Here we go again…
Forget about Thor and Hangover 2, the summer movie season launches tonight with X Men: First Class. And absent for the first time in decades is the watchful eye of venerable Kansas City Star movie critic Robert W. Butler. Butler took a bullet early last month in the latest round of quarterly layoffs and cutbacks at the newspaper.
But wait – he’s baaack!
Like a bad teen terror flick bad guy, Butler has risen from the dead (kinda like me), not once but thrice!
On Facebook, his new blog and a North Carolina-based geezer repository called Senior Correspondent.
In keeping with the Star‘s long-in-the-tooth readership, Butler’s first movie review writing pit stop went down on Senior Correspondent, which claims to offer "a seasoned view of the world."
"Senior Correspondent engages older adults in reporting on their lives," the site says. "This is a first in participatory, citizen journalism: an Internet- and community-based platform where older adults will share their perspectives on the world."
Butler’s latest: One Reason Why Today’s Movies (Mostly) Suck.
"I’ve found over the last quarter century that most films wear out their welcome long before the closing credits," Butler opines. "They may start strong, but like every horse I’ve ever bet on, they fade in the stretch."
Not exactly a huge suprise.
Butler faded in the stretch while trying to review Transformers 2 the summer before last. After KC Confidential reported seeing him asleep during the battles scenes late in the movie, the Star subbed out his promised review with another McClatchy reviewer until he could rewrite it adding the part about him dozing off during the movie.
"We’re in the era of great movie openings and awful movie endings," Butler concludes.
Butler’s blog – Butler’s Cinema Scene – is up and running with "movie reviews taking the long view" – whatever that means.
"Robert W. Butler for 41 years reviewed films for the Kansas City Star," the blog’s mission statement states. "In May 2011 he was downsized. He couldn’t take the hint."
Facebook friends of Butler’s (you’ll have to friend him) say he’s been jamming full-blown reviews into his page. Which is a little unusual at first blush, but he’ll probably just link them now that the blog is up.
As for me, I wish him well in his newspaper afterlife. It’s a jungle out here!