I always take more pleasure in liking something than in disliking something. That’s not to say there aren’t some things that deserve to be liked and some things that deserved to be disliked, but I’m never fond of disliking something.

The lesson I’ve learned is to be wary of those who are. The ones who seem to think that being critical is the same as having good taste. Those people almost never have good taste, so their opinions don’t matter.  

There’s no particular sophistication required to be a critic. We know this, because children often dislike foods they learn to love as adults. So, even if what you’ve done isn’t so great, just remember that those who can’t say so with grace, those who seem to take pride in criticizing you, their opinions don’t matter. It may very well be that you’ve created a masterpiece, and they’re just children.

If you can learn to be a fair judge of yourself, you won’t feel the need to rely on other people’s opinions. – Chris Shiflett (via @chytrakita)

I first started writing reviews for fun. I thought I might as well share these commentaries in case others might enjoy or benefit from them. Providing a platform for discussion and connecting with other film/television lovers was another incentive. Somewhere along the way, the reviews became a way to provide honest (hopefully not too brutal) feedback to other writers and filmmakers. I feel this is the least I can do in return for the joy I experience from whatever happens to capture my fancy. Music, film, books-once I set my sights on a project, I’ll support it to the moon; advertise it and probably give unsolicited (i.e. free) advice on how you can improve it. My opinions are obviously my own and the only authority I’m willing to claim is that of a fan.

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  • Lou Ann

    I have recently come across your site and find myself spending hours on the Mentalist reviews, which are all so amazing. I am happy to find that there are people even more obsessed with this suburb show than I am.

    Does anyone else feel that an episode that covers the police procedural following Angela and Charlotte Jane’s murder is warranted? How was PJ treated, like a suspect? The husband is so often depicted as the first person of interest. Do his experiences with the authorities at the time of the investigation into their murder translate to the way he handles victim’s families now? What behaviors sent him to a mental health facility? These days it takes a lot for someone to be committed. Perhaps he sought out the help, but that doesn’t seem to comport with what we know about his opinion of doctors.

    I’d love to hear others’ thoughts.

  • reviewbrain

    Welcome to the blog Lou Ann.

    I think, considering the fact that RJ left a not and that Jane had not been home at the time of the murder, he wouldn’t have been a suspect. I think he would have been too traumatized to even seek emotional help; rather i think he would have been committed later by someone who happened to realize (or see) how devastated he was. Doctor perhaps, after he was admitted in a hospital after a suicide attempt? There have been some hints in season ones Red Brick and Ivy…

  • Lou Ann

    Yeah, WE know that he wasn’t home, and that the note was from RJ, but the first responders and police wouldn’t automatically rule him out, right?

    And quite often in the show a suicide attempt is seen as a sign of guilt. (I’m bad with names, but am thinking of the father of Panzer’s first victim whose suicide Jane used to divert Agent Darcy away from suspecting that RJ is still alive. Oh, yeah, Thomas Meier.). I’m sure he must have been investigated, or at least extensively questioned, in some way. That, in and of itself, would have been extremely traumatic. Why doesn’t he have more compassion for traumatized families?

    In Red Dawn, Lisbon’s team knows of the case. CBI must have investigated. Guess it wasn’t her team that conducted it, though, or that would have come out.

    Thanks for your response. You and your regular contributors are so insightful. I feel like i’m back in college reading the Cliff notes. (Not sure if you know what i’m referring to, since I believe you once responded to someone that you’re not from the US?)

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