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Forum Watch – Children Being Killed

About a month ago, TheDenizen started what has quickly become one of our favorite topics on the forum: Children Being Killed. The topic is about exactly that — movies with scenes featuring children being murdered.

Any time a topic starts out with a warning like “hopefully people won’t be shocked and horrified by what I’m about to say”, you know you’re in for a treat. Upon seeing it the first time, I sighed, naturally assuming a wave of scorn and anger would follow. But that didn’t happen! A lot of users contributed films in which kids are hacked up, sliced to pieces and brutally, shockingly slaughtered.

What I love about this topic is the disregard to sensitive cultural norms. Criticker’s forums are at their best when the discussions veer off what we could ever have anticipated; and when they’re of questionable taste, it’s just a bonus.

So, if you’re interested in the brutal murder of children, head over the forum! And then take a cold shower, stare at yourself in the mirror, and soberly contemplate the state of your soul.

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Forum Watch: Your Best PSIs

Does everyone at Criticker tend to get the same films at the top of their PSI lists? That’s a suspicion I’ve always had, and there’s definitely a lot of overlap. To a certain extent, that’s expected; great films are great films, regardless of who they’re being recommended to.

But I was surprised and heartened to see the variety of 100 and 99 PSIs reported by members in a thread post dedicated to the topic. We get classics like 2001 (for those few cinephile that haven’t seen it), and obscure gems like Sátántangó and A Tanú.

Have you seen A Tanú? If so, you’re in a very select club

Reading through the list had me compiling a mental checklist of films to rent, and eventually I had to stop! What’s at the top of your PSI list? Don’t forget that subscribers to Criticker get their PSIs updated every single day, in addition to a no-ads version of the site.

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Forum Watch: The Dinner Game

Some of our favorite topics at the Criticker Forum kick off because a user has just seen a film, absolutely loved or hated it, and wants confirmation of their views. That’s exactly what user Hopscotch did after watching the French favorite from the late 90s, The Dinner Game. He loved the film, and was surprised by a very negative review by a user over at IMDB.

Over the next few days, the community at the forum agreed that The Dinner Game is great, brushed on the subtitle debate, suggested a similar film (In The Loop) and unearthed the trailer for the inevitable US remake of the film, naturally retitled to make it palatable to our more juvenile sense of humor: Dinner for Schmucks. (“Schmucks! Har, gotta see it!”).

This is the way we like to see the Forums work! If you’d like, go over and join the thread. And if you’re not reading or participating in the Criticker Forums, you’re missing out on a powerful resource, and a lot of great conversations.

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Forum Watch: Best Performances

Hey, do you have about 30 minutes extra in your life, you’d like to spend remembering some of the greatest acting performances of all time?

Then head over to the forum, and read through this great thread started by Bojangles, dedicated to cinema’s Best Performances.

Joyously free of bickering and blessed with bountiful images of the performances, this thread is one of our favorites currently in action at the forum. You won’t be able to get far, without discovering a new must-see film, or being reminded of a great performance which you’d like to revisit.

Go check it out, and make sure to contribute your own favorites!

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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Forum Watch: Your Favorite Scene

The Criticker Forums are a great place to both share your own thoughts, and learn a lot from other knowledgeable people. When you see a topic like Your Favorite Scene, started in October 2009 by frederic_g54, you can be sure that you’re in for a treat.

The scenes picked out by the community are great… terrifying, amazing, stylish and hilarious (often, unintentionally). Famous scenes from Psycho, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, 8 1/2, Dog Day Afternoon, There Will Be Blood, Au hasard Balthazar… so far, 4 pages full of cinema’s most classic moments. Most contributers take the time to embed a YouTube video, which adds a lot.

Check out the discussion. You’re sure to find some forgotten favorites and discover scenes you’ve not yet watched. Make sure to add your personal faves!

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Forum Watch: Favorite/Least Favorite Holiday Films

Here’s a timely topic for the holiday season! Melvin Smif has started a popular thread asking about everyone’s favorite and most hated Christmas movies. Some classic gems like It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story show up frequently in the posts, which currently number over 40 (though they take a weird turn for the political midway through). Die Hard is another film which appears on a huge number of lists — not the most traditional seasonal fare, but a great movie nonetheless.

John McClane spreads the holiday cheer

Will 2008’s A Christmas Tale one day make lists like this? This French film starring Catherine Deneuve is widely loved by Criticker Users, and might make a good choice for those getting tired of the old standards.

My personal fave, though it’s not awfully unique, is A Christmas Story — I don’t know how many times I’ve seen it. What’s yours? Go join the forum and share!

Amazon: It’s a Wonderful Life / Die Hard / A Christmas Tale / A Christmas Story

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