Last week the Washington Times ran a piece I came up with about the persistent cinematic abuse my home state has received from the film industry. Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times writes a rebuttal, though not much of one. His counter-argument consists entirely of naming a few long dead Mississippi political figures and citing some reality TV shows. Goldstein is inherently offended whenever someone to the right of Karl Marx critiques anything about the culture, which explains why he'd even take the time to write this. He essentially says, as he has before, "What do those inbred retards think we have against them?"
Scan the comments section of the articles, as well as news stories at sites like the Huffington Post and even the IMDB, and you'll find no shortage of semi-literate tirades about the purported dreadfulness of the South. Though someone like Goldstein enjoys wrapping his concealing feelings up in a blanket of moral outrage over ill treatment of minorities (hardly something exclusive to states south of Mason-Dixon), the antipathy in truth just stems from partisan and (to a lesser extent) cultural distaste. The South, in particular the Deep South, ensures that politicians he doesn't like get into office, and that's infinitely more offensive to him and guys like Lurie than mistreatment of blacks.
Finally, I've updated the Master List. Not only are there 120 or so new titles, I've gone over every previous entry, which has resulted in a lot of scores being lowered and a few getting a boost. I also put together a spreadsheet with the list that also contains the directors in addition to title, year, and score, an effort that made me learn to despise accent marks. I'll be posting a link to that soon.