To loosely paraphrase the opening line of Eric Segal’s 1970 bestseller Love Story: What can you say about a film that smells like a squirrel died in your walls about a week ago?
In what is fantastic news for all fans of cinematic ineptitude, Jordan Owen — the hirsuite, well-scrubbed film auteur partially responsible for this year’s smash hit documentary The Sarkeesian Effect — has announced that he is planning a second film, and by the way he would like people to give him $60,000 for it.
The Sarkeesian Effect has received its first positive review on IMDb!
In a review so gushing it sounds almost as if it had been written by Jordan Owen himself, reviewer kiddo1-1 from the Czech Republic, writes that
A week or so ago, YouTuber Kevin Logan, known for some pretty hilarious takedowns of some of the manosphere’s, er, leading lights, put up the first installment of what was intended to be a 2 1/2 hour long “review” of Jordan Owen’s The Sarkeesian Effect that consisted basically of him making snotty remarks as he watched the terrible, terrible film.
Owen sent a DMCA takedown notice, claiming (and I suppose he was right) that Logan’s video showed a lot more of his movie than “fair use” would allow. Like pretty much the entire first 25 minutes of it. So it was removed from YouTube.
Logan has returned with a couple of new videos that solve that whole “fair use” problem in a novel way.
The reviews are in!
Well, at least one review is in.
In a 5000 word review essay that is perhaps too charitably described as “rambling,” military obsessed blogger Freiherr Karza von Karnstein explains why he loves The Sarkeesian Effect so much.
While his, er, argument is too convoluted for me to summarize in a brief blog post, I have taken the liberty of extracting some sentences from it that I think would work well as blurbs to use on The Sarkeesian Effect’s DVD cover and in other publicity efforts.
I have also taken the liberty of adding exclamation points to all of the possible blurbs below to give them a little extra zing!
Ran across this on YouTube, from someone called ScAgCoWbOy. I know nothing about them, but this video pretty much nails the experience of sitting through all 2 1/2 hours of The Sarkeesian Effect — probably the longest 2 1/2 hours you’ll ever endure. The sleepy dog, needless to say, is not in the original.
By the time the “film” got to this point — this is from Jordan Owen’s weird Ayn-Randy monologue, around 2 hours in — I was so completely zoned out I couldn’t really appreciate the ridiculousness of what he was saying. Or the loopy graphics.
Also note the completely random (and way too loud) music. It’s like that all the way through this piece of crap.
“They’re called tropes in games or something like that?”
— Brad Wardell, Game developer and Anita Sarkeesian expert
The Sarkeesian Effect, which premiered as a $3.99 “on demand” video on Vimeo yesterday, and which I forced myself to watch all two and a half hours of, is not so much a “documentary” as an object lesson in why it’s never a good idea to hand over tens of thousands of dollars to hateful, incompetent ideologues barely capable of making mediocre YouTube videos and expect them to produce a documentary that looks even vaguely professional.
Ok, I lied about the bootleg copy. And yes, I just recycled a joke I made on Twitter.
But The Sarkeesian Effect really is out! (Just my luck, it came out while I was napping. I have a very odd schedule, ok?)
You can go pay $3.99 to watch it on Vimeo, or you can wait for my review. It may take a while, because the “film” is 2 1/2 hours long, and I type slowly.
UPDATE: It’s out! I’m about to watch it! Let’s continue the discussion here.
So last night Jordan Owen made the announcement on Twitter:
Clearly, all didn’t go according to plan, because the video wasn’t released later that night. But apparently its release is IMMINENT.
I‘m going to do something I’ve never done before and that I likely won’t do ever again. That is, recommend that you watch a video by Thunderf00t. That one, up there.