It Takes More than Most Believe to Be a Good Movie Critic

Almost anyone can work out what they like and don’t like about a movie but to become a good movie critic takes a much deeper understanding of the workings behind the industry as well.

Like just about everyone else, professional movie critics tend to start at the bottom. They sometimes start out by selling newspapers or freelance writing moving up to editing positions. Dan Kimmel, for example, initially attended law school and then stumbled on a chance to write for the Christian Science Monitor. Even now he says that he wouldn’t be able to afford his habit if it weren’t for the fact that he gets into movies for free precisely because he gets paid to write eloquent and concise essays about each one. Most critics also work on the side as radio show hosts, for newspapers or in the television industry. Many who were full-time movie critics have been let go and those who haven’t are trying to hang onto their positions as long as possible.

The industry isn’t just about just working out why you liked or disliked the movie. It is also not limited to just watching as many films as possible. It also takes reading other reviews, articles and books about the industry, genres, etc. However, even the published article isn’t the end of it. Movie critics in a way are movie theorists as good reviews involve taking apart and analyzing characters, color schemes, music and even camera movements.

Once your opinion is in print for all the public to see, there is almost a certain guarantee that someone who disagrees with you is going to come forward and attack you. For example, when John Black gave his negative opinion of The Perfect Storm, his regular New England readers, most of whom disagreed, got passionately vocal about it. The only thing a critic can really do there is to acknowledge that everyone has their own opinion and not take it personally.

So, as you can see, being a movie critic is not nearly as easy as it sounds. At the very least, it takes dedication, appreciation and a passion for movies and the industry. The position may not be considered as powerful as it once was but movie critics still have a lot of leeway in acting as public service providers as to whether it’s worth seeing a movie in the theater.

Top 5 Movie Soundtracks

A movie is only as good as the soundtrack that accompanies it. A quality soundtrack requires more than just powerful songs. Each song must be complementary to the scene rather than distract the viewers from what is happening on screen. Timing for songs is equally important. A song cannot be so short-lived that it isn’t appreciated, but it also can’t linger on in a scene for too long. Below is a list of the top 5 movie soundtracks from popular movies.

Movie Soundtrack #5: The Departed
Martin Scorsese’s Best Picture winner is a phenomenal film from top to bottom, and the soundtrack was a major part of this. Every song’s expertly introduced and you get a true sense of the mastery behind the film as you listen to each song playing out its scene. There are some heavy-hitters in this movie including Pink Floyd and Dropkick Murphys

Movie Soundtrack #4: Jurassic Park
John Williams is one of the greatest composers of this generation. He’s responsible for composing the scores for the original Star Wars trilogy, the Indiana Jones trilogy, and of course, Jurassic Park. The score of Jurassic Park is one that will send chills up your spine in one scene and then have your heart racing with adrenaline the next.

Movie Soundtrack #3: Reservoir Dogs
Quentin Tarantino has always been a perfectionist, and his movies show it. The Reservoir Dogs soundtrack is one that grabs you from the start of the film with George Baker Selection’s “Little Green Bag” and never lets you go after that.

Movie Soundtrack #2: Casino
Another Scorsese classic on the list, and for good reason. The 1995 Las Vegas drama is full of powerful music that engages even the laziest viewer. This film’s an intense roller coaster ride and the soundtrack is, in this case, the track itself (no pun intended). With over 30 amazing songs in this film, it’s hard not to appreciate what this movie has to offer.

Movie Soundtrack #1: The Lord of the Rings (series)
Without question one of the most iconic sagas to hit the silver screen, Lord of the Rings defines epic. Every piece of these films were calculated and executed to near perfection, and the soundtrack is no exception. Howard Shore composed, orchestrated, conducted and produced the score for the entire series. It’s hard to think about the Lord of the Rings without associating it with the sensational soundtrack that accompanies it.

We’re pretty sure you can think of others, so feel free to comment either on this blog or on our Facebook page.

Top 3 Cool Sci-Fi Uniforms to Wear to Work One Day

There are tons of cool and unique Sci-Fi uniforms you could wear to work. However, we narrowed them down to these Top 3.

Uniform #3: The Star Trek Starfleet Uniform

Ok, now this one is obvious to most but sort of hard as well. You see, at the heart of watching Star Trek, we see the most important part for what Starfleet represents: the liaison and commemoration of a wide range of alien species. With that said, there’s a vast array of uniforms to choose from. The one we’re selecting here, just to reach an accord on one, is the uniform that was originally seen in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. There’s just something so classic about it. It also looks stellar on anyone who wears it (Kirk, Uhura, Bones, anyone). And the way you can fold that one part down to look relaxed is really neat.

Uniform #2: The Main Character Tron with His Outfit from the Movie Tron

When you see that Tron uniform, the first thing you might be thinking is, “wow, that’s really tight. That could be very well be snug or highly embarrassing (or an appealing combination of the two). However, it does glow. There’s a helmet you have to wear all the time, which might seem weird in an office setting, but at least it glows. Okay, overall, it’s tight, but the uniform is awesome simply because it glows!

Uniform #1: The Stillsuit from Dune

Like the Tron outfit, the stillsuit is also a bit tight, but at least in the Dune universe, you could effortlessly incorporate clothes on top of it. It’s got that face filter part, which probably would take a little time getting used to, but we’re fine with that. What really makes this suit neat is the fact you can always hydrate yourself because of its beverage holding capability. I know, I know, we would be drinking recycled waste products, but that beats having to stop in the middle of a project at work for bathroom breaks, right?

There you have it. I’m sure you can think of more, so let us know your thoughts!

Will Smith in Suicide Squad

Will Smith

Filming’s now underway in Toronto, Canada for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, and Will Smith is the first to be spotted on set. While his Deadshot look definitely won’t be what you’re expecting, it does in some ways pay homage to the source material.

Here’s what Comic Book Movie had to say about it:

“Will Smith has been snapped on the set of Suicide Squad, and the costume he’s wearing has already created quite a stir on social media. It’s worth noting though that Deadshot appears to have both eyes here, so this could be a flashback to a time before he was a killer. The presence of a young girl seems to indicate that anyway, and it looks like they’re shopping together. Either way, the Gotham City police car confirms where these scenes are set, so that too raises some interesting questions about the movie. For example, could it be that this will be an origin story for the character?”

Overall, I’m not a huge fan when I see things like this. My first reaction is to be extremely negative, but I really don’t want this movie to bomb. We shall see though when it hit theaters late next year.

The Things that Make Michael Bay Films Popular

Michael Bay Directing

Michael Bay is a well-established director, writer and producer. He’s known for making action films such as The Rock, the Transformers Series, and Armageddon. Much of his success is the result of several unique things that he does in his films which we’ll cover now.

Fast Edits

Michael Bay’s films are known for having very fast edits where a single scene can have dozens of cuts where each cut only shows a couple of seconds. This has the effect of making the camera jump from position to position. The effect of these fast edits is that it makes it so a scene is moving much faster than it is, and it also makes it so that the entirety of a set can be shown.

He’s able to use very fast edits that fold perfectly into the scene, and make it so they’re not overly distracting. They also allow for more complex scenes to be filmed, and they’ve the effect of covering up small imperfections in special effects.

Popular Stories

His films are generally big budget ones that feature a large number of fight scenes, explosions, and over-the-top story lines. These popular stories have mass appeal, and they market well to the international community. The ability to market a movie to a larger audience allows for a film to secure a higher budget, which means that a film is able to have better and advanced special effects. This allows for a film to be even more popular.

Unique Social Commentary

The main characters in Michael Bay’s films are usually down on their luck heroes who’ve a specific set of skills that allow for them to save the day. This can include such things as the retired Special Forces soldier in The Rock, or the oil men in Armageddon. Each one of these characters shares the unique status of being working class people who’re able to save the day by doing what they normally do. This is different than in most action films where the working class people are those who lead a scientist to a point so they complete the plot. This unique take on action films means that the people who’re watching the film better sympathize with the main character as it represents themselves.

There are a few more things which have made Michael Bay films popular over the past 25 years, but these 3 things are what really standout the most.

Will Entourage Do Well in Theaters?


Entourage is going to be hitting theaters soon and people are curious on how well it’ll do. It’s true that movies based on existing franchises often have a poor reputation. Hollywood loves them, but the audiences tend to label them as low quality and low effort productions. At the same time though, speech and action are often very different.

Ask anyone what they eat, and it’ll probably be far healthier than what will actually be on their table. Ask people how much they drink, and the same will be true. Ask what their favorite movies are, and they’ll typically go for what they feel is impressive. But the question is whether they’re actually buying tickets for those movies. Most people will probably say that they’re not impressed with the idea of an Entourage movie. But is it true?

One of the best ways of finding out is by looking at some shows from around the same period which also made it to theaters. Somewhat recently, we’ve the example of Sex and the City 2. It was panned by both critics and the general public. Many people see that as evidence that the movie was a failure. But again, what people say and what they do are often different. Despite the lack of critical appreciation, the film ranked in the top 20 most profitable films of the year.

TV shows which were turned to movies have also made recent news with Veronica Mars. The show went to the big screen after being crowd funded by fans. That in itself is highly suggestive that a passionate fan base can put a lot of money into a film. The fans were so interested in seeing the movie that they were willing to pay for just a chance of having it come to fruition. But how does this tie into Entourage?

Entourage sits in a middle ground between Sex and the City 2 and Veronica Mars. The demographics of Entourage are somewhat similar, but gender reversed. But the plot lines tend to be a bit headier, closer to Veronica Mars. To figure out whether Entourage will do well in theaters, the best metric to use is other movies which share similar characteristics. And those two shows have similar traits, and have made it into the cinematic space. Both also did quite well in terms of overall profit. Despite, in the case of Sex in the City 2, a lot of negative press. This all comes together to suggest that Entourage will do well in theaters.

In the end, It’ll probably gather a bit of negative attention beforehand, but will turn a healthy profit in spite of that fact.

A Different Style of Comedy Movies

Hot Tub Time Machine

Comedies have undergone a revival of sorts in the past decade of film-making. Directors are reacting to changing preferences among audiences across the country. Sequels are highly popular, as proven by the success of films like Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb. These sequels capitalize off of the financial success that their predecessors have demonstrated for viewers. Movie goers tend to stick to a proven formula that makes their trip worthwhile. But there are some directors trying to break the mold and create a new genre of comedy films for people to enjoy.

Popular cast members include stars such as Will Ferrell and Seth Rogan. They are personalities that have added to the mix by expressing their own unique characters in a film setting. Modern comedies tend to be chic and stylish, using state of the art directorial techniques like no other. Some may utilize surrealistic motifs that challenge traditional mindsets while viewing film projects. Modern comedies emphasize the absurd and may not immediately make sense to anyone viewing them. Some directors choose to use references to other comedies released in a similar time frame. Fans of the genre will expect these films to build upon one another when they are released.

News stories still play a major role in modern comedy movies. Films such as The Interview take advantage of modern tropes to introduce audiences to a brand new motif like no other. It even gives audiences a glimpse of news events as they unfold, unseen in any other form of media. This trend is pushing the boundaries of what can be previously thought of as comedy. It blends documentary style film-making with modern sensibilities that are fresh and new. As 2014 unfolded, it was a banner year for films that tested the limitations of comic tastes.

Family friendly comedies are still the norm in the movie-going world. Comedies are popular among younger crowds and help viewers adapt to all new standards in the industry. Animated films are experiencing a rebound recently, but there is a twist to this phenomenon. Artists are using 3-D rendering to create new worlds and characters unseen elsewhere. Comedies rely on this take to keep production cost to a minimum. But artists have also honed their 3-D craft and produce reliable characters like no other. Reliable studios such as Pixar are well known for the great movies that they produce annually.

So as you can see, today’s comedy movies have been able to appeal and even take it up a notch to all ranges of audiences out there.

Will There Ever Be Another Matrix Movie?



The Matrix was a movie series which defined a decade. This has been both good and bad for fans of the series. It’s been over 12 years since the last movie in the series,The Matrix Revolutions. This is long enough for many people to simply assume that the series was a product of its time. It changed how people looked at a lot of things. But many feel that the changes it brought have become so ubiquitous that a new entry would be a tough sell. Somewhat cerebral action movies are the norm these days. And bullet time has become a dated cliché. Is there room for a new Matrix film?

While some skepticism is prudent, there’s some reasons to believe that there may be a new movie on the horizon. There’s nothing solid yet, but there’s a few reasons to remain optimistic. The first is, ironically, a fake rumor from a few years ago. Out of nowhere people began to speculate that there was a new movie coming. It’s difficult to know how or why the rumor was started. But people within the industry must have noticed the amount of attention. Studios pay big money to test the interest of potential audiences. And the rumor was a free glimpse into the mind of the public. And the public was very obviously eager for more Matrix movies.

A more concrete reason to think that there’s a new Matrix movie on the horizon comes from the Latino Review. Obviously some skepticism is warranted. But they’ve a solid track record when it comes to movie predictions. They’ve reported that the Wachowski siblings have turned in early treatments and outlines to Warner Bros.

Another reason to think that another Matrix movie’s on the way has to do with Warner Bros. The studio lost the rights to Terminator, a franchise that’s ready to be rebooted. They obviously need a big franchise in order to compete with the other studios. The Marvel movies have shown that modern audiences love a serialized storytelling experience within a shared world. The Matrix was one of the earliest examples of this storytelling technique done right. Even apart from the evidence shown by Latino Review, it simply makes sense that they’d be interested in bringing the franchise back. It has name recognition, and a huge universe to tell stories within. In fact, a number of comics have shown just how open the world is to new stories.

Will there ever be a new Matrix movie? While firm evidence is still hard to come by, there’s a better than average chance that we’ll see one.

Top 3 Clint Eastwood Movies of All-Time

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood has been in many movies, and’s known as one of the greatest actors in the history of Hollywood. Throughout his career, he has been in many movies of the highest caliber, but none greater than the Sergio Leone trilogy.

The Top 3 Clint Eastwood movies of all-time are:

  • A Fistful of Dollars
  • For a Few Dollars More
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

A Fistful of Dollars was a remake of an old Japanese film that has the same feel that a lot of Leone’s movies have, and was an incredible starting point for the protagonist of this trilogy. It established that the hero (Clint Eastwood) is a mysterious character who deals with a lot of shady types but in the end prevails as a figure of justice. What’s interesting about this film is that it was the first western where the protagonist is almost questionable at times. He has no regrets about working with gang members as long as he gets his pay, at least that’s how he seems at first.

For A Few Dollars More is the first movie in the trilogy that introduces Colonel Douglas Mortimer played by Lee Van Cleef. This character is the perfection of a foil character, as this movie displays how he’s very similar to the protagonist. He works as a bounty hunter and ends up teaming up with the protagonist, has the same skills as the protagonist, and even has the same sense of cool as the protagonist. Lee Van Cleef arguably brings just as much to this movie as Eastwood, which’s a lot. His devilish smile and dark clothes make you trust him just slightly less than Eastwood, setting him up for the perfect villain in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

The final film of the series, and the greatest is The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Many who have taken from Sergio Leone’s style of film making, including Quinton Tarantino, state that this is their favorite movie of all-time. It has influenced action movies, drama movies, comedy movies, Japanese anime, and more. This movie changed the way we view media. A movie doesn’t have to be either action, drama, comedy, or art; it can be all of them and pull it off brilliantly. This film proves that dialogue can be simple and normal, yet poetic and dramatic. It’s not only the best Clint Eastwood movie, but the greatest movie of all time.

And there you have it. There are other movies he acted in that could rightfully be in the Top 3 like Dirty Harry. Give us your thoughts!

Generation Muppets


When Jim Henson created The Muppets in the ’50s, its intent was for both children and adults to enjoy these characters. Decades later, we’re still enjoying them. Having The Muppets reach out to so many generations are what so many franchises have failed to do.

The early days started with Kermit the Frog and Rowlf the Dog making TV appearances doing political humor for adults in Washington, D.C. When Seasme Street started in 1969, that’s when The Muppets took off

The Muppet Show premiered on TV in 1976 and was meant for both children and their parents. With such a cross generational appeal, there were big things on the horizon for them such as succession of movies and all sorts of memorabilia.

The Muppets are still going strong today as they approach their 60th birthday. They’ve been featured in Toyota Highlander commercials, ESPN’s SportsCenter, WWE, and they have made appearances on The Daily Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! They even presented at the Academy Awards and the Emmys.

So many characters, critters and heroes have come and gone. It’s a testament to Jim Henson’s remarkable vision and creativity that the Muppets are still as popular as ever. The magic of a gentle green frog with a pure heart is still bringing smiles to faces across multiple generations.