Posts Tagged ‘Roger Ebert’

“Tell No One”: Undoing a service

September 14, 2008
Must. Get. To. The. End. Of. The. Movie.... before people realize how bad it is!

Must. Get. To. The. End. Of. The. Movie.... before people realize how bad it is!

Now, before I can do anything else this day, before I can even eat, I have to undo a justice that has been placed upon a film. Because so many critics have given the film Tell No One, the French thriller, you may feel you have to go see it. If this urge comes over you, fight it at all costs!

Instead stay at home and read one of a million crime novels that tread exactly the same waters beat for beat, then watch LA Confidential, The Constant Gardner or Gone Baby Gone. All superior thrillers that re better on their tenth viewing than Tell No One could ever hope to be on it’s first.

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Reviewers Destroy the Fun of Cloverfield, a Critical Response

January 19, 2008

Cloverfield

There’s always a lot of talk over at Jim Emmerson’s: Scanners about the critic’s place in the world today. Do they have any power over the audiences of today or are they out of touch with the general movie going public? After having been proven wrong so many times I guess they decided to get their revenge. And in doing so ruined many of the surprises in one of the best advertised films in a long time.

If you haven’t seen the previews for Cloverfield then you’ve missed out on something incredible. Hand held home cameras and an attack on the Statue of Liberty that had everyone drooling during the trailer before Transformers this last summer. Now there has been a good 5 or 6 months of speculation as to what the heck took off Liberty’s head! No more can there be speculation thanks to our reviewers.

First there was Roger Ebert giving away the attacker of the film in his blurb above his review of Cloverfield, not even in the body of the review. (I vent at my other write up Roger Ebert Undermines Cloverfield’s Campaign.) He responded to an email of mine suggesting that he thought it was common knowledge now, pointing me to the IMDB tagline which refers to the attacker as a “monster”, but what kind of monster it doesn’t say. Even beyond that he goes to great lengths to describe images in the film that are much better experienced for the first time in the movie theatre. But it’s unfair to reprimand Ebert alone.

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Roger Ebert Undermines Cloverfield’s Campaign

January 18, 2008

After months of witnessing one of the best ad campaigns for a movie since The Blair Witch Project I’ve just had the surprise of Cloverfield given away in the blurb at the top of Roger Ebert’s review in his weekly email update that innocently appeared in my inbox.

After months of speculating and not knowing, the fun of the event surrounding Abram’s new film has been crushed.

I would say this is breaking movie etiquette just as much as talking on your cell phone during a movie would be.

Here are some other spoiler blurbs for movies that have come and gone that Ebert could have ruined, but was smart enough not to.

“Man escapes deserted island to find that things can change.” — Cast Away

“He can’t see the ghosts, because he’s one himself.” — The Sixth Sense

“Have you ever tried beating up yourself? Ed Norton and Brad Pitt are the same person!” — Fight Club

“Oh, my goodness, he’s been on Earth the whole time!” — Planet of the Apes

“I guess all it takes is your wife’s head in a box to push you over the edge.” — Seven

Thank you Roger Ebert for not making those mistakes. If there was only a way to reverse time and stop you from ruining the surprise of Cloverfield for half of America…in a blurb.