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New Feature: Tagging

We’re happy to introduce a great new feature at Criticker: Tagging.

Last Tuesday, we quietly released tagging and in less than a week, Criticker users have associated over 3000 films with over 200 tags. The information is great… you can now browse a list of Best Picture Oscar Winners, Zombie Flicks, the AFI 100 and a whole lot more. You can even sort tag lists by PSI. Want to locate the best Oscar Documentary Winner which you haven’t yet seen? No problem.

Screenshot from Tag List Page

Yes, the clicked-link colors reveal that I’ve visited tags Sex, Flodder, Mute and Gay — not sure what that says about me

The number of tags which users have already come up with is pretty staggering, especially considering it’s been less than a week and hasn’t had any real promotion or release announcement. From Film Noir, to Time Travel, to Dystopia, to Heist, to Medieval pics — the breadth of information already available is excellent.

And it’s just going to keep getting better and better. If you want to browse the tags which have already been created, click here. And please feel free to contribute yourself! You just have to be a member of Criticker and have ranked at least 50 films.

We can’t wait to see what kind of groups, sub-genres, categories and weird correlations you all come up with next!!


Movie Merchandise: Star Wars Goggles – Yoda Backpack – South Park X-Mas Ornaments

There’s one product in today’s list which I’d buy without even thinking. Can you guess which one?

Vintage Star Wars Micro Machines Luke Binoculars

star wars goggles

Rattling around in the hidden cargo hold of the Millennium Falcon we found these Star Wars Micro Machines Luke Binoculars toys. These are actual Galoob toys from 1997 that somehow have time warped over a decade into 2008. All are brand new unopened in the box… and of course the quantity is limited.

In classic Micro Machines style this set features unfolding binoculars which open into the Yavin Rebel Base complete with tiny Luke Skywalker, Wedge and R2-D2 figures. Get them while you can since these won’t last long.

More info: Vintage Star Wars Micro Machines Luke Binoculars

Yoda Plush Backpack

yoda backpack

Ever since its release in 1980, The Empire Strikes Back has fueled the dreams of geeks across the world. Considered by many to be the best of the Star Wars saga, it was the first film where we really learned what it took to be a Jedi. Sure Obi Wan taught us a little in A New Hope, but it wasn’t until we met Yoda that we truly realized how powerful the Force was and how hard it was to master. Yoda was the pinnacle of what a Jedi should be: mighty and humble, wise and peaceful. Even though he was tiny, we got glimpses of his immense power (really, I mean a whole X-Wing?!?)

Once we saw Yoda, we all knew we wanted a Jedi master of our own – a Jedi master who would take us running in the woods, ride on our back, and teach us the ways of the Force. We tried strapping a cat to our back, but it wasn’t the same. A few months ago, our geeky hearts almost leapt out of our bodies when we saw this officially licensed backpack. Yoda…on our back…teaching us…and carrying our stuff inside him. Perfect! And, to make it even better, the straps are adjustable and sized for adults. All you need now is a dirty, sleeveless t-shirt and some khaki’s and you will be ready for your Jedi training to begin. You will be. You will be.

More info: Yoda Backpack

Blood Bath Shower Curtain


You’ve spent a hard day on the road, driving as fast as you can from the life you used to lead. It’s all gone wrong and you don’t know where to turn, but you can feel your eyes closing as you slowly drift in and out of consciousness and you know that if you don’t sleep soon you’ll just be another statistic in tomorrow morning’s newspapers. You pull over at the first motel you see, paying little attention to the empty car park or the ominous house on the hill casting its menacing black shadow. What you need is a nice relaxing shower – don’t worry about the hole bored into the wall, the manager just likes to keep a close eye on things – but what’s this? There’s blood all over the floor – the shower curtain is bundled up on the tiles soaking in a puddle of what can only be. . . . Mother? MOTHER! And then you wake up. It’s ok, you’re at home but maybe you shouldn’t have stayed up all night watching Hitchcock – you’d better take a shower and get ready for work. All you need to do now is figure out why there are bloody handprints all over the shower curtain? It was just a dream wasn’t it? Mwahahahahahahaha.

More info: Blood Bath Shower Curtain

South Park Ornament Set

south park ornaments

Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny are back for another raunchy holiday season as less-than-angelic carolers for your Christmas tree.

More info: South Park Ornament Set

I’m Super Snapsuit With Cape

super baby suit

Will HE fly off to an exciting, distant galaxy? Battle the Gargantuan Zombie Beetles from Planet 7? No matter what he does, he’ll look incredibly heroic in his Super Snapsuit. Just note: Secret Identity NOT Included! In the Super outfit, your little boy can make every day a super day! This 100% Cotton Super Snapsuit has a silky cape sewn into the shoulder seams. Super Snapsuits are cool baby gifts, and the perfect gift at every baby shower. Not Intended As Sleepwear!

More info: I’m Super Snapsuit With Cape

Michael Moore’s Slacker Uprising Available Online

Michael Moore‘s new film Slacker Uprising is available for free download, in its entirety, at SlackerUprising.com

As is the case with a lot of cool free stuff from the States, it’s not available to anyone outside of the USA or Canada. GRRRR! Don’t you recognize your fan-base is largely in Europe, Mr. Moore?!

The film chronicles Moore’s tour across American college campuses in the run-up to the 2004 Presidential Election. According to Moore, the “goal was to help turn out a record number of young voters and others who had never voted before. (That part was a success. Young adults voted in greater numbers than in any election since 18-year-olds were given the right to vote. And the youth vote was the only age group that John Kerry won.)”

Wow, all thanks to You: The Soul of the Liberal Machine, I’m sure. Actually, it’s probably a good thing that the film isn’t available to those of us outside the US… if it were, I’d feel compelled to watch it, and then would spend 3 weeks fuming about how obnoxiously self-impressed Mr. Moore is.

Slacker Uprising’s Official Site
A Negative Review from the UK’s Guardian

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DVD Report – September 23rd

The most surprising thing about this week’s batch of new releases on DVD is that more Criticker users have seen and ranked Run, Fat Boy, Run than the massively popular monster hit Sex and the City. Is there too much testosterone at Criticker? Anyway, the British/US comedy is the pick of the week, receiving better scores than any other new DVD…

Run, Fat Boy, Run156 Rankings – Average Tier 5.10
A chunky, clueless guy leaves his pregnant fiancée on their wedding day only to discover — 5 years later — that she is his one true love. But in order to win back her heart, he looks to finish his first marathon while making her realize her new man is the wrong guy for her. Run, Fat Boy, Run @ Amazon

Sex and the City147 Rankings – Average Tier 4.34
Sex and the City is coming to the big screen in a feature film adaptation of the hit HBO television series. The film will follow the continuing adventures of the series four main characters – Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda – as they live their lives in Manhattan four years after the series ended. Sex and the City @ Amazon

Leatherheads82 Rankings – Average Tier 4.56
A romantic comedy set against the backdrop of America’s nascent pro-football league in 1925. Dodge Connolly, a charming, brash football hero, is determined to guide his team from bar brawls to packed stadiums. But after the players lose their sponsor and the entire league faces certain collapse, Dodge convinces a college football star to join his ragtag ranks… Leatherheads @ Amazon

Pathology41 Rankings – Average Tier 3.41
A group of medical students devise a deadly game: to see which one of them can commit the perfect murder. Pathology @ Amazon

Terza madre, La22 Rankings – Average Tier 2.95
An ancient urn is found in a cemetery outside Rome. Once opened, it triggers a series of violent incidents: robberies, rapes and murders increase dramatically, while several mysterious, evil-looking young women coming from all over the world are gathering in the city… Terza madre, La @ Amazon

Trailer for Doubt

I’ll admit, when I first read that Phillip Seymour Hoffman would be starring in a film about a priest under scrutiny for child molestation, my skin crawled and eyes rolled. But the new trailer for this movie has definitely piqued my interest — Meryl Streep and Hoffman look to be in top form, and the film’s plot is not standard issue.

This is the sort of film that could really get my blood boiling. As an extra bonus, Amy Adams (one of our favorite actors) has an important supporting role. Doubt is due in theaters in December… just in time for Oscar season!

Merchandise: The Exorcist Figure – R/C Indiana Jones Ant – Wizard of Oz Watch

Here’s another handpicked selection of movie merchandise that nobody really needs. My favorite this week is the Exorcist doll, though I wish it were on a 1:1 scale, so I could use it to decorate the house for Halloween.

The Exorcist Figure

the exorcist doll

In 1973, this film redefined the horror genre and created a sensation with audiences. Depicting one of the most famous scenes from the movie, demonically-possessed Regan "spider walks" down the staircase. Figure features ball-jointed neck, and swivel forearms and ankles.

More info: The Exorcist Figure

Wizard Of Ozâ„¢ Ruby Slippers Watch

wizard of oz watch

If we met The Wizard, this quartz watch would be our wish! Sparkling faux crystals bezel frames Dorothy as slippers charm dangles below. Band features genuine leather upper with vinyl lining. Unique accessory inspired by the beloved 1939 film!

More info: Wizard Of Ozâ„¢ Ruby Slippers Watch

Indiana Jones Giant Radio Controlled Ant

indiana jones ants

Use the powers of the crystal skull remote to control the fearsome ant. Scurries and moves like a super-sized version of the real thing. Terrorize your family and friends with its scissor-action mandible!

More info: Indiana Jones Giant Radio Controlled Ant

Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington Face Clock

nightmare before xmas

Jack’s back for more creepy fun! Move over Father Time, Jack’s clock face keeps time as his pendulum body swings.

More info: Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington Face Clock

Inspiration for Halloween

Before Morpheus Woke Up

Neo was a computer programmer before he was taken out of the Matrix, but Morpheus had a much crazier profession as a pink hat-wearing, kiddie song-singin’, slightly creepy cowboy. “The globe screams whenever I say the word more. Can this be real?”

“If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.” Wise words, Morpheus. Man, after this, life spent escaping Sentinels aboard the Nebuchadnezzar must have been a freaking cakewalk.

[via: Classic Fun]