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Archive for February, 2010

New Enhancement – Featured Reviews

Originally a suggestion by TonythePony, the newest enhancement at Criticker is Featured Reviews. Apart from just the films which you’ve scored the highest, you can now choose which of your mini-reviews are to be highlighted on your profile page.

You can bring attention to overlooked films which you loved, or clever mini-reviews which you’re proud of. Or whatever else! Your list of Featured Films is stored as a collection, and you have control over it just like any other collection. Any film can belong to your Featured Films collection, but in order for it to show up on your Profile, you have to have ranked it and written a mini-review.

And you can feature any number of films. 10 will be chosen at random for display on your profile.

So what are you waiting for?! You’ll see the link “Feature on Your Profile” on the film information page of any movie you’ve written a mini-review for.

Changes to the User Profile Page

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have noticed a lot of little changes we’ve been making to Criticker in 2010, designed to make the site more attractive and easier to use.

The latest page to get a revamp is the User Profile page (when you’re on other users’ pages, not your own). It’s changed a lot, for the better.

Here’s a quick rundown of the changes:

1) Expanded, cleaner information & bio area
2) No more ugly “dropdown” boxes
3) Dynamic film list, with multiple choices
4) New Enhancement: Featured Reviews – basically implementing the suggestion proposed here. We’ll be writing more about this later.

We hope you like these changes as much as we do, and agree that they greatly improve the functionality and appearance of the page. The personal User Profile page will be updated soon, too, in a similar fashion.

DVD Report – February 23rd

One of the more surprising films in Criticker’s Top 20 of 2009 was The Damned United, an adaptation of real life coach Brian Clough’s travails at Leeds United. Strangely, it’s not the week’s only highly praised and amusing ‘true-story’ flick. Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant!, starring Matt Damon, also mostly won love at Criticker.

The Informant!Average Tier 5.95
The U.S. government decides to go after an agri-business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president turned informant Mark Whitacre. The Informant! @ Amazon

The BoxAverage Tier 4.12
An unhappily married couple receive a small box on their doorstep. At the push of a button, the box brings its bearer instant wealth but also instantly kills someone the bearer doesn’t know. The Box @ Amazon

Criticker Pick!The Damned UnitedAverage Tier 7.36
Brian Clough (Sheen) takes over as manager of Leeds United following the departure of club hero Don Revie (Meaney) for the England job and for the first time has to work without his partner, Peter Taylor (Spall). Adaptation of the popular book. The Damned United @ Amazon

ParisAverage Tier 5.65
Pierre, a professional dancer, suffers from a serious heart disease. While he is waiting for a transplant which may (or may not) save his life, he has nothing better to do than look at the people around him, from the balcony of his Paris apartment. When Elise, his sister with three kids and no husband, moves in to his place to care for him, Pierre does not change his new habits. And instead of dancing himself, it is Paris and the Parisians who dance before his eyes. Paris @ Amazon

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s AssistantAverage Tier 3.79
A young boy named Darren Shan meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a Vampire. After a series of events Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque Du Freak and become a Vampire. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant @ Amazon

Criticker Lists – Favorite Winter Olympic Event

As a kid, I loved the Winter Olympics, but its hold on my interest has completely evaporated as I’ve grown older. The events are boring and the sappy, over-emotional coverage makes me want to puke.

But I still find myself reading the news and experiencing a small jolt of patriotic pride when, say, Bode Miller wins the gold. Criticker user Blair is helping us get in the spirit with a list which allows you to choose your Favorite Winter Olympic Event.

Check it out, and if you like the list make sure and give it a star! The Olympics finishes up on Sunday… giving us a few months before we start getting excited for the World Cup.

Clash of the Titans

On April 2nd, the huge-budget remake of the 80s classic Clash of the Titans hits theaters, giving us about 6 weeks to slowly work ourselves into disillusionment with the project.

The film will star Avatar’s Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes… and so has at least 3 things in its favor. But the director is Louis Leterrier, who brought us Transporter 2 and the inferior Hulk flick.

Moviefone has a list of 10 things to know about the remake, and we’re heartened by #3: “early on it was decided the film would use in-camera effects as much as possible”… meaning it won’t be in the style of 300.

So, we’re unsure of how to feel about the new Clash of the Titans. Only one thing is truly certain: the new Perseus is a whole lot hotter than the old one.

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Cheap Movie Prop: Mirror

Who needs expensive 3D animation, when a simple mirror can create so much suspense for free?

  1. Phantasm
  2. Halloween II (2009)
  3. The Omen (2006)
  4. Shaun of the Dead
  5. An American Werewolf in London
  6. Prom Night (2008)
  7. Prom Night (2008)
  8. Orphan
  9. Mirrors
  10. Halloween: H20
  11. Nadja
  12. Stir of Echoes
  13. Saw III
  14. What Lies Beneath
  15. The Ring Two
  16. The Ring
  17. Ringu
  18. Ringu 2
  19. V for Vendetta
  20. Lust, Caution
  21. Candyman
  22. What Lies Beneath
  23. Hot Fuzz
  24. The Unborn
  25. The Grudge (2004)
  26. The Return
  27. Ju-on
  28. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
  29. From Beyond the Grave
  30. Orphan
  31. Dark Water
  32. Metro
  33. Layer Cake
  34. The Unborn
  35. The Broken
  36. Phantasm (after tag)

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Forum Watch: What films have you watched the most times?

Now this is a great idea for a discussion, started a couple weeks ago by miss jesuswhat film have you watched the most times?

In a short amount of time, this topic has really taken off, and already has 40 replies and thousands of views. Interestingly, the films we’ve seen the most frequently aren’t necessarily our “favorites”. A lot of it depends on a serendipitous union of TV scheduling and apathy.

Fact: 90% of humanity can recite at least 4 quotes from The Princess Bride

There are a lot of great responses, but no one quite matches the comprehensiveness of hopscotch‘s answer which, read aloud, is curiously poetic:

Dumbo, Pete’s Dragon, The Brave Little Toaster, The Fox and the Hound, Robin Hood, Robin Hood Men in Tights, The Princess Bride, Overboard, Rocky IV, Tommy Boy, Big Jake, The Cowboys, City Slickers, Muppet Treasure Island, Annie, Kelly’s Heroes, Nacho Libre, Little Manhattan, The Argon Quest, Three Amigos, Rocketman, George of the Jungle, Master of Disguise, Hans Christian Anderson, The Little Rascals, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hot Lead and Cold Feet, Almost Heroes, Under Seige, Jeremiah Johnson, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, The Man Who Knew Too Little, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, Scamper the Penguin, Behind the Waterfall, Uncle Buck, The Great Outdoors, The Seventh Brother, Rigoletto, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Speed, and Westworld.

I’ve seen all of these at least 20 times! Mostly when I was younger 😀 .

Personally, the film I’ve seen the most times must be The Dark Knight. But only because, last summer, I watched it in Spanish over and over and over in order to learn the language. The main consequence has been that I now speak Spanish in a deep, aggressive growl.

What films have you seen most frequently? Why not go join the conversation?

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