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Michele Schalin is a plagiarist

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Michele Schalin is a forty-something woman who lives in or near Austin, Texas, where she owns a web-design company, hosts a weekly Internet TV show (this you gotta see), and writes film reviews for her website, The Movie Junkies.

Well, that’s misleading. For one thing, The Movie Junkies seems to be gone now. For another thing, Michele Schalin didn’t write the reviews she posted there — she mostly plagiarized them from real writers, like some kind of craven word-thief.

Nobody knew who Michele Schalin was until Wednesday, when my colleague Mike McGranahan of The Aisle Seat discovered that she’d stolen significant portions of several of his reviews. Mike poked around and discovered that she’d also pilfered from Will Goss, MaryAnn Johanson, Jeffrey Overstreet, and — aw, hells no! — Eric D. Snider. That’s meeee!

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Eric’s Bad Movies needs suggestions

Monday, March 26th, 2012

I write a column called Eric’s Bad Movies every week at The premise is that I watch a bad movie and then make fun of it. It’s not very complicated. But finding bad movies to write about can be tricky. That’s where you come in!

It’s time once again to ask you fine people for suggestions. These are very, very useful to me. Of the 179 (!) EBM columns I’ve done so far, easily 30 percent were films I’d never heard of until readers suggested them. So keep up the good work! In fact, WORK HARDER!

Here are the basic criteria to be eligible for Eric’s Bad Movies:

– The more well-known it is, the better. Movies that played in theaters and were backed by Hollywood studios and had stars in them are ideal. I’ve relaxed the rule against straight-to-video releases, but I still prefer movies that people have heard of.

– Comedies are extremely hard to make fun of because they already don’t take themselves seriously, so I tend to avoid those. Focus on action movies, dramas, and the like. That being said, if the comedy has some kind of “hook” — a supernatural element, an animal co-star, etc. — it’s easier to get a handle on.

– It needs to be something whose badness is generally agreed upon, as opposed to something that YOU happen to hate but that is otherwise fairly well regarded. Remember, I need to think it’s bad, too.

– I’m avoiding movies that I reviewed in the normal movie-critic fashion when they came out in theaters. I’ve been reviewing movies since 1999, so in general, you can skip anything released since then.

After the jump, the list of what I’ve covered so far. Then it’s up to you to post suggestions in the comments. Thanks!

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Link roundup for the last few weeks

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

March has been a busy month for me, with a trip to Austin for the South By Southwest Film Festival, thence to Houston to visit friends, thence to a private hospital in Zurich for a few “procedures.” The last one of these link roundups I posted was March 2, so here’s pretty much everything that’s happened since then.

(Also: Snide Remarks will be back this week after two weeks off.)


“Casa de Mi Padre” B+
“Coriolanus” B
“Friends with Kids” B+
“The Hunger Games” B
“Jeff, Who Lives at Home” B+
“John Carter” C+
“The Raid: Redemption” B+
“Silent House” B+
“21 Jump Street” B

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“Bernie” B
“The Cabin in the Woods” A
“Fat Kid Rules the World” A-
“Funeral Kings” B+
“God Bless America” B-
“REC 3: Genesis” B-
“Sinister” B+
“Somebody Up There Likes Me” B
“The Tall Man” C

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Eric’s Bad Movies: “Slappy and the Stinkers” (1998), starring Bronson Pinchot, children, and a seal.

What’s the Big Deal?: “Nanook of the North” (1922) / “Patton” (1970).

Re-Views: “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” (2002) / “Million Dollar Baby” (2004).

Random column: What Household Items Will Become Movies After the Board Games Are Used Up?

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Snide Remarks: “Bathroom of Terror” — In which brief but awful things occur.

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider: The usual nonsense. [MovieBS] or [iTunes]

In the Dark: Subscribe to this weekly e-mail and get all the latest movie reviews, DVD releases, and other pertinent info delivered to your electronic mailbox. [Eric D. Snider’s In the Dark]

Twitter: @EricDSnider

Weekly link roundup – Feb. 25-March 2

Sunday, March 4th, 2012


“The Lorax” (C+)
“Project X” (D-)
“Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” (B) []

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Eric’s Bad Movies: “Tentacles” (1977), starring John Huston, Shelley Winters, Shelley Winters’ giant hat, and an octopus. []

Re-Views: “The Next Best Thing” (2000), starring Madonna and Rupert Everett, continues to not be a very good movie. []

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider: We celebrated our 100th episode by reviewing some movies and playing a game, as mandated by the Constitution. [MovieBS] or [iTunes]

In the Dark: Subscribe to this weekly e-mail and get all the latest movie reviews, DVD releases, and other pertinent info delivered to your electronic mailbox. [Eric D. Snider’s In the Dark]

Twitter: @EricDSnider

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Gawker went to Netflix and gathered the worst user reviews of the Best Picture nominees. These are good things to read if you want to lose all faith in humanity (again). [Gawker]

For some reason, here is my pal Matt Patches having a staring contest with Paul Dano. [YouTube/]

In a similar vein, here’s my other pal Chase Whale being abused by Tim and Eric. [YouTube]

The dapper and gentlemanly James Rocchi gets all level-headed over Lou Dobbs’ claim that “The Lorax” is indoctrinating kids to hate capitalism. [MSN Movies]

Brian Salisbury eviscerates “Project X” with more humor and vitriol than I did. [Film School Rejects]

A Russian cat with weird ears and weirder posture watches “Star Wars.” [YouTube]

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