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I dunno you guys, it seems like Doug's been on a pretty solid kick these past few weeks. All really solid stuff.

My only real complaint with the review is explaining the "pushing the envelope" joke. It would've been funnier had he left it to the audience to realize the pun for themselves.

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4 hours ago, The Pope said:

My only real complaint with the review is explaining the "pushing the envelope" joke. It would've been funnier had he left it to the audience to realize the pun for themselves.

Asking subtlety of Doug Walker is a futile effort.

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I think that was less of an inability for him to be subtle, and more like him being concerned his fans wouldn't have the mental capacity to get the joke.

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That's essentially half the humor in his videos, yeah.  He either feels the need to explain the joke/drag it out longer than needed in the form of a skit, or put up some kind of visual aid which more often than not can actually be more insulting than anything.  I remember not too long ago he made a reference to Lucky the Leprechaun of Lucky Charms cereal in a recent video and actually used a picture of him to go with it, as if to imply we wouldn't know who he is or get the joke without that picture.  There's a fine line between having easily graspable material and talking down to your audience.

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"Talking down to the audience" is a good word for it. A lot of Doug's humor has this weirdly condescending feel to it, which is funny seeing as he isn't super-knowledgeable about film/animation/comedy himself...

Although the Tom and Jerry/Willy Wonka clusterfuck review was actually pretty good. That's the first one I've seen in a while.

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maybe he just saw the raw footage and realized it kinda just looked like a sheet of paper, a problem that could have been fixed by holding it diferently perhaps.

or, you know, maybe Doug Walker is a hack.

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9 hours ago, Fretless said:

 

 

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Apparently Doug doesn't care much for his Odd Life of Timothy Green review, which I find to be, well, odd, considering I find it to be one of his best.

This whole bit just kills me every time. It's a perfect example of Doug actually being subdued for once and just letting his silence and facial expressions give away his bewilderment. That jump back at BA BA BA BA BA BA BA kills me every time.

 

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The review was mostly fine, but really not the best first impression for the revival, mostly because the skits didn't really help wash out the taste of Demo Reel. I would say I wouldn't blame Doug for disliking it if the reviews immediately following it weren't so much worse.

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In terms of some of his immediate follow-ups...

  • Pearl Harbor actually had some good ire...but yeah, the skits fucked it up. And the funny thing is, for the longest time the "official" upload on YouTube had no skits (I think it was League of Super Critics), with all of those parts just excised out. The current upload has them, but without them the review's perfectly fine.
  • Son of the Mask I'd really love if not for the skits, which just come out of nowhere and take up way too much screentime.
  • The King and I...I don't even remember that review.
  • Catwoman...I recall that being okay, but I also recall the skits being unbearable.
  • Cat in the Hat he finds to be one of his very best, and while I wouldn't go that far, it's probably one of the better ones of the immediate era. Even the skits aren't that bad, with the Chart Guys actually being pretty amusing whenever they show up.

Doug's definitely gotten way better with skits over the past few years, in that they're much more sparse or just quick cutaways or before-credits setups. Like, the Monkeybone opening skit was short, to-the-point, and actually pretty funny.

It may be mean to say, but part of it was definitely the transition to Tamara. She's simply far funnier and a far better actress than Rachel, who can almost never drop that shit-eating grin. So glad that "other opportunities" opened up for her.

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Well, aside from the score here (and for me, Swae Lee isn't interesting at all on this song), I think the Rap Critic exposes the flaws of this song perfectly.

Also, what was up with that ending for that Unforgettable music video anyways?

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On 8/10/2017 at 1:53 AM, The Pope said:

 

  • Cat in the Hat he finds to be one of his very best, and while I wouldn't go that far, it's probably one of the better ones of the immediate era. Even the skits aren't that bad, with the Chart Guys actually being pretty amusing whenever they show up.

 

I think my main problem with the skits in the Cat In The Hat one is that it's a shining example of Doug refusing to do more than a bare minimum amount of research. Most of the problems with the movie are a lot more apparent when you know the backstory behind its production (Mike Myers was essentially blackmailed into the lead role, and a good number of the script's more "crude" moments are thanks to his improvization and the fact that he clearly doesn't want to be in a cat costume), but Doug passes almost all of it off as "soulless Hollywood executives trying to sell a film". 

 

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getting blackmailed into a dr suess film sounds like a HELL of a story.

got any videos that DO touch on that?

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That's another one of my problems with Doug, he doesn't do any research whatsoever. He's gone on record saying that a film should be understood solely on its own merits, but I don't think that's an excuse for all the mistakes and wrong assumptions he's made. Just for reference, look at the "Critical Research Failure" list for AVGN on TV Tropes, and then look at the list for the Nostalgia Critic.

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6 hours ago, 2112pk said:

getting blackmailed into a dr suess film sounds like a HELL of a story.

got any videos that DO touch on that?

You'll have to ask NAvery about it since he wrote an article detailing it a couple years back and I haven't found a lot of particular sources myself officially confirming it (you can attribute that to laziness on my part though) but it's still pretty easy to at least gather that Myers was getting pissy over a Dieter movie and that a lot the cat's anarchistic antics are thanks to Myers' improvisation (the kitchen scene, "dirty how"), and yet Doug never once seems to consider the possibility in the review.

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