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02.29.2016

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Director Alex Proyas isn't too happy about those negative GODS OF EGYPT reviews. Yesterday the filmmaker went on a lengthy tirade on Facebok against critics of his mythological fantasy adventure, as well as movie reviewers in general. In his post (which you can read in full below), Proyas called film critics, among other things, "deranged idiots" and "less than worthless."

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Than reading reviews of my own movies. I usually try to avoid the experience - but this one takes the cake. Often, to my great amusement, a critic will mention my past films in glowing terms, when at the time those same films were savaged, as if to highlight the critic's flawed belief of my descent into mediocrity. You see, my dear fellow FBookers, I have rarely gotten great reviews… on any of my movies, apart from those by reviewers who think for themselves and make up their own opinions. Sadly those type of reviewers are nearly all dead. Good reviews often come many years after the movie has opened. I guess I have the knack of rubbing reviewers the wrong way - always have. This time of course they have bigger axes to grind - they can rip into my movie while trying to make their mainly pale asses look so politically correct by screaming "white-wash!!!” like the deranged idiots they all are. They fail to understand, or chose to pretend to not understand what this movie is, so as to serve some bizarre consensus of opinion which has nothing to do with the movie at all. That’s ok, this modern age of texting will probably make them go the way of the dinosaur or the newspaper shortly - don't movie-goers text their friends with what they thought of a movie?

Seems most critics spend their time trying to work out what most people will want to hear. How do you do that? Why these days it is so easy... just surf the net to read other reviews or what bloggers are saying - no matter how misguided an opinion of a movie might be before it actually comes out. Lock a critic in a room with a movie no one has even seen and they will not know what to make of it. Because contrary to what a critic should probably be they have no personal taste or opinion, because they are basing their views on the status quo. None of them are brave enough to say “well I like it” if it goes against consensus. Therefore they are less than worthless. Now that anyone can post their opinion about anything from a movie to a pair of shoes to a hamburger, what value do they have - nothing. Roger Ebert wasn’t bad. He was a true film lover at least, a failed film-maker, which gave him a great deal of insight. His passion for film was contagious and he shared this with his fans. He loved films and his contribution to cinema as a result was positive. Now we have a pack of diseased vultures pecking at the bones of a dying carcass. Trying to peck to the rhythm of the consensus. I applaud any film-goer who values their own opinion enough to not base it on what the pack-mentality say is good or bad.

Now, I don't completely agree or disagree with what Proyas said, and he does make a few good points. But I do wonder if he still would have gone off on critics if his latest movie had performed better in its opening weekend, and I also highly doubt that we'll be looking back at GODS OF EGYPT as an underappreciated film or an overlooked classic. What are your thoughts on Proyas' rant against movie critics?

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3:50AM on 03/01/2016
I do think Alex Proyas makes some interesting points though. I have been hounded on boards for disagreeing that The Force Awakens was a good movie. And I think he is spot on with the comment about independent thought which is something that should be admired and not to be confused with trolling.
I think the overall problem we have now is that the internet has lead to the over exposure of opinions where as before you would usually just talk to friends and family about a film. But
I do think Alex Proyas makes some interesting points though. I have been hounded on boards for disagreeing that The Force Awakens was a good movie. And I think he is spot on with the comment about independent thought which is something that should be admired and not to be confused with trolling.
I think the overall problem we have now is that the internet has lead to the over exposure of opinions where as before you would usually just talk to friends and family about a film. But unfortunately these comments or criticisms are now finding their way to the filmmakers themselves so I can understand in some cases why a film maker would blow off some steam. I think we all need to remember that Film is art, it either works for you or it doesn't. There is no right or wrong answer.
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7:40AM on 03/01/2016
I disagree with both points:
1) Before the internet, people would pay attention to the critics from their newspaper or whoever was on TV. Nowadays, the general public has a better understanding on how to review a movie or at least how to tell one is good or bad.
2) Art is subjective, but film is different than the other arts because the product reflects the effort. If you see a painting that's not very detailed, it means that the painter did it on purpose. If you see a movie with bad
I disagree with both points:
1) Before the internet, people would pay attention to the critics from their newspaper or whoever was on TV. Nowadays, the general public has a better understanding on how to review a movie or at least how to tell one is good or bad.
2) Art is subjective, but film is different than the other arts because the product reflects the effort. If you see a painting that's not very detailed, it means that the painter did it on purpose. If you see a movie with bad performances, plot, camera work, etc. it means the filmmaker either failed or didn't try at all.
8:00AM on 03/02/2016
The point being Vits is that before the Internet,yeh filmmakers would read critics reviews and would probably mutter under their breath 'D*ck' . But now with the invention of social media filmmakers are exposed to the general public on a more direct level. Hence the very public rants by film makers.

secondly : With regards to the the second point. I still disagree. I have seen films well crafted with a good understanding of the tools at hand but has failed on so many other levels. How ever
The point being Vits is that before the Internet,yeh filmmakers would read critics reviews and would probably mutter under their breath 'D*ck' . But now with the invention of social media filmmakers are exposed to the general public on a more direct level. Hence the very public rants by film makers.

secondly : With regards to the the second point. I still disagree. I have seen films well crafted with a good understanding of the tools at hand but has failed on so many other levels. How ever I have seen films where the Acting has not been great and still managed to be a good film / entertaining. 'Starship Troopers' for example.
Terrible acting but it worked for that type of movie.

Do you take a childs painting who has no understanding of the tools or material and class the painting as a masterpiece because of the effort that was put into it??
12:50AM on 03/01/2016

aw, the poor baby has a sore ass.

Anyone who makes any comment that states opinion - criticism or praise - is a "critic". Even the bloggers he suggests people listen to. Even the friends who say something to other friends. If your movie comes out and a critic says it sucks, it's usually because they think it sucks. I use the overall average of review(s) as a directional compass to let me know what I'm going in for. Nothing more.
Anyone who makes any comment that states opinion - criticism or praise - is a "critic". Even the bloggers he suggests people listen to. Even the friends who say something to other friends. If your movie comes out and a critic says it sucks, it's usually because they think it sucks. I use the overall average of review(s) as a directional compass to let me know what I'm going in for. Nothing more.
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7:34PM on 02/29/2016

Sounds like bitter ranting to me....

...first off, I'm one of those who likes a lot of Mr. Proyas' films. The Crow, Knowing, I Robot ( had little to do with Asimov's book but was very entertaining with a great Sequence by Will Smith explaining why he hates robots) and especially Dark City, which I consider his best film and far better in the ' illusion vs reality' genre than The Matrix and its clones. However, I think this is a case of a filmmaker too close to a project to view it with any kind of objectivity. Like the saying
...first off, I'm one of those who likes a lot of Mr. Proyas' films. The Crow, Knowing, I Robot ( had little to do with Asimov's book but was very entertaining with a great Sequence by Will Smith explaining why he hates robots) and especially Dark City, which I consider his best film and far better in the ' illusion vs reality' genre than The Matrix and its clones. However, I think this is a case of a filmmaker too close to a project to view it with any kind of objectivity. Like the saying goes....' the film is like your child, and when everyone's dumping on it you strike back'. the other thing I take from his rant is this streak of ' elitism' that we, as the so called ' Great Unwashed' should be honoured, spellbound, and gladly fork over OUR hard earned $$$$ to watch a worthless piece of dead on arrival crap. Sorry, Mr Proyas. Roger Ebert was a big supporter of Dark City, and taught a class on it, so of COURSE you're going to be sympathetic towards those who laud your work. That's only human. But, to us ' Great Unwashed' out here, there's only one way we vote - with our wallets. If your theory of Critics destroying films was true, then every Adam Sandler film would have lost money ( and I can't stand Adam Sandler) Where I agree with you is the whole ' Whitewash' argument - since when has that stopped Hollywood from making 'whitewashed' swords and sandal epics with whites everywhere? Ten Commandments? Ben Hur? The Robe? Greatest Story Ever told? ... if it walks like a dud, and talks like a dud ( scottish brogue and all - really Gerard...who gives you these scripts?) and has the films director ranting in public forums about it........oh well.
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7:23PM on 02/29/2016
It's funny how directors never go off about the inadequacies and shortcomings of film reviews when their movie is actually good. Gee, I wonder why LOL
It's funny how directors never go off about the inadequacies and shortcomings of film reviews when their movie is actually good. Gee, I wonder why LOL
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6:31PM on 02/29/2016

Well Mr Proyas consider me a braindead critic

I loved 'The Crow' and 'Dark City'....everything after that sucked. Guess im just one those mindless twitter zombies that are trying to kill your box office, poor you.
I loved 'The Crow' and 'Dark City'....everything after that sucked. Guess im just one those mindless twitter zombies that are trying to kill your box office, poor you.
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5:34PM on 02/29/2016
Well that was well said, *clap*. The movie does look like a turd though, sorry breh.
Well that was well said, *clap*. The movie does look like a turd though, sorry breh.
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4:59PM on 02/29/2016
Gods of Egypt was shit and deserved to flop. Make better movies you crybaby bitch.
Gods of Egypt was shit and deserved to flop. Make better movies you crybaby bitch.
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3:06PM on 02/29/2016

i dont have a blog or critic column

all I have is a GODS ticket stub and a bad taste in my mouth. muddled FXs, terrible lines and the fact that it played out like watching someone else play God of War for two hours may be the reason it was panned. I don't tell people whether or not to see a film. its your money. I'm just saying, most of those poor reviews weren't far off the mark. and for the record, I loved the Crow and Dark City.
all I have is a GODS ticket stub and a bad taste in my mouth. muddled FXs, terrible lines and the fact that it played out like watching someone else play God of War for two hours may be the reason it was panned. I don't tell people whether or not to see a film. its your money. I'm just saying, most of those poor reviews weren't far off the mark. and for the record, I loved the Crow and Dark City.
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3:04PM on 02/29/2016

I read reviews but take few seriously.

Yes he sounds a sulky fucker but he is speaking the truth.
I think some reviewers forget they're reviewing a low budget sci fi movie and try and review on the same scale they would The Godfather or something. Then on the flip they review a big budget blockbuster like they funded the fucking thing themselves. Then you have the flip like Mr Maidy on this site who is determined to love every film everyone else hates... OK, I find it infuriating but at least he is something different. Happy medium
Yes he sounds a sulky fucker but he is speaking the truth.
I think some reviewers forget they're reviewing a low budget sci fi movie and try and review on the same scale they would The Godfather or something. Then on the flip they review a big budget blockbuster like they funded the fucking thing themselves. Then you have the flip like Mr Maidy on this site who is determined to love every film everyone else hates... OK, I find it infuriating but at least he is something different. Happy medium people!

I must say this film does look tripe though and I doubt I will ever see it, even on Netflix.
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2:34PM on 02/29/2016
Uwe Boll, Josh Trank and now Alex Proyas has lost their shit about reviews or how their material has been disrespected. I can see his points as well, but how is someone that's been in the business for so long, think an audience will be there for something like this.
Uwe Boll, Josh Trank and now Alex Proyas has lost their shit about reviews or how their material has been disrespected. I can see his points as well, but how is someone that's been in the business for so long, think an audience will be there for something like this.
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2:33PM on 02/29/2016
I loved knowing. Brilliant. I robot is pretty great, really layered for mainstream Hollywood will smith film. Dark city. Crows over rated but fine. Point being, this looked like the worst possible cartooned lame version of 300 to date. At least do sci fi like Jupiter ascending. Maybe that's just the marketing, but I was disappointed when I saw his name attached to this
I loved knowing. Brilliant. I robot is pretty great, really layered for mainstream Hollywood will smith film. Dark city. Crows over rated but fine. Point being, this looked like the worst possible cartooned lame version of 300 to date. At least do sci fi like Jupiter ascending. Maybe that's just the marketing, but I was disappointed when I saw his name attached to this
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2:34PM on 02/29/2016
And I haven't seen it, but ALLLL the reviews confirmed that it wasn't just marketing
And I haven't seen it, but ALLLL the reviews confirmed that it wasn't just marketing
2:03PM on 02/29/2016

Who gives a fuck about reviews...

Honestly. If your a filmmaker who gives a fuck make the movies you wanta make thats the whole art of it yes you're going to get tons of hate. Sadly people don't like these kind of films, IDK why and IDK why they are so hard to make either. Greek Myth films should be cake and awesome. I haven't seen this movie yet. I know when I do this week I'm sure it'll be awesome I love Alex's films alot he makes truly awesome movies. I haven't seen one bad film of his. Dark City is prob the greatest sci-fi
Honestly. If your a filmmaker who gives a fuck make the movies you wanta make thats the whole art of it yes you're going to get tons of hate. Sadly people don't like these kind of films, IDK why and IDK why they are so hard to make either. Greek Myth films should be cake and awesome. I haven't seen this movie yet. I know when I do this week I'm sure it'll be awesome I love Alex's films alot he makes truly awesome movies. I haven't seen one bad film of his. Dark City is prob the greatest sci-fi film of my time, and sadly nobody sees it as that. The Crow was brilliant too, garage days was a fun ass movie too, Knowing had some of the craziest most intense scenes put to film and a crazy ass ending. He makes fun thinking movies. IDK maybe the CGI in this put people off I'll admit the CGI looks cheesy as fuck but hell thats what makes a movie sometimes awesome. use your own mind, I'll always watch a film by Alex, I hope this doesn't deter him from not making films anymore. Maybe he should just do small scale movies like Dark City, The Crow, Garage Days.
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2:33PM on 02/29/2016
Tell that to the studios that lose money because a film is destroyed by reviewers. You may but care, but a lot of money is lost by bad reviews.
Tell that to the studios that lose money because a film is destroyed by reviewers. You may but care, but a lot of money is lost by bad reviews.
1:49PM on 02/29/2016

People don't give two fucks about reviews... Own up to your shitty movie.

No offense Joblo writers, but you can give Adam Sandler movies 0/10 scores and they will make back millions. Highly acclaimed, 10/10 movies like Room will also be seen by NOBODY because it just doesn't interest as many people. The problem here is not with reviewers, that is as bad as blaming pirates (this movie was even only pirated 200,000 times over the weekend as reported by the trackers). When a movie doesn't hit 1 million pirated copies, you know you have a shitty movie on your hand. This
No offense Joblo writers, but you can give Adam Sandler movies 0/10 scores and they will make back millions. Highly acclaimed, 10/10 movies like Room will also be seen by NOBODY because it just doesn't interest as many people. The problem here is not with reviewers, that is as bad as blaming pirates (this movie was even only pirated 200,000 times over the weekend as reported by the trackers). When a movie doesn't hit 1 million pirated copies, you know you have a shitty movie on your hand. This asshat needs to own up to his horrible film, put it behind him and move onto something else. Stop blaming everyone but the people involved.
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1:18PM on 02/29/2016

I agree with him

But for different reasons. However, he doesn't help his case by suggesting that the only critics "who think for themselves" are the ones who have delivered good reviews. That is no more than an opinion. An indignant, illogical, deluded opinion. Still there can be no doubt that most critics bring a giant vat of worthless bias to their reviews.
But for different reasons. However, he doesn't help his case by suggesting that the only critics "who think for themselves" are the ones who have delivered good reviews. That is no more than an opinion. An indignant, illogical, deluded opinion. Still there can be no doubt that most critics bring a giant vat of worthless bias to their reviews.
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1:04PM on 02/29/2016
I agree with him to an extent. The concept that only drama, symbolic, thought provoking movies should be the only movies worth anything has become an issue in my opinion. Personally, I like mindless movies from time to time.
Take Transformers. I loved the first one. As a whole it's a pretty good movie. Now, the next 3 movies have moments I enjoy enough to like them but by no means are they good movies. They entertain me enough when I fast forward the filler, but they aren't good movies.
I agree with him to an extent. The concept that only drama, symbolic, thought provoking movies should be the only movies worth anything has become an issue in my opinion. Personally, I like mindless movies from time to time.
Take Transformers. I loved the first one. As a whole it's a pretty good movie. Now, the next 3 movies have moments I enjoy enough to like them but by no means are they good movies. They entertain me enough when I fast forward the filler, but they aren't good movies. Granted I would love a little more effort in the writing dept but I won't hold my breath.
Now take Deadpool. It's a great movie and the success is showing, but lets face it, it's not some Oscar contending movie either. It's meant to entertain and obviously has succeeded where Gods of Egypt has not.
The point is, some movies are meant to entertain while others are meant to get you thinking. The idea that one or the other is the only right answer is insane. I don't want to live in a world where only thought provoking drama films are the only movies allowed to be made. I work 44 hrs a week, sometimes 52hrs and some days a mindless flick is just what I need.
The over analysing of these mindless movies by Critics is getting out of hand. By all means, enjoy quality made films, there is nothing wrong with liking drama films. Not every movie needs to be over-thought nor is there anything wrong with enjoying a movie for what it is. So on that I agree with the Director.
However, as I stated, the trailers have now drawn me in to see his film, sooooo...it's not all the Critics fault for negative reviews but I do agree that Critics need to stop looking for issues on movies made solely to entertain...unless they fail at entertaining.
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1:29PM on 02/29/2016
Ummm... Movies of ALL genres get good reviews, even action movies. DEADPOOL has been praised by critics as much audiences. That means that if GODS OF EGYPT and the TRANSFORMERS movies weren't praised, it's because they failed even by popcorn entertainment standars.
Ummm... Movies of ALL genres get good reviews, even action movies. DEADPOOL has been praised by critics as much audiences. That means that if GODS OF EGYPT and the TRANSFORMERS movies weren't praised, it's because they failed even by popcorn entertainment standars.
2:51PM on 02/29/2016
Well Transformers didn't fail per se. Audiences still went to see it regardless of reviews. Gods of Egypt isn't getting the $$$ nor the audiences which is why it is failing.
Well Transformers didn't fail per se. Audiences still went to see it regardless of reviews. Gods of Egypt isn't getting the $$$ nor the audiences which is why it is failing.
4:02PM on 02/29/2016
But Proyas isn't complaining about the money; he's complaining about the reviews.
But Proyas isn't complaining about the money; he's complaining about the reviews.
1:01PM on 02/29/2016
Good points from one of today's worst directors. I think we all know by now the only good film he ever made was a happy accident, except him... Poor guy, this rant just turned him into the new Uwe Boll.
Good points from one of today's worst directors. I think we all know by now the only good film he ever made was a happy accident, except him... Poor guy, this rant just turned him into the new Uwe Boll.
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12:42PM on 02/29/2016

Well here's a blatant lie for you

"Often, to my great amusement, a critic will mention my past films in glowing terms, when at the time those same films were savaged, as if to highlight the critic's flawed belief of my descent into mediocrity."

No dude, I'm sorry but they didn't. The Crow and Dark City both got very good reviews upon their initial release. The Crow got great reviews from Roger Ebert, The New York Times,The Washington Post, Variety, etc. etc. Dark City got slightly more mixed reviews but still some pretty
"Often, to my great amusement, a critic will mention my past films in glowing terms, when at the time those same films were savaged, as if to highlight the critic's flawed belief of my descent into mediocrity."

No dude, I'm sorry but they didn't. The Crow and Dark City both got very good reviews upon their initial release. The Crow got great reviews from Roger Ebert, The New York Times,The Washington Post, Variety, etc. etc. Dark City got slightly more mixed reviews but still some pretty glowing ones, including a four star reviews from Richard Corliss of TIME and Roger Ebert who later listed it as one of the best movies of the yea. See, your good movies actually did get good reviews, it's just that your new ones suck.
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12:27PM on 02/29/2016
I started reading this expecting to bust out laughing at what he said, but instead I ended up agreeing with almost all of it.
I started reading this expecting to bust out laughing at what he said, but instead I ended up agreeing with almost all of it.
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12:20PM on 02/29/2016
This movie looks like more like a video game rather than an actual movie.
This movie looks like more like a video game rather than an actual movie.
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11:34AM on 02/29/2016
While I'm not going to defend the film per se, he might have a bit of a point about the collective mentality and how it influences film critics. I definitely think he is right about the whole Whitewashing thing.
While I'm not going to defend the film per se, he might have a bit of a point about the collective mentality and how it influences film critics. I definitely think he is right about the whole Whitewashing thing.
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11:10AM on 02/29/2016
I haven't seen the film and certainly won't be spending the money on it. The trailers for it were among the very worst I have ever seen. It just looks awful. If anything, I am surprised at some of the reviews that merely said it was silly, and not an incredible waste of time.

It looked that bad, and I skew very far into nerdy fantasy geek and popcorn flick fan territory.
I haven't seen the film and certainly won't be spending the money on it. The trailers for it were among the very worst I have ever seen. It just looks awful. If anything, I am surprised at some of the reviews that merely said it was silly, and not an incredible waste of time.

It looked that bad, and I skew very far into nerdy fantasy geek and popcorn flick fan territory.
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10:55AM on 02/29/2016
Pretty sure Roger Ebert would have given this movie two thumbs down..waaaayyyyyyyyyy down.
Pretty sure Roger Ebert would have given this movie two thumbs down..waaaayyyyyyyyyy down.
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12:35PM on 02/29/2016
Precedent isn't on your side. Of the five Proyas films he actually reviewed, he gave two of them (Knowing and Dark City) his highest possible review of four stars, he gave The Crow three and a half, and Garage Days three stars. The only one he seemed to consider mediocre or average was I Robot, which he gave two stars.
Precedent isn't on your side. Of the five Proyas films he actually reviewed, he gave two of them (Knowing and Dark City) his highest possible review of four stars, he gave The Crow three and a half, and Garage Days three stars. The only one he seemed to consider mediocre or average was I Robot, which he gave two stars.
1:30PM on 02/29/2016
Adam From Ohio: No wonder he insults most critics except for the one who praised most of his work.
Adam From Ohio: No wonder he insults most critics except for the one who praised most of his work.
10:15AM on 02/29/2016

Want better reviews?

Here's a thought...make better movies. Mediocre filmmakers love to blame critics for their own problems.
Here's a thought...make better movies. Mediocre filmmakers love to blame critics for their own problems.
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10:00AM on 02/29/2016
I agree with him to a point, but critics have always been quick to ride a bandwagon. This isn't something new. Look at what happened with Citizen Kane. But I do think that critics today are far more fan boyish due to the fact that anyone with an Internet connection is now a professional critic.
I agree with him to a point, but critics have always been quick to ride a bandwagon. This isn't something new. Look at what happened with Citizen Kane. But I do think that critics today are far more fan boyish due to the fact that anyone with an Internet connection is now a professional critic.
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9:59AM on 02/29/2016
Mr. Proyas,

I am sorry people didn't like your movie. I understand how you feel. People are paid to be nasty critics. Do you know why American Idol is being cancelled? Because the judges are too nice. Everyone is a "great talent" with a "beautiful voice" no matter how badly they sing. People want to hear somebody say how bad something is. The result is that everything is either the greatest movie ever or complete crap. And it hurts to be told that your movie is complete crap. I
Mr. Proyas,

I am sorry people didn't like your movie. I understand how you feel. People are paid to be nasty critics. Do you know why American Idol is being cancelled? Because the judges are too nice. Everyone is a "great talent" with a "beautiful voice" no matter how badly they sing. People want to hear somebody say how bad something is. The result is that everything is either the greatest movie ever or complete crap. And it hurts to be told that your movie is complete crap. I understand. It's as if we all went to school and everybody either got an A+ or an F. The people who got A+ would feel they were God's gift all the time while the people with Fs would feel like shit. It makes no sense but that's how the fans rate movies. In reality, most movies are mediocre. They don't have to be masterpieces. I saw Brett Ratner's Hercules on HBO and I thought it was a good film and I will probably feel the same way about Gods of Egypt.

Sincerely,

Martin Phipps
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9:27AM on 02/29/2016

Despite a

What is Proyas really trying to say? His movie, despite not really being based on anything truly historical, white washed almost an entire region. If blacks and Middle Eastern people were the gods of Clash of the Titans, people would be pissed, so how is this any different? Also, good reviews come years after a movie is released? Since when? Sure, some films develop a cult following (Fight Club, Blade Runner) after the fact, but a majority of films nowadays, that are indeed good, get praise
What is Proyas really trying to say? His movie, despite not really being based on anything truly historical, white washed almost an entire region. If blacks and Middle Eastern people were the gods of Clash of the Titans, people would be pissed, so how is this any different? Also, good reviews come years after a movie is released? Since when? Sure, some films develop a cult following (Fight Club, Blade Runner) after the fact, but a majority of films nowadays, that are indeed good, get praise prior to release and/or during. I'm so happy this movie flopped as bad as it did.
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9:09AM on 02/29/2016

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Listen, I agree to him to a degree. First off, A) yes i know this movie is "bad" but B) watching the trailer, It wasn't trying to hide what it was. I can go and watch a movie and turn my brain off for 2 hours. Not every movie needs to be this transcendant, brilliantly written movie. sometimes, I just wanna see cool shit, happen. This was one of those movies. If you read AITH's review, he basically has the most accurate review of this movie that i've seen.
for some reason, people have stopped
Listen, I agree to him to a degree. First off, A) yes i know this movie is "bad" but B) watching the trailer, It wasn't trying to hide what it was. I can go and watch a movie and turn my brain off for 2 hours. Not every movie needs to be this transcendant, brilliantly written movie. sometimes, I just wanna see cool shit, happen. This was one of those movies. If you read AITH's review, he basically has the most accurate review of this movie that i've seen.
for some reason, people have stopped trying to enjoy movies and instead try to deconstruct a movie to the nth degree. This movie was basically an adventure movie akin to the mummy on steroids. I saw the trailer, and i said ok. Crazy cheesy effects. Gerard Butler overacting, some adventure. Sure im in.
A bad movie to me, is something that does take itself seriously and in the end is not enjoyable AT ALL. This movie wasnt hiding the fact that it was a 5/10 movie.
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8:55AM on 02/29/2016
LOL.. where's Chris Bumbray at? He's talking about you, Chris (errm, people like you). You gave his movie a bad review now he's mad and says you're going to go the way of the dinosaur. Honestly Mr Bumray I thought you were fair compared to some other reviews. The filmmakers should have seen this coming. People get upset when there's hint of race might be changed in comic book movies. So there shouldn't be any surprise when people get upset at having someone's culture and history changed just
LOL.. where's Chris Bumbray at? He's talking about you, Chris (errm, people like you). You gave his movie a bad review now he's mad and says you're going to go the way of the dinosaur. Honestly Mr Bumray I thought you were fair compared to some other reviews. The filmmakers should have seen this coming. People get upset when there's hint of race might be changed in comic book movies. So there shouldn't be any surprise when people get upset at having someone's culture and history changed just so they can sell the movie to a white audience. They should have known better, especially considering the fact Exodus: Gods and Kings just went through the same thing. I guess they thought writing in a token black character would smooth everything over?? He shouldn't get mad at everyone else, get mad at yourself for making a crap movie. I was actually surprised they came in second and made 14M. I thought Triple 9 was going to beat the film.
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8:48AM on 02/29/2016

Jesus! What a baby!

And I'm not saying that as an insulted critic; I'm saying that as an aspiring filmmaker. It's one thing to express yourself regardless of what others think of you; it's another thing to cover your ears and yell just because others don't like your work. Specially if, from an objective point of view, you did a bad job.

"don't movie-goers text their friends with what they thought of a movie?"
So what?

"Lock a critic in a room with a movie no one has even seen and they will not know what to
And I'm not saying that as an insulted critic; I'm saying that as an aspiring filmmaker. It's one thing to express yourself regardless of what others think of you; it's another thing to cover your ears and yell just because others don't like your work. Specially if, from an objective point of view, you did a bad job.

"don't movie-goers text their friends with what they thought of a movie?"
So what?

"Lock a critic in a room with a movie no one has even seen and they will not know what to make of it. Because contrary to what a critic should probably be they have no personal taste or opinion, because they are basing their views on the status quo. None of them are brave enough to say “well I like it” if it goes against consensus. Therefore they are less than worthless."
If that was true, movies would get either a 0 or 100% on R.T. Nothing in between. Also, most critics post their reviews on the same day, so how can they base their opinions on what other critics are saying?
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5:31PM on 02/29/2016
I understand his point and sort of agree with it (did ppl really like Napoleon Dynamite?), but he goes too far. But to answer your question it'd be like hating the ghostbusters movie. Or hating BvS bc of that rumor. Or loving deadpool tho u didn't get it. Larger films often carry baggage - maybe it's a white washed trailer or a director with a sex charge. It's difficult to view the film separately from that at times in a vacuum
I understand his point and sort of agree with it (did ppl really like Napoleon Dynamite?), but he goes too far. But to answer your question it'd be like hating the ghostbusters movie. Or hating BvS bc of that rumor. Or loving deadpool tho u didn't get it. Larger films often carry baggage - maybe it's a white washed trailer or a director with a sex charge. It's difficult to view the film separately from that at times in a vacuum
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