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Archive for April, 2010

Jonah Hex Trailer Finally Hits (and is good!)

The official trailer for the Jonah Hex comic adaptation has hit the web… and it looks pretty good! I’ve been a fan of the comic for a long time, and have always thought a Jonah Hex story would make a great film. He’s a classic anti-hero and since he’s always shooting up bad guys, easy to root for.

The live-action flick, in theaters on June 18th, stars Josh Brolin as Jonah Hex (sweet!), John Malkovich as Turnbull (cool!) and Megan Fox playing herself. If the trailer is to be trusted, Brolin nails Hex’s bad-ass attitude, and the film is going to be a roller-coaster ride.

Fine, it’s ridiculous, but could this be a surprise summer hit? It at least looks more entertaining than The A-Team!

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Forum Watch: The Dinner Game

Some of our favorite topics at the Criticker Forum kick off because a user has just seen a film, absolutely loved or hated it, and wants confirmation of their views. That’s exactly what user Hopscotch did after watching the French favorite from the late 90s, The Dinner Game. He loved the film, and was surprised by a very negative review by a user over at IMDB.

Over the next few days, the community at the forum agreed that The Dinner Game is great, brushed on the subtitle debate, suggested a similar film (In The Loop) and unearthed the trailer for the inevitable US remake of the film, naturally retitled to make it palatable to our more juvenile sense of humor: Dinner for Schmucks. (“Schmucks! Har, gotta see it!”).

This is the way we like to see the Forums work! If you’d like, go over and join the thread. And if you’re not reading or participating in the Criticker Forums, you’re missing out on a powerful resource, and a lot of great conversations.

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Decide: The Best Director’s Cuts

So, what’d you think of Ridley Scott’s epic Kingdom of Heaven? Your answer is likely to be different depending on which Kingdom of Heaven you saw. The theatrical release was a sloppily edited and incoherent mess. But the Director’s Cut, currently available on BluRay from Amazon for an amazing $11.99 is another film altogether, in which Scott’s camera-work and storytelling prowess are on full display.

Most Director’s Cuts are just slightly extended versions, and don’t make any great changes on the original. But, we got to wondering if Kingdom of Heaven is the best Director’s Cut of all time — the one which improved the most upon the theatrical release. And since we defer to the users of Criticker on all such points, we’re putting it up for a vote:

Best Director's Cut

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Anything we missed? Leave a comment about your other favorite Director’s Cuts!

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DVD Report – April 27th

Every once in a while, a film comes along and flies almost completely under the radar. I had read J. M. Cotzee’s wonderful novel Disgrace years ago, and was of course interested in the big screen adaptation starring John Malkovich. Incredible story, great actors and critical plaudits — Disgrace won the International Critics award at Toronto. So, that it didn’t even clear $70k in American box office receipts is completely confusing. Meanwhile, transparently terrible films like It’s Complicated can rake in over $110 million. Does that mean that, according to US movie-goers, It’s Complicated is a 1600 times better film? I don’t get the world, sometimes.

The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusAverage Tier 5.97
A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus @ Amazon

It’s ComplicatedAverage Tier 4.64
A romantic comedy in which two men vie for the affection of a woman. It’s Complicated @ Amazon

District B13: UltimatumAverage Tier 4.96
Damien and Leito return to District 13 on a mission to bring peace to the troubled sector that is controlled by five different gang bosses, before the city’s secret services take drastic measures to solve the problem. District B13: Ultimatum @ Amazon

The Descent: Part 2Average Tier 3.45
Distraught, confused, and half-wild with fear, Sarah Carter emerges alone from the Appalachian cave system where she encountered unspeakable terrors. Unable to plausibly explain to the authorities what happened, Sarah is forced back to the subterranean depths to help locate her five missing companions. As the rescue party drives deeper into uncharted caverns, nightmarish visions of the recent past begin to haunt Sarah and she starts to realize the full horror and futility of the mission. The Descent: Part 2 @ Amazon

DisgraceAverage Tier 6.69
After having an affair with a student, a Cape Town professor moves to the Eastern Cape, where he gets caught up in a mess of post-apartheid politics. Disgrace @ Amazon

New Profile Page: Fixes & Updates

As you’re probably aware, we released a huge update to the Profile Page late last week, and a number of problems & suggestions quickly surfaced. We’ve spent the last few days addressing them.

Here’s a quick list of the improvements & fixes:
Recent Rankings by Default
Probably the most requested change, and we agreed. Your Recent Rankings are now showed by default on your Profile, as opposed to your Top TCIs.

Recently Active TCIs
This feature allows you to filter your list of TCIs by those who have been active in the past two months. It was an existing feature that didn’t make it into the initial re-release of the Profile Page. You can find it now on the revamped TCI Page, at the bottom of the table underneath the navigation.

Jumping Layout Bug
A couple users had reported that elements of layout had jumped below the main content. This was due to poor HTML, and has been corrected.

Javascript Error on Films In Common
An error in the Javascript was preventing users from fully utilizing the Films In Common box on other users’ profile pages. Fixed.

Thanks again to everyone who reported issues and made suggestions! You help us make Criticker a better place for everyone.

The New Profile Page Has Arrived

This has taken us a long time, but we’ve finally released the new and improved profile page. This marks a huge stylistic improvement over the old version… gone are the “drop-down” boxes for the different features, and the clunky 3-column layout. Your profile page now looks much more similar to the profile pages of other users.

Nothing has been removed, and a number of new features have been added, including lists of your Featured Films, your Most Starred Reviews and your Film Submissions.

As a part of this enhancement, we also changed the functionality of the TCI List page… by default that page will now show your top TCIs, as opposed to 50 random ones. It makes a lot more sense — you’ll see your top 10 TCIs from your profile, and go to the TCI Page to see the full list of 1000.

Let us know what you think and inform us of any errors that made it through our testing — there are bound to be a couple!

Merchandise: Lego Star Wars – Hot Wolf – Mad Hatter

Lego Star Wars Pens

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These particular lucky pens are awesome in three ways! Way The First: They involve characters from the most awesome movies ever. Way The Second: They are made from LEGO parts that can be mixed and matched to look different every time you use ‘em. Way The Third: The ink cartridge is replaceable so this lucky pen is 100% resurrectable when it dies!

More info: Lego Star Wars Pens

Twilight New Moon First Wave Jacob Black Doll

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The phenomenon continues with this stunning doll, created in the image of Taylor Lautner, who portrays the handsome and protective werewolf Jacob Black. Shirtless, he displays his washboard abs, cutoff jeans and Quileute tattoo.

Link: New Moon Jacob Black Doll

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Hat

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The Mad Hatter is a character from the book "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll.He is a crazy, wacky hatter who meets Alice when she shows up in Wonderland. He loves having tea parties with his best friend, the March Hare, and the Dormouse.He made a deal with time that saved him from execution, but now he has a never-ending tea party, and must move down often.

More info: Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Hat