Perhaps the silliest debate about the movies —and I've had more than a few—is when I selected Guardians of the Galaxy as a "Final Four" film in my year-end bracket of 2014 movies. (BW, Screen, "Movie Madness: A Bracket-Busting Look at a Year at the Movies," Dec. 24, 2014). For the record, the other three were Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game."
"Guardians of the Galaxy? Really?" posted one disagreeing reader. "Agreed," echoed a second.
I don't take a backseat to anyone in my love for movies, though I must prefer that I prefer the back row of a theater. I also don't dismiss a film simply because it's popular, let alone a box office smash. Boise Weekly prides itself as being a champion of "smaller" films: foreign flicks, documentaries and art-house gems, but we don't pull our punches when a pretentious piece of pulp fiction stains the screen. So why would we have a different set rules for big-screen fare? Major studio releases don't need our help (or anyone else's for that matter) to promote their wares, but when something stinks up the joint, we'll let you know. Conversely, when something is entertaining and (heaven forbid) popular, like Guardians of the Galaxy, so be it.