Web Video: The Blockbuster Buster
One busted and thousands more to go.
"In a World of uncertainty, when movie theaters are plagued with remakes and sequels. In a world where big budget movies can still suck. In this world, we have The Blockbuster Buster."
Eric "ERod" Rodriguez hosts a Video Review Show
which involves him as a renegade film critic "busting" bad big budget Hollywood films, including disappointing entries into popular film franchises. He has his own site here
, a YouTube channel
, a Blip.tv channel
. He used to contribute to Space Monkey Mafia Studios
, but is currently featured on Channel Awesome
Character traits have been moved to the Characters Page.
A list of videos made by him can be found here
This show provides examples of:
- Accentuate the Negative: As with most Internet reviewers, although he has admitted when a movie is not completely bad.
- Averted in the Honest Reviews, where he talks about subjects he liked or about movies he disagrees with most of the people; in those cases he pointed the flaws but still explained his opinions. To make his points clearer with a divisive movie, he uses "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" format to separate the good points, the bad parts and the aspects that could have been done better, applied for the reviews of the Green Lantern movie, Iron Man 2, Thor, The Incredible Hulk and the Nolan Dark Knight movies.
- He did note that while he didn't find most of the remake of Halloween (2007) scary, he did admit the death of Mr. Strode did catch him off guard and gave Rob Zombie credit for the scene.
- In his "Top 10 Crossover Battles of the Years", he admitted that, while he does think the Alien vs Predator movie sucked, the actual battles inside it were still pretty awesome.
- Actually Pretty Funny: ERod has admitted several jokes in the films he's reviewed are pretty funny. In The Shaggy Dog, it was when David knocks the grandmother into the tree, in The Country Bears, it was the "am I adpoted?" joke and in Josie and the Pussycats, it was the "CD cover" gag.
- E-Rod finds the song Gotta Get a Gift For Splinter annoyingly catchy.
- Added Alliterative Appeal:
- His name "The Blockbuster Buster".
- Also at the end of every review he has an alliterative description of the movie. Usually using something related to the theme of the movie.
- Casting Couch, Halloween Havoc and the themes of the Top 10 Lists (LXG Lame Moments, Asinine Avatar Moments, Dumb Daredevil, Fantastic Four Failures).
- Affectionate Parody / Biting-the-Hand Humor / Take That: His reviews of Eragon and Atlantis The Lost Empire walk the thin line between these in how he makes fun of several personalities on That Guy with the Glasses. The second one was especially ballsy, given that he had just joined the site when he posted it.
- Always Wanted To Say That: After destroying AlvinAndTheChipmunks 3, Smurfs 2, and Planes, Doctor Affect says this about the word, "Busted".
- Amazon Chaser: He loves Action Girls, happily squeeing whenever one appears.
- Anti-Climax: Nearly all of his antagonists are this one way or another.
- Arch-Enemy: When it's Halloween, Crypty is not far behind. Also Evil-E and Dr. Nemesis are here. He also considers Michael Bay as his Number One Arch Nemesis, alongside with Uwe Boll and Paul W.S. Anderson.
- The Hooded Man AKA Darth Lucas.
- Lazarus Dark.
- Ascended Fanboy / Promoted Fanboy:
- He started making videos inspired by The Nostalgia Critic, in hopes to be selected by Channel Awesome.
- In-Universe also is how his powers and surroundings work: He's chosen to have the Blockbuster Buster's powers in behalf of the fanboy base of the cinema industry, giving him elements from other movies like props (a Mjolnir replica, a sonic screwdiver, unibeams, swords, etc), assistance (his sidekicks, a JARVIS in his apartment, etc).
- Author Tract: He's very much against casting big name celebrities in animated films. This stems from his belief that being a good actor onscreen does not necessarily make one a good voice actor. And, as he points out, there are numerous voice actors for movie studios to choose from.
- Batman Gambit: ERod pulls one of these on Lazarus Dark to get him to stop possessing Doctor Affect at the end of the Planes review, by making Lazarus Dark believe that he was going to make a Heroic Sacrifice if he didn't.
- ERod lampshades this after Doctor Affect points out that the gun had a failsafe, preventing it from going off if aimed at a human with the words, "It's a good thing he didn't know that."
- Berserk Button: On his review of Catwoman, at the end he starts a rampage through all the other movies he had reviewed at that time.
- To not destroy the movie before ending the review, usually ERod has to punch another previously busted movie in the middle of the current review whenever an utterly stupid fact happens.
- Nerdlinger also shouts "SCUUUUM" every time someone mentions the D&D movie or its director.
- Big "WHAT?!": Very often if the movie has something ridiculous happening with no explanation.
- Brick Joke: During his Josie and the Pussycats review, ERod says he wishes for Sarah Michelle Gellar to pick him up in a time travelling De Lorean, only to find nothing outside. This comes back later in his Jason X review, where he wishes the same, but thinks it's not going to happen, only to hear Sarah Michelle Gellar outside leaving after this.
- The Cameo: Top 10 Hispanic Heroes brings us his first actual cameos by The Film Renegado and Angry Joe
- In the ERod vs. Episode One, Vol. 3 review, we have Lilí Miss Gamer as a force ghost.
- Linkara (or possible Holokara as he is credited) in the Transformers 3 review.
- That SciFi Guy appears in the Jason X review to say a reviewer on the site can't review a movie reviewed by another producer, only for ERod to reply he did the same for Wild Wild West. Scifi then laughs maniacally when ERod doesn't know how BAD Jason X is.
- Welshy appears in TGWTG Casting Couch to troll ERod, also hinting a possible Freddy is Dead crossover. That SciFi Guy appears again.
- Famed actor Doug Jones in the Rocky and Bullwinkle review
- Jim Cummings!
- Car Fu: Used in Jumper, where ERod busts the movie with a truck.
- Catch Phrase:
- "Greetings, fanboys and fangirls! I'm ERod and I'm the Blockbuster Buster"
- "Action Sequence!"
- "WTF, mofo?"
- "There's a metaphor here somewhere..."
- "That's one busted and thousands more to go. I'm ERod and I'm the Blockbuster Buster."
- "Ah, fuck it..."
- "GET IT?"
- Canon Foreigner: Which usually prompts ERod to shout "WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU?!" when a new character appears out of nowhere to take lead role.
- Comically Missing the Point: When Panda Bear returns and introduces himself as "Dr. Nemesis", ERod cheers.
- Continuity Nod: Most of his episodes are connected by a story line, as well as the saga episodes (the Resident Evil month, Halloween Havoc, Terrible Three and so on)
- Another example of this is how the Top 10 Crossovers we want to see connects in the beginning with the Push review and the closing with Transformers 2, which starts the same way his first Transformers review started as well.
- He finds out there are Avengers colognes in one review, and in the "Top 10 WTF Moments" he's on the phone to someone saying that he "smells as patriotic as Chris Evans".
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: During the Halloween Havoc event, he is forced to review Twilight and New Moon.
- Counterpart Comparison: In-Universe He sees a strong comparison between Arcee in Transformers Prime and Zoe Washburn in FIREFLY and found it highly amusing when Gina Torres was brought in to voice Airachnid, Arcee's Evil Counterpart
- Curse Cut Short: SHE-Rod claps a friendship bracelet onto Danapholiís wrist:
Danapholi: You b-! *Disappears*
- The Cutie:
: "Aw, Jayma. I can't stay mad at you. You're so cute! You look like a Precious Moments doll had sex with Hello Kitty
: "Aww, Jayma. I wouldn't be able to say No to you either. You're so cute! You're like a cross between a CareBear
, Baby Plucky
and a Pupple"!
- Same review shows us LittleRod baby pictures with his Smurfs outfits.
- Cuteness Proximity: He's extremely weak for anything adorable, especially cute girls.
- A Day in the Limelight: El Lover takes over the Sucker Punch review after it drives ERod insane.
- Designated Girl Fight: SHE-Rod vs. Danapholi, a downplayed version though as they do not fight each other exclusively. And, despite it being a designated girl fight and the joke that SHE-Rod makes beforehand, this is definitely not a Cat Fight.
- Designated Love Interest/Romantic Plot Tumor: Combined in-universe to form the FRI (Forced Romantic Interest).
- Deus ex Machina: Frequently, when the Blockbuster Buster is having trouble busting a movie at the end (e.g. having all of his weapons taken away), he will turn out to have another, never-before-mentioned method to bust it.
- Distaff Counterpart: SHE-Rod
- Distracted by the Sexy: Happens for reviews with sexy females in the cast.
- Driven to Madness: Son of the Mask for ERod. He gets better.
- Dull Surprise: Happens very often when ERod is too bored to pretend surprise at an obvious plot twist.
- Even Evil Has Standards: During his Catwoman review, at the end of the movie he goes ballistic and starts busting DVD cases left and right. The Emperor from Star Wars appears to tell him he needs to control his anger—y'know, the guy who's usually always telling Luke to give in to his anger! ERod blows away the Emperor with his gun and continues his killing spree.
- Even Nerds Have Standards: Invoked for the Ghost Rider review, when explaining why Nicolas Cage got the role.
He makes ME look like Burt Reynolds
(Burt Reynolds laughs at him)
- Every Episode Ending: Almost all episodes end with him destroying the reviewed movie.
- Expository Theme Tune
- Fan Disservice: Having Salma Hayek with a beard in Vampire's Assistant gives him a "visual cold shower".
- Fanon Discontinuity: In-Universe example. In the Top 10 WTF Moments I Missed review, Nerdlinger is asked to give his opinion on the fact that Tom Baker (famously known as the 4th Doctor) playing an old elf in the Dungeons & Dragons movie. His answer is "How could I know about something that didn't happen?", which also doubles as a Suspiciously Specific Denial (see Berserk Button)
- Fate Worse Than Death: Reviewing The Cat in the Hat.
ERod (Finds movie in his jacket): Ugh, why didn't she just kill me?
- The Push review also shows in the journal a page with the Transformers logo, 2 episodes from said review.
- After the Dungeons & Dragons movie review ends, a mysterious hand grabs Nerlinger's cloak (he used to be the Dungeon Master).
- Darth Vader underwear in Alvin and the Chipmunks review is also the first appearance of the succubus Danapholi, who works for the Hooded Man: Darth Lucas.
- Five-Bad Band
- Five-Man Band
- The usual combo:
- By the 4th season:
- Full Name Ultimatum:
Nerdlinger: "I really don't want to talk about this movie, 'cause it got all these scary monsters in it."
ERod: "Eustace Xavier Aloysius Nerdlinger III, sit your ass down!"
- Fun with Acronyms:
- BALS: Bonus Avengers/Amazing Spider-Man 2/Avengers 2 Lead-In Scenes
- FRI: Forced Romantic Interest
- NADS: The Nefarious Alliance of Devious Scoundrals.
- NAWK: Non-threatening Adolescent White Kids
- Gender Bender: Used for the Elektra review, because ERod needed to explain female perspective, so he became SHERod. He even remarked "she" was gorgeous. Lampshaded when SHE-Rod reveals to the viewer she was playing him, being instead a Distaff Counterpart, so ERod still owed another female lead review.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Sometimes he drops some words. More frequently by El L0ver.
- His "Top 10 Hispanic Heroes" list gives us a full conversation between him and Nerdlinger in Spanish.
- Hammerspace: Averted, as ERod does not get his weapons out of nowhere, there always is a sequence where he gets his weapons ready. It is also presumed that the Blockbuster Buster never leaves the house without Lucille (his hammer).
- Played Straight in the Astro Boy review where is revealed that he had a "Uni-beam thing" on the chest.
- Help Yourself In The Past: Future ERod shows up during The Terminator 3 review with advice for present ERod; In The Time Machine review we get to see future ERod (now present ERod) go into the past.
- Heroic BSOD: Apparently Sucker Punch was too much for ERod to handle, so El L0ver had to take over while ERod mumbled all his references after being catatonic. The only way to wake him again was to press his Berserk Button to make him bust the movie.
- Also in Transformers 3, has one when Sam Witwicki is the one who kills Starscream. He takes a while of reflection montage before returning and scream BULLSHIT.
- Hypocritical Humor:
- ERod chastises Bewitched for using the Fish out of Water cliche, then immediately after this an Expy of Jeannie appears and happily states that she's put his clothes in the dishwasher.
- Also as a running gag, ERod complaints about a lame character using too much hair product in his spiky hair, to then pause, look at his own hair and as "What?".
- Ironic Nickname: Every time a movie is so bad or the characters are forgettable.
- I Call It "Vera": His hammer is named Lucille.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: How his Top 10 Fanfilms ends and starts the Shrek month.
- Lock and Load Montage: Occurs in the intro. Also anti-vampire gear for his Twilight and Van Helsing reviews and anti-zombie equipment for Resident Evil: Afterlife.
- Oh, Crap: When reviewing The Mortal Instruments, he FREAKS OUT when he realizes Lily Collins is the protagonist.
- OOC Is Serious Business: He usually goes for the funny video responses or takes some news with humor, but it's not the case with the news of Megan Fox being casted for the TMNT movie. While in character or for the laughs he would normally rip it a new one, this time is personal and, as Eric Rodriguez the fan, he blacklisted the movie as long as Megan Fox is in it, stating it as the biggest insult for him as a movie goer and a TMNT fan.
E-Rod: This movie's a horrible... horrible... horrible PIECE OF FUCKING SHIT!!!
- Power Trio: ERod's action figures make The Trinity of Awesomeness (Hellboy, Buffy and Ash).
- Also ERod vs. Episode 1 forms ERod, SHE-Rod and Panda Bear.
- Periphery Hatedom: He says that he hates kids movies, but he still reviews them. At least the Nostalgia Critic has the excuse that they're nostalgic films, when you have literally thousands of other targets to go after to fit his MO instead than these easy targets. ERod has since clarified his stance, stating that he doesn't hate movies aimed at children in general (he has praised several Pixar and Disney films), but he dislikes "movies aimed for kids that are stupid because [the creators] don't care", and also because the kid's movies that he reviews are adaptations, they fall in his criteria.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: The opening of "ERod vs. Episode 1 part 2" shows Panda Bear declines the task of being the second Blockbuster Buster, explaining he was going to direct a movie. This indeed happened in Real Life, according to the commentaries.
- Rooting for the Empire: Invoked in the Scooby-Doo 2 review, where he very frankly supports the villain for trying to unmask the Scooby-Gang as incompetent, even offering to become his sidekick.
- Running Gag:
- Responding "What?" when referencing Spiky hair.
- Laughing hard everytime Dakota Fanning appears in a movie (New Moon, Eclipse and Push).
- Lampshaded by ERod, when he knew people would expect him to laugh at her in The Cat in the Hat, explaining he only laughs when she tries grown-up characters. He did not laugh at her during The Cat in the Hat because as he says, she was a little girl playing a little girl, thus it was an appropriate role.
ERod: Oh, you guys are expecting me to burst out laughing. Well, I'm not going to, cause in this movie Dakota Fanning is playing a little girl, which is what she looks like. She looks like a little girl. And until the day she doesn't look like a little girl, every time I see her playing a vampire, this is pretti much what I'm going to see:
: "I'm a blood-sucking fiend! Look at my outfit!"
- If a movie features a really bad actor, ERod will make a phone call in the middle of the review and apologize with the previous "worst actor this far" and giving the title to the current target.
- "Stan Lee Cameo~!"
- In response to fart jokes.
: Excuse me, do you mind not farting while I'm saving the world?
- INCREDIBLE. AWKWARD. BACKSTORY!!!
- When referencing Nicolas Cage, shows his crazy face◊ with a tune.
- "GET IT??"
- "[stupid plot hole-producing story element happens], which made [previously established story element] COMPLETELY POINTLESS!!!!"
- Shyamalan: What a twist!
- A clip of people facepalming from The Naked Gun whenever a character does something stupid.
- Upon seeing Salma Hayek: *Spanish Guitar* Salma! *Cue Bamboleo*
- Referencing Sarah Michelle Gellar, the theme song and clips from Buffy the Vampire Slayer plays.
- Acrophenia. Look it up
- "Ouch! Right in the childhood!"
- The Universe menacing to implode everytime a Celebrity Paradox or other kind of paradox happens in a movie.
- Skyward Scream: ""BAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!"
It will be a cold day in hell when I consider you an actor. A COLD DAY IN HELL!!!!!!!!
- Squee: Scooby-Doo movie had Sarah Michelle Gellar, and ERod got into fangirl mode.
ERod: Hey, If the Twitards
can go crazy over these two lame assholes
, then there's no reason why I can't go crazy over someone who is actually cool.
- Squick / Nausea Fuel: Invoked for his review of Seed of Chucky, everytime the movie showed scenes referring to Puppet-sex.
- El Lover cursed at him for having to watch Chucky and Tiffany's sex scene during Bride of Chucky's recount.
"Mira, hijo de tu madre..."
- Also the opening sequence of Chucky's sperm traveling through Tiffany's uterus is so gross that ERod coudn't even reference Look Who's Talking.
- ERod had to make 3 breakdown pauses in his balcony (muted by the glass door) when he had to watch Chucky masturbating, holding a cup of his own semen and Tiffany impregnating Jennifer Tilly.
- For Mirror, Mirror, ERod is horrified at the "getting ready montage" of the queen, but isn't sure if it's because of the gross treatments or the fact that many of those actually exist.
- And the treatments include: Parrot poop facial, worm ear cleaning, bee sting for lips, fish manicure, a snake and a scorpion.
- In Shrek 3, ERod gets nausea every time he is reminded Donkey and the Dragoness had mutant donkey-dragon babies.
- The Stinger: There're some episodes that have this.
- The villains eating shawarma for lunch in [ERod] vs. Episode 1 Part 2.
- Lilí Miss Gamerís excuses on why she needs to leave from [ERod] vs. Episode 1 Part 3.
- [ERod] talking about Bruce Campbell's tweet, learning that Doug Walker framed Roger Ebert's tweet, so he ran to do the same.
- E-Joy gets some stingers also.
- Straw Character: In his Turtles review, Bane just happens to like all the worst TMNT has to offer, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, the live action Christmas special, and Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation. Though E-Rod is grudgingly forced to admit the song Gotta Get A Gift For Splinter is annoyingly catchy.
- Take That:
- His conclusion for Cars 2:
ERod: I'm going to give this film the worst insult I can give to a Pixar movie. This, is not a Pixar Movie. THIS, is a DreamWorks
- Several shots at reality shows and Megan Fox
- In the Nancy Drew video:
: "Oh my God, I've seen cardboard boxes with more charisma... and what the hell's Smallville
ERod: "About nine seasons too long."
- In the ''Hannah Montana" review:
: So after shooting a music video, Miley tries to relax, when suddenly a creepy fat guy sneaks into her dressing room. And no, it's not Michael Moore
... but close!
- When talking about the Catwoman short before the animated Batman: Year One, he has this to say:
: ...and it is excellent. [The Catwoman animated short] makes the live-action Catwoman
move like kitty litter. Well, actually, cheap puppet theater makes the Catwoman
movie look like kitty litter.
- Take That, Audience!:
- From Shrek about the commercial rolls:
ERod: Oh. So that means is really really really really really really really really importante we let these commercials play. (looks at the audience as they cut)
(after the break)
- Tempting Fate: At the end of his videos ERod often says that there's no movie worse than the one that he reviewed, only for such a movie to appear before him. Lampshaded at one point when he says, "I have got to stop saying stuff like that."
- Nerdlinger figured out who the hooded man is and disappeared, Fedora Freddy did the same. El Lover comes on at the end of the next review, lampshaded his co-workers disappearances and points out that the viewers are expecting him to do the same only to say that he's not stupid and is going to keep the information to himself. He then promptly disappears.
- That Poor Cat
- The Knights Who Say Squee: One of ERod's countdowns was the Top 10 Voice Over Actors. Not only did two of the actors mentioned in the list watch the video and tweet about it to their followers (Rob Paulsen and Tara Strong respectfully), but Rob actually emailed ERod to tell him how much he loved the video.
- Think of the Children!: Tends to yell something like "this is a kid's movie" when the movie in question is too overt with adult material.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Discussed In-Universe during his review of Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties. After learning that farm animals are appearing in the movie, he hopes that this means the film can bring in the cast from Jim Davis' other series U.S. Acres (or Orson's Farm as it's known in some areas). He's then quickly disappointed after learning it's just going to be a bunch of random animals.
- Tranquil Fury/OOC Is Serious Business: His reaction to Megan Fox being cast as April O'Neil. He talks out of character and calmly explains just how angry he is with this decision, to the point that he vowed to never watch the movie as long as Megan Fox is in it.
- This also can be counted as a Break the Cutie for him, considering TMNT is his favorite nostalgic franchise and he preciously was willing to give Michael Bay a chance as a producer.
- Valley Girl: ERod voices some of the characters in a movie like this when actresses don't suit the type.
- Jennifer Garner as Elektra: "I'm like the greatest assassin in the world. Oh, papercut!"
- Several with Dakota Fanning while laughing non-stop:
- In Twilight New Moon: "But I'm like totally a vampire and shit. I like stickers, and Justin Timberlake and biting people."
- In Push:
"I'm like totally a superhero and shit. And I can like predict the future and I like keep all my predictions in my sticker-book."
"Oh my God! I'm like totally gonna drink some blood and shit, and then I'm gonna drink me a Yoohoo."
"OMG! The Jonas Brothers were SO ON last night. Oh, come on, you guys. I totally told you to turn what's-her-face into a vampire and shit. Now I'm gonna have to like punish you by making this random girl that you've never met do uncomfortable yoga poses."
- Weapon of Choice: Lucille the hammer, but he also has a couple of stakes, a gun, a knife and even a truck was used on one occasion. Also featuring a sledgehammer, a chainsaw and a sword.
- Wild Mass Guessing: In-universe example in the Herbie review, where ERod posits the theory that Herbie's mind is actually Adolf Hitler, doing good deeds to make up for his sins.
- You Are Not Alone: On the arc of Resident Evil reviews each of the characters helps him do the reviews while he was imprisoned, and at the end they help him fight Evil-E .
- He also gets encouragement from Mario, Batman, the Trinity of Awesomeness and his producer.
- You Keep Using That Word: In his review of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, E-Rod constantly refers to Roadblock's dialog as being "catchphrases". The word he probably meant to use was "one-liners".
- He also consistently keeps referring to previous films in the series as 'prequels', even though prequel specifically means a sequel that just takes place before the previous entries.