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Archive for December, 2008

200 Blu-Rays up to 50% off

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Buy Me! I’m Cheap!

Post Christmas Shopping is wonderful… Right now, over 200 titles on Blu-Ray Disc have been reduced by up to 50% at Amazon US. Not fair — we never get such great deals here in Europe.

Here are a couple of the selected titles:

  • WALL-E for $19 (44% off)
  • 300 for $17.99 (49% off)
  • Mad Men Season One for $24.99 (50% off)

Click on the logo below for a list of all the titles available at a discounted price.

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Link: 197 more titles at Amazon

Collection Watch – So Bad They’re Good

On Christmas Eve, we introduced the new Criticker Collections functionality. Smart move… we then spent much of the holidays cleaning up the bugs and problems which users were finding at an alarming pace.

But now that things are working pretty smoothly, it’s time to start highlighting some of the public collections our users have been creating. Public collections are those which anyone can add to, and are moderated by their creator. We’ll start with a fun collection created by Rufflesack — films that are So Bad They’re Good. Rufflesack describes these as “Films that are either unintentionally hilarious, awesome because of their B-movie factor or in any other way lovable despite their lack of quality.


Troll 2: You know you wanna watch it

One of the best things about Collections is that you can generate PSIs (Probable Score Indicators) and sort by them. And if you think of another terrible-but-hilarious film that’s not yet included, you can add it directly from the collection’s page. But Rufflesack’s got a pretty good start going in this collection, including Manos: The Hands of Fate, and Delta Force 2.



Introducing Criticker Collections

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We’ve been working hard the past few months, and are happy to finally announce the release of the long-awaited Collections functionality at Criticker!

The concept of Criticker Collections is pretty straight-forward: they allow you to gather groups of films together. But there are some things about them which deserve highlighting.

3 Collection Types

You can choose to create collections that are public, private or hidden.

Public: Any user may add films to your collection. You retain the ability to moderate the collection, and ban specific users from it.
Private: Other users may view this collection, but not add to it.
Hidden: Collections which are for your eyes only.

You can change the type of your collections whenever you see fit.

Public Collection Notifications

You will receive a daily update of all the films other users have added to your public collections. You can opt out of this update, if you’d like.

Conversion from Tags

We started work on Collections immediately after releasing the recent Tag functionality at Criticker, because that revealed the huge demand for the ability to group films together. Most of the current tags will be converted to Public Collections, owned by whoever originally created the tag. This process has already started, and should be done within a week or so. If you’ve created tags that have been converted, you’ll receive an email. Likewise if you’ve created a tag that you’d like to have converted, please email us and let us know.

Full Filtering and Browsing

All the filtering and browsing options available from our Film List are available at the collections level, too. You can also see a list of any user’s collections, if you go to their list of rankings.

Restriction of Tag Definition

As we convert tags into collections, we’re also restricting what the term “tag” means at Criticker, to one of three things: Central Theme, Setting or Subgenre. More information can be found here.

New Forum

We’ve introduced a new forum, to concentrate on Collections. Users will likely need a place to trumpet the awesome, bizarre, or thoughtful collections they’ve made, and this will be where they can do it.

Work in Progress!

If we didn’t despise the overuse of the term “Beta” so much, we’d call this release: Criticker Collections Beta. That is to say, despite the hours of testing we’ve logged, we expect a few problems to be uncovered in the first few days. Please let us know about any you find via email, or the Forums. Likewise, suggestions or comments are always welcome.

That’s it for now! We hope you all like the new changes, and thank you again for using Criticker! Now, let’s start building some collections!


Merchandise: Star Trek Pez – Green Lantern Lantern – Nightmare Before Christmas Hands Warmer

Only two days left until Christmas! Buy Buy Buy!

Star Trek Pez Set Of 8

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The first-ever Trek-related PEZ® dispensers! New collectible set of 8 includes candy dispensers depicting the original crew: Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, and Chekov. Also includes the NCC-1701 Enterprise, a first for PEZ®, as it depicts a scene — the ship emerging from a nebula cloud.

More info: Stark Trek Pez

Green Lantern Lantern

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It’s what fans of Green Lantern have wanted for years – Green Lantern’s Power Battery cast in metal! The replica comes with a one-size-fits-most size 10 metal Green Lantern ring that lights up the lantern for 30 seconds when the ring is pressed against the face of the lantern. A resin stand is also included to display the Green Lantern ring when it’s not in use. This piece can also be activated by an on/off switch and is powered by 3x "AA" batteries and LED bulbs, all of which are included.

More info: Green Lantern Lantern

Nightmare Before Christmas Hands Warmer

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Need to be switched on electricity for 20 minutes just each time, can also keep on in the cold winter for around 1-2 hours. Cure arthritis, lumbago, and headache, cervical vertebra disease, chilblains…etc. to the prevention and the assistance, all have an obvious function. This product contain automatic control temperature and automatic dual insurance of the power failure fuse, prevent from once heating high, protect skin.

More info: Nightmare Before Christmas Hands Warmer / via: Nerd Approved

Homer Simpson Talking Fridge Guard

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The Homer Simpson Talking Fridge Guard is the only sure-fire way to ensure your chilled beverages stay exactly where they are! Just sit Homer in your fridge, then everytime the fridge door is opened he will shout out with one of his classic Homer-isms to help deter any beer bandits! To help remind people that Homer is watching you even have a sticker to put on your fridge door stating – WARNING! Protected by the Homer Simpson Talking Fridge Guard.

More info: Homer Simpson Talking Fridge Guard

Iron Man Peel & Stick Giant Applique

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One of the most famous characters of the Marvel superheroes stable, and now a major movie phenomenon, Iron Man comes flying at supersonic speed into your bedroom with this ultra cool giant peel and stick applique, designed after the recent suit used in the movie and most recent comics. Tony Stark dons the Iron Man armor to save your world. Check out the coordinated wall stickers for full effect!

More info: Iron Man Peel & Stick Giant Applique

2008’s Best Picture from Vegas, San Fran, London & More

We’re revving up into awards season, and a number of regional critics associations have begun handing out their awards for 2008. Their picks are usually strong indicators for Oscar time… so let’s take a look at the films doing well in some of the already-announced awards.

Wall-E

Winner: Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston (tie)
Slumdog Millionaire

Winner: London, Washington D.C., Boston (tie)

Among the group of cities we looked at, Wall-E and Slumdog Millionaire have the most honors. But is Oscar willing to bestow its award for Best Picture on either an animated flick, or a foreign one? It’s not typical, but perhaps this could be the year…

Milk

Winner: San Francisco, New York City
Frost/Nixon

Winner: Las Vegas

Likewise, Milk and Frost/Nixon have been garnering wonderful reviews but the chances of either winning Best Picture have to be slim at best. Hollywood may be a festering cesspool of immoral liberalism, but the awards-givers usually don’t like to publicly celebrate that fact… (Crash over Brokeback, anyone?)

So if it’s none of these, which film do you think stands the best shot at winning?

Delgo – Biggest Bomb Ever?


I can’t believe this wasn’t a hit!

Are you a slick movie executive looking to make a quick buck? Well, until recently, it was just as easy as green-lighting some generic CGI project and hiring a bunch of B-list actors like Jennifer Love Hewitt to do the voice acting. The plot? Well… oh… let’s say a teenage dinosaur-like creature is in love with… err… a pixie-fairy thing… wait, let’s make it a forbidden love. And they have to save their beautiful fantasy world from, fuck I don’t know, the forces of evil or some shit like that.

And, no, I don’t care if the animation is noticeably worse than that of most video games. For the thousandth time, people, we’re making money here, not art!

This kind of logic has prevailed for too long, but perhaps its time is over. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Delgo, which landed in 2000 theaters this past weekend with a faintly-heard ‘thud!’ According to Box Office Mojo, it “had by far the worst opening ever” for a movie playing on so many screens.

Excellent. Perhaps the world is learning. Now, if we can just deal out a similar fate to whatever junk Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer bring out next…

If you feel like abusing your mind, here’s the Delgo trailer:

Via Huffington Post


Neglected Gems: Pelle the Conqueror

In 1988, an unlikely Danish film about the plight of Swedish immigrants swept up award after award, including the Gran Prix at Cannes and the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Bille August’s Pelle the Conqueror has won the hearts of just about every Criticker user who’s seen it, earning it a place in our list of Neglected Gems.

In the late 19th century, Lasse and his son Pelle arrive on a boat full of Swedish immigrants, onto the Danish island of Bornhom, full of hopes for what all immigrants seek: a better life. It doesn’t take long, though, for their dreams to be punctured by the harsh realities of life as a foreigner amongst people that don’t want them there.

Max von Sydow plays the part of Lasse, and his amazing performance as a simple father following his dreams earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. But it’s Pelle whom the plot focuses on. Pelle is a youngster who, however much he tries to learn the language and fit in, finds himself constantly tormented and abused by his peers as a foreigner. The plot is an account of Pelle’s efforts to discover and attain a future happiness.

Pelle the Conqueror is a wonderful movie for the holidays. Although Santa Claus doesn’t make an appearance, it’s replete with the themes of family and hope that everyone is susceptible to at this time of year. Check out this great fan-created trailer, if you’re not sure: