The Nostalgia Critic has come to believe that kids' shows today are better than they were in the old days. Now before you call him a turncoat or a traitor, he's not turning his back on the toons of yore, he's merely ...
Believe it or not, The Nostalgia Critic doesn't like The Matrix. Not just the sequels, he doesn't like the originals. But when confronted by Agent Shmuck, representative of the fanbase, the Critic decides he might as well share with the world his true feelings on the overrated but innovative 1999 sci-fi thriller.
Matrix Month continues as the Critic looks at Japan's answer to the franchise: a series of beautifully, but bizarrely animated stories devoid of emotion, reason and rationale...just like The Matrix itself.
Because the Matrix made a ton of money, the studio naturally commissioned a sequel, and because this is Matrix Month, the Nostalgia Critic looks at Matrix Reloaded. He finds it has too much action, too many needless fighting scenes, forced romances and very lazy writing. Meanwhile, Malcolmus and Tamity help the Critic outwit Agent Shmuck.
Matrix Month wraps up with what is mercifully the final Matrix movie. It goes through the motions of pointless action and endless, pointless speeches from the main characters. Agent Shmuck brainwashes Malcolmus and Tamity and forces a reluctant Critic to finish his review, and when he does, he makes a deep, almost mind-boggling discovery about the Matrix series and its value to moviegoers everywhere.
The Critic investigates the controversy around Tom and Jerry possibly committing suicide in their final Hanna-Barbera cartoon. He explores the flexible reality of their world, the continuity of each cartoon, and the fact that modern-day audiences have grown far too sensitive.
The time has come for the Nostalgia Critic to tackle a chick flick. Which one? Mamma Mia. Oh yeah, he went there. This 2008 musical displays every lazy chick flick cliché in the book, and fails at every one of them. So the Critic takes a stand for women everywhere by shaming this awful movie and proving what it really is: the anti-chick flick.
What's the number one killer of movies? A bad script? Bad acting? Michael Bay? No. Over-hyping it. When you merchandise the hell out of a film and show it all over the place 24-7, you start to get really sick of it, and even start to hate it a little. How do our favorite films go from being cherished treasures to over-hyped, blown up anomalies? Don't worry, the Nostalgia Critic will get to the bottom of this.
Crap crappy movie comes out to terrorize. What do you get when you take a brilliant Disneyland ride, make it into a movie and cast Eddie Murphy? A mess that nobody will remember or care about in 12 years' time...save for a red-tied, black blazered Internet critic who decides to review the film and expose it as a big piece of ghoulish garbage with many missed opportunities.
The Nostalgia Critic addresses what we're all thinking about: why are the movies coming out today so unoriginal? Nothing but sequels, remakes and adaptations of existing material. Nothing new. He examines the current trend, saying why remakes are successful, and why we should also be interested in the few original ideas that are coming out.
With a new Daredevil movie around the corner, and with Ben Affleck set to play Batman next year, the Nostalgia Critic decides to look at the 2003 Daredevil movie. With help from the embodiment of early 2000s comic hero movie clichés, The Angst, the Critic reviews this cliché-ridden, nonsensical pile of madness, and discovers the best thing about it is the flamboyant villain.
The Nostalgia Critic and the Angry Video Game Nerd are called upon to save the good name of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, by both reviewing the 2014 Michael Bay atrocity and by restoring the fans' faith in those heroes in a half shell. But, unfortunately, the reviewers first have to save April O'Neil, so they walk and review at the same time.
You're familiar with the Golden Age of films, right? Well, toward the end of the 20th century was a period known as the Dark Age, where films of the most disgusting and degrading caliber were thrown together, loaded with CGI and bland characters and rushed into cinemas. The Nostalgia Critic looks at several of these films to determine where it all went wrong, and how it all went wrong.
The Critic takes back to the days of manly man action movies with all guts, but little glory. But there were some exceptions, such as Demolition Man. He reviews the film to determine if it's a smart and subtle action flick, or if it's just another mindless yarn made for the sake of being violent and blowing shit up. His findings will blow your mind.
Critic, Critic, that cynic so cocky and free. Critic, Critic, he makes the sign of the 'C'. That's right, today he's looking at Zorro. But Zorro's cool, isn't he? Well he was before 2005, when they made a follow-up to The Mask of Zorro, and took everything that made that movie cool and dumbed it down about 30 IQ points.
The Critic, Malcolm and Tamara all gain super powers, which they use to do nothing but loaf around and look pretty. When they're not saving the world from their couch, they're reviewing the 2005 critical failure known as Fantastic Four. Turns out there's absolutely nothing fantastic about these four.
In another edition of Was That Real, the Critic looks at a semi-forgotten cartoon about cowboys that were actually cows. It may sound like a bum steer, but this show did exist and it had heroes that followed a strict Code Of the West. No bull.
If you thought the Spy Kids sequels were bad... they are, but that didn't stop Robert Rodriguez from making more kids' movies. Enter The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, a poorly acted, nonsensical waste of space from the fertile imagination of Rodriguez's own son. It's about a kid who teams up with two super kids to stop an evil kid. No kidding.
Has the Critic discovered the worst sitcom of all time? Well, in today's edition of Was That Real, he discusses Small Wonder, a family sitcom that is essentially Full House meets The Terminator. The series is about a family with a robot daughter who does robot stuff, nobody finds anything about her unusual, and wacky hijinks ensue. Small Wonder? It's a small wonder why most people don't remember this show.
Was That Real? Yes, it was. Sam and Max: Freelance Police was a real show, and it was real bizarre. The Critic takes a look at this comic strip-turned video-game-turned cartoon series features the titular duo as detectives and determines if it was just another bat-shit crazy cartoon, or if this series was too cerebral for its own good.
What makes TV shows memorable? The characters? The stories? The settings? Well, yes, but for the most part, it's the show's opening sequences that get us in the mood to watch them, and that's why the Nostalgia Critic has compiled a Top 11 list of the greatest TV show intros ever conceived.
Remakes, or "reimaginings" have plagued the movie industry for at least a decade. Call it what you want, it's still rehashing something that was already done, and more often than not the "reimagining" will suck ass. Tim Burton's 2001 "reimagining" of Planet of the Apes was no exception. So the Nostalgia Critic sits down to review it and shows what an incomprehensible, incoherent, nonsensical, worm-headed sack of monkey shit it is. Hallelujah.
I've got you under my skin - is an appropriate song for today's movie: Osmosis Jones. For years the Critic has gotten requests to review it, so now it's finally time to take look at it "inside out"...a movie the Critic wishes he were watching instead.
The Nostalgia Critic has come to believe that kids' shows today are better than they were in the old days. Now before you call him a turncoat or a traitor, he's not turning his back on the toons of yore, he's merely explaining why the cartoons coming out today seem to be more innovative, groundbreaking and appealing to both children and adults than what we used to watch.