YES, INTERNET, THERE IS A FILM CRIT HULK

September 30, 2011

WARNING! THIS COLUMN DETECTS HIGH LEVELS OF GAMMA RADIATION IN THE FORM OF OVER-INDULGENT SELF-AIMED ANALYSIS!

SO YESTERDAY THERE WAS A BIT OF A DISCUSSION ON TWITTER ABOUT HULK, THE HULK-SPEAK, AND WHETHER OR NOT HULK SHOULD DROP IT ALL TOGETHER AND GO PERMANENT BANNER-MODE FOR THE SAKE OF EVERYONE’S BLISS.

ON ONE SIDE, A GOOD DEAL OF REALLY SMART PEOPLE FIND IT GIMMICKY, DISTRACTING, AND LIMITING. ON THE OTHER SIDE, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO SEEM TO REALLY DIG IT. A STUNNING AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WEIGHED IN ON THE TOPIC, INCLUDING SOME OF HULK’S MOST VOCIFEROUS READERS, AS WELL AS A GREAT MANY OF HULK’S FAVORITE CRITICS, ONES THAT HULK HAS READ, LOVED, AND RESPECTED FOR YEARS. NOT TO MENTION A BEVY OF WORKING FILM PROFESSIONALS AND WRITERS , INCLUDING BUDDING UBER -PRODUCER KEITH CALDER (BEHIND SOME GREAT FILMS LIKE THE WACKNESS AND THE APPARENTLY FANTASTIC YOU’RE NEXT ON THE WAY) AND EVEN, GULP, THE UTTERLY-BRILLIANT EDGAR WRIGHT.

THE IDEA THAT HULK WOULD BE A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION AMONG THESE PEOPLE DOES NOT EVEN QUALIFY AS HUMBLING, BUT OUTRIGHT STUPEFYING. IT IS THE KIND OF SURREAL MEASURE OF FATE THAT CAUSES HULK TO QUESTION EXISTENCE. IS HULK REALLY HERE? IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING?

BUT AS DUMB AND WHOLLY UNINTERESTING AS ADDRESSING THIS CONCERN IS, THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE ISSUE HAS GROWN ENOUGH IN SIZE TO BECOME THE PROVERBIAL ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. AS SUCH IT IS TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT WITH YOU,  THE READER, AND EXPLAIN WHY EXACTLY HULK DOES WHAT HULK DOES.

DIRECTLY REFERENCING THE CONUNDRUM ON THE BLOG MAY SEEM SORT OF WEIRD AND DEFINITELY SELF-INDULGENT. HULK JUST WANT TO ASSURE YOU THAT THE GOAL HERE IS NOT TO HULK TO BE LIKE “HERE’S WHY HULK IS AWESOME!” BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY MORTIFYING.

NO, THE GOAL IS HERE IS ONLY TO JUSTIFY WHY THIS IS HAPPENING AND TO DO THAT HULK WOULD HAVE TO EXPLAIN WHY HULK BELIEVES IN THE HULK BLOG. AND THAT CAN GET A TAD CLOYING FOR SOME, HULK UNDERSTAND.

PERHAPS MORE WORRYING IS THE DREADED ISSUE OF “OVER-EXPLAINING THE JOKE.” BUT SINCE OVER-EXPLAINING THE JOKE IS SORT OF WHAT HULK DOES HERE, PERHAPS IT’S TIME TO DIRECT IT INWARDS. AFTER ALL, HULK HAS SPENT MORE TIME THINKING ABOUT THE WHOLE CIRCUMSTANCE THAN ANYONE ELSE ON THE PLANET.

SO IN EFFORT TO PUT IT BEHIND US, IT IS NOW TIME FOR HULK TO GIVE YOU A DECENT ANSWER.

NO HULK DON'T DO IT!

THE FIRST THING YOU SHOULD UNDERSTAND IS THAT HULK HONESTLY GETS THE FACT THAT ALL-CAPS WRITING CAN HARD TO READ. THIS MAY JUST HAVE TO BE A GIVEN. AND CONCERNING THE DISJOINTED SENTENCE STRUCTURE AND GRAMMAR HULK DID YA’LL A SOLID AND ADOPTED THOSE PESKY THINGS LIKE PREPOSITIONS, APOSTROPHES, AND THE ALL-TOO CRITICAL WORD “IS.” THAT’S RIGHT, HULK LEARN GOOD! BUT REALLY IF YOU’RE GONNA READ 10,000+ WORDS THERE HAS TO BE SOME MEASURE OF MEETING YOU HALFWAY. WHAT THIS MEANS IS THAT RIGHT NOW, ALL HULK IS REALLY DOING IS  JUST SWITCHING OUT “I” FOR “HULK” AND TURNING ON CAPS LOCK… OTHERWISE YOU’RE JUST READING REGULAR OLD ENGLISH… DISAPPOINTING, HULK KNOW… THOUGH HULK WON’T DENY USING A FEW MOMENTS OF WELL-TIMED, TRUE-BLUE HULK SPEAK FOR A CHEAP JOKE. BUT COME ON, WHO COULD RESIST THAT?

AS FOR THE CHARGE THAT HULK IS MERELY WRITING IN-CHARACTER AND THIS SOMEHOW IMPLIES A LACK OF VERACITY OR THE ABILITY TO TAKE WHAT IS BEING SAID SERIOUSLY, HULK ARGUES THIS A BIT OF A MISS-CHARACTERIZATION.

FOR STARTERS, THERE HAS NOT BEEN A SINGLE THING THAT HULK HAS WROTE THAT WASN’T SOMETHING TRUE IN HULK’S HEART OF HEARTS. THE CONTENT IS GENUINE. HULK HOPES THIS IS MADE CLEAR PARTIALLY BY THE FACT THAT HULK GETS TO WRITE ABOUT WHATEVER THE HECK HULK WANTS. THERE IS NO PRESSURE FOR HITS. HULK MAKES ABSOLUTELY ZERO MONEY OFF OF THIS THING. IN FACT, HULK WORKS 60+ HOUR WEEKS AND SQUEEZES MOST OF THIS WORK IN WHEN HULK SHOULD BE SLEEPING. WHICH MEANS, VERACITY OF INTENTION IS THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS HERE.

ADMITTEDLY, THERE IS AN ADDED BENEFIT TO BEING THE HULK AND THAT IS THAT HULK IS UNIQUELY FREE OF CERTAIN POLITICAL EXPECTATIONS OF BEING “A CRITIC.” HULK IS INSTEAD THOUGHT OF AS SOME SORT OF GENIAL, AMORPHOUS BEING THAT LIVES IN THE INTERNET TUBES AND LIKES MOVIES AND SHIT.  THE FREQUENT CHARGE AGAINST CRITICS IS THAT THEY CARRY PERSONAL VENDETTAS, SOMETHING THAT IS RARELY TRUE, BUT DUE TO HULK’S NEBULOUS QUALITY, HULK IS NEVER CHARGED WITH ULTERIOR MOTIVES. THAT IS BECAUSE THE HULK CAN BE ANYTHING: THE WILD RAMBLING ID OF THE MOVIEGOER. THE JESTER OF THE COURT. HULK CAN BE YOU JUST AS YOU CAN BE HULK. THERE IS A DISTINCT VALUE TO THIS ANONYMITY OF BEING THE GIANT GREEN ONE, TO WIT THE AMAZING RESPONSE OF ONE DAMON HOUX:

houx Damon Houx
@FilmCritHULK “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth,” Oscar Wilde.

A GREAT HUMAN TRUTH AND ADMITTEDLY, ONE OF THE DISTINCT ADVANTAGES TO BEING THE HULK… BUT IT’S ALSO CRITICAL TO MENTION THAT’S NOT THE REASON WHY HULK DOES IT. NO, IT COMES FROM SOMEWHERE A LITTLE MORE INNOCENT AND PERHAPS SILLY. YOU SEE, OVER THE LAST YEAR AND HALF THERE IS SOMETHING THAT HULK HAS UNDOUBTEDLY LEARNED:

EVERYONE LOVES THE HULK.

AND WHY THE FUCK WOULDN’T THEY?  HULK NOT TALKING ABOUT HULK-SELF, BUT THE IDEA OF THE HULK. ISN’T THERE SOMETHING SO LOVABLE ABOUT THE BIG GREEN GUY? THE WAY THE HULK IS IMPLICITLY YOUR FRIEND; A KIND OF BLUNT INSTRUMENT OF DOE-EYED INNOCENCE COMBINED WITH OUT OF CONTROL SMASH-TASTIC CAPABILITIES. THE HULK IS THE PROVERBIAL BULL IN A CHINA SHOP, OR THE UNBREAKABLE MARE. BUT THE SECRET HUMAN TRUTH OF THESE WILD AND OUT OF CONTROL ANIMALS IS THAT DEEP DOWN, MOST EVERYONE JUST WANTS TO CALM THE ANIMAL DOWN AND CONNECT TO THE SPIRIT INSIDE. WE SEE THIS TROPE ALL THE TIME IN MOVIES, HECK IT’S CLICHE AT THIS POINT, BUT IT SPEAKS TO OUR OWN NATURE: WE’RE ATTRACTED TO BIG STUPID THINGS THAT WIELD ENORMOUS POWER. AND IT’S SOMETIMES EASY TO FORGET THAT THE HULK IS OBVIOUS SUPERHEROIC RIFF ON JEKYLL/HYDE AND THEREFORE IT’S PLACE OUR OTHER PSYCHE. IT MAKES FOR THE EASIEST POSSIBLE REPRESENTATION OF OUR OUR HIGH / LOW SELVES.

HULK'S NOT SURE WHETHER HULK IS HIGH OR LOW THOUGH

IF ALL THIS SOUNDS LIKE A BIG CIRCLE JERK OF PONTIFICATING NONSENSE, HULK WOULD DISAGREE WITH YOU. ALL THIS IS AT PLAY IN OUR MINDS IT JUST HAPPENS RAPIDLY AND AT AN INSTANT. MOST OF YOU HAVE GOTTEN TO HEAR THE REAL HULK VOICE UNDERNEATH IT ALL, BUT REMEMBER THERE WAS ALL A MOMENT WHERE YOU FIRST HEARD ABOUT THE HULK BEING A FILM CRITIC AND THAT WAS LITERALLY ALL YOU KNEW. IN THAT INSTANT IT WAS A SINGULAR, SMALL, AND HOPEFULLY FUN CONCEPT THAT DREW YOU IN. HULK HAS GOT SEE IT HAPPEN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TIMES THROUGH THE BLOG AND TWITTER AND OVER THAT TIME THE PATTERN HAS BECOME OBVIOUS:

PEOPLE JUST FUCKING LOVE THE HULK.

PERHAPS IT’S BEST EXEMPLIFIED BY ONE OF HULK’S FAVORITE MOMENTS EVER: HULK TWEETED THE YOUNG ACTOR JOHN BOYEGA, OFFERING HUGE PRAISE OF HIS PERFORMANCE IN ATTACK THE BLOCK AND THIS WAS HIS RESPONSE:

JohnBoyegaJohn Boyega

Did the HULK just tweet me? I’m flipping honoured!!!!!! thanks big guy

HOW AWESOME IS THAT REACTION? AGAIN, PEOPLE LOVE THE HULK. EVEN IF YOUR REACTION ISN’T AS STRONG, THE HULK HAS THIS TREMENDOUS POWER TO REVERT PEOPLE TO SIMPLE JOY.

BUT YOU KNOW WHO REALLY LOVES THE HULK MOST OF ALL?

HULK DID. GROWING UP ON A STEADY DIET OF MARVEL COMICS AND THE WONDERFUL TV SHOW THERE IS A REAL, TANGIBLE HISTORICAL AFFINITY HERE FOR THE BIG GREEN ONE. WHICH MEANS THIS WHOLE MATTER COULD HAVE BEEN SETTLED WITH A SIMPLE STATEMENT OF “BECAUSE HULK LIKES IT. THAT’S WHY!” BUT THAT WOULDN’T BE ALL THAT FAIR TO YOU.

SO IS BEING THE HULK SOMEHOW… CHEATING? A CHEAP GIMMICK?

YES AND NO.

IT IS A GIMMICK FOR SURE, THERE’S NO DENYING THAT IMPLICIT, WONDERFUL DRAW. BUT THE TRUTH IS IF HULK WAS JUST A CHEAP GIMMICK HULK WOULD BE CRACKING JOKES AND YA’LL WOULDA TUNED OUT BY NOW. THIS IS FOR CERTAIN. BESIDES, THESE LONG-FORM HULK ARTICLES ARE A SERIOUS UNDERTAKING SO REALLY IT’S ABOUT COMMITMENT AND PATIENCE. HULK TRULY TRIES TO OFFER YA’LL SOMETHING OF REAL VALUE WITH EVERY SINGLE POST.

OF COURSE, PART OF THE HULK JOKE IS THAT MOST PEOPLE COME EXPECTING THE DUMB-TALK SMASHY TIME, BUT THE ACTUAL CONTENT OF THE ARTICLES HERE ARE FAIRLY SOFT, MEASURED, AND THOROUGH. OH SURE THERE’S THE OCCASIONAL POINTED BARBS OR THINGS THAT REALLY DO SET OFF HULK’S SMASH MODE. BUT FOR THE MOST PART ,HULK TRYING TO PUT FORTH THE BETTER ANGEL OF HULK’S NATURE. A GENUINE OPTIMISM ABOUT MOVIES, THE INTERNET, YOU GUYS, AND OUR SHARED CULTURE.

HULK CANNOT STATE MORE CLEARLY: NONE OF THIS IS ABOUT ADORATION, BUT THE TRUE JOY OF CONNECTING WITH IDEAS. THE RESPONSES HULK HAS GOT FROM SOME OF YOU, LIKE FOR EXAMPLE THOSE WHO WROTE IN SAYING HOW HULK’S MYTH OF 3 ACT STRUCTURE PIECE CHANGED THE SHAPE OF YOUR WRITING AND HAD A REAL FREEING EFFECT, THAT IS THE BIGGEST KIND OF JOY ANYONE CAN RECEIVE. SERIOUSLY.

LIKE COOKIES!

AND HERE’S ONE LAST TRUTH FOR YA’LL: OUTSIDE OF THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE IN HULK’S PERSONAL LIFE, HULK EMBRACING HULK’S INNER-HULK WAS THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO HULK… GOOD GOD THE HULK SPEAK IS REALLY NOT HELPING WITH THAT PARTICULAR SENTENCE, BUT WHATEVER.

THE POINT IS THAT HULK HAS GOTTEN TO CONNECT WITH SO MANY AMAZING PEOPLE ABOUT MOVIES, GOTTEN TO WRITE ARTICLES WITH BRAZEN GENIUSES LIKE TOM TOWNEND, AND HAD INTERACTIONS WITH PEOPLE WHOSE MOVIES HULK ADORES. AND IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF HULK’S READERS WHO COMMENTS ARE WONDERFUL, THOUGHTFUL INDIVIDUALS. HULK HAS EVEN SINCERELY TRIED TO READ EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER SENT TO HULK AND HULK TRULY APPRECIATES THE INPUT. SOMETIMES WE TRULY LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT THAT THE INTERNET IS WHOLLY POWERFUL THING, CAPABLE OF SUCH AMAZING CONNECTION. TRULY AMAZING.

SO WHAT THIS “HULK SPEAK” STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS BASICALLY COMES DOWN TO IS THAT THIS IS ULTIMATELY JUST A MATTER OF BEING “COOL WITH IT” OR “NOT COOL WITH IT.” THAT’S ALSO TOTALLY OKAY. IN FACT, IT’S WHAT HAPPENS WITH MOST THINGS.

SO HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD DO… WHEN YOU READ HULK’S BLOGS OR TWEETS OR WHATEVER THE HELL, GO WITH WHAT YOUR MIND FIRST JUMPS TO: A 12 FOOT TALL, GREEN, MUSCULAR BEING CRAMMED IN FRONT OF A LITTLE COMPUTER SCREEN AND POURING HIS HEART OUT ABOUT MOVIES. A HEART THAT IS, LIKE THE REAL HULK’S, GENUINE, HUMAN, AND REAL.

BECAUSE WHETHER YOU REALIZE IT OR NOT, THAT’S WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING HERE.

YES, INTERNET, THERE IS A FILM CRIT HULK. THE HULK EXISTS AS CERTAINLY AS LOVE AND GENEROSITY AND DEVOTION EXIST, AND YOU KNOW THAT THEY ABOUND TO YOUR LIFE ITS HIGHEST BEAUTY AND JOY. ALAS! HOW DREARY LIFE WOULD BE IF THERE WERE NO HULK. IT WOULD BE AS DREARY AS IF THERE WERE NO YOU. THERE WOULD BE NO CHILDLIKE FAITH THEN, NO POETRY, NO ROMANCE TO MAKE TOLERABLE THIS EXISTENCE. WE SHOULD HAVE NO ENJOYMENT, EXCEPT IN SENSE AND SIGHT. THE ETERNAL LIGHT WITH WHICH CHILDHOOD FILLS THE WORLD WOULD BE EXTINGUISHED.

HULK COULD PERHAPS JUST LEAVE YOU WITH THAT SACCHARINE BIT OF USURPERY, BUT THAT WOULDN’T BE THE OVERLY-CAUTIOUS GREEN GUY YOU’VE COME TO KNOW. THE TRUTH IS THAT IF BEING THE HULK EVEN AFFORDS THE SLIGHTEST BIT OF IRREVERENCE AND CHILD-LIKE FUN TO BE HAD IN THIS ENTIRELY-TOO-DRAB ARENA WE CALL FILM CRITICISM, EVEN IF IT’S FUN JUST TO ONE PERSON, THEN EMBRACING THE INNER-HULK WAS ABSOLUTELY THE RIGHT DECISION.

HULK SPEAK STAYS.

NOW THAT THAT’S SETTLED, HULK CAN FINALLY GET BACK TO BUSINESS AND ADDRESS THE STUFF THAT’S ACTUALLY FUN FOR HULK TO WRITE AND FOR YOU TO READ. LIKE THE REVIEW OF JAMES GUNN’S SUPER COMING UP ALONG WITH THE MOST DRUNKEN, SARCASTIC THING HULK HAS WRITTEN YET. GOOD TIMES!

YOUR BULLISH, DOE-EYED, AND INHERENT FRIEND

-HULK

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40 Responses to “YES, INTERNET, THERE IS A FILM CRIT HULK”

  1. Renn Brown said

    Right on. De-radiate for no one.

  2. John said

    As you astutely point out, people would have abandoned it a long time ago if all you had was the gimmick, no matter how amusing. The fact of the matter is that there’s incredible content buried in the schtick, so I’m glad to soldier through the wall of capital letters.

    To be completely honest, I find this to be the most educational film blog out there. The bonus entertainment that comes with it is gravy.

  3. ScottR said

    HULK make me smashey with joy! THANK HULK!

  4. JONAH KEEL said

    It’s funny, the Geek Brothers’ one complaint is that we feel HULK has attempted to meet the internet halfway by easing up a bit on the Hulk speak. In other words. Don’t change Caps and third person referencing Hulk, we enjoy. THOROUGHLY.

    Also Hulk is very insightful and we like that too.

  5. As John already stated above, this is THE most educational blog on film out there. So you add some humor to it by typing in Hulk-speak…… OOHHHHH NOOOOOO!!!!!!! People need to get over themselves.

  6. Don’t do it Hulk we love you :0

    The all-caps text was only distracting to me for like five minutes. Plus, the fact that it’s a persona that fits the text helps- if this was, say, Roger Ebert writing in all-caps it would be distracting since he doesn’t yell all the time (I assume), but everyone knows that the Hulk doesn’t have an indoor voice.

    Keep doing what you’re doing, Hulk!

  7. I came for the Hulk, and stayed for the riveting film criticism. But it wouldn’t be quite as riveting without the Hulk-speak. So please never change it :)

  8. makon06 said

    I was initially drawn to Hulk’s blog from a retweet of Bob ‘Moviebob’ Chipman. All I knew was what I saw; a picture of the Hulk, the name ‘FilmCritHulk’, and if I recall correctly, a twitter message talking about how Michael Bay makes Hulk want to smash (My memory is probably failing me, but same point). What I didn’t expect to come from that initial impression was what I actually stumbled upon.

    While the ‘Hulk the Film Critic’ concept was what initially drew my attention, it was the in-depth understanding and eloquently (If Hulk-ized) treasure trove of article-upon-article of well presented and organized thought of cinema and the arts as a whole. Going through the recent articles, and the old ones alike, I was left with thoughtful pieces of advice on how to perceive cinema and the industry.

    Of particular note, to me, came the ‘3-Act Structure’ article, which was the first one I replied to (using my FB name: Ethan Prather). The article presented a logical breakdown on how and why the conventional 3-Act system doesn’t truly work, and gave truly great comparisons of other works that defied that system in favor of others. Now, whenever I write on my Book-In-Progress, I always mentally return to that article. From there, I let my writing flow as I feel is right and would best benefit the story, ‘systems’ be damned.

    While it was the initial ‘Hulk’ persona that caught my attention and garnered a closer look, it was the ‘Banner’ underneath that captivated that interest. I equate it to buying a car; It’s the shiny paint job and the appealing chassis that catches your notice, but it’s the top-notch interior and handling that keep you coming back for more.

    …Yeah, that kinda ran on a lot longer than I had figured.

  9. VyceVictus said

    I concur with everything Ethan said; I arrived here the same and experienced the same kind of revelation. I felt it more viscerally though. Instead of cynical critics making me so angry i wanna smash things, Hulk makes me so happy I wanna smash things! Big difference, i’m sure you know.

    You always find something positive or a lesson to be learned from even the worst things (like your Michael Bay points in your Action essay)and that’s missing so much these days. Your insight provides real ways on how to improve cinema. Besides, you have the best film critc advice in the whole world: Watch More Movies!

  10. Stiv said

    Hulk, I started reading you a couple weeks ago, and your insights on storytelling, staging, and criticism have been wonderful. The content of your articles gives you the right to whatever style/persona you want, and that’s the simple truth. I’ll admit that the initial HULK SMASH sort of vision you get when you first hear about FILM CRIT HULK is a big draw, and the measured nuance of your pieces is all the more surprising for it, and that’s part of what makes it such a great draw.

    Really looking forward to your thoughts on Super. There’s a handful of described-as-great films I haven’t seen this year (like Drive, for example) that I haven’t seen yet, but Super is hands-down my favorite of the year so far.

  11. As the insufferable MTV representatives of my home state of New Jery say, “Do you”.

  12. Bevin said

    Your Banner-mode blogging has always been an educational, insightful and fun read, one of the only blogs I would consistently check every day for updates. Sadly, it seemed like hardly anyone else was reading it. Switching to Hulk gave you a great hook along the lines of what you mentioned the other day regarding the audience (in this case the reader) being surprised. The amusing irony of the Hulk reviewing movies in and of itself is good for a laugh or two, but the reason people stay is because you don’t give them what they’re expecting, you give them real ideas and insight into things that they maybe never thought of before, or at least thought of in quite the same way. Banner’s insights and knowledge are as great as they’ve always been and keep people coming back again and again, but it’s Hulk that gets people to read them in the first place. The two of you together make a great team.

  13. Shellers101 said

    Hulk do not change! I’m a relatively new fan (only few weeks) and have fallen head over heels for your humorous and occasional angry critiquing. I’ve even being getting an education! You are able to put into words why I dislike Micheal Bay and love Edgar Wright, not to mention so much more that hadn’t even occured to me. Cap locks issue? What cap locks issue? Stay real my 12ft friend and I’ll stay tuned X

  14. Doug said

    Great post!
    Unrelated: Can we expect a review of Wolverine And His Boxing Bots? It didn’t look good, but now it does AND Farci liked it. Help, Hulk.

  15. Fred said

    I’m glad you’re keeping the Hulk persona. Hulkspeak isn’t the easiest to read, but nor is it blinding, and I would have been sad to see it go.

    By the way, what did you think of Doctor Who’s S6 finale? I was thoroughly disappointed, but I’d like to hear the opinion of somebody who is more articulate (clearly Hulkspeak doesn’t significantly impair your eloquence) and who knows story structures better than I.

    • FILMCRITHULK said

      HULK REALLY LIKED IT. ALTHOUGH HULK NOT REALLY SURE IT IS BECAUSE OF STORY STRUCTURE OR ANYTHING OF THE LIKE. THE LONG FORM PLOTTING OF DR. WHO IS SORT OF A BIT OF A SHELL GAME ANYWAY, SO REALLY IT’S A MATTER OF WHETHER OR NOT THE THEMATIC STUFF REACHES DOWN AND CAPTURES SOME INTERESTING IDEAS OR REFLECTS SOME INHERENT TRUTH ABOUT THE CHARACTERS. AND THAT’S CERTAINLY WHAT HULK THOUGHT THE FINALE AT LEAST DID (THE NOTION OF THE UNIVERSE THROWING IN THEIR AID TO HELP, FOR HAVING OWED THE DOCTOR SO MUCH IN PARTICULAR. ALSO HULK HAD BEEN WAITING FOR “ALL TIME OCCURRING AT ONCE” EPISODE TO HAPPEN FOR QUITE SOME TIME). BUT IN OBJECTIVE SENSE ONE SUPPOSES THERE WAS A PLOTTING LACK OR RESOLUTION THIS GO ROUND. THIS IS THE FIRST SEASON THAT DIDN’T REALLY TRY TO APPROACH THEIR PROBLEM SOLVING IN A WAY OF FINALITY (COMPARED TO SEASONS PAST). SO THE DR. HAS SIDE STEPPED THE GRIM RIM AND WILL GO ON BATTLING THE SILENCE AND THERE’S STILL THE FIRST QUESTION AT STAKE: DOCTOR WHO? IT’S NOT FINAL, BUT ONE COULD CERTAINLY DO WORSE.

  16. Maintainer said

    This is what I know.

    a) I don’t think this post was necessary; I recommend against any public self-analysis by any persona.

    b) I wouldn’t be able to read his posts if not for the Hulkspeak.

  17. Alaska Boy said

    I’m so glad to hear that Hulkspeak is staying! I wish you would drop the prepositions, articles, etc again though. Sometimes it takes me too out of the post when you un-Hulk the lingo, as it makes it hard to keep my mental image of the big-green-lug typing away at his puny keyboard.

    Like Maintainer said, despite the INCREDIBLY GREAT quality of the content of your postings, it would just be too dry to read if it weren’t for the “gimmick”. Hulkspeak is 80% of the enjoyment!

  18. Hulk weakens for no one. And the CAPS don’t bother me one bit. The writing is excellent.

  19. Lara said

    Hulkspeak or no hulkspeak, I’d be (and am) an avid Film Crit Hulk reader either way.

  20. rubi-kun said

    So, with Hulk getting known among real filmmaker people, any chance of Hulk interviewing Guillermo Del Toro about his forthcoming TV adaptation of Hulk’s life?

  21. Marvin said

    Firstly, thank you for your articles. As a film fan with no critical training I really appreciate your ability to give a deep and incisive lesson without resorting to jargon.

    As for the caps issue, are you aware of the research behind the subject? Until recently I thought that lower-case was inherently more readable due to word shape recognition, but it seems this is untrue, and in fact parallel letter recognition is a far better model.
    There’s a great article on the subject here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/typography/ctfonts/WordRecognition.aspx

    With practise, all caps can be read at the same speed. If anything the length of the articles helps accustom the reader to the style over the course of them – it’s interjective SHOUTING that I find ANNOYING when READING.

  22. Those cookies look toxic…

  23. Josh said

    Ah, thank you. Was Googling around for an explanation, and found this, and now I get it. I had continually involunarily tuned out when someone would link me to a piece and I saw the all-caps and apparent Hulk-speak, but knowing that it’s JUST all-caps and “HULK for “I” helps a lot. My mind won’t slide off your work anymore, I think and hope–because you write about a lot of stuff I find interesting, and a lot of really smart people whose curating I trust like your work. So thanks for explaining it. And please do always keep the prepositions/articles/etc!

  24. Bryan said

    Perhaps this is so obvious that nobody has explicitly stated it, but the “hulkspeak” works for me due the shuffling together of the disparate elements of highbrow film criticism with lowbrow all-caps-Hulk-glee. It’s true, I came for the gimmick, but the gimmick has paid out dividends to me in the form of astute, funny analysis and criticism.

  25. Fae said

    BLOGGER THINK HULKSPEAK AWESOME.

    But no, seriously…

    As a new fan, I’ve loved your entertaining, down-to-earth reviews and writing analysis, and never had a problem with the all-caps. I, like many others, came for the Hulk, stayed for the critique, and I’m so glad the Hulkspeak has stayed – if it ain’t broke, an’ all…

    This is one of the few blogs I reliably keep an eye on, and that will give me a laugh or add something positive to my outlook every time I read. Thank you!

  26. [...] that’s half the charm. In this article, Hulk explains why he does what he does. He’s very genuine about everything he writes. I [...]

  27. Tom said

    White text on a black or dark grey background is easier on the eyes, which might go a ways toward making all-caps read more pleasantly.

  28. […] is often a distraction from the content and a deterrent to readers. Film Crit Hulk has of course addressed this issue and explained the rationale for this choice, but considering that his more recent articles have dropped the third-person “Hulk […]

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