Screen Junkies » Movie Critics http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:40:54 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Roger Ebert Can’t Afford More ‘At The Movies’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/roger-ebert-cant-afford-more-at-the-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/roger-ebert-cant-afford-more-at-the-movies/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2011 17:21:04 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=235355 Maybe he should sign up for Kickstarter.

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Say goodbye to Roger Ebert‘s rebooted At The Movies. The movie review show is in danger of cancellation at the end of this season. When Ebert revived the program, he did so by paying out of pocket. Ebert explains on his blog that he and his wife footed all the bills. “We paid for the pilot. We paid for the titles. We paid for the set, the lighting, and all of the salaries … lunch on taping days, everything.”

That’s not to say that the program is officially dead in the water. There’s a chance it could remain on the air if the program finds an underwriter with deep enough pockets. Let’s just go ahead and cross Bam Margera off the list of potentials. (Ebert’s Blog)

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108 Page Defense of ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’ Is Pure Geekonium http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/108-page-defense-of-star-wars-the-phantom-menace-is-pure-geekonium/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/108-page-defense-of-star-wars-the-phantom-menace-is-pure-geekonium/#comments Fri, 14 Jan 2011 05:21:10 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=16675 A Star Wars nerd wrote a 108 page book critiquing another nerd's critique of The Phantom Menace. I've got a bad feeling about this...

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Despite the title of this post, I don’t know if anything can be so geeky that it forms a new element, but damn it, this has got to come close.

Star Wars superfan Jim Raynor did not like Red Letter Media’s infamous feature-length reviews of the Star Wars prequels: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The videos have gone mega viral and fans of RLM include celebrity nerds like “Lost” mastermind Damon Lindelof and actor Simon Pegg.

You would think making three feature length internet video critiques of the Star Wars prequels would be the dorkiest thing anyone could do, but Raynor may take the Nerd With Way Too Much Free Time On His Hands Award (The NWWTMFTOHH-y) at the end of the day. That’s because he wrote a 108 page novella (?) critiquing Red Letter Media’s critique of The Phantom Menace. That’s right, 108 pages dedicated to tearing down a ‘fan’ review. Here’s a scintillating sneak peak:

Throughout his review, [Red Letter Media's Mike] Stoklasa relies on the same few tricks again and again. He asks stupid questions which the movie has already answered. He denies simple truths that were made clear to everyone. He repeatedly makes false or unsupported claims that increase the amount of negativity in his review, which will stick in people’s minds even if he carefully retracts his statements later.

Ho boy. I’ve got a bad feeling about this…

Will this become a King of Kong style rivalry, where each combatant must produce a longer, more time consuming critique of the other’s arguments? I happen to be a fan of Red Letter Media’s reviews, but I won’t pass judgement on this work in terms of content. That’d be unfair: I won’t read the full thing, because I made a New Years’ Resolution not to completely waste my life in 2011. So for me, I’m just comforted by the fact that there is no ceiling to the amount of geekery one man can achieve.

I am truly inspired… and also horrified? (/Film)

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IF MOVIE POSTERS USED BAD REVIEWS http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/if-movie-posters-used-bad-reviews/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/if-movie-posters-used-bad-reviews/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2009 17:00:00 +0000 Defy Media Don't you hate when you're really revved up to see a movie based off its awesome trailer only to find that the best part of the movie IS the trailer? That's because the studio didn't allow the press to review the movie in advance. They know they have a crappy product and any bad reviews could hurt their opening weekend box office.Nowadays, early buzz is as important to a film as the star whose name appears above the title. A bad review could snowball into bad word of mouth and then Twitter gets a hold of it and the opening weekend is shot. Have a look at the recent releases of Funny People and Bruno. Both were anticipating to stack dollars into the stratosphere but due to early complaints about issues with length and penises (I feel ya) the films underperformed (that's how I roll).

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Don’t you hate when you’re really revved up to see a movie based off its awesome trailer only to find that the best part of the movie IS the trailer? That’s because the studio didn’t allow the press to review the movie in advance. They know they have a crappy product and any bad reviews could hurt their opening weekend box office.

Nowadays, early buzz is as important to a film as the star whose name appears above the title. A bad review could snowball into bad word of mouth and then Twitter gets a hold of it and the opening weekend is shot. Have a look at the recent releases of Funny People and Bruno. Both were anticipating to stack dollars into the stratosphere but due to early complaints about issues with length and penises (I feel ya) the films underperformed (that’s how I roll).

Paramount has supposedly decided to handpick the websites and critics who would be allowed to review the upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra in order to avoid any caustic write-ups. We thought it would be refreshing if the studios were just honest for a change and wore their bad reviews like a badge of honor. Like when Billy Madison got all the kids to piss their pants.

Take a look below at our gallery from an alternate universe… where COMPLETELY REAL negative reviews are the hallmark of movie posters:

 

 

 

 

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