Do the math. For only 441 theatres, [Facing the Giants] is out-performing most of its competition. Obviously you are out of touch with a large portion of America. It sure seems a large number of people in these few markets are shelling out their hard earned dollars. I live on the left coast in a college town, yet this movie is on it's third week based on ticket sales.
I just wanted to say that your review of Nacho Libre was by far the best review I have found of this awful mess of a film. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it getting an average of 6/10 on IMDB. So I'm glad to see that others hated it as much as I did. My mind must have blocked out the fart 'jokes', or maybe I just couldn't believe they had been included. The only thing I liked about the film was being able to leave early.
I saw Facing the Giants over the weekend and didn't expect much from a budget of 100k and a majority of amateur movie makers and actors. I was stunned!!! This little movie is a powerhouse! I felt great after leaving the movie and I didn't feel embarrassed or grossed out by the content. I think this movie deserves a second look and people need to realize that this isn't a multimillion dollar professional effort and shouldn't be judged as such.
Just wanted to say I enjoyed [Rob Gonsalves's] review of Terror Train and totally agree with your points about McKinnon's acting prowess. He was outstanding. Also enjoyed your review of The Burning.
Your Snakes on a Plane review... you failed to mention, like most OLD people who watch this movie and are tryin to discover what the big deal is, ALL THE GREAT SHOTS in this film. As for all the shit you read in newspapers, wow its all old people who just "cant figure out what the darn heck ! what a wacky title! " "automatically it must be a total throw away movie" at least these titles are pointing out how lame movies are getting. stupid ass journalists blow everything out of proportion and destroy it. they create the monster then destroy it at the same time. i hate this "recycling" of our culture. first of all. my generation. cats born in the 80s. dont givva fuck for the traditional fuckin recycled shit that hollywood is coming out with. at this point cheesy is IN and its fuckin funny. Bloodsport with Jean-Claude is fuckin great. No one should review this film its for everyones personal enjoyment. WHY the fuck do u think New Line didn't release a screening to critics?[Editor's note: Hmm, given its relatively poor box-office performance, maybe they should've had critic screenings.]
Rob Gonsalves's review of Flash Gordon is one of the most insightful reviews I've ever read, of any movie. Especially because I can't think of a tougher movie to review.... Not only did Rob perfectly encapsulate why the film is so thoroughly enjoyable, but he put it into a historical context that now that I read it seems completely obvious.... Every other review of Flash Gordon can basically go in the trash now -- this is the definitive one. Even Roger Ebert's review from way-back-when... it's like he was trying to say what Rob said, but simply couldn't get it out. Not bad when you trump a Pulitzer Prize winner. Amazing work. Thanks! [Editor's note: No, thank you!]
Regarding the film review for On Deadly Ground by reviewer Chris Parry: I have enjoyed using your website to get reviews of films. It has helped me decide whether or not I want to purchase a DVD or go to see a film at the theater. HOWEVER --- I don't like to have to be insulted by the political crap of the reviewer. Your website should present information about films and leave out the reviewer's obnoxious comments about politics. I request that you do two things: 1. Ban this individual from ever submitting a review (his review is pretty poor anyway, so you won't be losing anything.)[Editor's note: We've been looking for a reason to get rid of site co-founder Parry for a while now. We finally have a reason!]
I really enjoyed Brian Orndorf's reviews. I've been following up on the reviews of Roger Ebert for the last 5 years. Now that he's out of commission, I went over your archive and I found many reviews that I liked a lot. Please keep up the good work and try to look every once in a while for non-commercial fare.
At last. I knew when Clerks II was released it was going to be regarded by some critics as the next Citizen Kane. And so far I haven't been proven entirely wrong. I have long been baffled at why people have been so absolutely bewitched at the train wreck that was Clerks. I can't imagine why that movie would have needed a sequel. I had to force myself to sit through the first one. There isn't even the remotest chance I would watch the second.... I know it's unfair for me to criticize a movie I promise I will never, ever see. I just knew it was more of the same. Sadly, just like those slackers I knew are still to this day. Thanks for not making me feel so alone in this.
Your review of Pendragon's War of the Worlds is one of the best and most entertaining I have ever read. I laughed out loud. You are a brilliant reviewer and a wonderful writer.
After watching [American Soliders] and searching the internet for a review (just out of curiosity), I found yours. I found your review of the movie to be mostly agreeable. The acting was horrible, the special effects less than special, and the character development poor. I spent a year in Iraq and can tell what is definitely so or definitely not about the movie.
I believe that the main idea of the movie was missed in your review. If you pay close attention you can hear the soldiers making certain statements. Statements similar to "we're not fighting for Iraq, we're fighting for each other," "I don't understand, we're trying to help these people and all we get is hatred," and "they just wont give us a break, they keep kicking us while we're down" are completely true thoughts of many soldiers in theatre, including what my own were.
While I agree the movie itself is poorly made, if you watch it again (as painful as it may be) and pay attention to the ideas behind it rather than the art behind it, you might appreciate it a little more. It comes off as a poor Delta Force replica, but I believe it was intended to be more than that.
I don't know what Superman Returns movie you saw but it sure wasn't the same one I did. Doesn't matter. You and some of your peers would have trashed this film if they had secretly recorded and then included your every wish for the movie. Its just more fashionable these days to trash anything that tries to take us back to a simpler time and place. You reviewers think that is your ticket to prove your intelligence. The old adage that less is more was never more true than with this film and your review!
Just a quick note to thank you for your review of X-Men: The Last Stand. I left the theater feeling soiled. Pulling no punches, your review puts a spotlight on why.
Although I agree with everything you said on the action and story of Final Fantasy VII, I still found myself liking it. The angles and cut scenes where slightly off and did seem from Mission Impossible 2, Matrix (wall climbing) and a few omages to Akira also. However, I still found the movie very likable, artistically.
The Final Fantasy VII movie sucked @ss. I think fans that like it are all crazy. Even as someone that's played the game (well at least a little bit of it), I thought the movie sucked so bad... The ONLY good thing about this movie are the graphics.
First of all, I want to say that you did an excellent job on the review of Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children. For months I've been saying much the same things about the film, having already seen the japanese version, and it's good to see someone familiar with John Woo's HK films and can spot the influences.
First off, of course, I don't really agree with your review [of Final Fantasy 7]. And of course, this is mainly because I loved Final Fantasy 7, so most of the love of this film is purely nostalgic, but I still think some of your points are... well weak.... One of your main points is about the movie not bringing people up to date very well. This could be because it IS a sequel.... Of course it is a sequel to a video game so I can see why you wouldn't really accept the little bit of information they give you, but you did get what the story was about, right?
Without knowledge of the source material, your [review of Final Fantasy 7] is flawed. SquareEnix (not Sony) mentioned long before release that Advent Children would be direct-to-DVD and that it was geared almost entirely to those that played Final Fantasy VII.... I won't going on a ranting rave, I'm sure someone will take that place. This is just my clarification. Your review reminded of someone reviewing a sequel, when they didn't like the first movie to begin with. Flame war waiting to happen.
I'm not a fanboy, but your review of Final Fantasy Advent Children was crap. I guess that's why you work for a nothing website.
I wouldn't normally take the trouble to congratulate a movie reviewer, but must say that after trying to watch the movie and giving up in what I now call 'movie rage', did a bit of searching and found your review of National Security. Thanks for getting your thoughts out there on what I now consider the biggest load of crap to ever be released (although you may have a better one).
Your review of Alone in the Dark had me crying tears of laughter and banging the keyboard with sheer delight. I was laughing so hard i couldn’t breathe and it was only the fear of dying through lack of oxygen that eventually enabled me to get my laughing under control AND I haven't even seen the film! Thank you Uwe Boll and Lions Gate for allowing you to construct that scathing critique and giving me one of the funniest moments of my life.
I just had to say that I adore your review for Blame It On Rio. I am at this very moment watching this movie for the first time, and I couldn't help but notice the incestuous overtones. I simply wanted to find out if there was someone else who felt the same way I did. Now that I have, I can go to bed.
BTW - keep up your hilarious (and strangely sexy) writing style.
Your Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo review should be found on the front page of whatever is the highest selling newspaper in America... and it should remain on the front page until it is pulled from theaters. It should be in bold face type in upper-case letters, as a warning... almost like the warning on cigarettes. All movies reviews should be this merciless.
Wow, stumbled upon Hollywood Bitchslap on accident (damn you google) and can't help but notice what kind of time you must put into your 'quote whore' total.
And you got a whopping(!!) 120 people to sign your petition! Wow, the studios will listen to you FOR SURE! Way to fight the good fight. You are making a DIFFERENCE. (sarcasm off)
Seriously dude, get a life. Is this your crowning achievement? Looks like you put WAY too much time (oh but such creativity!) into something that NO ONE (ok, 120 people) cares about. Are you a disgruntled critic or what? Just makes you really look sad and unbelievably pathetic. And you can "quote" me on that.
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Great site. use it often - whenever going to the movies, if I can help it. Best - most helpful - reviews on the web.
I read your review of Hostel and it made me glad I picked the DVD up at lunch. I'm looking forward to it.
I just read your review for the Chronicles of... after just buying the DVD and honestly I completely agree with you. Narnia lacked any sense of heart, soul, magicalness, and Awww that the Lord of the Rings trilogy evoked. Honestly I was completely dissapointed with this extremely poor movie adaptation...It sucked! I personally blame it on disney, Adamson, and Henry Gregson's truly horendous film score...Oh well, I agree with you.
Brilliant review on Crash. I watched it last night and I agree with everything you say about it. I'm so tired of reading Roger Ebert's mindless 4 out of 4 reviews about everything. It's very refreshing to read someone who doesn't run with the crowd and can nail the egregious flaws in a film.
God bless you guys for the great work that you're doing.
Just came across your review of Red Eye. Could not agree with you more. I am shocked that this film received this many positive reviews. I found the film entertaining, but for all the wrong reasons. It seems like this movie tried to be a thriller but it was more stupid and hysterical than thrilling and scary.... This would have been decent as a dark comedy, but not as a thriller.
I just read your review on Narnia! And I must say...I totally agree with you! You completely wrote down what I thought about that movie! Finally someone that shares the same opinion.
You are DEAD ON!! I walked out of Narnia near the end just to show my disdain. ... Your review was one of the few that was so accurate when I perused MRQE.com looking for sanity. For a movie about creatures resurrecting, this thing had no life -- whatsoever. From here on out, I am going to tune in to your reviews and tell my friends to as well. Keep up the good work and thanks for taking a stand against a crummy movie.
Yesterday we had the pleasure of coming upon It's All Gone Pete Tong at the movie store, and watched it last night. Just now, we were looking up info about "Pete Tong" and came across your review, which we think is brilliantly written and very true to the tone of the movie, and how the two of us felt about it. Thank you for writing it, and keep up the great work!
I had never seen your site before. I had pretty much given up on movies because they are mostly such a load of crap! And I'm not a prude or a bigot. I just want to be entertained and not be ripped off at the theatre! And you had me rolling on the floor with your reviews of some of the movies! It is so true!!!! Especially that one story on "Baby the Rayne must Boll.' And it is so rare to actually get to read a review where someone actually knows how to write beyond an 8th grade level! I loved it! You are truly a breath of fresh air, and I'm one of the converted. I will always keep coming back to hollywoodbitchslap.com. Please keep telling it like it is!!!!
Dude, the little girl [in Narnia] didn't use the health potion on Aslan because it only healed. It didn't have the power to resurrect, and Aslan was already dead. I agree that the movie sucked, but get a grip.
I saw Godzilla: Final Wars last year in Chicago at the Pickwick Theatre. I loved the movie IMO it was by far one of the most entertaining Godzilla movies I have ever seen. I had heard a lot of negative stuff about the movie so I went to see it with an open mind and WOW I loved it. What I understand right now is that Sony has dubbed the DVD in English and changed some of the words in the movie... I have the original versions of all 28 Godzilla movies so I am lucky i just feel sorry for Godzilla fans who dont have the original movie versions and have to settle for English cut and dubbed versions.
Your review of the Narnia film was spot-on. I had the same reaction you did, only much more so. I've read the books over and over, love them as favorites of my childhood. I can tell you that this film has Disney's marks all over it, and it is NOT a faithful adaptation... They turned Narnia into Middle Earth, and not a particularly good Middle Earth (the Disney Prepubescent LOTR. Yeesh.). Keep up the good work.
I agree that for the most part [Immortal] was over computerized, but the story itself was decent and with real film making could have been good.... I think Thomas Kretschmann did a pretty good acting job. Your review fails to mention him. He suits the role perfectly. Pity a real director didnt make the movie...
Honestly I dont even think you watched the movie. Based upon the depth of the review I have to ask myself, did he really watch this? Seems more likely you skimmed over others work and looked up a few facts. If I am wrong sorry but you missed the story line and focus too much on the over kill in CGI (I agree with you on that).
Amen brutha, a good review [of Palindromes].
Have you read Dr. David R. Hawkins' book: Power Vs. Force? If so, you'll understand where the intellect ends and spirituality begins. In reflecting on your various reviews, it seems that your intellect far outshadows your inner feelings. Thank you for your thoughtful reviews, even though we differ in some areas.
I just began to watch War [of the Worlds], and ten minutes into it found my self overwhelmingly disturbed. Somewhat like a natural disaster or murder occurring close to home, I ran to the Internet to see if anyone else shared my worry and grief. I first felt duped and blatantly ripped off by and impressive dvd cover, somewhat like taking a hot babe home only to find out she's a transvestite. Two things came to my rescue, that mustache which is the best actor in the film, and your review. Now I love low budget, bad films, but only if they refuse to even try. This film takes itself seriously which hurts the whole experience. Rewinding and reliving the moments of brain raping acting, and cancerous special effects helps. Your review made me laugh so hard my fear subsided and I realized I'm not alone in the universe. Just as a good friend reassures you after an auto accident that the car can be repaired and life will go on as usual.
Just read your review. Saw Quintet last night for the first time. Man, oh man, have you pegged this film right. Thanks for explaining the plot to me. I kinda gave up half-way through.
Great Deer Hunter review. Saw the film for the first time a couple of months ago. After much research, your review is the only one I found that really grasped the love triangle between DeNiro, Streep and Walken.
Man, I've been searching the globe for a review like yours. In case you don't know, I'm talking about Revenge of the Sith. For as many people as I've talked to and as many pointless and jaded reviews as I've read, yours is the ONLY one that I could truly relate to. You see Star Wars movies as they should be seen, as a wonderful fantasy that is a lot of fun to watch on the screen. All these assholes who think they know everything love bashing Episodes 1 and 2 and after a while I was starting to think that I was the only person on earth who actually liked the prequels and understood why Lucas did what he did. Thank you for not being overly critical and for understanding what Star Wars is REALLY about, which is pure entertainment. Your a rare one. Keep up the good work! Thanks.
You know I have read so many critics' reviews of movies lately - one critic who didn't like Open Waters made the comment that the chracters were so whiny that he rooted for the sharks. I wrote this critic that he was filled with cliches I've heard before. Then I read your Alexandre critique and really thought what a real great writer you are.
I am a huge fan of your reviews. I've only recently discovered you, so lately I've been going back through your old reviews, just for the fun of it. I think you are hilariously articulate, and I almost always agree with you. I have rented quite a few movies this year, simply because you said they were worth my time.
Tonight I came across your review of Finding Nemo, and I just had to e-mail you about it, even though I realize the movie is a couple of years old now. I have a 7-year-old child who has cerebral palsy affecting the right side of his body. The references in the movie to Nemo's "lucky fin" jumped out at our whole family immediately. I remember leaning over to my little boy and whispering, "Ben, do you realize that Nemo is handicapped?" and of course he realized it, and he was mesmerized. After seeing that movie, he walked a little taller and held his head up a little higher. What it did for his self-esteem cannot be measured.
I was so excited that I couldn't wait to discuss it with friends who had seen the film, and I was shocked when not one single person knew what I was talking about. I got so many confused looks and stammering replies that I stopped bringing it up. I couldn't imagine how everyone had missed it, because it seemed SO obvious to me. Not only did they not pick up on it when they saw the movie, I think most of them were still skeptical even after I pointed it out.
So then I started searching through all of the reviews I could find, thinking that surely some reviewer somewhere would have picked up on it. Nope, nothing. Since, as I said before, I only discovered you just recently, it's only just now that I've learned that one reviewer actually DID get it. It's nice to know I wasn't wrong! Nemo is handicapped! I just can't tell you how awesome it was to read the paragraph in your review that confirmed this for me. It has made me an even bigger fan of yours, if that was even possible.
I just read your review of dust to glory. Wow I have never dreamed in a million years youd be envious because you have never set foot in a race vehicle or know what its like to compete in a motorsport. You seem completely close minded and I guess the whole Idea of the film just went straight over your head. The film was beautifully shot and was a documentary about a race that has its roots sunk about as deep into america as the Indianapolis 500. I seriously find your review completely off base and horrible and the part about the womens team just shows how truly an idiot you are and just because you have a small penis you jackass dont be jealous of those who have the balls to compete in a race and test our machines and bodies and put ourselves to the limit. You probably drive a Kia or some piece of crap economy car that doesnt go over 75 mph. For God sake how can you even call yourself a man and not enjoy this film so some extent. This film is going to blow up beyond your wildest expectations and when you see an offroad truck on the freeway behind you dont be jealous because you cant get a piece of ass and are probably gay. Smile when you see The Baja 1000 televised on live television this winter you fucking dickless pussy of a man.
Scott, I linked to your article on the worst movie of 2004 from Mike Lancaster's Stinkers page. You have done a great service for bad movie fans like myself. Excellent, excellent research and time well spent on your part.
I cannot believe the review you gave for The Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Stating that the character of Madea belongs in a In Living Color skit is a racist, and ignorant move. Who are you anyway to slander such a movie. You know nothing about Madea, Tyler Perry or any of his plays to make such a snap judgement. It was rude and who actually cares what the hell you thik anyway. If you noticed, the title of the movie was The Diary of a Mad BLACK Woman. Henceforth you could only fully understand and relate if you were African-American, not some rich White man with a homemade website. I think your bashing of the movie was harsh and unecessary.
Thank you for yet another well run contest event. Even using a computer from the early 90's, I had no problem choosing the wrong winners (like The Aviator). Always enjoy your segments on Nick Digilio's show - helpful, insightful, yet strangely hilarious. Keep up the good work.
Just read your review of Meet the Fockers and you were sooooo dead on, man. I must go back and watch Some Like it Hot to remember that American comedies were stellar once. Glad you mentioned this film's dreadful insensitivity to Mexicans (a point that surprisingly hasn't been brought up by other reviewers) in a subplot that went NOWHERE. This is where we are now; CGI babies saying asshole. Yikes.
Thanks for the fine review!
I believe [Sometimes They Come Back] is a great movie that depicts the 1950's greaser scene. Reviewing a movie this poorly and giving it criticism that is not deserve is absurd and crazy. It truly shows the way things are and will be.
Did you say you liked Cabin Fever? The movie with the most pointless sex scenes? The movie where they say the F word more times then in Pulp Fiction? The movie That had no plot, no ending, and not one ounce of acting talent? I'd hate to do this to you too, but you leave me no choice, "Pancakes! Pancakes!" See the movie again, and and reconsider.
I bumped into Paul Fischer last week at a media screening. What an arrogant bastard - who does he think he is? Everyone says he's just a rude slug. Loved your article!!
It was a pleasure reading your article on the Avalon Cinema. The access was a link provided by Paul [Turner] on the cinema web site. Readers are given a fair view of his endeavors and even directions to town; come on up (or down)! For a small and very local community we really have a prize and it is soon to be expanded with completion of the Darkside.... I have now learned of a good resource for films and reviews at HBS...
Hi, I just read your review [of The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou] and I just wanted to thank you for putting words to something I never could have, although totally agreed with while reading. I just finished watching it hours ago and although I wouldn't have given it 2 stars, I commend you for a review with which while reading I commented several times to no one in particular 'what a great review' and 'that's so true'. Thanks!
I was at a movie this afternoon and the trailer of In My Country was shown before the feature. It looked like it would be a great movie so I investigated it online as soon as I got home. Your review is remarkably well-written, which is atypical of many online movie reviews. I look forward to reading your other reviews.
Thanks for a fine review [of Meet the Fockers]. The more I think about this movie, the less I like it. I haven't seen Meet The Parents, so I thought that part of my problem at the outset was my not being so familiar with the characters as the other viewers. The longer I sat there, the more I began to appreciate the original no-holds-barred comedy of the era, Airplane!
Thanks again for your review!
Hey Scott, I like your reviews! Very funny. Handy too 'cause in Australia everything is released a year later!
I just got around to seeing Dodgeball and your review. Once again, you were right on the money and, again, I admire your independence and courage to give it your highest rating even though it would not be considered an intellectual film and, hence, unworthy of such accolades.
Again, thanks for your accurate review. I completely rely on them for my movie viewing.
Elaine, I have checked out a few of your reviews and have found that for the most part, I agree with your perspective. You have now officially become my go-to movie reviewer of choice.
I was pleased to read your review [of Dark City]. I have now seen this hauntingly atmospheric movie six or seven times, own it on video (so I can watch it again and again), and rank it high on my list of all time greats.
I would just like to say that you web site is one of the most informative sites I deal with it is very accurate about 98 percent of the time and I appreciate all the help it gives me in my dvd purchases.
Hi. I love your site! It's the best of its kind and it's the first place I check for upcoming dvd releases and other movie-related news. Keep up the great work!
I'm awaiting to see The Downfall, but after reading your review I'm psyched to see the film even more. Super review!
The reason I found out about your review was that it was posted on a fan forum I belong to for Joseph Fiennes. Most of the reviews we read are fairly mundane or even critical of many of the films he's appeared in, but your review really tweaked our sense of humor. It was very refreshing to read a review with your style. I'll keep an eye out for more from you!
I found your review of The Merchant of Venice because I'm a major fan of Joe Fiennes and Jeremy Irons... [It was a] wonderful review! ... I just loved the way you write. It is refreshing to see something different from the many cranky, formal reviews that many of us are used to. I mean, I had seen other great reviews of this movie, but yours was really fun to read and my favourite.
Why don't you rate on the basis of entertaining to boring? It seems your stock in trade is sarcasm and belittling. You must be a Bush lover. For certain I would never use you as a guide on what to view. My wife and I are well-educated seniors who go to movies to relax and be entertained and don't let the little things that seem to bug you bother us...... I think you are seeing too many films!!!
[editor's note: yeah, scott's the biggest bush lover we know]
Just would like you to know that I have read many, many reviews on Return of the King... and thought that your appraisal of it was by far the best.
Your comments were insightful and well judged (as a fan I'm a bit biased) and your appreciation of the labours involved behind the scenes showed respect for what I agree also is one of the most impressive achievements in cinema to date.
Just thought i give you a pat on the back - well done mate, keep up the good work.
Just wanted to say thank you for the DVD of Slasher that arrived unexpectedly today. I appreciate your sweepstakes opportunity.
Great job on the best DVD-release website ever! ... Thanks for providing such a comprehensive database. It is greatly appreciated.
I have got to give you props on the bracket contest you have on efilmcritic. That has got to be the coolest contest I've ever been involved with. Hopefully, you'll set it up again for the X-Mas films. I read [Erik Childress's] reviews and listen to you and Collin [Souter] on Nick [Digilio]'s show every week. I gave up on Ebert because he gives 3 stars to EVERYTHING. You three guys are the best game in town right now by far. Thanks again.
Kudos on Chris Parry's dissection of rightwing blowhard Christopher Hitchens! I followed a link from Juliusblog (never been to your site before), and I will definitely be back.
Hey Scott [Weinberg]! I just found you while searching RottenTomatoes.com and would like you to know that I agree with your picks. Of the movies that I have seen which you have reviewed, you are dead on! I'll be keeping my eye on your articles for this big blockbuster movie summer!
I found your review to be, by far, the most insightful of the lot and, IMHO, right on the money. It reviewed the movie as a movie and not as a sociological statement. Stylistically it was brilliantly done. Congratulations and keep up the good work. I will be reading your reviews on a regular basis.
Wanted to make a quick comment on your review of The Passion of the Christ for trying to objectively view the film, as a piece of cinema, rather than religious experience. It appears every review I've read on the movie is apparently fueled somehow by religious background or beliefs (both positive and negative reviews). Your review, on the other hand is remarkably objective. Without sounding patronizing, I think your review was about the best I've read (from both sides of the spectrum).
Thank you for writing a review that perfectly encapsulates everything I wanted to say about this "film" (National Security), but was too furious to. I pray you never have to sit through another Martin Lawrence film again.
I came across your [Scott Weinberg's] review of Along Came Polly. I was very impressed with your analogy. Thanks for the laugh.
You [Erik Childress] should be very proud of the job you do on the web site, because I think it is the best such site on the net.
I am writing to let you know that I find [Scott Weinberg's] reviews very humorous, informative, and entertaining. If there is such a category as intellectual humour then I would certainly place your name in it.
You have a gift of being able to communicate your opinions in a manner which is very effective and funny. I think that one reason I like your reviews is that they are very personal and honest...
I love the awesome reviews and keep doin' what you're doin'.
You and IMDB are two of the most useful sites on the planet. Thanks for all the hard work you do.
I would like to say that your site is one of my favourites. I visit all the time. Keep up the good work.
I'm an avid reader of [Brian Mckay's] reviews and I really liked your article about your trip to Japan.... This letter is just to thank you for the article. It was very descriptive and made me feel like I was there.
If you spent 100 minutes laughing and smiling at "Down With Love" you were either high or you are retarded. It is one of the worst films I have ever seen.
I just wanted to tell you they never built a statue for a film critic and most likely never will because of dipshits like you forcing their belief system upon others. Your miserable pseudo-intellectual pathetic way of life is just annoying to those around you and those who believe, listen, or read your dribble. Please don't force your stupidity and nonsense upon others.
For a little more irreverence (well, a lot more irreverence) take time to visit Hollywood Bitchslap where you can win a collection of 25 Oscar-snubbed movies and contemplate a bile-loaded rant entitled "God, do I hate the Oscars" in which the author lists what will win, what might win and what should win.
Go read Hollywood BitchSlap or find another source of actual movie review rather than some mental bimbo with an exclamation thesaurus and a hard-on for payola.
If you wanna go see a movie, but you don't wanna spend $20 on a piece of crap, check out Hollywood Bitchslap, it's the best group of movie critics I've found.
I ... recommend this site for all sorts of film reviews. These guys review movies because they love good cinema, not shilling for the [studios].
'Not a critic but plays one on TV'? After doing 600 movie reviews with Roger and writing several hundred columns and articles on film for the Chicago Sun-Times, when do I get my critic's badge? :)
This is worth going to just for the domain name, but as a bonus, it actually serves a purpose. "Warning the world about crappy, overhyped films"? Sounds good to me.
"It's nas-tay for nas-tay's sake."
The reverse side of aintitcool, less fanboy pretentions and more solid criticisms.
You'd have to be pretty disenchanted with the Hollywood firmament to get your entertainment news and reviews from correspondents named Bob, Lord of Evil, and Jim the Movie Freak. Welcome to Hollywood Bitchslap, "the place where Joe Public smacks the heck out of the studio execs that treat us like cattle." A staff of more than 100 writers reviews new movies and older titles, while a feature titled "Whom Can You Trust?" gives a rundown of quote-whore critics like Jeanne Wolf ("If you love Britney, you'll love this wacky road comedy with a heart!") and ABC Radio's Bill Diehl (who called the critical misfire The Time Machine "an action-packed, mind-blowing time travel adventure").... Bitchslap is a fun read, and its coverage of B-movies and genre flicks is laudable...it's fun to watch the Bitchslappers take potshots at Hollywoodians from George Lucas to Carrot Top.
Thanks for the nice review - it means a lot. But it's not a happy ending! Seriously! The very last shot! Look again!
Thank you Lucas. These are great reviews. [Co-writer/director] John [Heyn] and I appreciate it very much.
I had to write. I absolutely loved your write up of the film. I would be thrilled if you did turn that into a review. You got it on all the levels. Thank you for writing about it.
You're a straight shooter. It's guys like you who inspire me to make another movie and pull out some more stops. If I ever achieve "Worth A Look" in one of your reviews, I'll break out some champagne! Again, your writing style is what I like, even when you're slamming something. :>)
Erik and Scott, I just want to thank both of you for being so supportive of Up for Grabs (from the beginning). First of all, it's so nice to know that someone appreciates your work. But on top of that, for guys like you, who clearly have discerning taste and actually have an effect on what others think, to continuously go out of your way to say positive things, encourage people to go see it... it just blows me away. Obviously, you guys don't owe us anything. You don't benefit by using your limited air time to encourage people to see our film. Call me a cynic, but it seems like more and more people these days are driven primarily by "what's in it for me?" thinking. (sort of relates to the topic of our movie) It could easily be argued, in fact, that you guys are better off talking only about the movies that people are more familiar with and that are more "in vogue". Perhaps I'm being a bit melodramatic, but it just says so much about your integrity.
My co-producer and I were listening to your show last night over the internet, and I can't tell you how thankful we are for your words about Up for Grabs. With all of the challenges we have faced throughout this whole process - you wouldn't believe some of the shit we've had to deal with - things like this make it all worth it, and then some.
Thank you for the review, Scott! You got it!
Thanks for the review, Scott! Sorry we didn't connect further at SxSW...
Let me just say .... you rock! You guys are awesome - thanks for your support and hope to see you at SXSW.
That's fantastic. Great to have it in advance - great to have it any way at all, for you have a very good take on the film and these big brain, big heart Nobelists. Remind me to buy you a tall, cold beverage or two while you're in town.
p.s. thanks again for the great review. There's a very nice piece coming out in Esquire in a few days, but you got there first.
Thanks for the kind words in the review. I'm dying to see how an audience reacts.
Thanks again. And I enjoyed your review. It's so strange to see the movie written about by other people now - for two and a half years the story pretty much existed in my head only. Now it's out there and folks are responding (some good responses, some less than good). But I digress.
I just stumbled on your mini-review of my movie The Lost from SXSW and loved it! Thanks! I have to admit I'm a little disappointed that you ended up seeing a movie at the festival that you hated more, but hell, second place ain't bad. The website is very cool. Thanks for writing about the movie!
I just want to say thanks for the splendidly written review. Your comments, good and bad, were very well expressed. I'm glad this in-depth analysis of the film is out there. Because this is a word-of-mouth film, most people find out about it through writing on the web.
Thanks for the references in your review of my movie. $257k and shot in 18 days - cheesy yes, but also a fricken miracle! LoL. Moreover the claim to fame of the film (beyond MST2000) also includes Best Film Produced For Under A Million from the Academy Of Sci Fi Fantasy and Horror (televised and the award given by Roger Corman) - CBS twice and Sci Fi Channel several times. All that notwithstanding - I did want to thank you for a fair and balanced review.
Charles Tatum... wrote a stunning review of my film I'll Bury You Tomorrow on your site and I wanted to thank him for his kind words.
It was a delight to read your positive review of the Southern Belles movie! I had the privilege of 'playing' (as an extra) the Whiteys' department store, Christmas-in-July Santa Claus and the Chanukah-in-August, 'Hay-seed-ic' Jew. Hope it was funny. The cast and crew were great to work with. I'm forwarding your review to the newspaper in Wilmington, NC where it was shot.
Thank you Natasha! Your article comes at the perfect time. Thanks for watching the film and for your kind words on it.
Thanks so much for taking the time to review our films! Made me wish I had the chance to see all the shorts at Beverly Hills too!
Thanks so much for the great reviews! I'm sure you just made these filmmakers' days!
Thanks for your kind review of my film, Natasha. It's the third real review the film has so far received, and I am sure to remember and appreciate it forever.
Thanks for the nice review. I appreciate your intelligent approach and sensitivity to the complicated narrative structure -- you might be surprised how little attention some critics pay to the work. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks.
I just came across your review of the film, and I wanted to thank you for making my day (the same goes for my co-directors). In these days since the film premiered at SXSW, it's been wonderful and incredibly validating to see that people actually get it, and understand and appreciate what we were trying to do with it. It means a lot to us, I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and thank you so much for helping to spread the word about it.
Thank you for those kind words.
Scott, this review is totally flattering and amazing. Thanks so much for it!
Thank you so much [for the review]! We've been checking efilmcritic every day! We've already put the review up on our website. Cross your fingers that the review will help us in getting distribution!
Your review really helped tremendously. First, it came on the heels of about three festival rejections and we were really starting to doubt that our movie was worth a shit. Second, we were able to include your quotes on the stuff we sent out to the LA Times and others so I'm sure that was the grain of salt they needed to take our movie (seriously). It looks like things are starting to happen. We're cautiously optimistic. The Variety piece should have people watching our box-office in Phoenix and we'll see what happens from there. If we can get this thing off the ground you will get the - first to know (and to say) it was good - credit.
I don't know the agreed upon rules of filmmakers and reviewers talking, and I probably would be less enthusiastic, if you hadn't like my film, but I felt compelled to write you about your review. It was really funny and entertaining, and I was glued to every word. I could see the end of it out of the corner of my eye and was disappointed that I couldn't keep reading. You captured.... something, perfectly. You really captured how I feel every time I tell someone about this film... Thank you for your kind words and a really fun review.
Thanks for the well-written review of our film. As the producer, I'm very happy when critics look past easy criticisms and really consider what the movie is trying to do. Thanks again for the kind words.
Thank you for your [festival] wrap-ups. I read through some of them and have to tell you that they are wonderful. And, certainly, thank you for the great review of our Eagles party! I'm glad you had a good time!
You rock. Thanks for getting it right when so many before you failed.
I'm Lainie Turner, Paul's wife. He showed me the article you wrote for Hollywood Bitchslap and it is awesome. Thanks for such great coverage, and for a really well-written article.
Thank you so much for your kind praise! We are very proud of [the "Freaks & Geeks" DVD set] and glad there are so many fans out there who appreciate the release!
A v. P was the suckiest movie that ever sucked. The only thing worse than an uninspired movie is a movie that blows its potential. Nice review.
I wanted to thank you again for your candid and articulate review of How's Your News? It has been one of the highlights of this campaign and I value you taking the time and effort to put it forth. So, again, thanks!
Just a quick note to thank you sooo much for reviewing our films.
Thanks [for the Dead Meat review], Scott. Glad you liked the movie.
Thank you so much for the review. I really appreciate the kind words.
Scott! Wow, thanks so much for your support. I really appreciate it. I'm so fucking excited to get out to Park City, I can barely contain myself, and this is officially the first Slamdance-centric piece on the film. I can't thank you enough. If you're a horror fan, I guarantee you you'll dig it.
Hey Scott, thanks for the review! It was very kind. See you in Park City!
I was about to write a big article on Earl Dittman, my favorite movie critic, when I discovered you beat me to it. Great Job! I've been obsessed with collecting these type of hyperbolic movie blurbs for years. Hope you don't mind I linked to your article at my blog, alternative reel, http://altreel.blogspot.com. I'll definitely come back and check out more of your site soon.
Just a belated thank you for your kind mention of Forbidden Zone on efilmcritic.com.
Thanks, Jack! That's so great. I just got home from a wonderful experience at the California Independent Film Festival and got to read this, I feel like I'm on a roll...
This film has screened in front of and I've talked to hundreds of people about it and you actually said some things I hadn't heard and never really thought about. And while I can't say I agree with every word you wrote (nobody ever will -- right?) it's the most insightful dissection I've seen put into words so far. So thank you for taking the time to watch it and saying such great things about it. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
I just wanted to thank you very much for the wonderful review you wrote about my film Full Frontal. I was thrilled to see you "got it". It is funny because with this film people either hate it (one reviewer called me retarded AND not funny) while others, such as yourself find the film amusing.
I can't thank you enough, not only for such a nice review, but for taking the time to watch it. It is greatly appreciated!! ...
In my search to find a review site that covered independent films and not just Hollywood releases..and something that wasn't horror oriented, I was lucky enough to find HollywoodBitchslap.com. It seemed like a great site and I was lucky that you accepted my submission.
Again, I can't thank you enough for this review!!!
Thanks for the review. If you can spread the word, that would really help the film's longevity.
Thanks so much for including the link to our site. It's got lots of goodies and info so I don't think visitors will be disappointed. And gain, we're really glad you liked the film.
Thank you for your kind words in reviewing my contributions for Unknown Soldier. You understood exactly what [writer/director] Ferenc [Toth] wanted me to achieve with the music for the film. Again thank you and even though I love the process and that in itself is satisfying, it's always nice to be appreciated.
I love [the review]! You hit it right on. Thank you so much for taking the time to view and write about "miX."
I was hoping you would've forwarded a copy of your review but now I understand why you didn't, if you are going to take a stand in writing such a bad review you should at least have the courage to send it to the people you have been in contact with and who went out of their way to send you a copy. Although it's obvious from the amount of details that you got wrong in the article that you didn't bother to pay much attention to the film you were reviewing, if indeed you actually took the time to watch it.
I just wanted to thank you for your kind words. They are quite unexpected and, as silly as it sounds, touching. There were quite a few personal sacrifices to make the film - my wife and daughter holding their breath as I mortgaged my house etc. - and to do that for artistic purposes, not commercial purposes, means that it is all worthwhile when somebody "gets" the art. So thanks for helping maintain my faith in people.
Just saw the interview posted at Hollywoodbitchslap.com. Looks great... thanks so much for supporting the film.
[Publicist] Lauri Blue forwarded me your [review]. Thank you! It's been an exciting little journey for us so far. Thanks again for your kind words!
I can't thank you enough for your FANTASTIC review of my film. You got it, and as I'm finding out the film is one of those you get or don't. We (the filmmakers and cast) loved your review and are still laughing and quoting the "Insert Majestic music here" portion. I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you in Philly but hopefully we'll meet soon. Keep up the good work!
All I can say is "Wow". What an awesome review. We will always be grateful to you and Erik. I'm so glad you guys dug UFG. We greatly appreciate the support.
Thanks for the kind words. Will keep in touch as to how it progresses. Let us know when you make it out to L.A.
Wow. You are our first official review and I have to tell you that your enthusiasm could not come at a better time. We have had an overwhelming response from regular folks who see the movie but we're having a tough time convincing the industry people that NBT could have an audience. No stars, no budget, abortion content -- in their minds we're batting zero. And the worst part is, they all acknowledge that it's funny! Your words could go a long way toward convincing someone (producer's rep, festival coordinator) to step up and take a chance on this thing. The past few weeks have been frustrating but some good leads have come in this weekend and your piece has me back in the fight. So thank you. I'm glad you got it and I'm glad you laughed.
Hey Scott, I read the review. Thanks so much. I forwarded it to a bunch of people who I'm sure will be psyched. I added [eFilmCritic] to my favs so I'll be checking in often.
I want to thank you for the great notices, and [for] the fact [that] you got what the picture was trying to do. It meant a lot to me and to the people that worked on the film! You made my day (and month)! Many, many thanks.
Thanks again for being such a big supporter of Public Domain. I really appreciate it!
[I was] very happy to mention [eFilmCritic], but even happier that you're interviewing filmmakers the mainstream press won't be getting around to for a while. So thank *you*!
We love what you guys do, and we're just thrilled you're able to make it to SXSW. Let me know if you need anything at all, and thanks again for everything.
Thanks Scott. If anybody's review should be on our site - it's yours! I just wrote [our webmaster] and said he needed to include the efilmcritic reviews (see what an impression you guys made!) Was great meeting you and look forward to talking over the best cheesesteak in town.
Thanks Scott! [The review] looks great. We really appreciate your time and effort. I think you did a great job.
Thank you for [the review]. And thanks for the great words about Stamos! I always felt that he was going to be a surprise.
This is an amazing review! You are the first person who reviewed the finished film, by the way. This is a great start! Thank you for helping an independent movie like mine!
I loved your Bitchslap nominations for 2003. What a great list! Can't wait for the awards.
That was a super review. Thanks for a giving it a second viewing and sticking with it.
Thanks for the review. It's great to meet a critic who understands micro-budget and what we had to work with. I found your review right on the nose on how hard we worked, and the movie's strong and weak spots...
You are too kind to us in your reviews and overviews of the crazy experience known as The Vic [the Victoria Film Festival]... Me and [star] Mike [Beaver] thank you.
I did see your review... I printed it out for [writer/director] Chris [Kentis] and gave it to him on his way to work yesterday. It's always so gratifying when someone understands what we were trying to do with the film, and enjoys it!... Thanks so much for your insightful and enthusiastic review of the film! We really appreciate your support!
Thanks for the great review. It's the only so far but certain to be my favorite. You got it, man! You get RP [Richard Peterson]. You get what we are doing.
Thanks so much for the review! It is so great to read a review by someone who totally "gets it". But mostly I am just really glad you liked the film.
I read your review and I want to thank you so much for your kind words! I'm so happy that you enjoyed the film.
With your most astute assessment that What Women Want was "a wasted premise trapped within an awful execution" you have just become my new best friend.
Thank you so much for making my day.
Thanks, very much! Especially about the nice words about our company. [Co-founder] Amy [Heller] and I don't have the staff or the resources of our good friends at Criterion, but we do our best.
Thank you... for your... gracious review.
Damn, that's incredible... It's a really intelligent, helpful review that is truly appreciated by all of us here. I know it'll definitely make [star] Janet [Lane]'s day.
Thank you so much for your great review... Thank you!!! Being that Scream Queen is a such a small movie, all the help we can get is greatly appreciated and very important.
So, thanks again, not only for getting the movie, but for writing us such a useful and passionate review.
You rock! This review is very much appreciated. Both [director] Cindy [Baer] and [writer] Celeste [Davis] will be very excited!!
YOU RULE! It's people like you who keep me going!!! Thank you so much for your appreciation, it means the world to me.
I remember meeting [Scott Weinberg] at one of the bars in Austin -- thanks for the glowing review. Our showing at SXSW was a sneak-preview and the film still is not yet released. A print of the film is in the works right now, so "Valley" is scheduled to have a theatrical run this fall and will be broadcast on PBS sometime next year.
Thanks for taking the time to see and write about STUEY at CineVegas.... I also want to complement you on a thoughtful and incisive review. Obviously, you know the subject matter better than most (your Stupak reference was spot-on), and your discussion of the film in many ways mirrors my own sense of what's good and what could be better about it.
Thanks for the review, it's a gem!! The trouble with Internet reviews is they look really stupid framed. Otherwise it would [be] down at the shop right now. [Co-writer/director/star] Nick [Giannopoulos] and I will endeavour to make more films really quickly so you have some more stuff to review. It's good to have a purpose in life and now I have one :-) Once again thanks for your support.
Thank you for the glowing review. Your enthusiasm was touching and was a reminder that the struggle to get this bloody thing seen might be worthwhile after all.
That interview is AWESOME! Out of all the interviews I've done, you really asked the best questions. You really hit on issues I care about, and often obsess over, like the future of horror and why certain movies suck that shouldn't have sucked. I've gotten a number of great responses from people, and I even think the president of Lion's Gate printed it out and was showing it around the office!
Thank you soooo much for the kind words and excellent review. You got every point we were trying to make with this lil/nutty movie. You guys blow that 'aint it cool news' out of the water. Everybody I speak with about indie mags/zines mentions your site, so you guys are on the verge!
Thanks for the great review. You are too kind!! We're hoping to have something to announce in a couple weeks re: distribution. Once again, thanks for the support. I truly appreciate it!!
When you write an attack review it says more about your shortcomings (which, in your case, are many) than those of the work you're trying to criticize. I'm sorry you're not bright enough to understand good films, but I wish you lots of luck in the highly prestigious world of online criticism.
I hope more people will read your review and not be put off by the crass marketing and realise that this film is a serious attempt to portray the reality of prostitutes' lives in the Old West. Thanks again to Charles Tatum. It's great to have your support. Best wishes.
Thank you for the beautiful review! I'm really excited that you liked it so much.
Thanks for the awesome review of the film. I'm really glad you enjoyed our little baby, and salute you for having traveled all that way to do so. I'm glad at least some folks got to see it in a theatre somewhere, and had a great time watching it.
Is it considered unprofessional to thank someone for a kind review? Probably. But anyhow I just read [Erik Childress's] very in depth and nuanced recapitulation of "Melvin" and I really wanted to thank you for all the thought you put into it.... In any case, I just wanted to say hello and thanks. This is my first movie, so it means more than I can express when people say they enjoyed it and put their own opinions on the line.
All I can say is WOW. Those reviews are FUCKING AMAZING. I'm so glad [Scott Weinberg] and Chris [Parry] really got the movie, because right now this is a total word-of-mouth movie. I really believe the only way this film will do well is if word gets out on the internet, so thank you for speaking so highly of my film.... Thanks again for all your support. Everyone on the production really, really appreciates it. I forwarded your review to the CEO of Lion's Gate so he'll get this film in theaters as soon as possible!
The front page [review] is FANTASTIC! Thanks for all your help!
Thank you for the thoughtful review!
Forget the IMDB! Hollywood Bitchslap is THE place to look for comprehensive reviews and movie information. I've never had to spend so little to bribe a critic in my life.
You kick MUCH ass!!! That was so awesome! I really loved it. Funny shit! ... Let me know if I can help you in any way. We'll definitely 'do lunch' in the coming months.
Erik, we all appreciate the support. Thank you again for the kind words towards our movie. We are all so very proud of it. Loved the article. I've never read one that quotes every line I could ever remember on the subject.
Thank you so much for our wonderful review. Wow! The romance article was great.
Erik, Thanks for the terrific review of Bubba Ho-tep. We haven't been reviewed by that many people, so your comments are really special. (I actually put that review on a CD and have been giving it to prospective distributors.) Thanks again for supporting us at a such a crucial time.
Thanks Scott. I appreciate you giving us a positive review and taking the time out to view the film in the first place. I'm slowly writing another film now but between working full time and having a family it is very slow. Anyway, thanks again for dropping me a line. I can't wait until March 18th [DVD release date]!
Mr. Weinberg I thank you for your honest review and certainly share your hope that THE HAVEN finds it's audience.
I noticed this morning that the review of While Supplies Last was up already. That was fast! Thanks for reviewing it. I'd have to agree with you that it is way too long... we were just never really sure what more to cut out of it without losing an entire character's subplot altogether, which I didn't want to do. There's some really good feedback in there, though, that I'll keep in mind for the next one. I also forwarded the review to Amy Claire, who was very flattered by it!
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