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Critics and Criticism: A Very Special Episode…

Hey, everyone. This is another non-standard episode, one which touches directly on what we do here at the Visually Stunning Movie Podcast; how we view what we do as critics compared to what you all think about what we do here.

There’s a lot of talk about the role of critics and reviews, and review aggregation sites like Rotten Tomatoes, and some of that discussion got me thinking… well, it got me angry really, and I decided that we needed to hash out what our job here really is.

Have a listen, and please, let us know what you think. Are we right? Wrong? Is one or both of us full of crap?

In the end, we do this for you all, hopefully to give you some good information about your movie dollars. If we’re not providing that to you, then I, for one, would very much like to know about it.

And so, without any further ado–

The Foreigner

A quick-hitter for you all today. I caught a screening of the new Jackie Chan/Pierce Brosnan film the other day:

The Foreigner

Have a listen and let us know what you thought of it: planning to see it? Skip It? Love Jackie Chan? Hate Jackie Chan? Give us a shout.

Pre-screenings

I’m sure you’re aware of this, but professional film critics get to attend early screenings of films so they can do their reviews and (hopefully) generate pre-release buzz for a film. You may also have gathered from our podcast that it is possible for members of the general public to attend pre-release screenings of movies, as well.

What you may not know is that, if a screening is designated as being for the public only, critics can’t attend at all. One of the reasons for this is what is called a “Review Embargo,” which means members of the “professional” media cannot publish their reviews until after a certain time, often a day or two prior to the actual opening of the film.

Ryan, my partner-in-crime here at the Visually Stunning Movie Podcast, being a professional, actual, for real and for true critic, one recognized by the various studios as being worthy of them paying to fly him to New York City, LA, or even London, to screen a movie and do interviews with the principals involved, can’t attend certain pre-screenings. Literally. They won’t let him in the door.

I, being a “not-professional” critic, can attend any screening I can get my paws on a ticket for. And I can publish my thoughts about that film any time I want. Ain’t no embargo on my opinion. Nope.

Now, do I hope to one day be considered “professional” media, the recipient of all the rights and privileges thereof (obligatory A Christmas Story reference… sorry.)? You bet.

But right now, that isn’t the case.

On a completely unrelated note, tonight I’m going to see the new Ryan Reynolds/Samuel L. Jackson film, The Hitman’s Bodyguard.

Completely unrelated.

I’m just sayin’.

Wonder Woman – First Reactions

Hey, all! Mark and Jason here with our first reactions on

Wonder Woman

Ryan got us into a screening tonight (which we really appreciate, by the way), and we had to share our very first thoughts.

Tomorrow night, we’ll be recording our full review with all three of us, which is good, since we’ll have had a little time to process this and maybe be a little more objective, but hopefully this will give you an idea of what’s ahead.

Have a look: