Remember in the Brooke Shields film, where David goes from a young man experiencing true unbridled love for the first time in his life to a dangerous and lethal arsonist / stalker? Or how about turning into crazy-assed “Number #1 Fan” Annie Wilkes from Stephen King’s MISERY? Because she feels her favorite author has “sold out", she takes her "love" to the point of feeling justified in bashing his bones this way and that until he agrees to create a new story to her specific liking? Hmmm? Had the Internet existed back then, Annie could have just started a Facebook page.
Mel Brooks - "It Is Good To Be The King": HISTORY OF THE WORLD PT. 1 (1981)
In not keeping those scales of journalistic criticism properly balanced; in not separating the wheat of personal "like / dislike" from the chaff of gleeful artistic assault / attack which can stem from it, we run the risk of our own Jekyll / Annie Wilkes headlong plunge from level headed individual with a justifiable concern, to the social media / journalistic version of blabbering, irrational, flesh slashing sociopath - where we are no longer engaging in dialog, discussion and education, but exemplifying a "see me / hear me" declaration of self perceived power and authority. An almost despotically desperate “I have a column and I am king!” state rather than a “Let’s get into this and examine and debate it intelligently because we love it, and hate to see when it’s done poorly” take / sensibility. We believe this is the “separating the men from the boys” delineation Mr. Cronenberg was making. It is surely ours.
CINEMA PARADISO (1988)