Sociopathic cineaste (and pizza roll enthusiast) Harvey Plinkett is back, with a 9-part critique of “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” that is alternately hilarious, illuminating, and disturbing.
Plinkett – the creation of Red Letter Media – doesn’t so much review films as abduct and savage them, relentlessly dissecting their dramatic missteps, hammering on their plot holes, and unhesitatingly assailing the blind egotism and self-deception of their creators. Previous victims include “Avatar”, “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” and a number of the Star Trek films. Although atypically long, all of Plinkett’s critiques remain captivating throughout, offering genuine insight into exactly what made a bad film so bad.
If this is the future of film criticism on the long tail, sign me up.
UPDATE 1: It looks like Part 1 has already been taken down, due, according to YouTube, to “a copyright infringement claim by The Cartoon Network, Incorporated”. Given that academic use is commonly allowed under the Fair Use doctrine (and Plinkett’s reviews, despite their humorous low-brow affectations, are indisputably, wonderfully academic) let’s hope the takedown is short-lived, and whoever called for it comes to their senses.
UPDATE 2: Ok Part 1 is now back online and the post has been updated with the embed.