Home Video Hovel: Knights of Badassdom, by Chase Beck

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2 Responses

  1. John Pavlich says:

    Thanks a lot for spoiling the ending. I’ll be sure to never read anything you write from here on out.

  2. Chase Beck says:

    Dear John,
    I apologize if my review of “Knights of Badassdom” upset you. Believe me, it was not a decision I made lightly. You should rest assured that, while I might have given away the nature of the ending, there is still much to be surprised by in the film, even if overall it was not to my liking.

    I like to believe that truly good films cannot be ruined by giving away the ending, that a film is more than just what happens in the last five minutes, but rather the entire work needs to be a cohesive experience from start to finish. However, I recognize that many film-goers value the surprise and excitement of a twist or shocking ending so I often go out of my way to preserve the supposed sanctity of “The Ending”.

    As a reviewer, I am often forced to make choices in conveying my experience when viewing a film. In the case of “Knights of Badassdom”, I felt it necessary to include a small detail about the film, and the nature of LARPing that indicated the approach of the filmmakers and where it fell short in my opinion. To do this, I had to describe what didn’t happen in the film, but what I felt would have greatly improved the overall experience and message of the film had it happened.

    In the end, you were likely as disappointed by my review of “Knights of Badassdom” as I was with the film “Knights of Badassdom”. As such, It would seem that I was able to convey the hollowness that I felt at the conclusion of the film much more effectively than I could have done without “spoiling” it. And so, I would consider my review a success in the sense that it accurately reflected my experience. However, I remain sorry that you were upset by my methods, just as I’m sure the makers of “Knights of Badassdom” are sorry that I could not fully enjoy their film.

    Kindest Regards,
    Chase W. Beck

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