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Frustrating Visuals Extinguish Brian Tallerico’s “Furnace”

In response to Brian Tallerico’s 788‑word review of Out of the Furnace on

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There’s an unfortunate level of visual hiccups going on in Brian Tallerico’s “Great Cast Can’t Find Truth in False Plotting of ‘Out of the Furnace’.”

For one, the site, Hollywood Chicago, is so crowded with ads that it’s difficult to discern what is content and what is merely advertising. The site’s visuals were already busy, so these extra distractions really take away from the piece.

But, hey, every site has to support itself somehow, so it’s hard to begrudge them selling space. On this one they get a tenuous pass. However—and this is the real fumble—there is a share menu on the left hand side that scrolls with the page and covers up a significant amount of text no matter how you try to maneuver.

Why harp on this so much? Because great content means nothing if your readers can’t enjoy it due to poor presentation.

And, sadly, this is great content. Tallerico’s prose is very blue collar—there’s no cloying attempts to be eloquent—and this allows him to establish a nice rapport with readers as he offers plenty of workmanlike critique.

It’s a shame that it all gets sunk by cluttered visuals and needlessly frustrating web design.    

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