A Critic’s Manifesto

I’ve been watching the Rotten Tomatoes score for The Lone Ranger slowly climb from a rather horrific 17% today, and it’s gotten me thinking about critics and reviews and the movie review industry as a whole.  In fact, I read a blurb from one review that stated, “Everyone wants this to be horrible,” and it makes me wonder how much film reviews in the industry are shaped both by what people expect from a movie, what they want to happen to the movie, and what they think people expect and want the reviews to say.  So if you’ll excuse the rambling, unorganized and meta nature of this post, here are some of my thoughts. Continue reading

(Awful) Trailer Tuesday: The Heat

Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies, since I’ve always found them to be endlessly fascinating.

Sometimes a trailer comes out that is so bad it’s mind boggling that the film was ever made.  I get the appeal.  People love Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, and I’m sure some executive thought this would make a lot of money.  After all, Identity Thief made $174 million dollars.  Take a look:

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