Watch some. They just say, "Yeah, it was cool! Subscribe to our channel, dude!" I'm not exaggerating. The reviews are so shallow and asinine it beggars belief that people watch these videos. One of my least favorites—I won't be a hater and mention names—routinely has hundreds of thousands of views per review. These reviews are usually less than five minutes long, and the guy just spouts off superficial bits about the film that everyone already knows from the trailer. I doubt he even watches the actual movie.
How are these shows being supported? Who is watching them so much? What's wrong with you people? Stop it.
One movie review show that does not do this and actually has some in-depth insight to each film reviewed is called Half in the Bag, brought to you by Red Letter Media, the same guys that did the famous 70 minute Phantom Menace review that got tens of millions of views a while back. That one was brilliant. Look it up, watch, and be blown away. Not only is there entertainment value in the humor, but what Mr. Plinkett says about what's wrong with the Star Wars prequels is spot on.
When we as audience members begin to look deeper into what makes a film of high quality, then perhaps the movies themselves will begin to improve; filmmakers will simply be forced to "up their game" and make better films. If the vast majority of movie reviewers simply spout off talking points (yeah, that was cool and stuff and that was gnarly, dude!) rather than discuss the merits of pacing, characterization, cinematography, thematic uses of literary devices, etc., than we are all doomed to mediocrity. Half in the Bag dissects and discusses these intricacies like few others.
Any Red Letter Media fans out there? Anyone watch Half in the Bag or Best of the Worst, another of their shows? Sound off below.