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A Tribute to Lunch's #1 Contributor

  • Nov 24, 2009
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“If You don't Stand for Something, then you may Fall for ANYTHING”

Since coming to Lunch.com, I've let a lot of interesting people.  People who I've grown to enjoy and respect.  I don't follow too many people but who I do follow are people who I find incredibly interesting.  When I first dropped by on Lunch Woopak was one of the first people I met.  Because he was kind enough to comment on one of my reviews.  The first thought of course was, "Who is this?"  Little did I know when I began conversing with him did I realize I was talking with one of Lunches biggest contributors.  And a man who really knows what he knows.  He's got his interest and displays incredible knowledge of them.  Since joining Lunch I've probably learned more about the art of reviewing and about outside interest from Woopak. 

What follows is a tribute to Woopak.  But let's ditch the profile name for now.  "Woopak" is a real, living, breathing human being with a name.  His name is William.  And he began reviewing on Amazon.com in 2005.  "Boy did I suck," William says, "I was LAZY!"  If there was anyone who ever defined evolution when reviewing, it's William.  His first Amazon review being a mere paragraph that reads as quickly as a Sunday Comic in the newspaper.  That's not meant to be an insult, only to say they were quick and snappy reviews.  If you look at them on Amazon, however, some of them still have a good number of votes.  But from writing that first review on Amazon that was nearly a paragraph, his reviews now are lengthy reviews that detail and tell us things while providing a nifty analysis.  And he's able to do it with a lot of passion and in such a way that even when reading a "negative" review (in the rare event you find one)  you don't get the sense that he is angry or anything about sitting through a bad movie.  And for William, a bad movie is an educational experience.  "I like to see a bad movie just so I'll know the difference between a bad one from a mediocre one,"  William says, "Haunting Of Molly Hartley, and The Strangers are prime examples of a bad movie."  And his reviews are prime examples of good reviews.

Just looking at some of his reviews and reading about how he does it, it's clear you're reading a well thought out and a well informed review any time he posts something.  I follow maybe about fifteen people, but when I get an email in my box saying that Woopak_the_thrill has posted another review... I tend to stop what I'm doing online to read it.

For William his interest comes primarily from foreign cinema.  "I always had an interest in Foreign cinema," William told me, "which is why I began reviewing; I want to promote the lesser known things other than H-wood. I guess I always saw more American movies as a child so now, I've gotten a little jaded."  With this in mind it gives a better understanding as to why Woopak reviews what he does.  It isn't just about his love of Foreign Cinema but also about being able to hopefully teach others about it and perhaps to learn about a different culture in the process.  Indeed, several lunchers and myself have probably learned a lot from William.  Admittedly I see several films he's reviewed that for the most part I hadn't even heard of.  But upon hearing about them... I knew I couldn't resist.  

And while William does what he does, putting his words down like carefully pristine tile, he always holds a manner of respect and passion.  It isn't just for show in his reviews.  Even in the midst of comments he maintains a level of respect.  Even in the face of criticism and disagreement.  "One thing I've always tried to do is to stand up for my beliefs, maintain kindness to others and above else, respect for myself and others," he writes in his profile.  But William also has a heart, thanks in part to his parents: "I was brought up by my parents to believe that a measure of a man is not how much he has in his wallet, but how much he holds in his heart. A man may be poor, but if he works hard enough and never compromises his character; he is beautiful."  If all of us lived by a similar mantra there'd be no need for heaven--we'd already be there.

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January 20, 2011
Wonderful tribute. William was one of the first people I met on Lunch too after Debbie. Good job, Sean!
August 26, 2010
Nice review of a reviewer, Sean, and I couldn't agree more. It is so reassuring to find both you and Woopak at Lunch. JP
July 28, 2010
What a wonderful idea to tribute our Woo! I too find him wonderful at reviews, but also being a great guy who is always considerate with his comments. He is my number one reviewer for the reasons you stated in your great review!!
January 16, 2011
don't forget I am also cute and fuzzy LOL!
January 16, 2011
I agree! William has made me feel right at home here from day one. I'm always thrilled when I find out he has commented on my reviews, even when I tend to ramble and get off track. I may not always comment, but I have an immense respect for his opinions. And thanks so much for making my opinions seem important. It may seem like a small thing, but it means a lot. Thank you Will! :)
February 01, 2010
I've only known Woopak for a short time, but I definitely agree with all that was said. Great review.
December 03, 2009
I'm just a little late on the bandwagon but nice review at any rate. I can definitely see how Woo would bve immeasurably flattered after reading this write-up & with good reason. I don't think I could actually write an entire review on another Lunch member as of right now but weirder things have happened in my life so perhaps one day I might follow this example. If that day should come, hopefully mine will do the intended member some justice as yours did. Great job here!
December 21, 2009
I would love to see you do one on Christy...LOL!
December 21, 2009
I did a microreview on Christy. Check it out if you haven't already. Smiles
November 25, 2009
Cool review on the Woo. You made him cry girlish tears of joy. He told me so. ; )
November 25, 2009
If you can let me use some, Scottie, because I know you need tons of it (which is why you bought stock) when you deal with certain fluids....you know what I mean. You're Kleenex's best consumer! bwa-hahahah! Orlok, you are such a troublemaker. Hey, you say 'girlish' tears of joy as if it's a bad thing...(sniff sniff)

Ok, enough, Sean's review has a solemn feel to it, so you guys Hush! LOL
December 19, 2009
December 21, 2009
Scootie thinks he's Batman...I would say he's "Boat-man" get it? LMAO
November 24, 2009
I'm speechless, Sean. I was expecting more an attempt at humor than something so moving and to quote Devora, so heartwarming. Special thanks in mentioning my parents. I really don't think I deserve such a thing, your writing is just so humbling...but all I can say is thank you very much. I barely am the recipient of a simple but awesome thing and I am glad to know you, amigo....
November 24, 2009
Love this.  Just leave it to Sean Rhodes to write a lovely and heartwarming tribute to Woo!  I love the quotes and how you not only wrote about his reviews and review writing, but about Woo as a person as well.  Thanks so much for sharing this! :)
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Quick Tip by . January 16, 2011
The most active lunch.com member out there with a review and an opinion on almost anything. A great member.
Quick Tip by . December 29, 2010
Excellence, compacted.    (And now I need 50 characters so let's... oh wait...)
Quick Tip by . January 12, 2011
This guy's a douche. I would hate myself if I was him. He should be skewered by the twilight sword and just disappear into nothingness, he should never review again. LOL!      Give him a Tombstone Pile Driver....bwahahahah!     
Quick Tip by . December 19, 2009
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Our kick-ass expert on Asian cinema and the "Dirtiest Reviewer on Lunch.com". Here's one dude that's fun to chat with about movies.
Quick Tip by . December 11, 2009
Will has opened my eyes to horror in a way that I didn't think possible. His reviews are friggin' awesome AND he's a super cool guy!
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