By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respected holders, SlashFilm
FirstShowing vs Chud
It's Sunday, which means we're either reporting on the box office, new media, or offbeat news. How about we kick things off with offbeat news?
What sort of offbeat news you ask? How about a blogger/jouralist (or whatever the heck the appropriate title is nowadays) feud between two big film blogs?
Ding. Ding. Ding! Let's get ready to rumble.
Devin Faraci (Chud) vs Alex Billington (FirstShowing)
Blogger feuds are nothing new, but Sundance ended with one caught on video tape. Thanks to Peter Sciretta of /film, fans of the popular film blogs FirstShowing and Chud now get to see what goes on er, behind the scenes. To add some icing on the cake, the feud filmed also owes some credit to the mass consumption of alcohol. So - What went down?
It turns out that Devin of Chud does not like Alex Billington of FirstShowing. In his words, Alex is not educated enough to be informing/entertaining the masses of readers who get their film news from online sources. The two finally confront one another (on tape), and Devin comes off looking like more of the jerk here. But I should note that, if you haven't met or talked to these guys, the video is a horrid first impression for both of them. Remember, mass consumption of alcohol has taken place before the video camera ever turned on.
Just to give my own take on these two journalists before sending you off to see this video, here is what I know of these guys.
While the rumors I've heard about Alex claim he's (in so many words), "shady as a mofo," I've met him once in person and had a great time with him down at the Wrath of Con party. Down to earth and overall excited about film. His excitement carries over into his articles. The rumors I've heard about Devin is that he can be a bit pretentious. Once again, I have not seen that at all. Though I've never met him in person, I've had enough correspondence to conclude he's shown no sign of that to me.
So, when you watch these videos, remember that you are basically watching arguments that can occur when alcohol gets thrown in. You would be ill-informed if you judged either Alex and Devin from these videos alone.