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Glowing reviews for Snow White and the Huntsman – from Ebert and the L.A. Times

Despite poor overall reviews from Rotten Tomatoes (49%) and Metacritic (56), the movie “Snow White and the Huntsman” has been winning over some top critics. Among them Roger Ebert:

“Snow White and the Huntsman” reinvents the legendary story in a film of astonishing beauty and imagination. It’s the last thing you would expect from a picture with this title. It falters in its storytelling, because Snow White must be entirely good, the Queen must be entirely bad, and there’s no room for nuance. The end is therefore predetermined. But, oh, what a ride.

And, Betsy Sharkey of the L.A. Times:

“Snow White and the Huntsman,” starring a fierce Kristen Stewart and an even fiercer Charlize Theron as warring sides of good and evil, is a baroque enchantment filled with dazzling darkness, desultory dwarfs, demonic trolls and beastly fairies. It is an absolute wonder to watch and creates a warrior princess for the ages. But what this revisionist fairy tale does not give us is a passionate love — its kisses are as chaste as the snow is white.

 

Both reviews fawned over the special effects in the movie, from the overbearing castle to the forbidding forest. Describing it as “a triumph of art direction and CGI” and, “a forest lush with bewitching flora and fauna is otherworldly to behold.”

Which means you can count me in, I love that stuff!

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WhichFlicks? – Browse Netflix Instant Watch movies and TV shows on an elegant interface

WhichFlicks is a website that allows you to sort through thousands of movies and television shows on Netflix. With that many options there is always something to watch the trouble is finding it.

With this website you have the ability to sort by Netflix Stars, Rotten Tomato Ratings, date, genre, audience (MPAA rating), and by people (actors, directors).

It is a far superior way to find something to watch, compared to the native Netflix search and recommendation system. It compares very well to Instant Watcher, a site that provides a similar service. Which Flicks is definitely easier and cleaner to use, while Instant Watcher has many more lists and details.

The best unique feature in Which Flicks is the “Upcoming” movies section. I really enjoy this section because Netflix doesn’t often promote its future content.

The best comic book movies of all time – according to the critics

Ranked according to Rotten Tomatoes ratings (see bottom for a full explanation)

 

35. The Adventures of Tintin – 2011 – 74%

34. V for Vendetta – 2006 – 73%

33. The Mask – 1994 – 75%

32. Ghost in the Shell – 1995 – 94%

31. Superman Returns – 2006 – 76%

 

30 – Thor – 2011 – 77%

29 – Batman Returns – 1992 – 78%

28 – Sin City – 2005 – 78%

27 - Captain America: The First Avenger – 2011 – 79%

26 – Hellboy – 2004 – 80%

25 – Flash Gordon – 1980 – 81%

24 – Oldboy – 2005 – 80%

23 – Iron Man 2 – 2010 – 74%

22 – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – 2010 – 81%

21 – Batman: The Movie – 1966 – 82%

 

20 – X-Men - 2000 - 81%

19 – Kick-Ass – 2010 – 76%

18 – Road to Perdition – 2002 – 82%

17 – The Crow – 1994 – 83%

16 – Batman Begins – 2005 – 85%

15 – A History of Violence – 2005 – 85%

14 – X-Men: First Class – 2011 – 87%

13 – Akira - 1988 - 88%

12 – Superman 2 - 1980 - 88%

11 – Hellboy 2: The Golden Army - 2008 - 87%

 

10 – X2: X-men United - 2003 - 88%

9 – Spider-Man - 2002 - 89%

8 – Men in Black - 1997 - 91%

7 – Ghost World - 2001 - 92%

6 – Spider-Man 2 - 2004 - 93%

5 – American Splendor - 2003 - 94%

4 – Superman: The Movie - 1978 - 94%

3 – The Dark Knight - 2008 - 93%

2 – Iron Man - 2008 - 94%

1 – Persepolis - 2007 - 97%

 

To celebrate the 2010 Comic-Con, we present to you Comics & Graphic Novels vs. the Critics, an exhaustive countdown that includes movies based on everything from superheroes to graphic novels, from manga to strips from the funny pages, in order of critical approval.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Every movie here originates from a comic book source of some kind, not another medium (we know about the Alien vs. Predator graphic novels, but the movies aren’t based on the comics).
  • Only movies with 20 or more reviews are included (sorry, Fritz the Cat)
  • Weighted formula that takes release year and number of reviews into account
  • Omitted all TV or straight-to-DVD flicks.

via Rotten Tomatoes – 120 best comic movies

 

*Note: I added in 5 new critically acclaimed comic movies that came out after 2010*

Instant Watcher turns the Netflix API into the perfect way to find a movie to watch

Instant Watcher is the perfect site for Netflix Instant users. You can quickly and easily find movies to watch and avoid the miserable search and click on Netflix’s own site.

“About a quadrillion times easier to browse than Netflix’s own site” — Boing Boing Offworld, Feb 6, 2009

Within a few clicks you can figure out how everything works, including my favorites: highest rated movies of 2010-2011, highest rated movies on Rotten Tomatoes, and the simple most popular streamed movies.

There is also the opportunity to view those movies expiring soon.

Finally, a critical part of the browsing experience is the pop-up that appears when you roll over a movie title. This gives you a picture and a synopsis without having to click a link and leave your list.

“A great example of the amazing things which can be built when a company offers up an API for use by third-party developers.” — Read Write Web / The New York Times, Jan 28, 2009

Once you visit and browse around you will never think about Netflix the same way again.

 

8 highly anticipated movies of 2012 – Hunger Games, Hobbit, Snow White, Prometheus

 The Hunger Games

The Avengers

Directed by Joss Whedon one of the best talents in Hollywood if you’re a geek. From the Buffy TV show to Firefly and the first X-Men movie. His full filmography.

Snow White and the Huntsman

Kristen Stewart goes from playing an emo-vamp to a warrior Snow White. I’m in.

Prometheus

Space epic directed by Ridley Scott.

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