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(CNN)   Leonard Maltin on the films of summer 2013: "I'm glad it's almost over; the movies get bigger and dumber, and we're subjected to more remakes and sequels." This, from the man who gave Laserblast a better rating that Unforgiven   (cnn.com) divider line 103
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2013-09-01 06:22:42 PM  
The reason the bad movies, the Sequels, the idiotic movies, are being made is because that is what people want to watch.

Much like the reality TV shows.  No one claims to watch them yet somehow those shows are the money makers.

Much like porn too, very few claim to watch publicly, but it is a billion dollar industry.

Intellectualism looses to the ignorant masses when the ignorant masses have the money to choose.

Yet our education system dies a slow and lonely death.
 
2013-09-01 06:34:30 PM  

Jeep2011: Intellectualism looses to the ignorant masses


Too funny.
 
2013-09-01 06:44:41 PM  

Jeep2011: Intellectualism looses to the ignorant masses when the ignorant masses have the money to choose.


In a hypothetical society where everyone has double the IQ, the smart people would still claim the dumb people are dictating the entertainment.  The general contract was supposed to be that the large-scale corporate publishing model---currently our best option for getting resources into films and other forms of media---can use the wallets of the stupid people to finance the lasting pieces of work, to finance the films that appeal to the smaller audience of smart people.  But the publishing model has swung so far in a corporate direction that it's not doing that.  The suits simply greenlighting anything that makes a profit and anything which doesn't promise a huge return is getting shelved.  (Same thing is happening in games, and they've suffered immensely for it.)
 
2013-09-01 07:09:34 PM  
I have the feeling that submitter may not be ready for some football!
 
2013-09-01 08:44:47 PM  
That Unforgiven. You know the one.
 
2013-09-01 08:44:52 PM  
I'd like to take this opportunity to say I thought Pacific Rim was awesome, and I'm still disappointed that there aren't any good model kits of Jaegers for me to build.
 
2013-09-01 08:46:21 PM  
"Pepsi paid handsomely for that product placement."
 
2013-09-01 08:50:28 PM  
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Well, that's a matter of opinion, Mike. Now I actually like "Gorgo," but when we reviewed it for my number 1 best-selling Movie and Video Guide, it put two of my assistant editors into intensive care. So who knows? Besides, Pearl promised me a light lunch at SkyBar.
 
2013-09-01 08:50:59 PM  

miniflea: I'd like to take this opportunity to say I thought Pacific Rim was awesome, and I'm still disappointed that there aren't any good model kits of Jaegers for me to build.


It wasn't awesome. It was...okay. It was a well-done "B" movie, at best. There's nothing wrong with that, but I get tired of the fanboys creaming themselves over it. It was mostly tedious, and there weren't nearly enough robot battles, which is the whole point of a movie like that.
 
2013-09-01 08:56:52 PM  
He's not wrong.
 
2013-09-01 08:57:45 PM  

realmolo: miniflea: I'd like to take this opportunity to say I thought Pacific Rim was awesome, and I'm still disappointed that there aren't any good model kits of Jaegers for me to build.

It wasn't awesome. It was...okay. It was a well-done "B" movie, at best. There's nothing wrong with that, but I get tired of the fanboys creaming themselves over it. It was mostly tedious, and there weren't nearly enough robot battles, which is the whole point of a movie like that.


The Hong Kong battle was well done, but the final battle under the ocean was just kind of anticlimatic. Under the ocean with no size references, you just lost the sense of scale from the Hong Kong battle.
 
2013-09-01 09:01:29 PM  
Maltin agrees. "It's always story and character that wins out," says the critic. "Even in an action movie. Witness 'The Avengers.' "

lollllll
 
2013-09-01 09:02:32 PM  

realmolo: miniflea: I'd like to take this opportunity to say I thought Pacific Rim was awesome, and I'm still disappointed that there aren't any good model kits of Jaegers for me to build.

It wasn't awesome. It was...okay. It was a well-done "B" movie, at best. There's nothing wrong with that, but I get tired of the fanboys creaming themselves over it. It was mostly tedious, and there weren't nearly enough robot battles, which is the whole point of a movie like that.


Stop liking what I don't like?

/Enjoyed Pacific Rim
//Wants a Cherno Alpha and/or Striker Eureka model kit
 
2013-09-01 09:05:15 PM  
Maltin has whiffed a few films (well, every critic has, really). He gave Taxi Driver a crap review.
 
2013-09-01 09:06:50 PM  
realmolo
It wasn't awesome. It was...okay. It was a well-done "B" movie, at best. There's nothing wrong with that, but I get tired of the fanboys creaming themselves over it. It was mostly tedious, and there weren't nearly enough robot battles, which is the whole point of a movie like that.

www.seekingbazinga.com
 
2013-09-01 09:09:04 PM  

The AlbinoSaxon: Stop liking what I don't like


Madbassist1: [comic book guy]


Do we have to do this? Can nobody handle an opinion anymore?
 
2013-09-01 09:11:14 PM  
Stop complaining. Yes this summer crop was bad, but that's how things go. Sometimes summers are good, some bad, so average. Next year will probably be better.
 
2013-09-01 09:13:41 PM  
The World's End was great.
 
2013-09-01 09:14:08 PM  
A while back, I was scrolling through a particular website, looking for new releases to watch. Eighty percent of them were sequels.

Is anybody really making films with the  intention of them being future classics? I can't think of very many flicks made in the last 10 years that are going to become "classics."

/Disney cartoons don't count. Kids will watch anything in cartoon form. That's what makes video a great babysitter.
 
2013-09-01 09:15:35 PM  
spamdog:

Do we have to do this? Can nobody handle an opinion anymore?
 
2013-09-01 09:15:50 PM  

WordyGrrl: A while back, I was scrolling through a particular website, looking for new releases to watch. Eighty percent of them were sequels.

Is anybody really making films with the  intention of them being future classics? I can't think of very many flicks made in the last 10 years that are going to become "classics."

/Disney cartoons don't count. Kids will watch anything in cartoon form. That's what makes video a great babysitter.


You need to watch more films. The movies of the last 10 years are just as good if not better than than any other 10 year spam in history.
 
2013-09-01 09:16:45 PM  
What I meant to say was. Sure he can have an opinion...and I can disagree with it, as well as the presentation. Opinions are subjective, what's your problem?
 
2013-09-01 09:19:51 PM  
I just find the entertainment tab gets especially pissy-pants about any negative opinions.
 
2013-09-01 09:21:37 PM  

Mike_LowELL: (Same thing is happening in games, and they've suffered immensely for it.)


Perhaps, but things like Kickstarter ARE helping swing some things back in the other direction.

Like Keiji Inafune giving a giant flaming middle finger to capcom via this: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mightyno9/mighty-no-9
 
2013-09-01 09:27:02 PM  

DamnYankees: Stop complaining. Yes this summer crop was bad, but that's how things go. Sometimes summers are good, some bad, so average. Next year will probably be better.


And sequels and remakes are nothing new for summers. An exception might be the 90s, where instead of remakes, it was sequels and imitations. How many "Die Hard on a ..." movies were made during that decade? Tons.
 
2013-09-01 09:27:31 PM  

spamdog: I just find the entertainment tab gets especially pissy-pants about any negative opinions.


i42.tinypic.com


/I keed
 
2013-09-01 09:30:38 PM  

mediablitz: Jeep2011: Intellectualism looses to the ignorant masses

Too funny.


Looses its bowels, perhaps.

/Yes, intellectualism has bowels.  Where do you think Jonah Goldberg came from?
 
2013-09-01 09:41:10 PM  

mediablitz: Jeep2011: Intellectualism looses to the ignorant masses

Too funny.


pet poove?
 
2013-09-01 09:41:22 PM  
"Parts of Leonard Maltin I really liked. Other parts I didn't like at all."

jasonaclark.com

Thanks for remembering!
 
2013-09-01 09:43:02 PM  

Jeep2011: Much like porn too, very few claim to watch publicly, but it is a billion dollar industry.


I watch porn.  So what?  On the scale of things, the people that star and create reality shows are the lowest form of scum, much lower than what I would feel about a porn star.
 
2013-09-01 09:45:24 PM  

I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: I have the feeling that submitter may not be ready for some football!


I don't think you're ready for some football anymore.
 
2013-09-01 09:46:19 PM  

spamdog: I just find the entertainment tab gets especially pissy-pants about any negative opinions.


Yeah and don't you dare say anything negative about Star Trek (2009).
 
2013-09-01 09:51:34 PM  

realmolo: miniflea: I'd like to take this opportunity to say I thought Pacific Rim was awesome, and I'm still disappointed that there aren't any good model kits of Jaegers for me to build.

It wasn't awesome. It was...okay. It was a well-done "B" movie, at best. There's nothing wrong with that, but I get tired of the fanboys creaming themselves over it. It was mostly tedious, and there weren't nearly enough robot battles, which is the whole point of a movie like that.


When I become so jaded that I can find no joy in a movie about giant robots fighting giant monsters please put a bullet in my head.
 
2013-09-01 09:52:38 PM  
Let's see... The biggest hits on TV right now are Duck Dynasty, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, and other reality pap that seems to cater to people who can't watch a half-hour of television without some drool getting on their chin.

And people are surprised the big movies aren't smarter?
 
2013-09-01 09:58:02 PM  
Pacific Rim was hardly a dumb movie.
 
2013-09-01 09:58:47 PM  
This really has been a shiatty year for movies.  The only big budget movie I've liked is Man of Steel.  As for best movie, probably The Place Beyond The Pines or The Conjuring.
 
2013-09-01 10:00:03 PM  

Raw_fishFood: Pacific Rim was hardly a dumb movie.


I remember when it was called this.

www.giantjapaneserobot.com
 
2013-09-01 10:05:01 PM  

Mentat: The World's End was great.


Yes.
 
2013-09-01 10:09:09 PM  

Jeep2011: The reason the bad movies, the Sequels, the idiotic movies, are being made is because that is what people want to watch.

Much like the reality TV shows.  No one claims to watch them yet somehow those shows are the money makers.

Much like porn too, very few claim to watch publicly, but it is a billion dollar industry.

Intellectualism looses to the ignorant masses when the ignorant masses have the money to choose.

Yet our education system dies a slow and lonely death.


There's so much reality TV because its cheap to produce, especially compared to scripted shows. It's not so much public demand but ROI.
 
2013-09-01 10:23:51 PM  

thornhill: Jeep2011: The reason the bad movies, the Sequels, the idiotic movies, are being made is because that is what people want to watch.

Much like the reality TV shows.  No one claims to watch them yet somehow those shows are the money makers.

Much like porn too, very few claim to watch publicly, but it is a billion dollar industry.

Intellectualism looses to the ignorant masses when the ignorant masses have the money to choose.

Yet our education system dies a slow and lonely death.

There's so much reality TV because its cheap to produce, especially compared to scripted shows. It's not so much public demand but ROI.


There are some good shows on.

Breaking Bad-excellent could have been an HBO series
Luther - great BBC detective show
Holmes - great BBC sherlock holmes show
Elementary - us remake that grows on you, johnny lee miller super showing that holmes is a psycho at heart
Shameless- the original from the UK was awesome.
Hannibal - too good to be on regular TV
Homeland - Israel series americanized
The Mentalist - great dark potential
Sons of Anarchy - great show, some times the acting is too over the top.

Guilty Pleasure Viewing

The Good Wife - almost a soap opera but Alan Cummings is amazing as Eli Gold.
Burn Notice - we all want to be a kick ass spy
The Glades - good detective show that seems light on content, but has great back stories.
Psych - light hearted and fun and funny pop culture references.
The Finder - gone but had great potential.
True Blood- I like looking at tits.

Cartoons - yes I am 43 but I still like them
Aqua Teen, SquidBillies, Futurama, Family Guy, American Dad.
 
2013-09-01 10:28:27 PM  
There are still professional reviewers? I trust random people on the internet more than guys who have spent the last 30 years making a living writing reviews who are probably on the take. The last professional reviewer I gave any credence to was Ebert and he didn't know what he was talking about half the time. Who gives a shiat what Leonard Maltin has to say, what has he done?

Jeep2011: The reason the bad movies, the Sequels, the idiotic movies, are being made is because that is what people want to watch.


I don't agree with that though. I think if they made movies with intelligent stories and engaging characters that also satisfied the people's need to see shiat blow up, people would pay to see them. Intelligent storytelling and shiat blowing up aren't mutually exclusive concepts, it's been done before. It just takes a little more effort but not any more money, just the ability to find the right people. The problem is that they use the same hacks and the same formula that they figure will always work. We'll grow out of it eventually.
 
2013-09-01 10:29:59 PM  

theflatline: True Blood- I like looking at tits.


True Blood is great. The last couple of seasons might have been the best yet. The biggest problem with the show are the people who watch it and think it's meant to be complete drama, and miss the myriad ways the show makes fun of itself.

We watch it while imagining Sookie is a gerbil. It makes it all tolerable.
 
2013-09-01 10:32:35 PM  

Sid_6.7: theflatline: True Blood- I like looking at tits.

True Blood is great. The last couple of seasons might have been the best yet. The biggest problem with the show are the people who watch it and think it's meant to be complete drama, and miss the myriad ways the show makes fun of itself.

We watch it while imagining Sookie is a gerbil. It makes it all tolerable.


She finally admits she is a danger whore and likes farking cross species.

I just want Pam.
 
2013-09-01 10:32:44 PM  

theflatline: Raw_fishFood: Pacific Rim was hardly a dumb movie.

I remember when it was called this.

[www.giantjapaneserobot.com image 850x1282]


I really like Robotjox.

liked Pacific Rim too, but will agree that the underwater Jaeger battle was less than terrific. The scale was lost in the scenery.
 
2013-09-01 10:33:14 PM  
This Is the End was way funnier than World's End.   Rogen and his crew obviously had fun doing their end of the world comedy while Pegg and his buddies got all maudlin for some reason.
 
2013-09-01 10:35:17 PM  
I hope they make a sequel to The Road. All they would have to do is just change the setting of Blood Meridian from a sun-blasted hellhole to hellhole where the sun doesn't come out.
 
2013-09-01 10:36:53 PM  

theflatline: Cartoons - yes I am 43 but I still like them


Archer- Raunchy but occasionally intelligent humor, impressive visuals with a mixture of animation, live action and rotoscoping
 
2013-09-01 10:39:22 PM  

Mugato: theflatline: Cartoons - yes I am 43 but I still like them

Archer- Raunchy but occasionally intelligent humor, impressive visuals with a mixture of animation, live action and rotoscoping


Forgot that one.  And plus since Archer is Coach Mcgirk, you cannot be wrong.  And Burt Reynolds...
 
2013-09-01 11:06:52 PM  

theflatline: Raw_fishFood: Pacific Rim was hardly a dumb movie.

I remember when it was called this.

[www.giantjapaneserobot.com image 850x1282]


When you're young, you think everything is a good movie.  Whether or not it scares you, tittilates you, makes you cry...at some point when you're young you never actually say "wow that movie sucked".

13.  I was 13 years old when I was flipping through the cable box looking for something to watch.  No internet yet, no cell phones, no car.  Robotjox was going to play.  I watched it.  And afterward, I put the remote down, turned the TV off, and said, "Wow...that movie was really bad."
 
2013-09-01 11:09:02 PM  

Fade2black: 13. I was 13 years old when I was flipping through the cable box looking for something to watch. No internet yet, no cell phones, no car. Robotjox was going to play. I watched it. And afterward, I put the remote down, turned the TV off, and said, "Wow...that movie was really bad."


You must have been a much more mature 13 year old than I was.

I laughed my ass off at giant robo chainsaw dick.

/then again I saw it when I was ten
 
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