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So I did end up seeing Iron Man yesterday, and I may get around to posting my thoughts on it eventually, but what I really want to do is read reviews of it. And then I was thinking about the fact that I am often a few weeks behind everyone else when it comes to seeing movies, and I never remember to bookmark people's reviews as they come out (for fear of inadvertantly spoiling myself), and how useful it would be if there was a community where people posted their movie reviews.

Does such a community exist, does anyone know?

Edited to add: Spoilers for Ironman in the comments

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anoel
May. 25th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
I have no idea if it exists but if you use Firefox, I'd recommend the Read It Later add on. You can right click links to comments on your Flist to save to read for later so you don't have to worry about spoiling yourself.
mskatej
May. 25th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
I really need that add on! *goes to find*
norwich36
May. 26th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
Oh, that sounds very handy. I'll have to add that one!
mskatej
May. 25th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Are you just interested in fellow LJers' reviews? As in, an Eat Crow type comm for film reviews? I have never heard of anything like that and can't actually imagine how that would even work.

I personally swear by metacritic: http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/ironman?q=iron%20man

(But you prolly already know about that.)
norwich36
May. 26th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, I love metacritic, but I was thinking more like something like eat_crow for movie reviews, because I generally am more interested in what fans thought.

I think a comm like that could work, if people were interested (I'm not sure they would be interested, though)--I'm just not sure *I'm* interested enough to create it.
bop_radar
May. 26th, 2008 06:53 am (UTC)
Can I just tell you my opinion here where (hopefully) no one will flame me for holding it? :D

I hated it: found it politically and culturally offensive and for that reason couldn't enjoy it. Yes, it was well made, good cinematography, well acted, yadda yadda, but WOW could that character be any more vacuuous, sexist and insensitive? Oh, and just plain dumb.

I don't know the comic, nor do I now want to.

My 'favourite' bit? The fact that his suit could distinguish terrorists from civilians in Afghanistan, one of the most complex and long-fought guerilla wars on Earth.

Hope you enjoyed it more than I did! :D (No, I really do hope that--everyone seems all a-squee and I didn't want to be the wet blanket which is why I didn't post about it)
norwich36
May. 26th, 2008 09:32 am (UTC)
I figured that was why you felt that way. I went into it extremely apprehensive about the political issues, and found them just as offensive as I was expecting (especially that self-sacrificing Afghani man who helped him build the suit--women in refrigerators, much?) Even though the bad guys were ultimately Americans and weapons dealers, the depiction of Afghanis was really obnoxious, I agree

But despite everything, the Robert Downey Jr. factor trumped that for me. Because, um, yeah. Not completely rational in the face of all that hotness. I know he's a bastard in RL, and that has never affected my lust for him one iota, so I think it's pretty hopeless. (And wow, was he perfectly cast to play that sort of jerk, or what?) I did love that he kind of grew up in the movie. And I adored Gwyneth Paltrow--I spent half the movie kind of wanting to lick all of her freckles, so again, not particularly a rational analysis of her character, though I was happy she at least wasn't just a hapless victim the whole time.

I had never actually heard of Iron Man prior to this movie, and the movie's politics doesn't make me want to, but, um, I may have spent all morning reading Pepper/Tony fic.
bop_radar
May. 26th, 2008 09:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, the depiction of Afghanis was offensive and that was just the tip of the iceberg of wrong for me. I actually (and I think I am COMPLETELY alone in this!) liked Robert Downey Jnr more *before* this movie (I used to find him hot despite the asshole-ness). But I didn't feel attracted to him at all in this. I hated his character more than him and didn't think he grew up at all: he seemed to have a five year old's reaction to discovering that the weapons he makes can kill ('what if I just make MYSELF the weapon?! huh?! HUH?!' *flies up into the air*).

I thought Gwyneth was wonderful in the role, I just hated her character. It's actually probably my favourite performance of Gwyneth's though since I usually find her insipid and annoying.

But I figure everyone's ignoring the politics (at least I hope so!!) and there seems to be lots of buzz out there about it.
norwich36
May. 26th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Part of why I wanted to read other people's reviews was that I was curious about what people thought about the politics. (Also, I just went and looked at the wikipedia article on Ironman and see that some of the things I objected to most are directly from comics canon. That doesn't make it better for me--it just makes me less likely to seek out the canon.)

I don't honestly think Tony was trying to make a weapon when he built the second suit; in fact, it took him see it could be a weapon. And yeah, I agree, his "solution" isn't really going to solve anything--though the idea that one man can do what the government/military can't is very part of the American cowboy/hero tradition, so it's a logical place for a comic to go--but I do think he grew in the sense that he stopped being completely self-centered and started realizing that his way of life did, in fact, have consequences. So maybe he went from being a 5 year old to a 12 year old? :D Though I can't say I'm invested enough in the character to really defend him that much.

I also usually find GP pretty bland and enjoyed this performance. And really, the only thing I didn't like about Pepper was her insanely high heels.
bop_radar
May. 27th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
and see that some of the things I objected to most are directly from comics canon
*nods* I did wonder about that. I kind of assumed that was the case and it's a big part of why I didn't post about it because I could just imagine everyone flying up and being all 'but it was like that in the comics!' Which I'm sure it was, but I still don't like it. ;)

So maybe he went from being a 5 year old to a 12 year old? :D
Hee hee, yeah maybe that is a better analogy. ;) Though it still has him making things that he doesn't realise can be misused/abused. And while I do understand that the whole 'one white dude solves all the world's problems' is a trope of the comic universe, I would have been a whole lot happier if they had fictionalised the conflict he 'solved' (i.e. fictional country) or gave him a problem much closer to home. Ah well.

the only thing I didn't like about Pepper was her insanely high heels
That was the main thing I didn't like about her but I can't blame her specifically for them: they are EVERYwhere at the moment!
enderwiggin24
Jun. 17th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
movie review communities
i was abusing my modly powers, and asked somewhere else for you ;D

its strange, but there seems to be not really a com like eat_crow, where links are collected:
anyway, the closest i got so far are these:
http://community.livejournal.com/moviebuffs/profile
http://community.livejournal.com/movie_freaks/profile

hope that helps :)
norwich36
Jun. 17th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
Re: movie review communities
Thanks, Ender! I appreciate the links.
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