Monday, May 7, 2012

Actor's Affect

I will not be seeing "The Lucky One" purely due to the fact that Zac Efron is in it. I am not saying that this is a good way of deciding which movies you will see because despite the fact that a certain actor is in it that you don't like doesn't mean that the movie can't be good. Regardless I am guilty of using this type of discrimination. The fact that it has gotten rather bad reviews and a 21% on Rotten Tomatoes doesn't exactly make this movie the most appealing either. This review does a good job I think of taking everything that went on in this movie into account.

Who doesn't love Pirates?

"The Pirates! Band of Misfits" has gotten fantastic reviews and an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. This type of movie has always fascinated me because of the immense amount of time it must take to create. To maneuver each character in each scene just that fraction of an inch. This review I believe is a rather good at taking the context into consideration.


Is anyone else surprised by how much of a mega hit "The Avengers" has become? I am blown away for one. I don't really remember hearing that much about this movie before it came out, people weren't talking about it the way they went on and on about "Avatar" before it hit the theaters, but for some reason "The Avengers" is coming close to being as big a success as "Avatar" was. It has set a new opening weekend record at $200.3 million knocking "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows" off it's mark at $169.2 million. It such a short time it has even wiped "The Hunger" games from everyones memory, and so soon after it came out. I am just flabbergasted, and now I have to see it.

The Raven: The critics won out!

Okay I think I mentioned "The Raven" in an earlier blog post, if I didn't I meant to. But I was planning on going to see this movie but once I was at the theater it kept going through my head what horrible reviews it got, and what a horrendously bad rating it got on Rotten Tomatoes. So as I am standing there in line, looking up at the big board with all of the movies and their showtimes listed on it, I made a spur of the moment decision and jumped shipped and went and saw "The Five Year Engagement" instead.

I just thought that that was so amazing. Before I would read reviews and not really take it to heart. If I had already had my heart set on seeing the movie before I read the review, I would see it. But as I have immersed myself into this world of criticism more and more, I find it harder and harder to ignore what a critic has said, and especially hard to ignore the general consensus on Rotten Tomatoes.

So there you have it critics, you do have an influence.

I have avoided this one like the plague.

Yes, I am a complete and total hater of the "American Pie" movies. I think they represent most of everything that's wrong with peoples sense of humor today. (Sorry). I have seen all of the past movies, due to a sleep-over gone horribly array, but I can most certainly say that I will not be seeing this one. Regardless I thought I would read some reviews of it. It received a 42% on Rotten Tomatos, which pleases me to no end, if it had been lower, I would have been happier. Here is a review that endorses the movie, just to offset my bad mouthing it, and this critic puts the movie into perspective.

The Five Year Engagement

I thought "The Five Year Engagement" was a fantastic movie, a breath of fresh, feel good, air. Unlike what I usually do, I did not read any reviews of the movie before I went to see it, but that was mostly due to the fact that none were out yet. I thought that I would link to a review that did not like the movie in this post due to the fact that I am endorsing the movie myself. Here is what I think is a pretty well written bad review.

Monday, April 30, 2012

A Critic's Influence

It amazes every time it happens, how much influence a well written and supported review can change my mind about going to see a movie. Usually once I have seen it, I have my own opinion and a review will have little effect on me. For instance, I was really excited to see "The Raven" and thought it was going to be such a fun movie to see. Come on! Edgar Allen Poe is cool and I don't care what anyone says. But after reading Eric D. Snider's review on I am extremely deflated. (Also it has a 21% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is just sad.) Despite his killing my buzz about seeing this movie, which I am already committed to see, I think his review is extremely well crafted and supported.