Citizen Critic

Citizen Critic

Everyone's a critic, but that doesn't make them immune to criticism. From the famously wrong slams on beloved and iconic movies and music, to the humble user reviews of a Chili’s appetizer, Scott Janovitz and Greg Conley take on the hot takes from professionals and amateurs alike.

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January 31, 2020 3 min

Starting February 10th, join musician Scott Janovitz and scientist Greg Conley as they critique the critics of some favorite and iconic movies, music, television, and more. In a world where everyone’s a critic, two heroes will rise, and criticize them.

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With the release of the Harley Quinn movie Birds of Prey and Joker's night at the Oscars, Scott and Greg discuss a review of 1989's Batman, find some interesting DVD and product reviews, and make some Oscar predictions of their own. 

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February 17, 2020 75 min

Scott and Greg dissect critic Rex Reed's deliriously bad take on Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood. Some diners are unimpressed with Muso & Frank's Steakhouse, which is featured in the film, as is El Coyote restaurant, where one couple sampled some uncooked chicken with predictable results.

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February 24, 2020 59 min

Finding The Irishman less than re-watchable, Scott and Greg revisit Martin Scorsese's Casino and are surprised to discover that it, too, was met with middling reviews. A cheap hotel/casino in Las Vegas does nothing for one lodger's sense of self, though another finds comfort in its, uh, hourly patrons.

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March 2, 2020 60 min

As Stephen King's The Outsider wraps up its run on HBO, Greg and Scott look back at Stanley Kubrick's version of The Shining, read some reviews of King's original novel, and check into the hotel that inspired The Overlook. Scott sees an analogy to the film in Greg's account of playing Luigi's Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch.

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March 9, 2020 51 min

Greg and Scott read a Fox News review of Frozen. Greg declares himself mayor of "The Fro-zone." Elsa wigs aren't doing it for some Amazon reviewers, and the fellas confess some controversial music opinions.

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March 16, 2020 60 min

An Australian review of Ford Vs. Ferrari prompts some hard truths about Scott and Greg's talent for accents. Later, a reviewer wants to know whatever became of an old-timey Daytona driver.

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March 23, 2020 44 min

A serious film scholar takes a dignified approach to Return of the Jedi, walking right into the center of the Citizen Critic sweet spot. An NYC bus service gets dinged one star for a minor infraction, and Scott and Greg learn the subtle differences between Chinese and American zoos.

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March 30, 2020 48 min

Celebrating the impending return of Kids In The Hall, Scott and Greg look back at their 1996 film Brain Candy. Amazon users review a placebo pill; others are down on penicillin.

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April 6, 2020 57 min

The hero we deserve, not the one we need. Hey, how about a review of Tiger King from a parenting angle? We need convincing to not watch this with kids. Greg takes some controversial stances. A Big Cat Rescue tour guide has no patience for your children

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April 13, 2020 54 min

Make it heavier, darker, and with more plot twists, and maybe this critic would have liked That Thing You Do! We check out the sights in Erie, PA. And is Tom Hanks a serial killer? Probably not, but maybe?

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April 20, 2020 52 min

Variety explains the joke and kills the comedy. Also, apothecaries! Nipple shields! Motels from hell!

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April 27, 2020 55 min

The L.A. Times wonders if Die Hard With A Vengeance could tone it down just a touch. One woman loses her sunglasses during a "business meeting" in the Central Park Ramble. And a Yelp reviewer recounts a harrowing childhood memory from Yankee Stadium.

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May 11, 2020 45 min

Documentary? One reviewer doesn't even think this is a real band. A review of Stonehenge tips us off to the existence of "Woodhenge."

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May 18, 2020 52 min

Mocumentary Week 2! Never stop never stopping. A user review of the Lonely Island film includes a fantasy of mass death for "liberofascists." A viewer of the Justin Bieber documentary is not impressed with selling out Madison Square Garden(s).

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May 25, 2020 56 min

For the late, great Fred Willard. The third and final installment in our mockumentary series, Best In Show. We'll hear all about the noble art of dog breeding in one user review, and some dissatisfied pet grooming customers tell us what went wrong in troubling detail.

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June 1, 2020 54 min

Kicking off a POWER BLOCK of movies about fictional musicians, it's Almost Famous, a film that doesn't represent the dizzying highs and terrifying lows of the '70s as well as, say, Jacob's Ladder, according to one reviewer. We also check out some reviews of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Pamela DesBarres groupie memoir I'm With The Band.

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June 8, 2020 59 min

We grapple with the beauty and pain of Purple Rain, including the film's faint whiff of misogyny, The Kid's incredible bedroom, Apollonia's 'set,' and Morris Day's braaassss waterbeeeeed. Users review Paisley Park and First Avenue.

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June 15, 2020 55 min

L.A. Weekly says more like "limp soft." Cutting. Incisive. Some people had a rough time of it trying to visit the museum dedicated to Johnny Cash, the primary inspiration for Dewey Cox, as well as Sun Studio.

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This movie requires some suspension of disbelief. While we had some issues like "where did he learn to fly planes," others drew the line at "why does Hitler let Hydra walk all over him?" Everyone's got their limit. Over on Amazon, "Fat Teddy" has some things to say about a Captain America shield.

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