Imagination Connoisseur, Keith O’Neil criticizes the world of film critics in this interesting opinion piece submitted to ROBSERVATIONS and the PGS website.

Everyone’s a critic … and we mean everyone.

Hey Rob, As someone who has seen movie discourse evolve from newspaper columns to Siskel and Ebert’s ‘At The Movies’, to blogs and Youtube critics, do you think film criticism has gotten better or worse over the years? I say it’s gotten worse. Especially in the past decade, it seems like there’s more vitriol in movie reviews.

Are there tonal problems with how Luke Skywalker is presented in THE LAST JEDI?

Take for example, ‘Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice.’ It seemed like you were somehow “wrong” for liking the movie. The same could be said for ‘The Last Jedi’ or ‘Joker.’ We all remember how exhausting the discourse on those got after a while, no matter what side you were on. Lack of knowledge is another issue. I don’t mean to come across as gatekeeping and am all for fans having a voice. Why else would I be here? But it seems like specifically, some Youtube reviewers think just because they are a fan of something, it qualifies them to be considered an expert. I like comic books, but I wouldn’t consider myself a comic book expert or historian. I know there are TONS of comics by EC, First, Eclipse, Malibu, and Image I have never read. Surface-level critiques are another issue. There’s no real elaboration as to why they feel one way or another. I’m not asking for a Russian novel-length explanation in reviews, but I need a little more than “Amy Adams was a bad Lois Lane cause I didn’t like her.” Do you agree, or do you think I’m just being a tight ass? Thanks and STAY METAL, Keith O’Neil

Does “stunt casting” work?

Does “stunt casting” work?

Imagination Connoisseur, ROBB, shares his thoughts on how Star Trek: Discovery handled its casting of Democratic politician, Stacey Abrams, as the president of a united Earth in the show’s finale. Personal politics aside, ROBB seems to feel Star Trek’s producers missed an opportunity to send a message about unity at a time when we could all use it.

Will Superman be returning in 4K someday?

Will Superman be returning in 4K someday?

Long-time PGS Member, Kenny Kraly Jr., writes in to the LET’S GET PHYSICAL MEDIA show to ask for their predictions on the possibility of getting more Superman movies out on 4k Blu-Ray.

On the topic of “Gatekeeping” …

On the topic of “Gatekeeping” …

Imagination Connoisseur, Jason Miller, writes a letter of support for ROBSERVATIONS host, Robert Meyer Burnett, who has recently proclaimed himself the Gatekeeper of Geekdom. Jason shares his experience defending RMB’s joke (made on Twitter) and arrives at an inescapable conclusion that everyone should probably take to heart.

Attention Star Command, there seems to be a problem with Buzz Lightyear

Attention Star Command, there seems to be a problem with Buzz Lightyear

ROADTRIPPIN’ co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden respond to letters from listeners proposing a variety of reasons as to why Pixar’s latest animated feature, LIGHTYEAR, didn’t meet expectations during its opening weekend. Was it a result of bad casting, a strained relationship between studios, convoluted marketing or stronger-than-expected competition? No one is sure – but it’s possible the problem runs much deeper than an origin story for an action figure might let on.

How to accept Star Trek now so you don’t go insane!

How to accept Star Trek now so you don’t go insane!

Imagination Connoisseur, Adam Talley, writes in to explain how he now views the Star Trek franchise – a way that acknowledges the “good old days” so many OG fans pine for and the new innovations we’re seeing in stores, online, and in theaters.

Why is Obi-Wan the most boring thing about the Obi-Wan Kenobi streaming series on Disney+?

Why is Obi-Wan the most boring thing about the Obi-Wan Kenobi streaming series on Disney+?

ROADTRIPPIN’ co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden discuss the broader implications of a question posed by an Imagination Connoisseur who asks why Obi-Wan Kenobi is such a boring character in his own series. In fact, one could ask why so many Star Wars series seem to be “running in place” and not really going anywhere with characters who don’t seem to be doing all that much. Is there a larger force at work here that no one seems to acknowledge? And where have we heard THAT before?

Does it make sense to remake good movies?

Does it make sense to remake good movies?

ROADTRIPPIN’ co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden respond to a letter from an Imagination Connoisseur who asks why Hollywood seems content remaking and re-booting successful movies rather than making movies with “great potential” that might have not met expectations when they were first released to the public. As Rob and Mike point out, there’s a lot more involved in a successful remake than one might imagine.

Rob comes out and admits he’s THE Gatekeeper of Fandom

Rob comes out and admits he’s THE Gatekeeper of Fandom

Co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden discuss Rob’s recent revelation that he is, in fact, THE GATEKEEPER OF ALL FANDOM and what Imagination Connoisseurs can now expect of him serving as the judge, jury and adjudicator of all things geeky. Plus interesting letters from fans.

Lots of Star Trek-y goodness on the Interwebs lately

Lots of Star Trek-y goodness on the Interwebs lately

In less time than it takes for a tribble to become a grandparent, here’s a list of the eight most interesting, Trek-related things we’ve found worth sharing with our fellow Imagination Connoisseurs …

Making a case for LIFE after ALIEN

Making a case for LIFE after ALIEN

Imagination Connoisseur, S’wak Props, thinks Ridley Scott could have done much better when it came to making a sequel to his 1979 sci-fi/horror classic, ALIEN. Instead of Scott’s ALIEN COVENANT, S’wak recommends you check out Daniel Espinosa’s LIFE which includes Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds among others in the cast.

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