By Mike Redmond
The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:47 PM EST
There's no real way to judge artistic merit other than personal opinion.
Nobody has invented a Merit-O-Meter that can impartially gauge the worth of a film, play, television show, or album. It all rests with the individual, as it should - what has great merit for you might have very little for me, and usually does. And as far as sales are concerned, that usually is the result of marketing more than the product itself.
What you're left with, then, is a popularity contest, not all that far removed from a student council election. Of course, this argument didn't work very well on New Kids on The Block fans, but hey, I tried.
Back in my critic days, I knew what was going on, entertainment-wise. I knew all the top musical artists and latest movies and popular TV shows.
Of course, I was being paid to pay attention. It was my job. That probably had a lot to do with it.
And I was a lot more interested in keeping up with trends, which is something I abandoned when it dawned on me that trendiness takes way more time and energy than I am willing to expend. It's a lot of work being trendy and in the end it doesn't benefit anyone but the people who started the trend.
In other words, I grew up.
And so, my friends, as we head into Awards Season, I have decided that my choice for best movie is "Lincoln": First, because I loved it and second, because of all the movies that are up for awards, it's the only one I could be persuaded to see. I hope it wins a whole bunch of nutcrackers.
And a Copper Cob.
© 2013 Mike Redmond. All Rights Reserved.
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