How to Discuss a Movie Without Spoiling It

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Reader Comments (28)

Oh, that panel 1 killed me!

June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTarun

Hmmm..., Athena (that is her name, right?) likes Evil Dead. I've found that women who like those movies are either really cool, or really creepy. Gotta give the benefit of the doubt :)

June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvilDeadFan

The spoiler is: it turns out the whole movie is crap.

June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZach

Ash from Evil Dead should become part of the Rocket Hat crew, chainsaw arm and all.

June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDemian


June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

Sherlock Holmes? So does something go wrong with the holodeck? I'd love to see a Ship In A Bottle with That Sherlock, replacing Moriarty.

Side note: Into Darkness is awesome.

June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDana

My wife should read this. Ask her about any movie she has seen, and she will automatically blurt out the ending. It's eerily Pavlovian.

June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

Elementary, my dear Spock.

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercfg

KHAN!!! couldn't teach a better class on how to avoid spoiling a movie.

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

Loved the original Evil Dead as well, but I place "Cabinin the Woods" above the remake (sorry Bruce).

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

@Joel: Oh, hilarious!

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNed

Panel 2 is extra funny because Benedict Cumberbatch does play Sherlock Holmes. Did you do that on purpose?

Note from Scott: Yes. I love Sherlock. Anyone reading this who has Netflix and hasn't seen Sherlock should check it out tonight.

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterORione

Preface: I wish a lot more people would adopt my philosophy of judging a movie on whether or not it's entertaining the first time you watch it, and without any prior knowledge of that movie.
My reason being that, if you watch a movie three or four times, you're going to find a lot of the mistakes, plot holes, bad shots, and inconsistencies, and the boring parts will become even more boring. Therefore, in general, the more you see a movie, the less you're going to like it... unless it's nearly perfect. Additionally, if you go online and look at all the reviews, and have all the bad points of a movie pointed out to you before you even go... of COURSE you're going to be resistant toward liking it.

That said, I thought Into Darkness was an awesome movie, too. Just be sure to go when you're relaxed. That movie pounds on your adrenal gland like a hammer, and you might end up a bit exhausted, if you've already been stressed out all day.

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZee

@EvilDeadFan: Read closelier - Athena doesn't like "those movies", she likes "that movie". She may have been unaware of the original movies until Scott mentioned them.

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRichelieu

Personal Opinion, I thought ST: Into Darkness was great, right up until they revealed you know who... then it tainted everything..

Don't get me wrong I love the character and all the stories about him in the past but the whole deal about the ST reboot was to explore alternate storylines and take risks that the old ST didn't do... it was supposed to be fresh and innovative but instead with this movie, the writers only decided to take something they already knew was popular and make a safe movie out of it.. I'm not saying they shouldn't have put that character into a movie for the reboot but when they did it should have waited for the third movie and then not hid it but instead put his name in the title.. ST: Rise of PERSON

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKeldaria

No chance that I'll see the latest Star Trek movie in a theater. Minimal chance that I'll catch it on Netflix at some point. I doubt if having someone spoil the surprise for me would make any difference as to whether I do eventually watch it.

As an habitual blurter of pivotal plot points, though, I can appreciate the difficulty of not giving stuff away. And the final exchange in panel one is perfect.

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

I was a bit divided with Into Darkness on the ending. Even though I loved the movie overall. It's just.. my feelings on the ending were magnified by 10 fold due to all the pre-gaming and during-film alcohol consumed. Afterwards, I was collapsed on the ground, drinking lemoncello, as I raged about it.

But yes, overall, a great film.

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Hey Scott, just finished your novel and I loved it!

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRick S.

"Army of Darkness" rules as the best of that trilogy. A Bruce Campbell classic!
And, I suspect, colored Scott's ideas for his book?...

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

After seeing an Into Darkness trailer, and reading panel 1, I kinda think I know now what's going to happen. Ah well.

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlerk

Did you just ruin the new Star Trek movie for me before I had a chance to go?

I'm going this weekend. It better not have this guy in it.

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Johnson

Now I need to go online and check if Into Darkness has Julian Bashir in it...

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

Star Trek Into Army of Darkness would be a great movie.

He's stranded in 2300 AD and he's low on gas. Set boomsticks to stun.

Oh man, and Bruce Campbell would totally be ripping through skeletons with a chainsaw bat'leth.

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLockeZ

it's still a spoiler. given there's really only one iconic, fondly remembered human antagonist in star trek, I figured who he was immediately

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfg

"Sherlock Holmes"

That's pretty good.

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

I watched Into Darkness in 3d IMAX. So loud! So awesome! I liked the way they suddenly revealed the "big surprise" and everything after that was a twisted version of the story we already knew. It was both nostalgic and exciting and new. My inner nerd was fulfilled.

June 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason

@Keldaria - Yes, ST:ID is a reboot, but it's still the same universe, populated by the same characters. Like it or not, uh, "John Harrison" is an integral part of that universe and the fate of Starfleet. Lots of things have changed and will change because of the destruction of Vulcan (two-year-old spoiler alert?) but this guy isn't going away. And I thought the way he was introduced and integrated into the story was great! Benedict is fantastic.

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChrisJ

As a fan of the original Evil Dead series, I have no desire to ever watch this new one. Without Bruce and his bizarre brand of humor, it's not Evil Dead. Just another generic gross-out movie. Like another commented said, Cabin in the Woods is pretty much the new Evil Dead anyway - love that movie!

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNefrai
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