RU? Instant Reaction Review Podcast Ep. 5 – Rating Theory And Preview Of Upcoming Shows

This week we took a break from actually doing the job we set out to do, because we thought we better do a little housekeeping. Actually, we thought it made sense to give some idea how we come up with ratings, because we have somewhat differing views, and noticed that the subject came up a lot during our review shows. We figured, if we don’t set the stage, then each review show gets eaten up,...

Movie Ratings Explained – What Do Stars Mean Anyway?

Having written reviews for over a decade now, I have by this point been asked to explain myself more times than I could possibly count. Of course, these are often rhetorical inquiries… sometimes they aren’t even phrased as inquiries at all. Nevertheless, among the now countless film critics out there, it isn’t uncommon for some explanation of one’s rating system to exist. I...

Leonard Maltin Chats About His New Book – 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen

If you’re a fan of movies, and I mean a real fan, one of the things you love most is sharing those lesser-known titles. Now sure, everyone likes talking movies and sharing their thoughts about them to some degree or other. Most people play critic on Monday, talking up (or wildly trashing) whatever they happened to catch that weekend. But, if you’ve ever thrown out that virtual unknown ...

Defending Transformers From Roger Ebert… Again… Sort Of

Roger Ebert put out a blog post on July 5th title I'm a Proud Brainiac in response to response to his review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and it's been making the rounds at movie sites everywhere. Before I start responding to that response, I want to list several links and get a few things out of the way. Roger Ebert's I'm a Proud Brainiac article Roger Ebert's Transformers: Reve...

The End Of Movie Criticism In General

I was surprisingly impressed recently by an LA Times article.   Not because it trashes Ben Lyons, or because it gives great detail about the overall negative opinion of Ben Lyons… anyone who pays attention to the movie world knows full well that movie critics are rather annoyed by his existence… no, I was impressed because the article seems to be pushing some 1500 words (without having...

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