Even though some movies are bad, they can also be good. And on the other hand, some movies are good, but they can also be bad. What's makes a good movie bad? And what is so bad about being good, or good about being bad?...
Absolute power corrupts. This not only applies to world leaders, but movie leaders as well. In this case, the directors. The Critic begins Shyamalan Month by taking a look at directors who were at one point bold, innovative, and groundbreaking, like M. Night himself, but slowly started to become hacks who took no advice, did everything their own way and thus produced shits instead of hits.
The Nostalgia Critic and his friends are experiencing a very strange event: delivering stilted, monotonous dialogue, staring awkwardly at the camera and developing very vague and pointless character traits and quirks. What's happening? The Shyamalizing. It all came about when the Critic decided to review The Happening, a Shyamalan movie that contains all of the above and really blows.
Oh, Shyamalan and your goofy twists. More often than not, they provide for a very good laugh. And to demonstrate, the Nostalgia Critic has compiled a Top 11 list of the funniest (intentional or not) moments in M. Night Shyamalan films. Why Top 11? Because, unlike M. Night, he knows how to go one step beyond.
Shyamalan Month closes out with a look at M. Night's most notoriously bad film of the new millennium. No, not The Village. It's Lady in the Water. If you thought The Happening was Shyamalan's most hilariously awful movie ever made - it still is, but this one is a runner up. Join the Nostalgia Critic as he dives in to a pool of madness, mayhem and wacky hijinks as only the Master can bring.
The 1986 film Labyrinth is an under-appreciated and little known movie that deserves more recognition. So, the Nostalgia Critic steps in to give us our dose of nightmare fuel for the week as we look back on this insane, preposterous, but incredibly creative gem.
Enough is enough. The Nostalgia Critic takes a break from talking about movies and TV shows and joins other Internet reviewers who discuss a system that has long since been broken and continues to go unfixed. YouTube's bullshit copyright system that doesn't recognize Fair Use. The Critic and his band of rights-violated reviewers diagnose the problem, educate viewers on the situation, and propose a solution.
The Nostalgia Critic goes to Hell where he helps Satan learn how to be cool. Lesson 1 is to NOT be like the 1997 cinematic abomination Spawn. It's based on a really cool comic series but, like most cool comic series, it got turned into a horrific cash-in movie. They made every mistake in the book...by not reading it first.
Gawrsh, the Nostalgia Critic exposes a side of Goofy that most people today have never seen. While he's marketed as a lovable, clumsy, baggy-pants knucklehead, he was actually at one point very tough, aggressive, belligerent, violent, and partook in some very adult humor. Yes, Disney was for adults too at one point. The Critic looks back on the golden days of this bumbling man-dog hybrid to see just how brilliant he really was. Ha-yuk.
The Nostalgia Critic is going to the dogs. Just look what the cat dragged in. Cliched sayings aside, the Critic looks at a family movie about cats and dogs who are undercover spies in a secret battle to stop the felines from global domination in a threadbare story with terrible CGI effects. Time for this film to be de-clawed and neutered.
This week, the Critic is sssssssssmokin' by sharing with us the gory roots of the 1994 Mask movie. No jokin'. The Jim Carrey movie may have been all fun and games, but the source material is bar none disturbingly and sadistically violent. Hold on to your stomachs as the Critic of Nostalgia draws comparisons between the comic and the film, and guarantees that you won't look at that wacky green guy the same way ever again.
The Nostalgia Critic joins Shark Jumping to review a musical movie that definitely jumped the shark. What better way to present this insult to Broadway than for Team NC and Shark Jumping to recreate scenes of the movie and sing their own versions of the songs to show that internet reviewers can do better at recreating art than a whole big-budgeted movie studio can.
Everybody loves movie trailers, and the Nostalgia Critic is no exception. Sometimes the trailer is better than the movie itself, as it warrants just as many reactions and emotions, if not more. Join the Critic as he examines recent film trailers, how they're put together, compares them with the movie they were advertising, and determines if our expectations are just or simply misled.
Against his better wishes, the Nostalgia Critic reluctantly reviews The Adventures of Pluto Nash. Big failure. Colossal atom bomb. And since nobody gives a crap about this movie now or ever, the Critic channels that feeling of non-caring by literally phoning in the review so he can gear up for an upcoming crossover. But what is Pluto Nash about? Nothing important. The Critic will give this bad movie a beatdown - sorry, wrong show.
Was That Real returns with a short-lived series many people wish was not real. The Critic looks at a loathed, unwanted network mandated crossover with Pinky and the Brain and Elmyra from Tiny Toons. Though it is crap, the Critic manages to point out a few things that did work. When that's done, he goes to prepare for Tuesday night. What's he going to do on Tuesday night? Same thing he does every Tuesday night: try and take down a movie loathed all over the world.
The Nostalgia Critic and Angry Joe team up to tear apart a long-awaited crossover movie event that was handled very poorly. Despite each having a different opinion of Batman vs. Superman, they still confront Zack Snyder and show him why the movie was weak, why none of it worked, and most of all, why Jesse Eisenberg was a terrible casting choice for Lex Luthor.
Sometimes audiences love a movie the critics hate, and visa versa. Some movies started out as failures and later became successes. On the flip side, a movie hated upon release later becomes a classic. What's the deal here? Well, there is no one better to analyze the minds of audiences and critics alike, being the best of both worlds, than the Nostalgia Critic himself.
Comic book movies were hit or miss, especially in the late '90s. The Nostalgia Critic decides to look back on one of the more darker comic films from 1998: Blade. A dark, but very cheesily manufactured yarn about an anti-hero vampire who hunts other vampires.
The Critic pays tribute to the lesser-known and horribly underrated Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, which he holds to be the definitive Batman movie. Everything about it works and it encompasses all of the Dark Knight's mythos and delves into the character like no screen adaptation did before. So then, why is it overlooked? It's a huge mystery, so this looks like a job for Batman. But he's not available, so the Nostalgia Critic will have to get to the bottom of this.
It's bippity-boppity-bogus as the Nostalgia Critic is forced to team up with the embodiment of psychotic infatuation herself: Hyper Fangirl, to compare and contrast both film versions of Disney's Cinderella. Critic leans more toward the animated film while Fangirl leans toward the live action. The battle of the sexes is on.
The Critic tackles the sensitive subject of "white washing": such as, casting a white person in a different ethnic role. But he takes it a few steps further and addresses all the different combinations: tall people playing short people, black people playing white people, adults playing children, and so forth. It's an old trick, which people still get offended by - some times more than others. Why is that? Why are some instances okay but others go overlooked? Don't worry, the Nostalgia Critic will ski down this slippery slope to determine which wash works and why.
The Nostalgia Critic puts on his 3D glasses to review a film flattened down to 2D and is incredibly 1D. The unnecessary third installment of the Spy Kids series may have brought the 3D gimmick back to the big screen, but it just used it in such obnoxious, unimaginative and insipid ways. And to prove that point, the Critic has the three embodiments of the 3D gimmick to pester him while he reviews.
Disney and their princesses have been a mainstay in cinematic culture for decades, and within that time, many casual viewers and bonafide obsessives have taken to creating their own conspiracy theories on the characters and their surroundings, up to and including many stories happening in the same universe. Are these theories sound? Possible? Or just garbled fanboy and fan-girl hoopla? The Critic is here to cite 11 of these theories and weigh in on the possibilities himself.
If there was one thing Jem and the Holograms fans wanted it was a live action film version - back in the '80s. Not 30 years later when most people hadn't even heard of the cartoon, especially the people making the movie. Trampling on the source material of a once popular franchise for a quick buck--which it didn't even make. And who better to review and analyze this pretentious knife in the eye of nostalgia than the Critic himself.
Was That Real returns with a crossover classic from Dr. Seuss. With two of his most popular characters coming together, you know a wonderful idea got loose. The Grinch vs. The Cat in the Hat, and here is the Nostalgia Critic to tell us about that. Despite lack of focus, it's a wonderful animated tale. He recommends you check it out soon without fail.
It's time for the Nostalgia Critic to fend off the demons of his past, or in this case, one demon, and review the horrible cash-in sequel to Scooby-Doo. There are good jokes, but with bad delivery, and a story with potential that is horribly wasted for cheap gags and overcompensation. All are put on display in this mysterious museum of woe and shame. This movie is ineffectual, worthless, mindless and stomps all over our childhoods. And the producers would have gotten away with it too if it hadn't been for that meddling Critic.
Is the 1984 film Amadeus a piece of historical fiction, or a true biographical depiction of the life and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? Well, while the Nostalgia Critic isn't a music buff or history buff, he does know his movies, and as he conducts his study on how the movie was put together, how the story was focused and how much of its events are backed up by other sources, and which are not, he will determine whether or not this movie speaks the truth, or is a masterful piece of Hollywood hogwash.
Break out the ear plugs and the booze, the Nostalgia Critic is reviewing that horrible 2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. To expect anything at all from this run-of-the-mill cash-in mess would be expecting too much. And being a fan of the classic Chipmunks, the Critic despises the movie, and has to clash with the 'awwing' girlie-girls who adore films about cute little animals.
Even though some movies are bad, they can also be good. And on the other hand, some movies are good, but they can also be bad. What's makes a good movie bad? And what is so bad about being good, or good about being bad? The Nostalgia Critic is here to get to the bottom of this as he exposes the good, the bad, and the so good it's bad.