Author Topic: The Movie Critic Cliché War  (Read 296 times)

Offline SGOS

The Movie Critic Cliché War
« on: October 26, 2018, 02:00:01 PM »
I always get a kick out of how movie critics often dis a bad movie and combine the title or the point of the movie into a snarky comment.  Here's one I spotted on Rotten Tomatoes.  I don't plan to see this until the DVD comes out and I know nothing about the new movie, Hunter Killer, other than it's another of the submarine flick series that kind of kicked off with the incredible Hunt for Red October, and then became a series of clichés in themselves.  So don't assume I'm dumping on the movie, just commenting on a typical response used to trash a mediocre film.  I often find them clever, and I guess movie critics are kind of obligated to create as well as critique.  Just a passing comment on a common formula critics use to add life to their reviews:

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Hunter Killer had the target locked in its sights, but it ends up sinking itself, with a story that just doesn't hold water.


Offline GSOgymrat

Re: The Movie Critic Cliché War
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2018, 03:03:42 PM »
"I could eat a can of Kodak and puke a better movie." - Lola Brewster reviewing The Mirror Crack'd.
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Re: The Movie Critic Cliché War
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2018, 03:15:02 PM »
“It is a film so awe-inspiringly wooden that it is basically a fire-risk.”

Grace of Monaco, Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.
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Offline SGOS

Re: The Movie Critic Cliché War
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2018, 07:18:22 PM »
Master Minds

"I stopped taking notes on my Palm Pilot and started playing the little chess game." — Roger Ebert

Re: The Movie Critic Cliché War
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2018, 07:20:06 PM »
Wow, I didn't know Ebert played chess!
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Offline SGOS

Re: The Movie Critic Cliché War
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2018, 08:40:12 PM »
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Wow, I didn't know Ebert played chess!
He doesn't.  That's why it's funny.

Edit:  I don't know if he plays chess or not.  I just had to say that.
« Last Edit: October 26, 2018, 08:54:50 PM by SGOS »

Offline Baruch

Re: The Movie Critic Cliché War
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2018, 01:45:38 AM »
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He doesn't.  That's why it's funny.

Edit:  I don't know if he plays chess or not.  I just had to say that.

You just committed a Baruchism.
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Offline drunkenshoe

Re: The Movie Critic Cliché War
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2018, 02:47:06 AM »
Funniest thing is Roger Ebert died in 2013. Masterminds is a 2016 movie, lol.

Offline Baruch

Re: The Movie Critic Cliché War
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2018, 07:35:10 AM »
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Funniest thing is Roger Ebert died in 2013. Masterminds is a 2016 movie, lol.

Now that is genius!  Did Ebert have a crystal ball?
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Offline SGOS

Re: The Movie Critic Cliché War
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2018, 09:02:11 AM »
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Funniest thing is Roger Ebert died in 2013. Masterminds is a 2016 movie, lol.
I can't account for that.  All I can tell you is I got that from a site of Roger Ebert's best movie disses.  This requires further study.  I'll see if I can find it again.

Offline SGOS

Re: The Movie Critic Cliché War
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2018, 09:08:46 AM »
Here it is.  It's quite away down.  Number 10 on the list:

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Apparently, there was a Master Minds released in 1997.

Offline Baruch

Re: The Movie Critic Cliché War
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2018, 11:41:32 AM »
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Here it is.  It's quite away down.  Number 10 on the list:

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Apparently, there was a Master Minds released in 1997.

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Offline drunkenshoe

Re: The Movie Critic Cliché War
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2018, 02:28:04 PM »
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Here it is.  It's quite away down.  Number 10 on the list:

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Apparently, there was a Master Minds released in 1997.

Ah, I did think like that and typed the name seperate like you did. There wasn't anything at the first page and I didn't check the Ebert site. :)

Roger Ebert himself, dissed almost every movie, even mocked, but also added 'don't miss it' if it was fun and entertaining. I liked that. He just didn't have any compassion for any movie that pretended to be something more than it was.   

 

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