Sour Grapes over Rottentomaoes

The site rottentomaotes is designed to help people get an opinion on movies. It gathers together the reviews of usually hundreds of the worlds leading critics and puts together an overall percentage of approval for a movie. I love the site as it helps me get a feel for a movie before I see it, or whether it is worth my time to watch it at all. Now I know I’m not going to have the exact same opinion as the majority on certain films. Sometime a movie just means something more to me than it does to others.

However, every now and then you’ll see on rottentomaotes that a review will come from a critic or website that you’ve never heard of before. And from what I have noticed is that these reviews are often in the opposite direction of whatever the overwhelming opinion is from the rest of the more respected critics. Now, I don’t know if this is rottentomatoes itself trying to balance some of the movies scores by including an opposing view, or if these people find out that they are going to be selected to have their opinions shared on a very popular site and decide that they have to go in the opposite direction in order to try and get their name out there.

Either way it feels a little off. In the case of the Pixar movie UP, it recieved a 98% Fresh rating. Out of the over 200 hundred reviews used, only 5 of them were negative. Upon further inspection I noticed one review came from an author named Fernando Croce, who ran his own blog-like site writing reviews. These “reviews” were no longer than a paragraph each, and almost all negative.

This saddens me. That this person would almost obviously write negative reviews just to get noticed, or that rottentomatoes would try and effect scores themselves.

What is the world coming to when people start deciding that something is not allowed to be considered “too good”?

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Project is Live!

So, the deadline came and went for the research project. We posted it to Youtube, and now we must wait. Hopefully everything goes well, and response will be positive.

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Google TV Unboxing


I thought this is interesting for the future of TV. Google has unveiled their new television lineup through Sony that will feature the internet right on the TV. Users will be able to most internet functions powered by Google. I would imagine that these are going to sell like crazy.

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Workity Work Work

Its crunch time now with the Research Project. The day is getting closer and closer, and we still have so much work to do. Editing, and voice over especially. Apparently I have been chosen to do the majority of the voice over work, as my voice is silky smooth.

Anyway, thank goodness for Ameena and her editing skills or we would be in trouble. She is a trooper, and has been doing fantastic work over the last few days. Watching her work has done something that I never thought would be possible. It made me almost want to buy a Mac. Scary stuff.

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All Work and No Play…

Work is coming along on the documentary quite nicely. I’m very confident that we will get a pretty good mark. When all is said and done I’m guessing around 12-15 hours of work per person for three people. I have no idea if that is a lot of work, or if that will be below average for this project.

During my research I stumbled across some interesting articles. It turns out, during the Monday Night Football game between the Titans and the Jaguars on Oct. 18, in the fourth quarter with the game already well in hand for the Titans, ESPN urged the Jaguars to call meaningless timeouts in order to run more commercials.

Also, interesting factoid about the project. It turns out walking and talking is a lot more difficult than it looks. Especially down stairs. Its a good thing its not snowing out yet or we would have been really screwed.

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Taking it to the Street

Work on the documentary continues, as we began the editing process this past weekend. We also did a little shooting outside on the street, just off campus. It’s fun making this project and actually feeling like real film makers. Doing voiceover and thinking about shots, it’s all very professional.

Other than ourselves, we plan on having some interviews on the video as well. The question is; who do we ask, and what do we ask them. Hopefully we can find some people that are not camera shy, and have some interesting thoughts and opinions on the subject.

Just three days left until its due.

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Cellphones in Class now…allowed?

Well, another day, another unique class with Dr. Strangelove. Today we shot a short video for Youtube in which we all had our phones ring and pretend to chat away and ignore the poor man while he walked away dejectedly. Good fun.

These videos made in class are interesting to watch after the fact. I’m not sure who is editing them together, but I would guess it is Strangelove himself. As he has numerous other ones he apparently made himself on his Youtube page. They come funny though, and usually with the original intent.

Although we did watch a video of a woman giving birth, so there’s that as well.

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