Yesterday morning I saw Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. Then I wrote about. Then the death threat arrived.
At the request of a number of interested parties I thought I’d collate some of the unusual activity that has occurred over at Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second over the last 24 hours. Over the course of the past 12 hours my sexuality has been called in to question as have my abilities as a writer and my political leanings. Most of the comments have made me smile, there’s only so much abuse one can take before becoming desensitised to it, so for that, I thank thee. Many of our regular readers have had a great time reading over some of the ones that were actually publishable.
A Transformers online forum decided to spam Hope Lies shortly after review went live. Some adventurous fellow called ‘thebruteslayer’ (seriously) gave the call to arms to wage intergalactic robot war on us, blindly defending a film he/she hasn’t actually seen. Anyway, spam they did. At least 50 comments didn’t make it through to the site, but I tried to be fair when letting any negative opinion through. Truth is, I’m not going to wade through countless abusive comments at 11pm at night when its easier to press the “Delete All” key. Apologies to those of you who had honest comments deleted along the way.
One of the claims thrown at me, and as a result the site, is that we’re elitist in our attitudes. Just to clarify, we here at Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second appreciate a well-made Blockbuster as much as the next guy. I think I speak for everyone here when I say that we all found the cinema via the big-budget blockbuster cinema of our respective youths, and are wholly ready and waiting for the likes of Spielberg, Nolan and Bay to impress us. Indeed, thus far this summer, we’ve positively reviewed Green Lantern, Thor and X-Men: First Class, so to say we’re “elitist” as many people have, is unfair, and factually incorrect. We cover everything here at Hope Lies. Also, to childishly claim that “you didn’t like it, therefore you’re lying about seeing it” is not fair either.
Nor does it do anything at all for the claims made against the film in my review. If anything, the aggressive, ill-written reactions from people that haven’t actually seen the film only reinforce my summation that in the words of a Twitter follower “proves your taking to be pretty accurate, regarding right-wing patriot (chauvinist) types”. So yeah, thanks guys.