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Phantom Menace review guy takes on Indy and the Crystal Skull

12.23.2011by:

One of my favorite video discoveries of the past few years has been Red Letter Media's lengthy review series of the entire new Star Wars trilogy.

His serial killer gimmick is so-so, and his voice is strange at first, but in his hour and a half long reviews, he has some of the best insights I've ever heard into why exactly the new trilogy was so poor, and how George Lucas has lost his way.

Now he's back with another Lucas-aided tragedy, INDIANA JONES AND THE CRYSTAL SKULL. Even though I didn't mind the film as much as most did, it's a pretty funny breakdown and worth watching if you have the time.

Unfortunately, due to internet black magic, I can't seem to embed it here, so click the video to head over to Red Letter for the two part review.

Extra Tidbit: Strange to say goodbye in an extra tidbit, but this will actually be my last news post on JoBlo.com. It's been a fun couple of years and I've enjoyed reporting, speculating and arguing with the lot of you. Google me if you'd like to keep reading my stuff elsewhere, but always remain a JoBlo loyalist. It's a fantastic fan site in an industry being taken over by corporate interests, and it's been an honor to write here, as I'd been a fan of the site years before I got hired. May the force be with you and all that.

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2:27PM on 12/28/2011
Can't stop the signal Paul! Good luck on your endeavors
Can't stop the signal Paul! Good luck on your endeavors
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5:55PM on 12/25/2011

Goog luck Tassi!

This gets a red rating because of the review video. Ugh, this guy offers no insight, all he does is regurgitate shit that you can read in any random movie forum. He's not funny or witty, he just realizes that preacher to the choir gets you attention.
This gets a red rating because of the review video. Ugh, this guy offers no insight, all he does is regurgitate shit that you can read in any random movie forum. He's not funny or witty, he just realizes that preacher to the choir gets you attention.
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3:51PM on 12/25/2011
It's been a pleasure reading your news posts! I wish you the best =]
It's been a pleasure reading your news posts! I wish you the best =]
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8:46PM on 12/24/2011
I didn't check out the video's i just wanted to say God bless and best of luck to you in your future endeavors. come back from time to time in this here feedback section and let us know how you are doing,you and your articles will be missed. thanks for what you have written for the pasr few years. merry Christmas and a happy new year and new begining's. take care Paul
I didn't check out the video's i just wanted to say God bless and best of luck to you in your future endeavors. come back from time to time in this here feedback section and let us know how you are doing,you and your articles will be missed. thanks for what you have written for the pasr few years. merry Christmas and a happy new year and new begining's. take care Paul
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7:49PM on 12/24/2011

Will miss ya!

Always great articles! Good luck with your new endeavors! May the wings of liberty never loose a feather! Cheers mate!
Always great articles! Good luck with your new endeavors! May the wings of liberty never loose a feather! Cheers mate!
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3:49PM on 12/24/2011

Long Live the Tass Man

Godspeed, good sir. You will be missed more than you know. :)
Godspeed, good sir. You will be missed more than you know. :)
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12:33PM on 12/24/2011
Paul - Thanks for the articles. Always enjoyed reading your opinions in the movie world. Best of luck to you in 2012 and beyond!
Paul - Thanks for the articles. Always enjoyed reading your opinions in the movie world. Best of luck to you in 2012 and beyond!
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11:04AM on 12/24/2011
Goodbye and good luck with all future endeavors, Paul! Thank you for all of your contributions to JoBlo and all of our movie fandom(s)! :)
Goodbye and good luck with all future endeavors, Paul! Thank you for all of your contributions to JoBlo and all of our movie fandom(s)! :)
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10:45AM on 12/24/2011
Wish ya luck Paul. It's been a pleasure reading you on this site.
Wish ya luck Paul. It's been a pleasure reading you on this site.
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7:56AM on 12/24/2011

Read Ya Later

Farewell Monsieur Tassi. I wish you the best of luck for your future projects.
Farewell Monsieur Tassi. I wish you the best of luck for your future projects.
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11:31PM on 12/23/2011
losing Paul, this site's going to take a journalistic hit.
losing Paul, this site's going to take a journalistic hit.
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9:18AM on 12/24/2011
Ha ha ha. You're joking, right?
Ha ha ha. You're joking, right?
11:02PM on 12/23/2011
Paul, goodbye and good luck. You and your insights will be missed!
Paul, goodbye and good luck. You and your insights will be missed!
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9:41PM on 12/23/2011
I'm honestly a little surprised with all of the negative feedback, not just here but on RedLetter's website as well. While this certainly isn't his funniest review (I agree it's a little lazy at times) It's pretty damn insightful and delves into the entire base level concept of why these rehashed films are made, and why they rarely work out.
I'm honestly a little surprised with all of the negative feedback, not just here but on RedLetter's website as well. While this certainly isn't his funniest review (I agree it's a little lazy at times) It's pretty damn insightful and delves into the entire base level concept of why these rehashed films are made, and why they rarely work out.
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8:38PM on 12/23/2011
A Joblo.com without Tassi?
A Joblo.com without Tassi?
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9:29PM on 12/23/2011
I love Christmas...
I love Christmas...
6:13PM on 12/23/2011
Way too long and drawn out. Also not a lot of insight past the obvious surface level failings everyone perceived in the film upon their first viewing.
Way too long and drawn out. Also not a lot of insight past the obvious surface level failings everyone perceived in the film upon their first viewing.
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5:31PM on 12/23/2011

Another spot on analysis

For years before INDY 4 came out I said repeatedly that IF the film had to happen then they absolutely must recast the character. It was the unpopular opinion of the time and I got lambasted for it but time shows that YOU CANNOT AGE THIS CHARACTER! That is the biggest mistake of them all in regards to this film. The character should be made timeless and bigger than any actor who plays it (ie James Bond) and that includes Harrison Ford.
I agree with him as well that they really tamed the film
For years before INDY 4 came out I said repeatedly that IF the film had to happen then they absolutely must recast the character. It was the unpopular opinion of the time and I got lambasted for it but time shows that YOU CANNOT AGE THIS CHARACTER! That is the biggest mistake of them all in regards to this film. The character should be made timeless and bigger than any actor who plays it (ie James Bond) and that includes Harrison Ford.
I agree with him as well that they really tamed the film down essentially dumbing it to make it as inoffensive as possible (as well with their watered down political propaganda) and what was left was an Indy film stuck in 2nd gear the whole time. My opinion: IF they are dead set on making another INDY film recast a 30 something actor in the role and keep Indy in the era we love seeing him in or don't do it at all. The real problem would be finding a director who could fill the beards shoes and I don't think there is a working director out there who could do it (with a possible exception of Abrams). Honestly there's probably some undiscovered director making Youtube videos who knows it better than someone caught in the system but thats a long shot as well.

Also thanks for all the great articles Paul! You have a great sense of humor and you will be missed by the schmoe's!
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5:09PM on 12/23/2011
Meh, I know I'll get thumbs down but this was one of his weaker reviews. This one specifically feels like he really drags out his jokes (Mary Kate & Ashley one to be specific) or just keeps using them again and again and again. I'm not even saying this because I liked Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, its just that this one in particular didnt make me laugh as much as the Star Wars reviews.
Meh, I know I'll get thumbs down but this was one of his weaker reviews. This one specifically feels like he really drags out his jokes (Mary Kate & Ashley one to be specific) or just keeps using them again and again and again. I'm not even saying this because I liked Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, its just that this one in particular didnt make me laugh as much as the Star Wars reviews.
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4:59PM on 12/23/2011

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see ya paul
see ya paul
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4:57PM on 12/23/2011
You will be missed at the X-Mas parties, buddy! ;) Seriously though, wishing you the best with all your future endeavors...spread those wings, baby!
You will be missed at the X-Mas parties, buddy! ;) Seriously though, wishing you the best with all your future endeavors...spread those wings, baby!
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4:46PM on 12/23/2011
Was i the only one who was suffering from ethical feelings, during that masturbating to Mary Kate and Ashley olsen bit?

Besides that ... this was funny...hated this movie as well, but this guy explained it well!
Was i the only one who was suffering from ethical feelings, during that masturbating to Mary Kate and Ashley olsen bit?

Besides that ... this was funny...hated this movie as well, but this guy explained it well!
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4:21PM on 12/23/2011
Good stuff! I laughed out loud at the 'part time' dialog, fracking funny! :)
Good stuff! I laughed out loud at the 'part time' dialog, fracking funny! :)
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3:48PM on 12/23/2011

To Paul Tassi.

Writer, Reviewer, Asshole and Friend. I liked your style. May your words live on and your grammar Nazis find a new love affair. You will always be "that guy that's not Joblo or Chris, or Niki" to me, and you will live on in my cookies. Adieu!
Writer, Reviewer, Asshole and Friend. I liked your style. May your words live on and your grammar Nazis find a new love affair. You will always be "that guy that's not Joblo or Chris, or Niki" to me, and you will live on in my cookies. Adieu!
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3:18PM on 12/23/2011

Awesome

I've been waiting for this one. As much as I love the Star Wars prequels and Indy 4, the Red Letter Media reviews are fantastic. Can't wait to watch this one!

And best wishes to you, Paul.
I've been waiting for this one. As much as I love the Star Wars prequels and Indy 4, the Red Letter Media reviews are fantastic. Can't wait to watch this one!

And best wishes to you, Paul.
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3:13PM on 12/23/2011
Did you make Chairman at a law firm? Where are you going, Paul?
Did you make Chairman at a law firm? Where are you going, Paul?
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3:06PM on 12/23/2011
Good review!

Bye Paul!
Good review!

Bye Paul!
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3:05PM on 12/23/2011

Paul...

Be easy Paul, thanks for writing and good luck elsewhere!
Be easy Paul, thanks for writing and good luck elsewhere!
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3:05PM on 12/23/2011
Bye/Meh.

It's been emotional...
Bye/Meh.

It's been emotional...
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