I wasted more time on the Cinematic Method movie review website than any other site this week. Wasted isn’t really the right word, because I loved every minute of it, but I did spend way too much time there.
I’ve always wanted to run a movie review website for a couple of reasons:
- I love watching previews
- I love writing about movies
- I love writing about crappy movies that need to be exposed
- I love writing about stupid reviewers who give crappy movies good reviews because they get paid by a big media company that owns the studio which released the movie
But most of all, it’s really because I just love watching movies, and do so way to often. It was different when I worked in Hollywood, where watching film and tv was part of my job. After work were the premieres; I also took home screeners, reviewed first cuts, and even watched as editors worked their magic in the cutting room. It was an education, and I know it gave me skills to better analyze a screenplay or the finished product.
Unfortunately, I never got around to starting such a site, and I probably never will, because if I did, it would look exactly like CinematicMethod.com – the best damn movie review site out there.
I don’t know the four or five guys who produce the site, but they seem like they love movies just as much as I do, if not more. They have a biting sense of humor (who else would photoshop a cowboy hat on Marky Mark and fake a release about a country music tour?), and a solid base of movie fundamentals. I’ve announced it on twitter, but if these guys added some tv material, I’d make them my homepage.
If you’re thinking, “oh great, another review site. What makes them different from Rotten Tomatos or LAtimes Entertainment section?” Well, they’re a hell of alot funnier than the people at rotten tomatoes, plus their site just looks cooler, and they’re not failed screenwriters, wannabe producers, and big media puppets like the hacks from the LATimes. I don’t care who you are or what you’re movie experience is, no one liked The Karate Kid (2010). NO ONE, and you are crazy or blind (or didn’t actually see the movie) if you say otherwise.
But I digress. What makes them different is their irreverance and their ability to have fun; two things they seem to do in both posts and in follow up comments, which are fast and furious. The site also features a movie review podcast, and although there are only a handful of posts, they are just as good as the written material on the site.
What you won’t find on this site are parental movie reviews or ratings, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They just review them all, no bias. They cover new movies in theaters, just released to DVD, and some movies you can still find online through Netflix or Blockbuster, which is not fading gently into its goodnight.
So if you like movies as much as I do; like reading about them, watching them, tearing them apart, and commenting on them in movie communities, you have to check out CinemtaticMethod.com. As Roger Ebert says, “Just Do It!” Or was that Roger Nike?
If you want to check out a few of my own movie and television reviews, including some documentaries and family friendly fare visit:
The Daddy by Default Entertainment Review Page.