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Archive for September, 2011

DVD Report – September 27th

The pick of the week is Carlos, originally a five-part miniseries shown on France’s Canal+, and released today on DVD and BluRay by Criterion. The epic story of Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, a Venezuelan revolutionary (or terrorist, depending on your point of view), is told over the course of 338 minutes and has been universally hailed as a masterpiece. This one is definitely worth your hard-earned dollars.

Transformers: Dark of the MoonAverage Tier 3.89
The third installment in Michael Bay’s trilogy travels back to 1969’s historic moon landing, when Neil Armstrong and his Apollo 11 cohorts touch down in the Sea of Tranquility … and discover what appears to be a downed Transformers craft. Flash forward to the present, and the Decepticons are ready to exact revenge on Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots. Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky, the Autobots’ human ally. Transformers: Dark of the Moon @ Amazon

Criticker Pick!CarlosAverage Tier 7.66
The story of Venezuelan revolutionary, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the OPEC headquarters in 1975 before being caught by the French police. Carlos @ Amazon

L’amour fouAverage Tier 6.75
A documentary on the relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover, Pierre Berge. L’amour fou @ Amazon

Dum Maaro DumAverage Tier 6.00
Goa. Paradise on Earth. But every Paradise has a few snakes. Multiple lives collide brutally one day at Goa Airport… and change forever. Dum Maaro Dum @ Amazon

Go for It!Average Tier 3.00
Carmen is a good student with a bad attitude who lives for dancing in the underground clubs of Chicago. She yearns to be ‘somebody’ but is afraid to believe in herself. Her immigrant Mexican, working-class parents want her to stay in school and get an education, so she attends junior college while working at a grocery store. Carmen’s professor catches her performing one day in the neighborhood and challenges her to audition to a formal dance school in California… Go for It! @ Amazon

DVD Report – September 20th

By far the biggest and most popular new release on DVD this week is the raunchy comedy Bridesmaids, co-written by and starring Kristen Wiig in her best performance yet. Hailed by many as the funniest film of the year, this one is worth seeking out on DVD, if you’re among the few who haven’t seen it already.

BridesmaidsAverage Tier 6.45
Picked as her best friend’s maid of honor, lovelorn and broke Annie (Wiig) looks to bluff her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals with an oddball group of bridesmaids. Bridesmaids @ Amazon

Bride FlightAverage Tier 4.38
The story of the women on the KLM flight that won the 1953 Air Race from London to Christchurch, New Zealand. Bride Flight @ Amazon

Today’s SpecialAverage Tier 5.67
In this super-feel-good foodie comedy, young Manhattan chef Samir rediscovers his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food. Today’s Special @ Amazon

The River MurdersAverage Tier 1.00
A homicide detective (Ray Liotta), while investigating a series of murders, becomes the prime suspect when the FBI uncovers his close personal ties to all the victims. The River Murders @ Amazon

Average Tier & Num Rankings on Film Information

A couple days ago, we introduced a much sought-after bit of information on the page of every film in Criticker — the average tier and total number of rankings.

This makes it easy to see the relative popularity of a film, based on the number of people who’ve seen it. The PSI is still the personalized recommendation, but the average tier might also be of interest to many users.

It might be slow going, but we’re constantly working on enhancing Criticker… little small steps all the time. We’re glad you’re sticking with us!

DVD Report – September 13th

It’s been a while since we’ve been able to feature any new DVDs as Criticker Picks, but today we have two. Incendies is a powerful film from Quebec, which dominated the Canadian movie awards and was up for the best foreign language Oscar. Adapted from a play by Wajdi Mouawad, it concerns the slow unraveling of a Middle Eastern woman’s secret past, and is wonderfully directed by Denis Villeneuve. The other recommendation this week is Meek’s Cutoff starring Michelle Williams and Bruce Greenwood, about a group of settlers lost on the Oregon Trail. Not many Criticker users have seen this excellent film… but that should be corrected, now that it’s on DVD.

The other three films on this week’s list are worth checking out, too. All of them received positive reviews at Criticker.

ThorAverage Tier 5.05
The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. Thor @ Amazon

Criticker Pick!IncendiesAverage Tier 7.83
A mother’s last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults’ voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love. Incendies @ Amazon

HesherAverage Tier 5.78
Hesher is a loner. He hates the world and everyone in it. He has long greasy hair and homemade tattoos. He is malnourished and smokes a lot of cigarettes. He likes fire and blowing things up. He lives in his van, until he meets TJ. Hesher @ Amazon

Criticker Pick!Meek’s CutoffAverage Tier 7.54
Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions. Meek’s Cutoff @ Amazon

Conan O’Brien Can’t StopAverage Tier 6.08
A documentary on Conan O’Brien’s comedy tour of the U.S. and Canada after leaving his post at “The Tonight Show” and severing his relationship with NBC. Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop @ Amazon

Remove from Collection on Film List Page

We’ve just introduced a small new enhancement, which allows you to remove films from a collection when you’re looking at the collection in the Film Database.

Just a quick little improvement which will hopefully make it easier for you to administer your collections, without having to go into the moderation screen or the page for each individual film.

DVD Report – September 6th

Very few films new on DVD this week, but the lack in quantity is made up for in quality. All three new releases are worth checking out, leading with the surprisingly well-received X-Men: First Class. Featuring two great lead performances from James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, Criticker users loved it. The community also approves of Cate Blanchett’s turn as a Russian assassin being hunted across Europe in the suspenseful Hanna.

X-Men: First ClassAverage Tier 6.50
In this exciting prequel to the X-Men series, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) — the future Professor X and Magneto — are best friends dedicated to harnessing their powers and promoting the education of fellow mutants during the turbulent 1960s. The duo works together to stop a powerful adversary that threatens mankind, but their ideological differences drive them apart and turn them into ferocious enemies. X-Men: First Class @ Amazon

HannaAverage Tier 6.01
A 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives. Hanna @ Amazon

Everything Must GoAverage Tier 5.70
An alcoholic loses his job and his wife on the same day. Locked out of his house, he stages a yard sale and lives on his lawn, befriending a young kid in the neighborhood. Everything Must Go @ Amazon

Date Ranked on Film Info Page

We’ve just made another small change to the Film Information page. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll now see the date you ranked it in the list of information.

Just a minor change, but one that we hope improves your experience a bit!