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The 7 Scariest Clowns (Article) - 10/31/2011 11:18:05 AM

 Clobberin' Time: You are absolutely correct. Bob Kane, Bill Finger. Making the correction now.

DVD Shopping Bag: Scarface, Hanna, X-Men and House 2? (Article) - 9/6/2011 4:22:03 PM

 I'm not sure I find Scarface overrated, I'm just shocked that anyone out there takes it seriously. It's high camp! One of the best ever made! And I think Pacino, at least, was aware of that when he made it.

Mania Review: Captain America (Article) - 7/23/2011 1:42:30 PM

Hi guys. Of course it's Howard Stark and not Tony. My bad; it's been corrected.

Surprised at how enthusiastic the fan base has been. I enjoyed the film (and I'm glad it's doing so well), but I prefered Thor and First Class for Marvel films this summer. (All three trump Green Lantern though; score this round to Marvel.) Also, the critics did not get the post-credits cookie in their screening, which sounds like forty kinds of awesome.

Regarding Rotten Tomatoes and the "skewing" of early ratings... there's no conspiracy on RT's part, since critics are in charge of posting their own reviews and RT has no control over their opinions. Studios, however, often try to stack the deck in their favor by letting enthusiastic reviews post early while holding others to an embargo until the film releases. It persists because it works; you'll often see a "fresh" rating on a film early the week it's released that grows steadily worse as the embargo ends and more and more critics weigh in. Checking the RT rating the morning the film opens is usually a good barometer of the critics' reaction; before that, you're apt to see a more positive rating than it will eventually get.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone!

10 Best Genre Films for Independence Day (Article) - 7/4/2011 1:14:51 PM

 RE: The Right Stuff and Apollo 13. No, they're not technicaly genre, but they both involve spaceships and key moments in the space program. I gave them a pass on those grounds. Red Dawn is speculative, and actually posited a near-future scenario when it was released, so it qualifies. Happy 4th everyone!

Palicki Becomes Wonder Woman (Article) - 2/18/2011 10:45:21 AM

 Hey Jaime Murray fans: Look for a BBC series called Hustle, which starred Murray for a time. She plays a member of a team of London con artists who bilk awful people out of their money every week. There's a Season 2 episode called "Missions" which involves passing off a phony comic book as vintage. We are treated to a brief, glorious sight of Murray in a Wonder-Woman-style superhero costume. She definitely could have rocked that gig.

You can find the show on Amazon. Just type "Hustle" into the search engine. Great show, worth a look.


6 Incredible Miscasting Decisions (Article) - 1/13/2011 9:25:39 AM

Joseph Gorodn-Levitt played Cobra Commander. A sweet guy and a good actor who, unfortunately, is about as menacing as a box of kittens.

And I'd completely forgotten about Elizabeth Shue in The Saint. Definitely Christmas Jones territory there!

Smallville: Mania TV Review (Article) - 12/13/2010 10:57:55 AM

Just for the record, Joe was not in any way responsible for the article being cut off. You see, I was drunk and there was this dead hooker and... well, I've said too much. In any case, the snafu was on my end, the article should have gone through completely, it didn't, my bad. So sorry about that. You may now resume castigating Joe solely for hating the show. Thanks!

Rob Vaux

TRON: Legacy Movie Review (Article) - 12/6/2010 5:22:27 PM

I don't want to blow too much abotu the film, but yes, TRON makes an appearance.

TRON: Legacy Movie Review (Article) - 12/6/2010 8:39:42 AM

Hi guys. The "NA" grade is the server playing tricks on us. The grade is an A. I'm working on getting it fixed.

Black Swan Movie Review (Article) - 12/3/2010 5:28:31 PM

The Warrior's Way is coming, samson. It was not screened for critics, and I had to rush out in the middle of my work day to see it. It will be up as soon as I can get it typed.

As for Black Swan, it really has strong horror and suspense elements, though it defies any formal genre. That, and Aronfsky's standing with fanboys, is enough to get a review. Also, it rocks. :)


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