Fraught Experiments "F.A."Q.

Q: What film criticism credentials do you have?

A: You need credentials for a blog? Well, OK, I used to be a published film critic in a regional newspaper that went defunct. It was pretty niche; you haven't heard of it. She lives in Canada. She's not online. My papers are in order.

Q: What's your commenting policy?

A: Comments are moderated—so if you submit one, you won't see it until and unless I approve it. I'll approve pretty much any comments that aren't spam, personal attacks, or imbecilic to a YouTubian degree.

Q: What's the significance of this blog's title?

A: Really none except that I like the word "fraught" and decided to contort it into a lame pun, which then became my username on MetaFilter and Twitter.

Q: Tell us about your process when you write a movie review.

A: That's not a question, but okay. Most of the time I wait after finishing the movie—either a few hours or a few days—to let it digest. Then I start my review and acquire an image I like. I usually don't determine a star score until close to the end. Once I'm done or very nearly done, I check out IMDb and Wikipedia to learn whatever facts I ought to know before posting it. Occasionally I make revisions on the basis of alarming discoveries.

Q: Do the images accompanying your reviews have hovery alt-text tooltippy whatever-you-call-'ems?

A: You can't find out for yourself? What, you too busy to hover a mouse for a second?

Q: Why do you watch so many really bad movies?

A: Having seen nearly every episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, I have a stronger-than-average resistance to them. Hence, like most people who develop a superpower, I feel it is my duty to use it for good—to endure them, review them, and warn against those which my fellow man would never conceivably benefit from seeing.

Q: For the sake of context, what are some examples of things you enjoy immoderately?

A: Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth films; Herzog; Parks and Recreation; most Kubrick; Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; "weird Twitter"; Star Trek.

Q: How about some things you dislike immoderately?

A: I try to be kind. But let's just say, if you want to be my friend and I find out you're into Adam Sandler, then I will smile tightly and look for an escape route.

Q: What's your opinion on the films of Uwe Boll?

A: Well, let me put it this way. I've never seen one—and I have no plans to.

Q: How about Robert Altman films?

A: Those I've seen plenty of…and enjoyed not one moment of.

Q: End sentences with prepositions much?

A: INORITE? What's THAT about?

Q: Star Wars or Star Trek?

A: Trek (assuming pre-J.J.).

Q: Picard or Kirk?

A: It depends on the situation. Since Picard seems to go out of his way to avoid the Dominion War entirely, preferring to wear silly alien headgear and woo Baku realtors, Kirk's the one you want when the shit really hits the fan. But fans rarely get hit by shit in Trek canon (unless you count The Final Frontier, "Move Along Home," "Threshold," Nemesis…), so generally speaking, Picard.

Q: Why have a "Netflix Instant" tag when any given film can randomly appear and disappear from Netflix Instant, like some exotic subatomic particle?

A: Because fuck you, nerd.

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