I am proud to announce that a few CriticNic stickers are on their way! They will be a glossy, round black & white sticker with our mascot Skelena Gomez and the CriticNic.com banner. This is a limited edition run, if there is a demand I’ll order more, but anyone wanting to show your CN support can pre-order a sticker below right now!
I am very excited to announce that I have just added a new online store to the website! This is the very early stages of what I hope will be a full fledged shop. As of right now, you can purchase a few of my picks for DVD’s and Blu-ray’s, which I’m calling “Nic’s Picks.” My picks will change every so often. Then there are some great deals on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as a selection of books that I also think my readers will enjoy.
Note that all of these items are hand picked by myself. It’s my goal to pass on great titles for you to check out that you may not have otherwise known about, or simply just share a good deal with you. If you have any suggestions on categories or other things you’d like to see in the store, please leave a comment below. Happy shopping
I wanted to take a moment to clarify my rating system, as I’m sure readers might often get confused when seeing truly great films get docked a point or two and others, such as “The Half Blood Prince,” get a perfect seven. Basically, when rating, films are compared to standards of their particular genre or class. For example, when rating “The Half Blood Prince,” it’s not being compared to “The Godfather” standards, but rather other teen supernatural dramas. If I were overanalytical and extremely critical of every single thing I watch, quite frankly all the ratings would be low and the reviews would be boring. I take films for what they are, what they aim to be, and how well they execute (or don’t). It would not be fair at all to the filmmakers who put hard work into their particual vision to get ripped in half in reviews because it didn’t reach someone’s unrealistically high standards. So when I give a mumblecore movie a good 6 points out of 7, it doesn’t mean that I enjoyed it as much as “Rio Bravo,” but rather that it was an honest effort that stuck to its guns and was able to entertain at the same time while holding its own amongst its contemporaries. I find this methodology to be relevant to any art form (after all, isn’t that what cinema is?); you shouldn’t say Picasso’s work is terrible because you prefer styles that show more realism.