I recently saw an episode of Charlie Rose that featured Robert Shaye, Co-CEO of New Line and bete noir of Lord of the Rings fans everywhere. It being Charlie Rose, the guest was required to say something completely asinine - and Shaye did not disappoint. He lamented the rise of the Internet in general and movie blogs in particular because, now, all of a sudden, "everyone is an expert." Apparently we all now feel we have the right to pick movies apart and discuss them and in some cases actually give our opinion of the work in a public forum! The nerve of some people!
I genuinely surprised to hear him go on like this - Shaye always struck me as a pretty smart guy. What did he honestly think we did with movies before the Internet? The first thing everybody does after they see a movie - if they give a damn about movies, and in some cases even if they don't - is go to a pub or cafe and start picking the thing apart to see what worked and what didn't. Even if they're not aware they're doing it, they do it; "Dood, that was fucking awesome!" is a perfectly valid critique of a cinematic work.
Big deal, so what - some people now decide to do the same thing on the Internet. It's nothing they weren't doing already - except that now Robert Shaye (and his marketing people) can hear them.