I got to thinking after being Mayor McMean of Meantown over Beer Wars the other day. I was a bit rude - even to the point Anat Baron, the filmmaker, jumped into the comments to defend the movie. I was reflective, even a bit chagrined. I usually think I use this my own bully pulpit more for the "bully for you!" than the playground bully. To my defense, I thought that the inquisitive title of the post "Why Don't I Give A Rats Ass About 'Beer Wars'?" was a little different from the more accusatory statement "Why I Don't Give A Rats Ass About 'Beer Wars'." But I take the point and, while I was validly tired of the PR, I was also more of a neg than I might have been.
So, as a result, I thought I would put up a post so that anyone who cares to might post their thoughts about the movie and the panel afterward. You might consider the following points:
- Anat Baron has stated "I chose this unique way for launching the film because I wanted to start a conversation" but what conversation is it that could be started? The discussion of good beer and industrial culture has been going at least since the pre-Jacksonian early British home brewers of the 1960s and 70s and the writer Richard Boston. Heck, I have blogged about beer and read your comments for almost six years now and busy discussion forums like BeerAdvocate have been going since the mid-1990s. What conversation did the or could the movie start?
- Did you learn anything you did not already know?
- Was the panel idea a good one? Was there enough time in 30 minutes for each person to make comment or was the time just too tight?
- Did the "happening" aspect of being in one of 440 movie house across America showing the film and panel discussion work or was it like watching a PBS documentary except you paid 15 bucks and the walk to the washroom was much farther?
Anything else? Did you not go out of principle or disinterest? Did you, too, find the idea a bit too much like dancing about architecture? Leave a comment if you feel the urge. Feel free to let your feelings flow but please be no ruder than me. I like to be the rudest and loudest at any gathering. It is always better to be the oaf than to sit next to the oaf.