Now Conspiring — Which Movie Criticisms Annoy You the Most?

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This week on the podcast, we talk about the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer and a ton of other entertainment news ripe for speculation. We review SpectreThe Peanuts Movie, and Room as well with a special guest appearance.

I’m joined on the show by digital illustrator, Kayla Savage; nostalgia expert, Adonis Gonzalez; and YouTube sensation, Maria Cineclub Garcia.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Which movie criticisms annoy you the most? It’s time to unleash your disdain for select film critics. Other question of the week: what do you think of Now Conspiring?

Let us know your thoughts (and your favorite podcast moments) in the comments, which we may read on next week’s show! And be sure to rate the podcast on iTunes and/or Stitcher, where you can also download this episode. Or just Tweet us…@NowConspiring

Our Song of the Week is “Thank God for Girls,” a new single from, wait for it, Weezer. Enjoy!

Oh, and don’t forget to check out our friends from the That Kind of Nerd podcast!

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  1. The movie criticism that I HATE the most is when someone is says fine okay that the movie is bad because its just “stupid and fun” so its fine. Examples like Transformers and Jurassic World. Its just, I can’t even express how much I hate that. Also I would love to see Maria host the podcast one day. She would do a spectacular job. #MariaForElPresidente

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    1. Interstellar Hero Origins Link-https://www.wattpad.com/story/33866725-interstellar-hero-origins
      Forgot the 2nd question
      Now Conspiring is the 4th best thing Jon Negroni ever did in my opinion.
      1. Pixar Detective
      1.5-Pixar Related Theories
      2. Snarcasm
      3. Movie Reviews
      4. Now Conspiring (The feedback reading interests me the most)
      5. Power Rankings
      That doesn’t mean I don’t like it, but I actually enjoy it from time to time.

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  2. What I hate the most is not a critiscm as much as it is an argument, saying that a movie is better because it inspired another or came before. But if I had to choose a type of criticism, it’s calling a movie bad without just evidence (I believe Jon wrote about one of these on the Snarcasm of The Inside Out review). On other notes, I believe it’s time for Maria to become host one of these days, as she has been one of the original members of the podcast. Also, I have a confession:

    I too miss Mike. He brought a humor that was absent from before he appeared, and tha humor has permeated somewhat through the rest of the hosts since.I Like Mike.

    #MariaForElPresidente

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  3. I can tolerate most film criticism, as long as the words are true to the critic. I’m firm in my belief that the words “overrated” and “underrated” are only for discussing the film after the fact, when there exists a clear, general perception of the film from the public or from critics that may or may not have a disconnect with the film’s quality.

    The two things that annoy me, however, are needless superlatives (mostly from the average viewer) and double standards in dealing with flaws between certain films (especially the pop culture icons like Star Wars and the MCU).

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  4. The movie criticism I hate is when they say its ok because its a specific type of genre. “Oh its ok because its just a horror movie. Its only purpose is jump scares am I right? ” Uh I’ll call bull sugar honey iced tea. Any movie can have a good story and great characters, while at the same time be fun and entertaining.

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    1. Of course, anyone can possess their natural tastes. That doesn’t mean that they’re barred from the essentials. For horror films, I’d forward, say, Caligari, Nosferatu, Dracula, Frankenstein (and his Bride), Psycho, Night Of The Living Dead, The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Suspiria, Halloween, Dawn Of The Dead, Alien, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Scream, Ringu…and possibly Paranormal Activity and It Follows.

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  5. Greetings, conspiracy Cocoa Puffs. I have something for all of you. Jon, you aren’t the only one who loves Brian Regan. He is actually my 6th favorite comedian. Speaking of which, did you see his new special from a few weeks ago, and if so, what did you think? Maria, I’ll only be jailbait for another two years (only one if we’re in Poland). Also, please let Maria host the show (I don’t have a twitter account, but I can give you guys my encoded e-mail address or phone number, perhaps in a LetterBoxd review? If not, I might have to succumb to social pressure and get an account). Kayla, I’m sorry that you think my comments are too long, but where else am I going to unleash all of my bottled up emotions? If only I could be with Adonis for just 5 minutes. In fact, I’d like to personally ask him to join my new show called Now Perspiring, where we take turns driving Adonis’s car and running on a treadmill while we eat flapjacks in the moonlight.

    But, in more relevant news, I don’t like when critics use a lot of big words to review a movie. For example, one of these critics would say that Jurassic World is, ‘a flambuoyant and perfunctory motion picture, the nature of which is not unlike that of it’s primary reptilian antagonist. It seems as though a pair of distinct elements have been combined hastily, seperated only by the unnecessarily overlong running time.’ That’s what really grinds my gears. And, on Netflix, I would recommend A Clockwork Orange for the older viewers. Farewell, and if someone in a bar asks to buy you a drink, politely decline the beverage and ask for the money instead.

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