I used to dislike Ibsen. So did the critics. Well, maybe not hate Ibsen, I just couldn’t finish his plays. And, I’m the kind of person who likes to read plays. There are acquired tastes. Dark chocolate, spicy food, and Ibsen’s theatre.
Why is Aliens in the Attic a masterwork? Okay, first of all, it’s poster sucks. Probably the worst movie poster I’ve seen that wasn’t for some kind of bad video game adaptation. The first impression you get from this film is that it’ll be a really cheap video game movie, or worse still, a knock […]
Religion has a huge element of why people don’t like this film. Some people like religion, but it’s often hard to like a film about it, especially a comedy. Is it making fun of your religion? And at the same time, criticising you for not being religious enough. “I go to church every week.” they […]
The second in our series of underrated masterworks is Benchwarmers. Why critics hate: Benchwarmers. Reminds them of their own lack of skill at sports. And, rather than gaining the skill to win a game through some crazy routine, they kind of stay mediocre. Ouch. As the film title says “reality bites.” Rather than getting revenge, […]
What is a masterwork? It’s like, a really good film, right? I started to debate the meaning of masterworks at university. In the essays titles to choose from, one was, “The Greatest Masterworks are also some of the most immoral.” Something like that. I didn’t necessarily agree with the films chosen in “Masterworks of the […]
Hi Vasco – thanks for sending me your review. I deliberately chose mediocre films, because that’s more of a challenge than describing excellence. While your review was fun to read, and very well written (actually the best of all the submissions), its tone was far too negative, to the point of sourness, for what I […]
We’re growing tired of remakes. Some rehashes claim to be better than the original, but we’re not sure “better” is the right word. Do we need another Karate Kid, another Dr Doolittle, another Ghostbusters, another Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, another Steel Magnolias? What was wrong with the first film? (The second Karate Kid was […]
Walter Murch, yes the Walter Murch, travelled all the way to Aberystwyth to take questions on his film, Apocalypse Now. Okay, so Murch was only the sound stylist, right? An editor, not a director, star, screenwriter or even a producer. Producers take home the best picture award, directors get to be thought of the auteur, […]
We all receive rejections from time to time. Perhaps there are some masochists who enjoy the experience, but I’m not one of them. To add insult to injury, a few people feel the need to give mountains of unsolicited feedback in their rejection letters. Others are terse, with annoying cliches like “you’re not a good fit.” […]
Not everyone agrees with the academy results. Rather than predicting who would win the big awards, we’ve decided to wait for the elites to pick their winners and then list the films that we enjoyed the most.