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From the first few paragraphs, it looks like he might have quite a bit of useful stuff to say. Too bad that's way too much text to read in all caps.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 3:54 PM on May 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


Joakim Ziegler: "Too bad that's way too much text to read in all caps."

Here you go.
posted by whitecedar at 4:23 PM on May 7, 2013 [6 favorites]


A quasi-confession - Film Crit Hulk used to annoy the hell out of me with his caps and his incorrect Hulk grammar, but I've really come round to him as a smart and thoughtful commentator on film/geek topics. So it's worth persevering through the annoyance. Or use whitecedar's de-capped link (which I will be sure to add in my future FCH posts).
posted by Sebmojo at 4:45 PM on May 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


I think what annoys me more is that he is not true canon and never reverts back to Dr. Banner, because I'm pretty sure his grammar is a bit better.
posted by P.o.B. at 4:48 PM on May 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


He's a great, smart writer, and people being pedantic about stylstic tics are missing the point. I still link his essay on 'plot holes' to nitpicking nerds.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 4:50 PM on May 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


THIS NOT "TIME FOR SOME STORIES"!!! I ANGRY!!!
posted by not_on_display at 4:56 PM on May 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Pfft, canon. Given the different iterations of the Marvel Multiverse, Film Crit Hulk could just as easily have emerged from the reality where Dziga Vertov, Andrzej Wajda and Satyajit Ray were partially-contained Cosmic Cubes that had attained consciousness.
posted by Smart Dalek at 5:00 PM on May 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Lowercase All Text - Make every character on a page lowercase (userscript for Firefox's Greasemonkey and similar extensions in other browsers).
posted by Auden at 5:01 PM on May 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


This was awesome. Thanks for posting.
posted by Pecinpah at 5:06 PM on May 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Crazy how having a problem with readability is seemingly conflated with not liking the actual content. I would say most everything I read by Film Crit Hulk is pretty good and I wouldn't be so pedantic to pick one over another.
posted by P.o.B. at 5:08 PM on May 7, 2013


Pfft, canon.

Hisss, git you heathen!
posted by P.o.B. at 5:12 PM on May 7, 2013


HULK IS ONE HUNDRED PERCENT CORRECT, AND EVERY DAY IN THIS BUSINESS I REALIZE JUST HOW MUCH MY NON-EFFED-UP UPBRINGING AND FINANCIAL HELP FROM MY UPPER-MIDDLE-CLASS PARENTS MAKES MY CURRENT LIFE POSSIBLE.
posted by infinitewindow at 6:20 PM on May 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


hulk states many many many reasoned things.

then he writes "LIFE LESSONS" WITHOUT A SENSE OF CONTEXT OR ABSTRACTION CAN BE EQUALLY HORRIFIC.

apparently he thinks that,
a. criticism of college attendance equates with an antagonism towards academic rigor,
b. college education is the unique source of context and abstraction.

mark twain had some very good words on this subject that, while not necessarily raising empiricism above all else, had distinct appreciation for the intrinsic roadhumps in school-based learning.
posted by flyinghamster at 6:46 PM on May 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


Crazy how having a problem with readability is seemingly conflated with not liking the actual content. I would say most everything I read by Film Crit Hulk is pretty good and I wouldn't be so pedantic to pick one over another.

It makes it very hard for some of us to stick with reading the good writing, even if it is excellent writing, when we have to wade through the Hulk/ALL CAPS in order to get it. I can frequently burn out on reading HULKSPEAK and I wish s/he would drop the schtick, actually. But that's probably not going to happen, so thanks to those who provide the page translation so I could actually read this.

It sounds like good advice for those interested in film, incidentally.
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:48 PM on May 7, 2013


We agree, jenfullmoon. I usually have to take breaks from reading the articles, and regardless of the content the schtick certainly doesn't do any favors in making it easy to enjoy.
posted by P.o.B. at 6:54 PM on May 7, 2013


also he said affect when i swear i think he meant effect
posted by flyinghamster at 6:54 PM on May 7, 2013


So near the end he's all

Film school is never to be "rejected," for that represents the rejection of knowledge itself. And whether we do go to school literally or figuratively, embracing the ethos of film school is simply about embracing the value of art, hard work, and the expansion of mental possibilities.

But in the essay leading up to that he's all about the networking. Gotta move to Los Angeles right away.

I guess this might have to do with the context of his blog, like maybe he doesn't cover regional anything and so everyone who normally reads this is interested in cinema of the Hollywood kind. But it came off like he was equating the particular film industry he likes the best with the value of art, hard work, and the expansion of mental possibilities.

I don't really buy the idea that rejecting his model of what school is about means rejecting all that. "The ethos of film school" seems a pretty loaded thing to buy into. He insists that it's no more than those values; I'd be more inclined to believe him had the essay to then been about those.
posted by LogicalDash at 7:06 PM on May 7, 2013


YOU MEAN HE SAY AFFECT WHEN HE MEAN EFFECT?
posted by P.o.B. at 7:06 PM on May 7, 2013


FOR EVERYONE COMES INTO FILM SCHOOL KNOWING SPIELBERG, COPPOLA, SCORSESE, TARANTINO, NOLAN, ANDERSON, AND CAMERON....

BUT YOU COME OUT KNOWING TARKOVSKY, KUROSAWA, BERGMAN, FELLINI, KIESLOWSKI, ANTONIONI, BERTOLUCCI, TRUFFAUT, GODARD, BUNUEL, MELVILLE, MELIES, COCTEAU, CHAPLIN, KEATON, OZU, HAWKS, WALSH, GRIFFITH, MURNAU, LUBITSCH, EISENSTEIN, PABST, PRESSBURGER, PREMINGER, LANG, LEAN, WELLS, WILDER, WEISSMAN, CUKOR, CAPRA, FORD, POLANSKI, LUMET, ASHBY, AKERMAN, ANGELOPOULOS, STURGES, SIRK, SOLANAS, BRESSON, WAJDA, MIZOGUCHI, VERTOV, BRAKHAGE, ROSELINI, ROEG, RENOIR, RAY(X2), JANSCO, VISCONTI, DE SICA, DE PALMA, DOWNEY SR., MEYER, MANN, MAY, MALICK, CLOUZOT, LEONE, TATI, POWELL, VARDA, VIGO, CHABROL, ROHMER, RESNAIS, FULLER, PECKINPAH, NARUSE, BREILLAT, VAN SANT, KIAROSTAMI, HANEKE, HERZOG, WARHOL, MEKAS, ANGER, JODOROWSKY, NOE, KORINE, CAMPION, CASSAVETTES, LYNCH, AND LEIGH.

posted by ovvl at 8:20 PM on May 7, 2013


Film Crit Hulk used to annoy the hell out of me with his caps and his incorrect Hulk grammar,

But all s/he really does is the caps. There's very, very little Hulk grammar to Film Crit Hulk's writing, which is one of the reasons the all-caps thing is as annoying as it is: s/he's barely committed to the bit.
posted by kenko at 10:36 PM on May 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


I mean the only Hulkishness to the writing in that piece is the use of article-less "Hulk" for as if it were the first-person pronoun. There is absolutely nothing else remotely Hulk-like about Film Critic Hulk's writing. I wish whoever is behind the character (which is not really a character anymore at all, given the absence of Hulk-like writing) would just drop the name.
posted by kenko at 10:38 PM on May 7, 2013


YET DEEP INSIDE HULK STILL KNOW ACT OF GIVING ADVICE IS OFTEN NO MORE THAN ATTEMPT AT SELF-JUSTIFICATION.
posted by fleacircus at 6:50 AM on May 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


If you don't want to install a browser extension, and you don't mind it all being lowercase instead, you can add a bookmark with the following URL to make it more readable:

javascript:void(document.body.style.textTransform='lowercase')

(click the bookmark after the page loads)
posted by Riki tiki at 6:51 AM on May 8, 2013


There is absolutely nothing else remotely Hulk-like about Film Critic Hulk's writing. I wish whoever is behind the character (which is not really a character anymore at all, given the absence of Hulk-like writing) would just drop the name.

Nah, there's a smattering. And I can see why he (FCH is a he) sticks with it since it makes his writing very recognisable on a web packed with smart people writing stuff.
posted by Sebmojo at 4:47 PM on May 8, 2013


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