Of the Day – 04.16.10

Read of the Day:

  • Summer is approaching. Which summer movies have the highest Oscar chances? [Cinematical]

News of the Day:

  • The master of weird, Lars Von Trier, makes arguably his strangest move yet – casting Kirsten Dunst in his next film. [Rope of Silicon]

Review of the Day:

  • Roger Ebert gives Kick-Ass 1 star and fanboys around the web are outraged. How dare a well-known critic disagree with the Comic-Con crowd. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Free Movie of the Day:

  • In the mood for some horror? In honor of the evil tax day yesterday, MTV offered five classic horror films for free online. [MTV]

Movie Quote of the Day:

  • “I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is the pizza guy just creamed the babysitter with the pizza. The bad news – they’ve got guns.” — Name the movie?
    Yesterday’s Answer: No Country for Old Men (2007)

Picture of the Day:

  • (Above) If Akira Kurosawa made Star Wars. [JoBlo]

Trailer of the Day:

  • The Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film, The Secret of Their Eyes, has a behind the scenes featurette. [Trailer Addict]
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  • Alex, people aren’t outraged because he didn’t like it. People are outraged because he didn’t even give a compelling reason for hating it. The whole review was simply a rant about Hit-Girl. He barely even mentioned the plot.

    I used to love Roger Ebert, but not anymore. He’s lost my respect.

  • One disagreement with the masses is hardly enough for a critic to lose my respect. Especially Roger Ebert who has consistently been one of the most eloquent and interesting critics I read.

    A review doesn’t always have to be about the pros and cons of a film. Sometimes they challenge the format and try to bring your attention to something new and compelling. I think his review does that. It’s not his best writing, but I appreciate him nonetheless.

  • Fair enough, but I urge you to check out the “Daily Mail” review of this film (which almost everyone agrees is crazy) and compare it side-by-side with Ebert’s. They’re not all that different. From my point of view, he stopped being a critic when he wrote that review, and instead became a member of the “morality police”. Whether the movie is good or bad is beside the point. The point is that his reasons for hating it are ridiculous. If you check out the negative reviews “Kick-Ass” has received, you’ll find that most of them have compelling and logical reasons for disliking it (which Ebert doesn’t). But again, just my opinion.

  • Just saw the flick (my review will be up shortly, by the way), and Mr. Ebert has never been more wrong about a movie. This film was entertaining and Chloe Moretz owned every scene she was in. And from the interviews she’s done, she seems like a perfectly normal girl. So it’s not like this role has done any harm to her.

    Good movie, great performance, and a bad review by Roger Ebert.

  • Jose

    Normally I’d try to defend Roger, but considering how he gave that film 1 star and “Death at a Funeral” 3 1/2 makes me wonder, oh well I still respect him.

  • Jose

    Speaking of Lars Von Trier, anyone got any idea when Antichrist comes to DVD?

  • It’s estimated it will come out August of 2010.

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