a long and arduous road of constant honing at one’s skills. There’s always a lot to unpack, and I want to, through wording as precise and clear as possible of what is wrong, to course correct towards something better.
You may say: “But when something is bad, it’s visible.” and to an extent, that’s true. We can all tell the difference between a quality blockbuster like Inception vs a startup movie like The Twin (2017). But people can’t always word the subtleties in dynamics, to understand for instance the use of artificial tropes like the obligatory romance, or identify flaws in something that’s otherwise good, and because these films always try to present themselves in a good light, people are sometimes fooled into thinking the thing is good anyway. It’s the difference between a massively successful film, and something that does well—the unspoken undertone.
➡ Why “The Overly Self-Righteous Critic” ? Because a self-deprecating sense of humour is fun.
Finally, TOSRC is also home to writings on the subject of futurology, mankind’s expansion as a conscious and awakened race, its relationship with space and with the universe, as it is helped along with technology to achieve that vision of oneness.
I value everybody’s thoughts on these subjects, so feel free to debate any take on the platform and to contribute your own insight. I also invite you to follow the blog and subscribe to the newsletter to stay up to date with the latest articles. You can also find me on my main blog to learn more about me. Happy criticizing!
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