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Giving in to the blog world

February 5, 2010 - Keith Frederick
I fought it, kicking and screaming, but here I am. I'm finally... gulp... blogging.

For those of you who don't know me, I've had a monthly column in the Mirror's Go section for the past few years, focusing on entertainment and pop culture.

Now, what should you expect from The Rough Cut, version 2.0? Well, first and foremost, you should expect to see me geek out about movies, comic books, music and TV.

You can also count on some degree of whining about the state of said mediums.

And you should certainly assume that I'll be complaining about awards shows. A lot.

Like, all the time.

I'll be the first to admit that I take entertainment seriously. Perhaps a bit too seriously at times.

If I see a movie or television show that insults my intelligence, it's not in me to turn a blind eye to it. Therefore, you can probably count on me taking Tyler Perry or Dane Cook behind the woodshed more than once.

If I see Hollywood take a quality product from another medium - be it a book, video game or television show - and turn it into a bastardized film, you can bet I'll be screaming until my (virtual) lungs get sore.

I detest television dramas which use children as emotional crutches, playing with the audience's emotions by putting kids in horrible situations.

I have pathological hatreds of certain actors - foremost among them Kevin Costner and Nicolas Cage - for reasons know only to me and my therapist. I will not go easy on these "gentlemen."

But I'm not all gloom and doom, venom and bile. I have a soft spot for old-fashioned films that make you smile and deliver an "underdog does good" message. In fact, those movies - no matter how corny; we're talking "Cool Runnings"-type stuff here - give me goosebumps.

In fact, that's what traditional entertainment does to me. I literally get goosebumps all over when I hear a song or watch a film that I can get emotionally invested in.

That feeling, that visceral connection is why I love entertainment. It's why I can't get enough of that feeling you get when the lights go down and the projector starts, and you share an experience with all those other people in the dark theater.

And those feelings are what I hope to share with you, oh readers of the blogosphere.

Whether you agree with me 100 percent, or disagree with me with every fiber of your being, let's take this virtual ride together.

Of course, if you disagree with me too strongly, just keep it to yourself.

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