Rotten Tomatoes Editor-in-Chief, Joel Meares on The Best Scary Movies, Why We Love to Be Scared & The Role of the Critic - Unleash SPOOKTACULAR!!!


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Hello my little creative goblin! Today I have a very spooky special for you with a cinematic flair! I’ll be chatting with Joel Meares who is the Editor in Chief of Rotten Tomatoes and an overall film and writing aficionado, as well as a delightful human being!

I wanted to have Joel on the show for two reasons:

1) Rotten Tomatoes has this really cool editorial section up right now called Scare Central where they basically detail every scary movie you could ever want or need to know about. I thought it would be really fun to do a more themed episode and one where we specifically dive into movies, scary movies and why we, as humans, love to be scared.

2) I think Joel is pretty damn creative and even a rebel. Not only has he really expanded much of rotten tomatoes content, in addition, much of the work Joel has overseen, lovingly pokes fun at the brand with cheeky titles such as the book, “Rotten Movies We Love” and the podcast, Rotten Tomatoes is Wrong. Acknowledging that while it’s nice to know how something holds up critically, it isn’t everything. In Rotten Tomatoes words, “The Score is just the start of the conversation”.

From this Episode, You’ll Learn:

  • How he went from being a little kid in Australia that loved cinema to the editor in chief of Rotten Tomatoes
  • The early rejection that shaped him
  • How to take/recover from rejection
  • How Rotten Tomatoes really works (where the score(s) come from)
  • What he does in his role as EIC day to day
  • How to deal with resistance to new ideas
  • Why I think he’s a rebel
  • What role reviews/critics should serve
  • How should we use reviews in choosing what art to consume
  • The future of filmmaking and film consumption/movie theaters
  • Film’s ability to move us through big life moments
  • Tips for people who want to watch scary movies who live alone
  • His picks for the Best scary movies
  • Best bad scary movies
  • Plus, an amazing story about Midsommar/ the film's director

Check out the RT Scare Central Hub Here:

Listen to my new single, “Freakshow” here:

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