Directors Poll: The use of the word "twist" in Movie Reviews

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  1. Brett_B

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    This is something that really bugs me, and I wonder who else this bothers besides myself.

    Do you get upset when you are reading a "spoiler-free" review (at least you think you are) and the reviewer says something like "the final twist" or "the ending has a twist".

    To me, the use of the word "twist" basically tells me to "expect the unexpected", and most of the time I can figure out the ending before it happens.
     
  2. Elizabeth S

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    Yes, I know what you mean. It tends to set your mind working as to the possible turn it's going to take, thus negating its effect when it comes.

    Nowadays, I tend to stay away from reviews until after I see the film, then compare notes on our reactions. Except possibly VERY borderline films which need a nudge one way or the other.
     
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    Great question Brett! I actually broached this topic in a feature I wrote a few years ago entitled My Oh-So-Smug Top Ten Tips on How to Write a Movie Review . Here's the topical passage:



    I've probably broken my own rule a hundred times [​IMG] but that's my official stance: a good review won't refer to a major 'twist' at all.
     
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    If thread-killing were a crime, you guys would finally be rid of me forever.
     
  5. Brett_B

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    Scott,

    LOL...I thought the thread was dead because I started the topic. [​IMG]

    I posted this thread figuring more people would be bothered by this. I am probably one of the few that still goes to the theaters on a regular basis while still picking up new DVDs on Tuesdays. The reason why I do go on a regular basis to the theaters is because when people discuss a particular movie that they like, they try to "sell" it to others, sometimes saying more than what they should. There are times I just walk away shaking my head thinking, "I can't believe you had just said that."
     
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    As every damn movie made these days, tries to have some sort of twist ending. I don't think it really matters. it is a forgone conclusion and to me the biggest twist ending a film could have now is to not have a twist ending.
     
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    Brett, I still go to the theatre regularly, too. The less I've heard going in, the better. I just don't understand how people can wait for the DVD until half the world knows the story. Nothing beats the thrill of taking off from work early to see it on opening day.

    Everyone at work knows how seriously I take my movies -- if anyone EVER purposely spoiled a film for me, I'd probably never talk to them again.
     
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