File this one under Things to Keep An Eye On.
Flick250, a beta movie-review site apparently featuring Orlando contributors debuted last week with at least one interesting idea: In addition to "straight-to-the-point" reviews and basic credits, there's a steady Twitter feed on the side referencing the film's hashtagged tweets.
I've felt for a while now – actually, since Ashton Kutcher's Killers, believe it or not, where the divide seemed extra wide – that there can be a massive disconnect between review sites like Rotten Tomatoes and what moviegoers are actually saying on Twitter. OK, critics vs. audience is hardly a new debate, but the echo chambers on both sides have grown exponentially in the last couple of years to the point where the old audience testing model seems just as out-of-date as the old critic-aggregator model. Too many voices fall through the cracks or can be easily misinterpreted/manipulated.
So Flick250 provides a snapshot of both simultaneously: I can read local film buff and the site's co-founder, Joey Wright's (I'm assuming - the reviews aren't bylined) endorsement of The Green Hornet, touting the film's choreography and sharp script, as well as DaRollingStoner's enthusiastic endorsement of the double-barrel Desert Eagle seen in the movie! (He's very excited about that.)
It's very beta at the moment, but put a pin in it. It's a natural evolution.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.