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Archive for October, 2007

Super Size Me

I didn’t quite buy this film when it came out. Honestly, who really thinks that fast food is healthy and should be eaten every single day? If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s your chance to see the whole thing for free:

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“Super Size Me” is one man’s journey into the world of weight gain, health problems and fast food. It’s an examination of the American way of life and how we are eating ourselves to death. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock unravels the American obesity epidemic by interviewing experts nationwide and by subjecting himself to a ’McDonald’s only’ diet for thirty days straight. His Sundance award-winning feature is as entertaining as it horrifying as it dives into corporate responsibility, nutritional education, school lunch programs and how we as a nation are eating ourselves to death.

Don’t forget to rank “Super Size Me” on Criticker when you’re done watching it.

[via: ehrensenf]

The Cast of Star Trek X1

Lost creator J.J. Abrams will co-write, produce and direct the eleventh Star Trek film [imdb], set for release in 2008. He has also just finalised the cast. This new film is a prequel and covers the story of the Star Fleet Academy cadets boarding the Enterprise for the first time. There are also rumours that William Shatner is miffed that he missed out on a major part and has reportedly said “I can’t imagine why I would do a cameo


James T. Kirk William Shatner/Chris Pine (Smokin’ Aces)


Spock Leonard Nimoy/Zachary Quinto (Heroes)


Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy DeForest Kelley/Karl Urban (LOTR, The Bourne Supremacy, and he is a hunky kiwi)


Montgomery “Scotty” Scott James Doohan/Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz)


Hikaru Sulu George Takei/John Cho (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle)


Uhura Nichelle Nichols/Zoe Saldana (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Avatar)


Pavel Chekov — Walter Koenig/Anton Yelchin (Huff)

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Thrilllist.com – A Daily Email Shot of Cool Stuff

Big shoutout to ThrillList.com.

Thrillist is the free daily email that sifts through the crap to find the best stuff in New York, LA, SF, and Nationwide. Each day, you get one tip on new, unknown, or horribly under-appreciated bars, restaurants, events, gear, services, and travel. Get on the list at www.thrillist.com.

They’ve recently featured Criticker on their site and in their newsletter, helping push us over 10000 registered users, and we’re really appreciative. Thrilllist highlights a lot of cool stuff, so we definitely recommend checking it out and signing up to their newsletter.

Criticker has over 10,000 Users!

On Wednesday, Criticker welcomed our ten thousandth user to the community. 10,000 people… that’s about 4 times more than the population of the town I grew up in! It’s a huge milestone for us, and we’re so appreciative to all you guys for helping make Criticker a great site.

Help us continue to grow by telling your friends and family about us. Or, add our Recently Ranked Films widget to your website or blog, or our application to your Facebook profile.

Download TV Theme Songs


Slackerup has collected a nice collection of TV Show Theme song. With a right-click you can even download them onto your desktop… so you can rock out to “Knight Rider” all day long.

Link: Slackerup

[via: j-walk]

Server Nightmare: Criticker Down for 14 Hours

We are so, so sorry for the past 14 hours. Our Hosting Provider decided last night at 21:00 GMT to move our dedicated server. Apparently, they left its power switch off.

The best part is, they don’t offer 24×7 support. So, we sat at our desks helplessly. There was nothing we could do, no person we could reach. It was a fun evening, over the course of which I:

  1. Hurled a phone book across the hall in a manly outburst of rage
  2. Viciously lashed out at anyone in striking distance, for the most minor infractions
  3. Laid my head on my desk, and wept at the injustice like an ugly schoolgirl whose prettier friends have finally abandoned her.

This morning, our Hosting Provider finally rolled back into the office. 2 hours after their working day began (and after about 3 increasingly aggravated phone calls), they got around to flipping the “on” switch.

If there was ever a time for Criticker’s screaming monkey, that time is now.

What does this mean for you? Well, we’re moving to a different provider with 24×7 support (and kicking ourselves for not having done so long ago), so you can expect these kinds of monstrous service interruptions to soon be a thing of the past.

We’re not going to call out our hosting provider by name (yet), but a quick visit to whois.net should tell you all you need to know. Stay away.

We’re Going Widget Crazy

Last week, we unveiled Criticker’s Facebook Movie Application. Nearly 100 users have signed up to that, which is great news.

Today, we’re proud to introduce another Widget: Recent Rankings. By putting just a couple lines of code in your webpage, you can show off the last 5 films you’ve seen with the world.

For all of you who have blogs, MySpace pages, or other homes on the web, this is a great way to share your taste with your readers. It refreshes once a day, and you don’t have to do anything besides a one-time cut & paste. Go here to get it

We’d love to see this on some of your pages! If you have comments, or suggestions for other types of widgets (on the horizon: the reappearance of our long-lost Top 10 Lists), please let us know!