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Willie Waffle’s “Out of the Furnace” Is Half-Baked

In response to Willie Waffle’s 658‑word review of Out of the Furnace on

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Willie Waffle has become a bit of a punchline in the world of film critique and, while reading “Out of the Furnace – Beware The Hillbillies of New Jersey? – Review,” it’s not hard to tell why.

It could be a bad case of journalistic jealousy, but it’s a bit of a shock to see this level of amateurism featured so prominently on a Washington, D. C. news affiliate. Okay, so it is the CW, which does explain it away a bit, but still—this isn’t the local news for, say, Big Horn, Wyoming. This is the nation’s Capitol, for God’s sake!

Waffle’s critiques border on the absurd. Take the following examples (please, take them away): Waffle lived in New Jersey and he “never saw dudes like this, in the part of the state where they are located in Out of the Furnace” or this doozy which must be quoted in its entirety to fully appreciate: “Later in the movie, one of them is driving a car with Tennessee plates, but we supposedly go to one of the guy’s houses, and it’s in New Jersey.”

Waffle devotes an entire paragraph to describing how each actor growls their lines—“Bale is growling, Harrelson is growling, Affleck is growling, etc. .”

You get the idea. If you don’t, this review’s right up your alley.    

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