Blech! I hate spoliers (none in this post)

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That happened to me with Million Dollar Baby

Thanks to a blogger, who launched her post by going into a rant about the last 30 minutes of the movie.

I was concerned about my "pro-life" post having spoilers of Friday's BG episode. But since it aired, and since I wasn't giving away specifics, and since knowing that little bit would not necessarily ruin it for those who haven't seen it, I went without the spoilers label.

But you're right, people should be very clear about spoilers. There once was a time on the internet where people who were about to give spoilers would warn--

-very clearly-

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...before giving the secrets away.

Apparently such consideration is not respected any more. Like the "right" to pollute and the "right" to wear a gun while getting shiftfaced on Kentucky mash, people have the right to bloviate about anything, even spoilers.

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Posted by media girl on 14 August 2005 - 10:10am
Agreed

And hope you aren't talking about me. (gulp!) but I saw the film after it already won best picture and it was the last day in even the bargain theaters. It was very old news.

At what point is something a spoiler and at what point "a classic film" that people discuss?

And what was most annoying it said nothing about episodes yet-to-be-aired in the Wikipedia and masked as the first season.

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Posted by Matsu on 14 August 2005 - 10:20am
This was in its 2nd week or so of release, I think

I was quite angry with this blogger.

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Posted by media girl on 14 August 2005 - 10:40am
Two weeks on a film - too soon

I LOVED Million Dollar Baby because I did not know anything except Eastwood and Swank were in it, it won awards, and Swank was a boxer. What a TREAT!

I can't stop watching this film. Not addicted or anything. I put it aside for a while and every week I watch a long segment - sometimes the painful ones, sometimes the cheerful ones. He really hit his stride with this.

I now read the critics who are unhappy that it does not have the ending that they wanted to have.

Glad I was not the offender and I think what I'll do in the future is open with the first paragraph, for example:

SPOILER ALERT. This essay compares "Million Dollar Baby" with "Revenge of the Sith" and refers in detail to scenes in the film.

I hate to do that as it takes up summary width, but if it helps avoid giving away the film, it would be worth it.

I suppose for a film, it's until it's out of the Cineplexes or three months, whichever comes first, and for TV, once it has aired.

Yet I have a close friend who reads the end of every book before starting and then reads religiously to the end. I called her on this and she said (correctly) "I am a very good reader and it spoils nothing." In her case, that's true and she knew the ending of Million Dollar Baby already and sobbed there right along with the rest of us, but I'm sure glad she kept it to herself.

It takes all sorts to make the world go round. I just happen to like to wait for the ending in sequence.

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Posted by Matsu on 14 August 2005 - 10:54am