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I liked NEW MOON better the fi…

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

I liked NEW MOON better the first time, when it was called DRACULA VS. THE WOLFMAN.

NEW MOON: Eh, harmless. It won…

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

NEW MOON: Eh, harmless. It won’t win any Oscars — I mean, it’s not Roger Corman caliber or anything! — but it’s fine.

IMDb says NEW MOON running tim…

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

IMDb says NEW MOON running time is 130 minutes. This cannot possibly be true, right? RIGHT??

Thinking of going to the NEW M…

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Thinking of going to the NEW MOON screening tonight dressed as a shirtless werewolf.

@billcorbett, @michaeljnelson:…

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

@billcorbett, @michaeljnelson: Thoughts? Pro and con on Roger Corman’s Oscar-worthiness: http://bit.ly/4G3HVE , http://bit.ly/1m8HKP

Here’s what a man named “Virl”…

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Here’s what a man named “Virl” has to say about women in the Navy: Not a good idea, little ladies! http://bit.ly/1OAx0k

@JeremyMathews Doh! Thanks. I …

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

@JeremyMathews Doh! Thanks. I thought I had caught all of those. Grant and Astaire are the only two.

Pro and con on Roger Corman’s …

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Pro and con on Roger Corman’s Oscar-worthiness: http://bit.ly/1m8HKP (no way); http://bit.ly/4G3HVE (yes way)

How the Rotten Tomatoes thing works

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Last week I posted an angry letter I’d gotten from someone who has presumably found me via Rotten Tomatoes, and in the comments a couple readers asked questions about the Rotten Tomatoes thing. Namely: Do I choose the quote they use, or do they? And how come for a while I was designated a “Top Critic”? What’s up with that? (I am paraphrasing the questions.)

The requirements for becoming a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic and getting on the Tomatometer have changed over time. The current rules are here. Until very recently, simply being a member of one of the critics groups listed there (including the Online Film Critics Society, of which I’m a member) was enough to get you into RT. But now they’ve started vetting critics individually, so joining one of those groups is a good start but not a guarantee.

I don’t remember exactly what the process was when I got on RT, but I believe it happened in late 2000. I wasn’t a member of the OFCS yet then, so apparently I met whatever the other criteria were at the time. Just general awesomeness, probably.

As for the quotes used for each review, I choose those myself. Every RT-approved critic has an RT login that allows him or her to post a link to a new review, select “Fresh” or “Rotten,” and choose a quote to use. However, RT also has some kind of automated system that goes looking for new reviews at members’ sites, so if I neglect to do it myself, after several days a link will show up anyway, with no quote. (It will just say “Click here to read article.”) Then an RT staffer will eventually go in and find a quote manually, or I can do it myself.

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Letter to the editor: “I’m gla…

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Letter to the editor: “I’m glad some languages are disappearing. It would be better if everyone spoke the same one.” http://bit.ly/ZuoeJ

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