How to Get the Maximum Enjoyment from a Movie You "Kinda" Want to See

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Reader Comments (21)

Darn, I must have fallen asleep before that funny part. I only saw the boring part.

The theory of negative respect works really well with reviews on IMDB. First you judge the reviewer by their writing, then you judge the movie by either the reviewer's opinion or its opposite depending how you judged the reviewer.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRavenBlack

It makes a creepy lot of sense. Also, I loved the negative respect part.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterR4tK1ng

I think movie makers tried to hard with Prometheus.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAidan

I know when I read movie reviews, I don't worry so much if the reviewer liked it as much as what the reviewer said about it. Frequently when the reviewer dislikes a movie, I think it sounds like fun :)

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristina L

What's his name (Jensen?) may almost have a point there in the first panel. Sometimes you need to see a movie on the big screen to appreciate how the big screen experience doesn't save it.

Haven't seen this movie, but you've reminded me to put it on my Netflix queue.

December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

In order to help B.I. expand its number of fans I'm now gonna go tell my highbrow friends (who all think I'm stupid) that this is the first comic I've found that I've never enjoyed, that oughta get them all to check it out...

December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Andersson

I was constantly wondering: "Why is Stringer Bell a spaceship pilot?" ;D

December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

"Stringer Bell"? Is that the guy who invented the tin can telephone?

December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCzernobog

OKay, I can't believe you made Scott do the quotation marks thing with his fingers.

Idris Elba was the only good thing in that movie. Kind of like how Tilda Swinton was the only good thing in the first Narnia movie.

December 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjsc

Seriously - I wasn't terribly bothered by the inconsistent behavior of various characters in the movie, or it's apparently incoherent plot - I'm willing to chance that it's the first part of a trilogy, setting up mysteries that'll be resolved in later movies.

What DID annoy me, as an example of brain-dead amateurish film-making, was the scene after the revived alien wakes up and rips the android's head off, the alien ship takes off for earth, the human crew sucks it up and knocks the alien ship out of the sky, it hits the ground going a hundred miles and hour, rolling like a hula hoop until it finally topples over, Shaw clambers back into the crashed ship and roots around until she finds the cockpit - Where the android's unsecured head and body are EXACTLY WHERE THEY FELL AFTER THE WERE DISCARDED BY THE MURDEROUS ALIEN.

Really ?

December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSnagg

I liked Prometheus so screwble you all. It was a good fillum, especially in 3D.

December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMilton Shadwick

Siskel and Ebert TRASHED Terminator 2 on the grounds that the theme of "crazy/emotional woman is actually right" had been done before.
If we couldn't like movies that were variations on themes, the theme of "scary machine/monster has to be stopped or it will kill us all" has been done WAY more times than "crazy/emotional woman is right"

I have a friend who is very intelligent and funny, but if he likes a movie, I will hate it, and usually vice versa. Just how it goes - I wait to hear his opinion on lots of movies I'm not sure of, and decide accordingly.

December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Thanks for posting a comic on Christmas Eve Scott. I wish you and Missy a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

Usually I like the same movies Roger Ebert likes, unless they are the kinds of movies I avoid, period. (I'm through with serial-killer movies no matter how good they are.) R.E. really liked PROMETHEUS, but I mostly kept thinking, while watching it, that ALIEN was much much better. SPOILER ALERT -- I did think it was rather sweet that Shaw turned out to be Alien's grandma. Awww.

December 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Since Jensen and Fictional Scott have diametrically opposed tastes in movies, I would be fascinated to learn how Jensen can possibly justify liking "Howard The Duck". Unless of course Scott likes it...? Which would be even better!

December 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMad Dan Eccles

I hate to say this, but Jensen isn't even in this comic.

Or any of the comics.

December 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDekord

@Snagg I've lately been reading the "Lost Fleet" mil-sf novels by "Jack Campbell" and they occasionally mention the "inertial dampers" or "dampeners", I forget, without which, when a starship accelerates fast, all the crew become a thin smear on he rear wall. So I guess if the dampener field is still running in your compartment until the crash is over, then stuff is still where you put it. Maybe.

There is an occasional TV show that shows movie continuity mistakes. But y‰ou have a case of too much continuity.

Continuity in BI, hmm... whenever Rick appears as the "Moon Emperor", it is the original design Rick, with long hair? Uh-oh!

December 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

I totally get the ambivalence to deciding to see Prometheus. I'm not really into horror movies either, but it seemed interesting so I gave it a shot.

I thought it looked great, had a great cast...and just felt really off. IDK, normally I don't think I can tell when scenes have been cut or slashed, but it really felt like I was missing important bits that explained why anybody did, well, anything they did in that movie.

The advice in the fourth panel seems the only sensible route here I guess!

December 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKieran

"negative respect" might qualify as "despect", IMO...

Prometheus wasn't that bad, just some weirdly over-cliched characters and too many unresolved (not "intentionally vague or ambiguous") story and plot points... Nice too see some old questions from "Alien" revisited, though! Also the best android role in the franchise.

December 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHs

yeah ive done the same thing, so many game magazines and movie reviewers are terrible at their job. You really can learn to pick up on the subtext if you as to how much you will enjoy a movie based on not only what others say but how they say it.

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdarkvision

Laughed so hard at this...so true, I skipped it in theaters, thinking it was just going for horror. Then I picked up the 3D bluray and watched it, was so disappointed. The 'horror' parts ended up being more comedy, and the rest was just...saddening. The very opening scene was pretty awesome in 3D though!

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNefrai

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