Escape to the Movies: The Maze Runner - Where's a Minotaur When You Need One?

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The Maze Runner - Where's a Minotaur When You Need One?

The Maze Runner starts off strong, but starts to fall apart towards the end.

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So basically. Hunger games... but skewed towards boys?

Hasn't Bob said in the past that he hates numerical scores? This new format seems odd for him.

Also:
0:00 to 1:03- Footage from the movie
1:03 to 3:56- Actual Review
3:56 to 4:20- More footage
4:20 to 4:48- Credits, a couple jokes

I know Bob has been padding his reviews for a while, but sticking in 1 1/2 minutes of filler in a video less than 5 minutes long is insane.

Thunderous Cacophony:
Hasn't Bob said in the past that he hates numerical scores? This new format seems odd for him.

Especially if we get another Man of Steel/The Dark Knight Rises affair, and the number will obviously stay the same despite Movie Bob's opinion changing.

This description also appears to be in last week's video too. Though it is welcome, besides the score.

I demand another film to be made but this time with an all female community instead of an all male community, because clearly my opinion is more important and the studios owe it to me and if they refuse I'll bash them for being sexist.

Dear lord, October cannot come fast enough. If only to bring use closer to Shlocktober. Also, any chance Bob will start it early on Tuesday, September 30th? I know October will come the next day but the month only has 4 Tuesdays and it would suck to have 4 episodes. Besides, department stores put up the Halloween items a month in advance, so why not?

Is it me or are they sort of just retelling the same basic narrative over and over with these films.

I want some Box Trolls next week bob.

inu-kun:
I demand another film to be made but this time with an all female community instead of an all male community, because clearly my opinion is more important and the studios owe it to me and if they refuse I'll bash them for being sexist.

If they ever do a movie like that, people will complain about women doing bad or stupid things. They will also complain if any of the women are too skinny, too fat, too pretty, too ugly, etc. *ahem* Frozen. In general, They will have more to complain about than, "Why isn't there a movie about an all-women community?"

I refuse to believe that a bland, mediocre YA movie is the best thing in the theater this weekend. I saw This Is Where I Leave You. It was funny and realistic family dramedy. There are also: Walk Among The Tombstones, The Drop, Skeleton Twins, and Zero Theorem. Come on! Just because something isn't geek fare. That doesn't mean your audience will not be interested in it.

Rabidkitten:
Is it me or are they sort of just retelling the same basic narrative over and over with these films.

At this point it's a "get rich quick" scheme...I can only hope the target audience of these books/movies finally matures and realizes the utter crap that they've been getting fed.

KissingSunlight:
I refuse to believe that a bland, mediocre YA movie is the best thing in the theater this weekend. I saw This Is Where I Leave You. It was funny and realistic family dramedy. There are also: Walk Among The Tombstones, The Drop, Skeleton Twins, and Zero Theorem. Come on! Just because something isn't geek fare. That doesn't mean your audience will not be interested in it.

You say that as if YA stories somehow are geek fare as opposed to...you know...mindless drivel. :P

Looks like one to watch on UHF some day.

Going to the theater, for me, is a huge investment of time, effort and money. I can just grab my hostess snack cakes, fritos and beer, kick back on my comfy chair and watch something great over my PS3. I can pause it if I need to use the facility.

The theater? Don't bring your own snacks, sit in the chair they give you, stay sober as you're going to need to drive, miss some of the movie if you need to use the facility. Pay $12.50 to see it.

That given, the movie better be damn good.

When Movie Bob says, "meh... what else you going to do but see this, it's as good as the theaters' got at this time" that isn't enough.

RJ 17:

Rabidkitten:
Is it me or are they sort of just retelling the same basic narrative over and over with these films.

At this point it's a "get rich quick" scheme...I can only hope the target audience of these books/movies finally matures and realizes the utter crap that they've been getting fed.

KissingSunlight:
I refuse to believe that a bland, mediocre YA movie is the best thing in the theater this weekend. I saw This Is Where I Leave You. It was funny and realistic family dramedy. There are also: Walk Among The Tombstones, The Drop, Skeleton Twins, and Zero Theorem. Come on! Just because something isn't geek fare. That doesn't mean your audience will not be interested in it.

You say that as if YA stories somehow are geek fare as opposed to...you know...mindless drivel. :P

The Maze Runner tried to be geek fare. It turned out to be mindless drivel. Seriously, I was bored senseless by the clips the Bob showed in the video.

KissingSunlight:

inu-kun:
I demand another film to be made but this time with an all female community instead of an all male community, because clearly my opinion is more important and the studios owe it to me and if they refuse I'll bash them for being sexist.

If they ever do a movie like that, people will complain about women doing bad or stupid things. They will also complain if any of the women are too skinny, too fat, too pretty, too ugly, etc. *ahem* Frozen. In general, They will have more to complain about than, "Why isn't there a movie about an all-women community?"

Well, not really. There might be a little of that, because you can always find someone to complain about anything, that's the Eternal Flame of Rage that powers the internet. But by and large, the more female characters you have with speaking roles and distinct personalities in a work, the less each one has to be held up as a standard-bearer for her whole gender--that's more likely when you have the one token Smurfette in an ensemble cast. E.g. I don't recall a whole lot of criticism directed at The Descent just because some of the women were in conflict with each other.

Noooo! I was looking forward to your review of Tusk.

Falseprophet:

KissingSunlight:

inu-kun:
I demand another film to be made but this time with an all female community instead of an all male community, because clearly my opinion is more important and the studios owe it to me and if they refuse I'll bash them for being sexist.

If they ever do a movie like that, people will complain about women doing bad or stupid things. They will also complain if any of the women are too skinny, too fat, too pretty, too ugly, etc. *ahem* Frozen. In general, They will have more to complain about than, "Why isn't there a movie about an all-women community?"

Well, not really. There might be a little of that, because you can always find someone to complain about anything, that's the Eternal Flame of Rage that powers the internet. But by and large, the more female characters you have with speaking roles and distinct personalities in a work, the less each one has to be held up as a standard-bearer for her whole gender--that's more likely when you have the one token Smurfette in an ensemble cast. E.g. I don't recall a whole lot of criticism directed at The Descent just because some of the women were in conflict with each other.

Two of my favorite comedies in the past 10 years are Bridemaids and The Heat. (I just realized that they are both directed by Paul Feig.) I have no problems with female-centric movies. I just remember Tammy from this year was really underrated. I do get annoyed by the same people who complain about not having female characters in movies and videogames. Being the same ones who nitpick to death any movie or videogame that have prominent female characters.

Falseprophet:
Well, not really. There might be a little of that, because you can always find someone to complain about anything, that's the Eternal Flame of Rage that powers the internet. But by and large, the more female characters you have with speaking roles and distinct personalities in a work, the less each one has to be held up as a standard-bearer for her whole gender--that's more likely when you have the one token Smurfette in an ensemble cast. E.g. I don't recall a whole lot of criticism directed at The Descent just because some of the women were in conflict with each other.

Where do you get off bringing reasonable discourse into this? This is a sacred place for the placement of strawmen that people can take potshots at from a safe distance! To call people out on their blatant misrepresentation of people they disagree with is blasphemy!

OT: It seems interesting enough to get it off Netflix sometime, but probably not worth the trip to the movies. Also a bit surprised to see the transcript for the video and a rating system posted along with the video.

It lookd mediocre until I heard "cliffhanger ending" FUCK THAT! A while ago I watched the Golden Compass on TV and it was fine (so it before, but somehow being in Spanish made it a bit better than in English) and It was watchable until the "Oh yeah, there's no ending cuz franchise" which obviously didn't happen, and all my GF said was "OH FUCK THIS MOVIE" and that was about it.

I get that these studios gamble on the "let's hope teens watch this shit cuz *other franchise* made it" but at least give your shit movie a proper ending if you don't actually know if you're gonna make it to the second one, that at least gives it a chance to be a good experience on its own... Fuck The Golden Compass.

MovieBob:
The Maze Runner - Where's a Minotaur When You Need One?

The Maze Runner starts off strong, but starts to fall apart towards the end.

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When you say it's one of the only movies worth watching this week, does that mean that the new Liam Neeson movie isn't good or that you didn't see it? Because as interesting as this movie looks, I'd rather watch Liam Neeson kill people. Because somehow that hasn't stopped being entertaining to me yet. :P

Rabidkitten:
Is it me or are they sort of just retelling the same basic narrative over and over with these films.

Not so much the movies, but the books they are adapting. And yes, the same way Harry Potter spew a myriad of imitators with pre-adolescent boys discovering they secretly are special players in a supernatural world, and trying to find their place; Hunger Games gave incentives to a lot of writers to do new stories about young adult/teenagers that live in post-apocalyptic worlds far removed from us but still close enough to make weak analogies to the modern social order. Or movie producers looking at everything that can be adapted into that template, to try to capture lightning a second time...

Rabidkitten:
Is it me or are they sort of just retelling the same basic narrative over and over with these films.

Movie adaptations of teenager-oriented books is the hip thing in Hollywood right now. As Bob talked about a while ago while discussing his disinterest for Divergent (I honestly forget if it was in Escape to the Movies or Intermission. Edit: Never mind, I found it.), books aimed at teenagers are all generally about the same things, but since teenagers haven't read as many books or seen as many movies to know that they're being fed what is basically leftovers, they eat 'em up anyway.

Doe's anyone else think the image used for the title card makes it look a bit like a comedy? The way the main character's looking at the camera like 'Doh, here I go again!'

Rabidkitten:
Is it me or are they sort of just retelling the same basic narrative over and over with these films.

I want some Box Trolls next week bob.

Second, Box Trolls was very fast paced compared to both Coraline and [i]Paranorman[i] but still so ridiculously creative. The villains ending in particular was one of those 'will they, won't they' moments that had me and my sister literally on the edge of our seats, tensed up. I really hope it does well.

I enjoy the transcript but I'm not super sure I like the star-based score, I don't think anyone really wants that. The only times I could see it being desired would be in particularly spoiler-heavy reviews.

Who thought adding a star-based scoring system to this show was a good idea?

Read the book and hated it. The whole thing is just a series of nesting Mystery Boxes and literally nothing gets a good answer. At the absolute best, plot points get an answer that is yet another mystery box. Even the most basic of [spoiler]why they set up the whole thing, and if (as some of the text seems to indicate) it's for a test/experiment, what kind of test methodology involves adding test subject periodically throughout a years-long experiment. I have been told that the third book starts to answer some of these things, but I have thus far been unwilling to invest enough time in the series to actually get any answers.

I did not expect the change in format today, with the "script" of the video itself or the star count score. I thought that was just for video game reviews. As for this movie, I'm gonna skip this one, since as yet another young-adult-dystopia-novel adaptation, this one's out of my wheelhouse and interest. Although my brother says the troubled kids he works with liked the book.

And yeah, there is Teen Wolf TV show on MTV, and it's riding the Twilight coattails. As a guy who liked the Michael J. Fox original movie, I'm going to assume it sucks. And I'm mad at MTV for canceling Beavis and Butt-head but keeping THAT going.

I like the text of the review and the rating system, just like in the games section

OT
A 3 minute review? I guess that is all it deserved.
I'll likely watch it with my kids once it comes out on the Movie Channel

KissingSunlight:

inu-kun:
I demand another film to be made but this time with an all female community instead of an all male community, because clearly my opinion is more important and the studios owe it to me and if they refuse I'll bash them for being sexist.

If they ever do a movie like that, people will complain about women doing bad or stupid things. They will also complain if any of the women are too skinny, too fat, too pretty, too ugly, etc. *ahem* Frozen. In general, They will have more to complain about than, "Why isn't there a movie about an all-women community?"

I refuse to believe that a bland, mediocre YA movie is the best thing in the theater this weekend. I saw This Is Where I Leave You. It was funny and realistic family dramedy. There are also: Walk Among The Tombstones, The Drop, Skeleton Twins, and Zero Theorem. Come on! Just because something isn't geek fare. That doesn't mean your audience will not be interested in it.

It probably isn't the most interesting thing in theaters right now but I'm pretty sure it's the movie that has generated the most hype for general moviegoers right now. I mean I would have been surprised if Bob didn't review this movie to be honest.

OT So is the written review thing because Bob is realizing that more and more people have become increasingly annoyed by the stuff he's putting in his video reviews?

Thunderous Cacophony:
I know Bob has been padding his reviews for a while, but sticking in 1 1/2 minutes of filler in a video less than 5 minutes long is insane.

Now that Bob's review includes the text script, I decided to see how Bob stacks up against his colleagues. So I copy-pasted Bob's script into a word counter: 643 words

Next, I went to RottenTomatoes.com, looked up The Maze Runner, looked up the Top Critics (presumably they're considered the standard bearers for their format), picked five at random, and plugged their reviews into the same word counter:

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: 483
Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times: 376
Michael Sragow, Orange County Register: 428
Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com: 806
A. A. Dowd, AV Club: 624

Bob seems par for the course to me.

inu-kun:
I demand another film to be made but this time with an all female community instead of an all male community, because clearly my opinion is more important and the studios owe it to me and if they refuse I'll bash them for being sexist.

Jesus Christ, get off your high-horse.

As much as you might claim otherwise, you really want someone to genuinely think that, just so you can try to prove them wrong. Just think about that.

I would have loved to see a review of The Guest. A genuinely funny pastiche of 80's thrillers, I heartily recommend it to anyone if it's playing in a theater near you.

Thunderous Cacophony:
Hasn't Bob said in the past that he hates numerical scores? This new format seems odd for him.

Also:
0:00 to 1:03- Footage from the movie
1:03 to 3:56- Actual Review
3:56 to 4:20- More footage
4:20 to 4:48- Credits, a couple jokes

I know Bob has been padding his reviews for a while, but sticking in 1 1/2 minutes of filler in a video less than 5 minutes long is insane.

I guess he didn't have much to say about this movie other than "It's okay, but sequel bait." As he said, doldrums of autumn. I expect this for one more week before we start getting the early entries into the year end rush.

I'm not going to watch this shlock even if it were free. Everyone would be better off watching "Lord of the Flies" the 1963 version.

Everyone in the world is pumped we're getting a proper Deadpool and not another Dudepeel. Of course Bob isn't happy.

Am I the only person who was seriously expecting Tusk this week?

daxterx2005:
Everyone in the world is pumped we're getting a proper Deadpool and not another Dudepeel. Of course Bob isn't happy.

who cares, as long as they get Deadpool right this time he can be pissy about it.

You lost me at "teen angst."

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