Monday, May 15, 2006

Searching for John Hiscock

Mirror.co.uk published the first review of The Da Vinci Code movie, supposedly by "John Hiscock".

I say "supposedly" because the film has been kept under wraps by the filmmakers, the first screenings are gonna happen today, and - most important of all - he writes about things that are not in the movie! I saw The Da Vinci Code movie several weeks ago (not in a "journalist" position so I cannot review it yet) and it seems to me that Hiscock's review simply recycles what is known about the movie from the trailers and press kits and adds some made-up bits!

Digging by Tomas Baldynsky revealed that John Hiscock didn't write many reviews and most of them are curiously vague. Our theory is that "John Hiscock" ("his cock"!) is fake name used for fake reviews. Of course, it's hard to prove someone does not exist but we are working on it!

4 comments:

dusoft said...

But all other reviews indexed by rottentomatoes are from the British Telegraph.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

Are you sure Telegraph would delibarately publish fake reviews?

Anonymous said...

Answer will be correct, I think.....

boons said...

so...does he exist or not? if not, he still manages to write prolifically and regularly in the London Daily Telegraph? Or are all his interviews made up?

Will said...

I have to report Mr Hiscock may be at it again.. He's 'reviewed' The Golden Compass in the Telegraph, despite no other reviews being online yet and the first screening being on the 24th November. Again, the review doesn't contain anything that couldn't be surmised from the trailers.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/global/main.jhtml?xml=/global/2007/11/20/noindex/bfcompass120.xml