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Old 06-15-2008, 01:37 AM   #691
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Well, any subpar reviewer, in any genre, only frames things in terms of referencing other films, because that's an easy/lazy way out. When you lack the verbal arsenal one needs to convey your thoughts, and/or you are devoid of any real creativity of your own, you need to resort to shortcuts like easy comparisons.
Here's a sneak peak at Pitchfork's review of Viva La Vida:

"Coldplay: like U2, but arguably more obtuse. But Brian Eno is on it, so..."

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The painfully disappointing follow-up to one of my favorite superhero flicks ever. Maybe it was a result of studio or fanboy pressure (as seen with the unnecessary inclusion of Venom), but this one fails on many levels. Spidey's campy, I understand t...(read more)hat, but the form of camp here (Emo Parker, ftl) betrays the tone set up by the last two films and would even seem out of place in the ultra-campy '60s Batman series (apart from the awesome Batusi). Then you've got the obnoxious performances by Maguire and Dunst, who play everything with such melodrama and pomp that it's hard to take anything seriously. Now this could be tied back to the poor screenplay, which tries to weave as many plot threads into the story as humanly possible, not leaving enough space for character development. Harry's vendetta against Peter is undercut by his "Harrison Ford in 'Regarding Henry'"-level mental retardation which has to battle for space against the Gwen/MJ/Peter, Harry/MJ/Peter, and Eddie/Gwen/Peter love triangles, Sandman/Uncle Ben storyline, and Symbiote/Emo Peter/Venom storylines. Some of these elements worked (Sandman, Harry/Peter/MJ, and parts of the Symbiote storyline), while the others fell flat - it's a mixed bag.

Ultimately, what would be a great collection of ideas to stretch into 2 or more films is derailed by jamming them all into one sloppy 2-hour package, leaving the series with little choice but to change directions. Currently, Spidey 4 and 5 are being developed by Raimi and Zodiac scriptwriter James Vanderbilt, but no one's sure if Raimi will pull out of directing like Tim Burton did after 'Batman Returns' and serve as producer or if the full cast will return. With the competition coming from the new series of films being developed by Marvel Studios, Nolan's 'Batman' series, and Snyder's 'Watchmen' adaptation, the 'Spidey' series would need to do something fast to reclaim its title as the premier superhero franchise of the 21st century.
**1/2 stars out of *****

It's at least entertaining in some ways for the right reasons, but a good time watching to make fun of it, too.
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I have earned 4 cents reviewing music on epinions. Fuck yes.
Dude, I have 12 bucks coming to me. Baller.
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Time to go read, kids.

Have a great birthday, YLB.
Thanks, man.

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I hate movie discussions, because i've seen so few.

Or i should say, i've seen few that are worth remembering.
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I hate movie discussions, because i've seen so few.

Or i should say, i've seen few that are worth remembering.
That's OK. You play the Axver role (pun like, TOTALLY intended) very well here.
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**1/2 stars out of *****

It's at least entertaining in some ways for the right reasons, but a good time watching to make fun of it, too.
Well somehow you managed to make me momentarily dislike a movie I really loved, so I would say that review is a success
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**1/2 stars out of *****

It's at least entertaining in some ways for the right reasons, but a good time watching to make fun of it, too.
Perfectly sums up my feelings on it.

The original is my favorite, despite everyone loving Spidey 2.
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Dude, I have 12 bucks coming to me. Baller.
fuck, they pay you?
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Dude, I have 12 bucks coming to me. Baller.
I need to figure out what I'm reviewing next. It's got to be an album I'm more critical of than the first two. I'm thinking "The Wall."
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That's OK. You play the Axver role (pun like, TOTALLY intended) very well here.


Any film recommendations from anyone while i'm on my between-semester break after Wednesday?
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fuck, they pay you?
If enough people say your reviews are good, you earn some credit towards the online store.
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fuck, they pay you?
Yeah, I make 20 cents a review for more popular albums, plus a $10 Christmas bonus.
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I'm recommending Hot Rod to everyone. You may very well find it stupid. I love it, though.
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