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Web Video: Cinema Sins

CinemaSins is a web series created by Jeremy Scott and Chris Atkinson in 2012, dedicated entirely to pointing out the "sins" in movies. Sins include continuity errors, Critical Research Failures, anything that breaks Willing Suspension of Disbelief, editing mistakes, instances of "Dude, Not Funny!", instances of Idiot Ball or Idiot Plot, plot holes, or just anything the guys can make a snarky joke or reference to. Currently, there are six shows playing on the channel:
  • Everything Wrong With...: Jeremynote  points out all the sins in a particular movie.
  • Conversations with Myself: Through editing, Jeremy has a discussion with Jeremy about a recent movie.
  • Movie Recipes: Jeremy visits the kitchen to make an inedible edible creation, with all the ingredients based on one film.
  • What'$ the Damage? The guys tally up the monetary cost of all the physical and property damage in a movie, not counting human lives (because "that's just morbid").
  • Sin Dissection: Further in-depth explanation of a particular movie sin.
  • Cinema Sins Voicemails - Best of the Hotline: Highlights from the CinemaSins Hotline note , Reinacted by Jeremy or actors

In 2014, a second channel was created, CinemaSins Jeremy. There are currently two series running on this channel:
  • Dear Hollywood: Jeremy writes a letter to Hollywood complaining about particular trends, suggesting improvements for the industry.
  • Before & After Movie Reviews: The guys discuss their expectations for a movie while driving to see it, then give a review after having watched it.

     Movies Covered by CinemaSins: 

The channel itself can be accessed on YouTube here.


Tropes applying to this series:

  • Twenty Minutes into the Future: The narrator pointing out how in Looper, those are clearly 2010s model cars being driven in 2044; that according to Star Trek, "Nokia still has that shitty ringtone 250 years in the future"; and that in Avatar, a film set in the 24th century, Ranger Rick is apparently still a relevant reference.
    • And pointing out how The Running Man predicts we'll still be listening to music on cassettes 30 years later.
  • Accentuate the Negative: Premise of the channel.
  • Action Insurance Gag: A variant: "What'$ the Damage?" keeps a running count on particular movies.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Max Landis, who wrote Chronicle, has seen and enjoyed the CinemaSins video of his movie, calling it "the modern day equivalent of a Friar's Club Roast."
    • Roger Corman is familiar with the channel and challenged them on Twitter to cover one of his movies. They selected Death Race 2000 and sinned it in August 2014.
  • All There in the Manual: The creators absolutely despise this trope in movies, and do not note  ever take the source material into account when counting the sins. In fact, this is used to sin the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug twice for the same scene: first for the eagles not taking the group all the way to their destination, and second for not including even one line of dialog to explain why the eagles don't when doing so would be trivial.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: The Bonus Round in Dragonball: Evolution.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Anyone who gets their sin placed in the crowdsourced Iron Man 3 sins video.
  • Artistic License - Law: From The Wizard of Oz, "How can you order the removal of a dog without any investigation into whether or not it was in fact the same dog that did the biting? For that matter, how do you issue this order but then have the victim carry out the eviction?"
  • Artistic License - Paleontology: In ''King Kong", he calls the Apatosauruses "Brontosauruses". note 
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Adds a sin for the kiss between Leo and Ari in Planet of the Apes, subtitled "Ewww."
  • Bonus Round: Some movies get one, with an arithmetic progression of sins for a single phrase uttered over and over in the movie (Like "Oh God!" for Cloverfield. This can put a movie into the thousands (whereas the average non-bonus film scores about 100).
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: How Movie Recipes often add normal ingredients plus absolutely insane ones. For the most prime example, check out the Braveheart fries video.
  • California Doubling: Called out in The Matrix, in which various signage gives away the fact that the supposedly American locale was actually shot in Australia.
  • Catchphrase: Many, many of them. Mostly to establish links and continuity between videos.
    • "Scene does not contain a lap dance." This one is so iconic they made a T-shirt out of it.
    • invoked "(Actor) isn't (This role or doing this action) in this scene." (i.e. "Liam Neeson isn't killing anyone in this scene", and "Ben Kingsley isn't Gandhi in this scene", "Natalie Portman isn't making out with Mila Kunis in this scene", "Andy Serkis isn't being nominated for an Oscar in this scene")
      • A large subset of this is "(Actress) isn't my girlfriend/wife in this scene."
    • "Discount (actor/actress)." For when a much lower-paid and less-famous actor somewhat resembles a more famous actor.
    • "X is a dick to Y."
    • When a character says something that doesn't make sense, or something that doesn't make sense happens:"What?!"
    • "DC Comics."
    • When there's text on screen, or an Opening Scroll or a shot of a character reading: "Reading."
    • "The Prometheus school of running away from things." (After the Prometheus sins video, in which he described one of the characters trying to avoid a giant toppling structure by just running in the direction it was falling rather than dodging to the side).
      This is exactly how Shaggy and Scooby would try and run from this thing.
    • "This [adjective] [noun] is [same adjective]" (For example, "Convenient rescue is convenient" or "Stupid teaser is stupid.")
    • "Sh*t, there goes HBO." (Any time a satellite is destroyed)
    • "F**king Sprint." (Any time poor streaming is shown)
    • "(Visionary) [genre] director rips off [classic movie]." Sometimes this is used when a director does something they'd done in their own previous work, such as Sam Raimi ripping off the camera work of Evil Dead in Oz: The Great and Powerful.
    • (after a Title Drop) "Roll credits!"
    • "X seconds of opening logos."
    • "<sigh>"note 
    • "X Cliché."
    • For any sunrise: "NAAAAAAAAAAAAANTS ingonyama..."
      • Similarly, whenever an aurora appears, the related clip from The Simpsons is played. note 
    • "We interrupt this [genre] movie to bring you [another movie]." Used plenty in the Thor: The Dark World sins video.
      Fu*k, me... We interrupt this superhero movie to bring you Tangled.
    • (Some off-colornote  remark) "That's racist."
    • "In the not too distant future..."
    • "X ex Machina."
    • "Also, X." (eg. Also, bat credit card.) For when they point out that the way a prop or concept is used is ridiculous, and then point out that the thing is ridiculous in and of itself.
    • "Haven't heard back yet." (Always included in the descriptions of the Dear Hollywood videos, a series dedicated to writing inflammatory letters about the author's pet film peeves.)
    • Variant: If a particular sin is repeated several times in a video, eventually it will get to the point where all the narrator says is "[Beginning of sin description]...aw, f*ck it."
    • "THINGS! EXCITEMENT!" (During big ol' pointless action movie sequences.)
    • "No one who watches the skies for a living notices this sh*t"
    • Whenever an establishing shot comes with a place name like "Paris, France": "In case you confused it with Paris, Texas."
    • "They dragged poor <actor> into this, didn't they?"
    • "The power of boners is stronger," for when a protagonist's powers that have been faulty suddenly work in the presence of a cute girl.
    • "A paradox of Terminator proportions."
    • "And I'm ok with that, and I am not ok with that," for any situation which has a ton of Fridge Logic involved yet is deemed acceptable, such as the son spying on his mother in The Purge or the highly improbable canyon jump in Armageddon.
  • The Cameo: The Honest Trailers guy at the end of the Superman Returns video, Neil deGrasse Tyson in the Gravity episode.
  • Caustic Critic:
  • Compressed Adaptation/Adaptation Induced Plot Hole/Adaptation Explanation Extrication: Particular pet peeves of theirs, and often a big source of sins. To head off fan complaints of "It's explained in the book. Read it", most of their film adaptation videos contain the disclaimer "The Book Does Not Matter;" they critique films, and they believe if a movie cannot stand on its own or feels incomplete because of missing information, then it detracts from its quality, plain and simple.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Most of the sentences. Up to Eleven with Iron Man 2's sentence: "I Took Your Stuff" (How does that make you feel?)
  • Critical Research Failure: Invoked in the Sins video for X2: X-Men United, with the first "Sin" being DC Comics, complete with a buzzer to signify the error.
    • Occasionally played straight, such as labelling alleged plot holes that are actually explained in the film.
    • Naturally, these usually get called out when the film does it.
  • Cuteness Proximity: In a filler video, they spell out that the number one difficulty with releasing videos isn't angry fanboys, apathetic casual viewers, or even the danger of copyright fiascoes. It's Wallace, an ordinary cat.
  • Damsel Scrappy: invoked "Mary Jane is in some type of danger cliche."
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: "Masturbation cam."
  • Deadpan Snarker: A lot!
  • Department of Redundancy Department: A Running Gag whenever there's something convenient.
    "This easily escapable basket is easily escapable."
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Happens in the Sin City review. The narrator eventually catches on however.
    Narrator: Carla Gugino's breasts are probably worth removing a sin for. Oh hell, maybe two. {ding} Carla Gugino's breasts while holding a gun... that's probably worth another couple of subtractions. {ding} Carla Gugino...ya, you know what? This movie is trying to distract me from my job. Intruder in your house—get some clothes on, already!
  • Dramatic Necklace Removal: Deconstructed and Played for Laughs in his ''TMNT review:
  • Duelling Movies: Lampshaded at the end of the Volcano review.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness:
    • In one of the first sins videos, Prometheus, Chris narrated instead of Jeremy. It's the only video thus far where this is the case.
    • Early sins videos are much shorter and spoken at a much faster pace.
    • The Dear Hollywood videos initially took place in a white studio. Starting with the horror film video, the locale has changed to a public park.
    • The first three videos all have the sentence "HELL"; the next few all have the (hell) in parentheses. Since then "(Hell)" has been reserved for some horror movies.
  • Earworm: In-Universe, the tune that plays in the Conversations with Myself and Movie Recipes videos.
  • Enhance Button: Called out in Taken, among others.
    "Zoom and enhance" cliche. *ding*
  • Ending Fatigue: invokedThe Return of the King has multiple sins dedicated to the fact that it goes through several ending-like points before the ship literally sails off at the end... then has one more.
    "OH MY GOD YOU WHORES!"
  • Everything Is Racist:
  • Flanderization: When the channel was first started, the videos were only around five minutes long (if not shorter) with the longest of them being 7-10 minutes. It went on to the point where all videos were a minimum of around 10 minutes long with the longest of them being up to 20 minutes. At the same time though, the actual narration's slowed down and the sin counts are typically about the same length as before.
  • Fanservice:
    • He ends up subtracting four sins from Sin City thanks to Carla Gugino strutting around naked for several scenes, then sins the film for trying to distract him from his job.
    • He subtracts five from Death Race 2000 for a scene of naked women wrestling.
  • Fun with Acronyms: For a brief time, CinemaSins videos were being released with the "Everything Wrong With" in the thumbnails being shortened to—you guessed it—"EWW".
  • Gambit Roulette: Any appearance of this earns their scorn. Put blatantly in the Now You See Me video.
  • Giant Robot Hands Save Lives: "Don't worry, Optimus was using his soft legs to try and catch Sam and Mikayla."
  • Hypocritical Humour:
    • "Movie censors the word 'f*ck', who does that?"
    • From the New Moon video: "Movie that sucks casts judgment on fake movie that sucks."
      • Further in the same video, still referring to the fictional "Facepunch" movie: "Fake movie that apparently sucks has way better dialogue than the real movie it's in."
    • In his "Dear Hollywood" video for the practice of splitting one book into two films for more profit, he ends with "P.S., end of Part 1".
  • Identical Stranger: All the characters who appear on screen are played by the same person.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Referenced nearly by name in the Captain America sins video, about the Hydra soldiers being utterly incompetent at handling weapons designed specifically for them.
  • Instant Expert: Invoked in the Captain America sins video, when the American soldiers are able to instantly figure out how to use and become crack shots with the Hydra Weapons, when the Hydra soldiers who have been using them for the entire movie can't aim them at all.
  • The Jail Bait Wait: From the Snow White & the Huntsman video:
    Magic Mirror: On this day, one has come of age fairer than even you.
    CinemaSins Narrator: We had to wait until she was 18 because it was creepy to say she was hot just yesterday.
    *ding*
  • Jump Scare: In the "How to Fix Horror" episode of "Dear Hollywood", Jeremy's item #1 on the list is "no more jump scares", as they're more annoying than scary. While signing his name at the end of the video, it suddenly cuts to a loud scream... along with a picture of a cute orange cat.
    Jeremy: See how annoying that was? And that was fucking adorable!
  • Lethal Chef: Invoked in his Movie Recipes. He's out to make a comedy sketch, not anything edible. Doesn't stop him from tasting it, though.
  • Lucky Charms Title: What'$ the Damage?
  • Magical Security Cam: Causes a Cluster F-Bomb in Batman & Robin, since there is no way Batman could even have recorded the scene, much less at the angle depicted.
  • Magic Countdown: Called out in Independence Day, Godzilla (1998), and Star Trek Into Darkness, among others.
  • Matte Shot: "Bye, Dorothy! Be careful not to run into that painted background that's ten feet away!"
  • Monster Clown: When a student in Prisoner Of Azkaban uses a spell to morph a Boggart from something scary into something funny, she creates an even scarier-looking jack-in-the-box clown from a giant snake.
    Narrator: Holy shit, she just turned that cobra into something even scarier. Why is everyone laughing?!
  • Mood Whiplash/Dissonant Serenity: In What'$ the Damage?, the life and well-being of a human being is not assigned any monetary value "because that's just morbid". Bearing this in mind, if their horrible deaths have collateral damage, that is counted, such as when the T-1000 stabs an innocent man through the face... only to get interrupted by a CHA-CHING!! sound, charging the film two whole dollars for a wasted carton of milk said man was drinking.
  • Multiple Endings: The Superman sins video.
  • Musical Episode: "Sh*tty Acapella Movie Review Songs: Gravity", which they initially didn't release because it was "just a little too sh*tty".
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: In Twilight, they make a point of noting that, "In general, 'cold ones' live in these vast countries, and this one very specific part of North America. Sure, if I'm worried about vampires in the Pacific Northwest, I go straight to the information about Egypt."
  • Neck Snap: "Bane tickles a man to death off-screen."
    • Called out in Man of Steel as well. Not because Superman broke his Thou Shalt Not Kill rule, but because they feel slightly insulted that an hour-long fight scene is topped off with a bloodless neck snap.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Throughout Pacific Rim, they wonder why the various Kaiju and the Jaegers spend five minutes wrestling, before unleashing a never-before-seen ability and weapon that ends the battle in seconds?
  • No, Except Yes: As mentioned, "What$ the Damage?" doesn't assign a monetary value to your life and health. Unless you get punched in the face, in which case that'll be $6,000 for your rhinoplasty appointment.
  • Non-Answer: Why is "This scene does not contain a lap-dance" considered a sin? Because f*ck you, that's why. note 
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: In his Gravity video, Special Guest Narrator Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is followed by the caption "(yes, it's really him)".
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Invoked as a Running Gag in the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull video, whenever Indy's references a previous unseen adventure that sounds far more interesting than the plot of the movie he's currently in, such as being a spy during World War II.
  • Orgy of Evidence: Name-dropped during several videos, dinged each time. Also used for less conventional overuse, like an abundance of typical boyish things (race cars, action figures, etc.) inside a boy's room.
  • Outrun the Fireball: 2012 takes this to such ridiculous extremes the first time alone that he tacks 50 sins onto the count with a few token sins for all the other times.
  • Parallel Porn Titles: The sentence for Thor: The Dark World is "Thor & Jane Fan Porn: Thor 2: Welcome to AssGaurd".
  • Pet the Dog: If the reviewer comes across a scene he does like, he will point that out. For example, after spending fifteen minutes savaging Order of the Phoenix he exclaims that the duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort is perfect, and better than anything in the Star Wars prequel.
  • Place Worse Than Death: The sentence for Armageddon is Bowling Green, Kentucky, with Oscar's line about "the scariest environment imaginable" dubbed in.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Called out in Frozen, where much of the plot hinges on the fact that the characters don't rationally discuss their issues like normal people would.
  • Possession Implies Mastery: "Steven will apparently be able to pilot the alien ship because he saw it one time while being chased through a canyon."
  • Product Placement: Regularly pointed out.
    • Perhaps, most notably in the Independence Day video, where no less than six sins point out the Coke product placement.
    • The Skyfall video also calls out the product placement.
    • Godzilla (1998) had its Pepsi placement called out many times.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Discussed in the Les Misérables video when he wonders why Fantine's anesthesia-less tooth-pulling is considered less traumatic than having sex as a prostitute.
  • Remember the New Guy: Any time they have to ask "who the f*ck is this guy?" it's flagged as a sin. The Room gets really bad about it.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin:
    • "Hiest."
    • "This guy's occupation is 'interpretor', which should be interpreted as the incorrect spelling of 'interpreter'."
  • Running Gag:
    • The end of each episode is where the movie is given a "sentence". In earlier episodes, they all shared one sentence—"hell". In later episodes, the sentences became more unique and, instinctively, more hilarious.
    • The "biggest beneficiaries" in the What'$ the Damage? videos are based off of a summary of what gets destroyed the most regularly.note 
    • In the videos for The Dark Knight Saga, pointing out Bruce Wayne's "nipple bed".
    • In The Room, "Who the f*ck is this guy?" every time a a new character appears with no introduction.
    • invoked Throughout the Lord of the Rings video, Andy Serkis is not getting nominated for an Oscar in this scene.
    • "(This Actor) isn't (this role or doing this thing from another movie they're in) in this scene." Examples include:
    • "Indy casually references an adventure that would have made a better movie than this one."
    • "That's racist." Particularly during a scene in Days Of Thunder.
    • During the Spider-Man Trilogy: "'Mary Jane is in some kind of danger' cliché."
    • "In case you confused it with [famous city/location], [random country]", whenever text appears on screen saying something like "Oxford University, England", or "Las Vegas, Nevada". Done several times when this happens in their X-Men: First Class video.
    • "The director said, "Let's give him an apple/carrot to eat/ have him take one bite out of an apple and throw it on the ground so he'll look like even more of an asshole" (which was first used in Everything Wrong With Star Trek) is becoming recurrent.note 
    • "Character plays the pronoun game so other character has to ask who the hell they're talking about."
    • In Elysium: "This movie is just like [some other movie], but with more robots."
    • Frequently movies will get sins videos because of a sequel/reboot/similar movie that is upcoming.
  • invoked Rule Of Sean Connery: "Movie thinks it can earn back points by casting Sam Rockwell far ahead of his fame and actual coolness, and you know what? Movie is right. Take one sin off for Rockwell!"
  • Say My Name: The Titanic bonus round is every single instance of Jack or Rose saying the other's first name.
  • Self-Deprecation: They regularly label themselves "idiots" and "assholes".
    • The sins video of their own channel.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Inverted in Harry Potter videos.
    "Hermione isn't old enough to be hot yet."
  • Shout-Out: In one running gag, while a smart character is going on about something they'll be drowned out by a big "NEEEEEEERRRRRRDDDDD!"
  • Skewed Priorities: In Titanic, where despite the "unsinkable" ship heading straight to the bottom of the Atlantic and the passengers being rapidly evacuated to the lifeboats, a steward is more concerned about Jack and Rose breaking a door
    "Is this guy really that clueless about the current situation?".
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Throughout the Spider-Man Trilogy, usually criticizing Peter Parker's spidey-sense for being oblivious to someone right behind him.
  • Stock Scream: Unnecessary Wilhelms in Man of Steel, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Captain America: The First Avenger. There's also the Cat Wilhelm in Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • Take That: Michael Bay directing is given a sin without comment.
  • Take That, Audience!: In the second episode of fan mail answering.
    Cinema Sins Guy 1: 500,000 [subscribers], man. That's really a lot of people. I mean, you have half a million fans.
    Cinema Sins Guy 2: Nah, they clicked a button.
  • Take That Me: "Everything Wrong With... Cinema Sins", where they self-deprecatingly take potshots at themselves, as well as the arbitrary nature what constitutes a "sin".
  • That Poor Car: In their Green Lantern video, they point out how every single car in the film has an alarm that goes off when someone slams into it... or that every single car in the film has an alarm at all.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Calls the Wicked Witch this in The Wizard of Oz for having a bucket of water around which will cause her to melt if it gets on her.
    Why would a witch whose only weakness is water have a bucket of water lying around her castle for any reason?
  • The Unintelligible:
    • The version of the Cinema Sins guys holding the boom mic in Behind the Scenes of Conversations with Myself About Movies.
    • Repeatedly calls out Bane for being this in The Dark Knight Rises. "What!?"
  • Up to Eleven: The What'$ the Damage? video for the 1998 Godzilla film notes items as cheap as a $2 bag of candy and as expensive as the $1.1 billion USS Anchorage. The damage total, adjusted for inflation, was $4.8 billion.
    • The video on Justin Bieber's Never Say Never ends with two bonus rounds: one that doubles the sins every time Bieber is in the movie without a shirt on, and another that triples the sins every time someone who is really too old to be listening to Justin Bieber is seen among the crowd of prepubescent girls. They combine to bring the sin total to over 13 billion.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Dear Hollywood is essentially Jeremy calling out the industry on their practices, which are outdated and self-defeating.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?:
    • In Pacific Rim, he questions why, if the plasma guns are so effective against Kaiju, they don't simply build long-range defense cannons aimed at the Breach, instead of giant wrestling robots who use them as a secondary weapon?
    • Also called out in the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, where Mutt fails to consider that the machine gun he is leaning against could be used on the Big Bad.

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