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Critic's Corner: HL allen

Updated on January 5, 2012

Welcome to the first Critic's Corner with Stevennix2001

Over my time on hubpages, I've been fortunate enough to meet a lot of great writers. While recently there have been quite a few movie writers here that have been getting a lot of press, I sometimes find myself saddened how there are also a lot of under rated film writers here as well. In "Critic's Corner", I plan on not only analyzing all my favorite film writers from hubpages, but I'll be talking about writers outside of hubpages like Roger Ebert and Peter Travers as well. However, I can't possibly review them all in one hub, so we will be discussing each one at a time.

Although we will eventually be discussing such fast growing movie writers like "Cogerson", "vmartinezwilson", "Nickalooch" and "Carl the Critic" eventually, I feel it's best to start with the least appreciated movie writers on this site first, then go from there. However, their time will come soon.

But for now, lets take a look at "HL allen" for a moment. As of right now, he only has one follower which happens to be me, and he's been on Hubpages for roughly two years. I know to many that may send off a red flag about his writing to most people, but you'd be wrong to quickly judge things on the surface. "HL allen" doesn't participate in forums that often, and next to what I can tell, he doesn't seem to comment on too many hubs. However, he's an excellent writer if you ever bother to read his work.

Granted, I don't always agree with some of his assessments on certain movies like "The Expendables" for example. Although he did bring up a lot of good points about the lack of a decent story, and poor direction, but he sometimes misses the intention of the movie itself when analyzing them; which unfortunately causes some of his views to seem biased to some degree. However, he does support his arguments rather well, and he's among some of the best critics that I've read who not only can break down a story in intricate detail, but he also possesses a great understanding of what makes a great film, as one can definitely sense a vast amount of knowledge on his part. Plus, you have to love his humor in his writing, as he's genuinely very funny. Sure, like I said earlier, I may not always agree with his opinions on various films, but I can never say that I ever got bored reading his thoughts on movies.

Unfortunately, he hasn't written any hubs in a good while, so it's doubtful he ever logs into his profile anymore. However, I would highly recommend anyone who wants to follow a great film critic to check out some of his work, to judge for themselves.

"HL allen" may not be one of hubpages rising movie writing stars, nor would he rank the among the most popular. However, he definitely ranks as arguably the most under rated film critic this site has to offer, and possibly one of the best if you want my honest opinion.

In the end, I'd have to give "HL allen" a three out of four, as a film critic. However, since I know he loves to use standard letter grades for his reviews, I'll just say my three out of four is equivalent to his "B" grade that he would probably give some movies.


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    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      6 years ago

      Thanks JBunce. I'm glad you liked the series that I started. :)

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      6 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      One of the most original, and interesting, ideas for a series of hubs I've heard of. I'll be looking forward to the others.

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      6 years ago

      lol. Nah, I'm good Bruce, but thanks for the offer though. lol. Yeah, I figured this would be an interesting hub series to write about. I appreciate you taking the time to follow him though, and for reading this hub. Don't worry, you're good, as I can already assure you that you'll get a good review. Besides, nobody likes a suck up anyway. (joke) lol

      Anyway, thanks again for stopping by. :)

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      6 years ago from Virginia

      Interesting idea. I will have to check out HL allen. As I am currently not familiar with his work....but I just became one of his followers. Hopefully he will return back to hubpages and continue writing about movies. It seems that movie hubbers are somewhat hard to find...but I am glad that I have found your hubs....not that I am trying to suck up to you to get a good review.....but do you need anything?


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