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I would also compare both movies from a politically ideological sense, as well. Olympus Has Fallen was very pro-America appealing to conservatives. Contrast that with the premise of White House Down which includes an ideological liberal perspective on foreign policy and is anti-NeoCon. The branding is also vital as to how one succeeded and the other didn't. The Olympus Has Fallen poster grabs your attention while White House Down one is boring!
1 year, 8 months ago on Review Fight!: Olympus Has Fallen vs. White House Down
WOW! You convinced me to see this movie...and I'm not a fan of TV movies!
1 year, 9 months ago on Review: Behind The Candelabra
I wanted to see this movie, but never got around to it (this is such a busy time of year for movies especially the indies) I LOVE Michael Shannon! Good review.
1 year, 9 months ago on Review: The Iceman
I wholeheartedly agree with you Ryan. I really enjoyed this Man of Steel ALOT! The test for me was getting up to grab more popcorn. That was hard for me to do! My attention was held during the dramatic tension. (I gasped out loud during the tornado scene.) Henry Cavill was a solid choice for Superman in a star making turn. Michael Shannon was a great villain even if he might have phoned that performance in (and way better than the awful villains in Iron Man 3!) Amy Adams, who I usually find irritating, was pretty decent.
I wasn't looking forward to Man of Steel because it was directed by 'Hack' Snyder. Sucker Punch (which was bimbo Power Puff Girls playing Halo) is one of the worst movies I have EVER seen! A good critic looks at each film differently and tries to separate each work (especially since Man of Steel is different from other Snyder films.) This isn't the case with most of the negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. The top notch, established critics like Dargis and Turan gave it a favorable review, while a lot of no names I haven't heard of (and I read the RT site often) complained thus throwing off the score. The more the "critically consensus" is flawed on that site, the more I wish it was replaced. Moviegoers take that petty rating so seriously. Sometimes I am guilty! Breaking down each review like what MetaCritic does is the way to go. You can tell how different of a movie critic world we live in when Superman Returns has a 75% Rotten Tomatoes score. There's not a snow balls chance in hell that movie released this year in the blogger climate would end up with such a high rating.
Disapproval of Man of Steel is a text book example of a angry fan boy mob mentality and you laid (most of it) out. Cynical, sleepwalking sheep who cant enjoy a movie and just "re-tweet" criticism. Their reactionary, inconsistent attitude is a sign of the times. Yes, the action was a bit much even for me, but this is a super hero movie. Did people complain about a city being destroyed in The Avengers? As for villains, were people upset that the Joker wasn't in Batman Begins? Or Khan in the first Star Trek? Rarely do people criticize the Daniel Craig James Bond by comparing him to Sean Connery. Spare me the fake rage!
Finally, I think the roots of the negative attitudes was being let down from the excellent trailer. As someone who was cautious about Man of Steel, it pumped me up! I got goose bumps watching that trailer. I could see how some wouldn't like Man of Steel due to watching the trailer 100 times (as I'm sure the loud, obnoxious fan boys did) while expecting a traditional narrative structure.
1 year, 9 months ago on Why Man of Steel is receiving bad reviews and the public loves this Superman
I had a blast at this entertaining action movie despite my snobby movie tastes. Vin Diesel leaping from his car to catch Michele Rodriguez might be one of the best movie scenes from 2013. Go and enjoy!
1 year, 10 months ago on Review – Fast and Furious 6
This movie played at Sundance and SXSW with solid buzz. (JGL joked with the press that this is his follow up to Angel in the Outfield in regards to working with Tony Danza) It is one of my most anticipated movies of 2013. I've talked to people who've seen it and they confirmed it is solid stuff. Can't wait!
1 year, 10 months ago on Check out the trailer for ‘Don Jon’ written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
I enjoyed this movie a lot. Usually J J Abrams suffers from bad third act syndrome where his movies fall apart (his first Star Trek, Super 8, etc.). Not this time. The best part was the third act. I did find Simon Pegg to be obnoxious to the point of hindering the drama. (I know I am in the minority.) When I cannot stand homage and I walked away from Into Darkness rather pleased, this movie accomplished its mission!
1 year, 10 months ago on Review: Star Trek Into Darkness, this year’s First blockbuster
@Wyldeirishman Thanks! I think its important that people put aside political differences to fix problems. I'm glad you respect the cause and the problem at hand. I highly recommend you check out the documentary.
2 years ago on Let’s chat about Jeff Bridges, National Hunger, and ‘A Place at the Table’
@JamesM It deserved 5 more nominations (production design, director, picture, costumes, and supporting actor) than it received. Such a shame! I neglected to talk about what movies SHOULD have been nominated to mention what was nominated and the eventual winner.
2 years ago on Kenny Sayz, ARGO is NOT The Best Picture of 2012, Just Most Accessible
@Alan_Stowe I was annoyed by how lifeless it was. It didn't even make my Top 20 for the year. I wasn't a fan and watched it a second time this Sunday. Ang Lee got an Oscar for adapting a challenging book and because the Academy likes him.
@TestasosTestasos Excuse me. That's not appropriate. Resorting to cursing is the lowest common denominator of criticism. I found this selection to be a calculated business decision. I think Affleck is a great director and "Argo" is probably going on my Top Ten List.
2 years, 3 months ago on Kenny Sayz, Sorry Entertainment Weekly, Ben Affleck isnt the Entertainer of the Year
I am looking forward to this. Early word from the festival circuit is its much more then a Rom-Com. Directo David O'Russell doesnt make chick flicks. This trailer is trying to sell the movie to men with more football and fighting, not to mention a lot less dancing.
2 years, 5 months ago on Trailer #2: The Silver Linings Playbook
@DarwinMulligan I apologize you feel that way or if this post came across in such a way. I was VERY upset this happened where I live in Denver. I know some people who knew the victims. I know a police officer who responded to this shooting that night. I know a few nurses who took care of the victims! I still think about the victims and the sacrifice from the three men made to protect the women they love. 'The Joker' even creeps me out. I wont be able to shake those emotions off for a while. I work in the film industry in Denver and am starting to hear MANY concerns from NUMEROUS people about wanting to feel safe again when they go to the movies. They want to know the industry will respond to their concerns. I just wanted to address those concerns in a posting for this site and touch upon having common sense security. Banning guns or censorship is being considered solutions for what happened and I wanted to mention it. And I certainly don't want to touch upon the politics of those hot button issues especially on a movie website.
2 years, 8 months ago on Kenny Says, The Entertainment Industry Must Address Concerns from Aurora Theater Shooting.
Ryan, I wasn’t satisfied with the film like you were, and surprisingly, like many critics on Rotten Tomatoes. It was great to see Will Smith back to form. No one should complain about him. He's great! My only gut-busting laugh was when Will Smith took the child’s milk to drink it and the child said to the mom, “Why did the President drink my chocolate milk?” It was one of the few unexpected moments of the film. Not a good sign!
Everything else was an improvement from the second film. However, keep in mind, MIB2 might be one of the worst sequels in cinematic history! A bad second movie doesn't automatically improve a third one. MIB3 had a weak, flimsy screenplay with an uninteresting villain (though Jemaine Clement is a decent actor). Josh Brolin didn't wow me and was one-note. And how could MIB3 be a $300 million budget film? Where did the money go besides to Will Smith’s salary? Or is it expensive to blow up aliens? I did enjoy the revelatory emotional climax, but not enough to recommend the movie. The stale pairing of Smith and Jones seemed to outstay their welcome reminding us they are ‘too old for this shit.’
2 years, 10 months ago on Review: Men In Black III