Friday, January 11, 2008

MORE ON DEPARTED QUOTE WHORE PETE HAMMOND


I still find it interesting seeing the reaction to the ashcanning of film "critic"(?)(!) Pete Hammond by MAXIM. Check out some blogger reaction here. And here.

You know, a lot of people really do think he deserves to be fired. They just don't respect his take on the quality of the movies out there. A lot of people have a lot of respect for critics who rate movies and call it as they see it, and give worthy opinions about what movies are good and which are junk! Yet Pete just gives a free pass to most of these movies! What good is that? He isn't the only one, apparently-- a guy named Earl Dittman has an even worse reputation for shilling.

The situation is so bad now that there are film critics who rate the film critics to determine which of these fools have valid opinions. The folks at eFilmCritic have their annual list of Quote Whores and you can check it out here.

It's funny, though-- Pete Hammond has this terrible reputation as a shill, yet he is an editor for Leonard Maltin's movie guide! Maltin can't be accused of being a quote whore in the least. In fact, Maltin's guide is one of the toughest reviews out there. His guide will only give four stars to a real masterpiece. Makes no sense why Hammond hooked up with a respected movie critic like Maltin. Maybe it was MAXIM that told Hammond to shill these movies. Who knows.

On another side note, Leonard Maltin used to work as the official movie critic for Playboy, another magazine absolutely loaded with babes -- until the new editor came in and decided to get rid of the movie reviews, and fired Maltin. A real travesty. Anyway, that same guy James Kaminsky is now at MAXIM and has now canned Hammond, too. Word of advice to movie critics: if James Kaminsky takes over your publication, get ready to be canned.

Personally, though, I don't think MAXIM readers will miss Hammond. MAXIM readers just aren't intelligent enough to read any articles to begin with, they just want to see women in bikinis. Yes, I just had to take another shot at that magazine. Well, what do you expect?!

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