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Archive for September, 2007

The Secret Life of Brian – Documentary

48 minute documentary about the outrage sparked by Monty Python’s "Life of Brian".

You can also watch it here ( works best with IE)

[via: Gadgets Blog]

10 Must See Movies on Suburbia


Photo Credit: Telestar Logistic

First, a short note on the history of the infamous US suburb:

The growth of suburbs was facilitated by the development of zoning laws, redlining and various innovations in transport. After World War II availability of FHA loans stimulated a housing boom in American suburbs. In the older cities of the northeast U.S., streetcar suburbs originally developed along train or trolley lines that could shuttle workers into and out of city centers where the jobs were located. This practice gave rise to the term bedroom community or dormitory, meaning that most daytime business activity took place in the city, with the working population leaving the city at night for the purpose of going home to sleep. Source

Now that you’re informed, check out these 10 great movies about suburbs, in no particular order:

  1. Happiness
  2. Ordinary People
  3. American Beauty
  4. Edward Scissorhands
  5. Neighbors
  6. Little Children
  7. The Money Pit
  8. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  9. Blue Velvet
  10. Ordinary People

Feel free to suggest other suburbia-related movies in the comments.

Link to Story: Suburbia


Searching for the Next Tom Hanks


Film.com profiles 6 young actors that might make it to Hollywood’s A-List and become “the next Tom Hanks”. We’re not sure how Jonah Hill made it onto this list, or why Tom Hanks is being put on a pedestal, but that’s beside the point. Here are the six on Film.com’s short list:

To spice things up, we’ve made a Amazon Unspun widget. Vote for your favorite young actor, or add others (under 25 years old, please) and let’s see who the Criticker Community likes!

Apple iTunesshow?id=zgmC70XXLTQ&bids=78941

Watch Full Charlie Chaplin Movies

Thank you KGB for giving me the idea for this post.

The copyright of a lot of Charlie Chaplin movies has run out, which allows us to watch them online in full length. I’ve gathered couple of them for your viewing pleasure:

1. The Gold Rush


Watch it here

2. The Kid


Watch it here

3. Monsieur Verdoux


Watch it here

4. The Great Dictator


Watch it here in french only, sorry.

5. Woman of Paris (written and directed by Charlie Chaplin)


Watch it here

6. The Immigrant, The Adventurer, The Cure, and Easy Street


Watch the collection of Charlie Chaplin short films here

Make sure that you watch the films in original size, otherwise the quality is bad. Also, feel free to let me know if you’ve found a better quality film, one I missed or The Great Dictator in English, by sending an email to blog -at- criticker dot com

Have fun.

Criticker on GeekBriefTV

Thanks to Cali and her team at GeekBriefTV for featuring Criticker on their latest episode. GeekBriefTV is a popular videocast, and we were honored to earn a spot in their program.

Criticker is starting to get more and more press, a trend which we hope continues. We’ll be posting the more exciting pieces of media exposure here in our blog, so make sure and subscribe to our RSS feed if you’d like to follow The Criticker Story … which might one day be subtitled “From Rags to Riches”. Hey, let us dream!

Link: Watch the whole feature

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Jackie Chan’s Most Painful Moments

I just recently watched Drunken Master and was stunned by his stunts. Famously, these stunts often go wrong, which this video entertainingly demonstrates.

[via: Gorilla Mask]

Discovery Planet Earth 11 Part DVD Set

New Feature: Films by Country

We’ve just introduced a great new feature that a lot of users had requesting. Films by Country

Every single film in our database now displays its country of origin in the Film Information page, which reveals a lot of interesting tidbits. (Who knew Captain America was an American & Yugoslavian co-production? That just seems wrong!)

Even better, “country” is now a filtering option on our full film lists. Want to know which spaghetti westerns are in our database? No problem. Have an itch to see an animated Bulgarian film from the 40s? Well… there aren’t any, but at least now you can assure yourself of that. PLUS, you can use the country filter on your list of seen films, as well as the lists of other users.

We hope you like this new feature! If not, we’re sure you’ll let us know … comments are always welcome.