: Mike Cohen's Blog
: Movie Reviews that are Probably More Enjoyable than the Movies Themselves
There is a Film History and Appreciation forum right here on this very Creative COW website.
Most of the discussion is either about current movies (the appreciation part) or classics (90% Star Wars and a few other topics when we get bored with looking at pancakes shaped like the Millenium Falcon - although that never gets old!).
The best moments are where one of the regulars writes a movie review of a current movie, and it is more entertaining than most movies.
Take a recent review of The Host - a teen-oriented sci-fi movie based upon the book by Stephanie "Twilight made me a billionaire" Meyer.
Here's the best part of the review:
"Upon looking it up, the book that this is based on is 619 pages!! Apparently Stephanie Meyer doesn't have an editor."
Or a similar one about Oblivion, the Tom Cruise sci-fi movie based upon Tom Cruise's own experiences fighting aliens:
"Is it sad that when I watch Tom Cruise movies nowadays, I spend the entire time thinking about how big of a weirdo he probably is in real life?"
Here are some other examples followed by memorable quotes from the review:
Jurassic Park 3D IMAX, or as the cool kids call it: JP3DIMAX
"-A little kid (probably too young for the movie) left the theater sobbing after the T-Rex scene and didn't come back. You still got it, Jurassic Park... Terrifying toddlers of a whole new generation."
GI Joe 2: Nobody Saw the First One
"-I saw this movie in IMAX 3D (because it was the most convenient screening in relation to when I got to the theater), and I thought the IMAX was ok, I guess. But the 3D was pretty crappy. I forgot I was even watching a 3D movie for most of it."
OZ The Great and Powerful
"Meanwhile the flying monkeys and baboons look about how we all would expect CGI monkeys and baboons to look like in a movie from 2013. Probably about 75% of the things in this movie could be described as "cute."
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Stir Fry Comparison
"The high frame rate 3D was the baby corn. I like the baby corn, but at the same time, I always find a few baby corns on the bottom of the plate when I’m done."
You can search for recent movies and find more - believe me they are a hoot.
Now while on this forum you'll also find threads about great movie endings, desert island movie lists, critiques of actors, directors, awards shows, movie music - just about everything except perhaps lighting design or film vs digital, although we hit most subjects eventually.