There are hundreds if not thousands of film websites and blogs on the internet. Which ones do you use and why?

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  • Comment number 197. Posted by Bassbait

    on 23 May 2013 07:07

    At the end of the day, it has to come down to Red Letter Media. The Plinkett reviews are a work of art in themselves, and create an excellent alternative to the movies themselves - instead of watching Star Wars Episode 1, I can watch Plinkett rip it to shreds. His reviews are the only reviews that can justify the existence of a terrible film. If the Star Wars Prequels or Star Trek: Generations didn't exist, then we wouldn't have those reviews. The reviews are so good that they more than make up for the difference.

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  • Comment number 196. Posted by Ron Tomkins

    on 19 May 2013 22:24

    I don't really follow many film blogs. I can literally count them with the fingers of my hand: Mark Kermode, The Nostalgia Critic and the guys from Red Letter Media. That is pretty much it. I consider all three of them to be very highly qualified and serious reviewers, all in their own respect. I typically turn to the Nostalgia Critic more for the entertainment factor and because I love to hear him completely trashing a horrible movie. The Red Letter Media guys are AMAZING, and I only wish they had more Pinklett Reviews, as I think the reviews he did of the Star Wars new trilogy are some of the most comprehensive, deep, analytical, intelligent and hilarious reviews I have ever seen in my life, and it could perfectly well qualify as a College Thesis (Seriously, Mark, if you haven't seen Mr Plinkett's reviews on the Star Wars Trilogy, do it NOW)

    But really, if you had to ask me why I turn to these film reviewers it's not really because I'm hoping they will explain to me something about the movie, or that they will tell me if I should see X movie or not (In fact, I don't like to watch a review until after I've seen the movie). The reason I go to these reviewers is because I find them, as individuals, interesting and thus, I'm curious as to what they have to say about the movie, even if I disagree with them. So I don't go to them for the movie as much as I go to listen to them. Because I find these human beings interesting... and hilarious. Those are, I think, the two strong motivators for me to give a rat's ass what someone has to say about a movie: Whether this reviewer is interesting, and funny.

    Ron Tomkins

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  • Comment number 195. Posted by lostInthedetails

    on 19 May 2013 19:58

    Best online critic blog (other than this one of course :D) is probably Ultra Culture he might not always straight up review films but he always give interesting take on them that you don't get anywhere else. He is also very funny.

    Then Nostalgia Chick from chezapocalypse.com, she doesn't review current releases but she is perhaps the most interesting video reviews going since she really gets to the meat of what makes a movie work one of her best being the first and last in her series on Meg Ryan movies Sleepless in Seattle vs When Harry Met Sally (http://blip.tv/nostalgia-chick/nostalgia-chick-chick-flicks-sleepless-in-seattle-vs-when-harry-met-sally-5541727) and City of Angels (http://blip.tv/nostalgia-chick/nostalgia-chick-city-of-angels-5584107). She can be a little self referential but not so much that a new viewer would be totally lost.

    Spill.com is my next go to. They mostly do podcasts and they have four reviewers who all have enough varying opinions that you get the full range of opinions of the film and can make an educated choice on whether or not you will like it. They have a really relaxed manner that is similar to yours and Simon's but they are from Austin.

    Lastly (and probably the worst actual critic of my list) is Movie Bob of the Escapist Magazine (.com). He can let his own personal prejudices get in the way of his reviews but I still watch his stuff because he often has interesting things to say about the films he reviews and as a side show called The Big Picture where he can be really insightful about film (and some times comics and video games).

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  • Comment number 194. Posted by Spaldron

    on 19 May 2013 12:46

    Well I'm probably not the first to say this but it's got to be Red Letter Media and their Half in the Bag review show.

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  • Comment number 193. Posted by RobbieCurran

    on 18 May 2013 13:04

    A couple of years ago, a friend introduced me to redlettermedia.com, who do something quite unique.

    Their fortnightly video-blog, 'Half in the Bag', is a clever combination of sitcom and film review show the sitcom element following a pair of out-of work VCR repairmen who mostly just sit and drink beer, and the review show element being a surrealist cut from this structure.

    Their reviews on the show mostly concern the bigger releases, but their reviews are very intelligent and riddled with sardonic comments whilst being satirical of the general public's expectations and common responses to filmgoing. Their review of Transformers 3 involved one of them going into the cinema and another arriving halfway through to watch the other half, and their review is based around that as neither of them could bear to watch the whole film, as I'm sure you can understand Dr Kermode.

    I'm positive that this is an innovative and original way of reviewing films that will catch on, and Simon Pegg and Damon Lindelof have sung their praises before.

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  • Comment number 192. Posted by DataWonk

    on 17 May 2013 18:22

    I think you need to consider podcasting in additional to written online reviews. Not only are radio programs available on demand around the world through podcasts (that's how I discovered Kermode and Mayo!) but there are many internet-only podcasts that are not broadcast through conventional means at all. The best of these, in my opinion, is Filmspotting from Chicago. See www.filmspotting.net.

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  • Comment number 191. Posted by JohnLloyd

    on 17 May 2013 13:52

    My favourite is The Cinema Snob .com also from the Thatguywiththeglasses group. This one in particular has been very useful to me with my interest in Exploitation cinema. As a film student and film maker it has be a valuable and passionate source with consistently quality content being produced weekly.

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  • Comment number 190. Posted by TomBeasley

    on 14 May 2013 14:40

    The future of online film criticism for me is a relatively new website called Letterboxd. Like a social network for movie lovers, it has a thriving community of people who aren't just film fans, but proper cinephiles. The reviews and discussions are perceptive, well-written and insightful and it also benefits from being without the bile and bad nature of most of the internet. I believe Nigel Floyd is a convert. I'm sure more of the critical fraternity will follow.

    I'd also recommend Lost in the Multiplex, but I contribute to that so I'm a little biased.

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  • Comment number 189. Posted by Hathaway77

    on 14 May 2013 08:05

    Garth Franklin on Dark Horizons is worth a mention. I find myself agreeing with reviews on films I have seen more often than not so I trust him on the films I haven't yet seen.

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  • Comment number 188. Posted by Burnett

    on 13 May 2013 12:32

    And you should check out this piece of criticism: http://josephkahn.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/analyzing-action.html

    It's effectively a one-time article written by Joseph Kahn, the director of 'Torque' of all things. Kahn contributes a brilliant, in-depth argument of Jim Emerson (who is the lazy man's thinking man's critic). Kahn completely breaks down some of the fallacies and unexplained assumptions of Emerson's criticism of the Nolan film, showing a specific and knowledgeable understanding of film grammar AND argument. This effectively is a case of a filmmaker hitting back, not through anger or bitterness, but through well-informed logic and humor, too. He hasn't written much else (he seems to be busy working), but this one article embarrasses the shallow and vacuous arguments of most 'professional' critics.

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