TV Shows »At The Movies

It's pretty rare, but even in the world of network television, justice is occasionally served. I'm not sure if you're aware, but At the Movies recently underwent a tragically “hip” makeover when two morons replaced Ebert and Roper and I thought my lazy Sunday ritual of getting somewhat intelligent movie reviews were over… Out of desperation, I turned to the dumb Current channel to watch the frequently annoying Rotten Tomatoes Show to get my fix. (Which, to be fair, did grow on me)

Well, all is right with the world, (except for days when sports games run long and interrupt the show) and At the Movies now features reviews and commentary by two of the better guest reviewers who filled in for Roger Ebert: Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune and A.O. Scott from the New York Times. I'm thrilled.

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Posted on October 5, 2009

TV Shows »Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes is nerdy in a bad way sometimes (I could skip having to watch the awkward hiaku reviews) but it's also got that kind of nerd charm that can be enjoyable. The hosts are very LA Current TV stock (see XPlay) and the faux banter between can be lame, but easily over looked because these two kids do grow on you (she especially when you see how much prettier and like a normal cool girl you might know she looks like under all that makeup).

But the real reason we watch every week is just because I miss movie previews on Sundays. I was always a fan of Siskle and Ebert and even went along with it when it became Ebert and Roper. But it's “hip”, “younger” reincarnation staring uncharasmatic douches name Josh was unpalettable.

Rotten Tomatoes gives a well rounded point of view of new releases including online viewers, critics, and to their credit, they also reference and recommend many older and sometimes lesser known films.

It's not a ground breaking or life changing show and it could be too much for you depending on your tolerance for geekdom, but I enjoy it despite it's flaws and am happy at least some people are still wathcing, loving and reviewing movies.

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Posted on August 3, 2009