I've found this guy quite hard to review. Some things are easy to get down. He's not the super-analytical plot-hole spotting superhuman people make him out to be. He's done that sort of review, but he does plenty of others two. His reviews of things like Deathly Hallows 2 is completely lacking that despite it being very relevant. Equally he doesn't talk about the inconsistency of How To Train Your Dragon and his Rango review completely lacks that analysis. He openly states that he just let most of the Heavy Rain plot holes slide, even some quite serious ones, and the few he mentions he actually lessens in value of it. He lets Scott Pilgrim slide as it is and so on...
But he is special and there's something very worth listening to there. Is he more analytic than most even if he doesn't always take it to extremes? Not particularly he analyses (for the normal 1 pt reviews) less than say Movie Bob
or The Nostalgia Chick
, even Yahtzee has the same sort of level of analysis.
I think what he is is more genuine, at least in his short reviews. It doesn't feel like he's trying to entertain, or instruct, he hasn't strung everything up into some huge industry spanning overarching theme like Zero Punctuation does. He has an opinion of a film and he conveys it. Sometimes it's one thing that stands out and makes him like a movie (Rango) some times there were a whole multitude of things. It feels like he doesn't script it, and if he does script he's not scripting to please us, just to say what he wants to say.
The thing that really impressed me most about him, wasn't a review but merely that he managed to take a side on the Dawkins+Hitchens vs Pope debate that wasn't atheist or christian, but correct. That is an impressive ability and I couldn't believe that I hadn't seen what he had seen beforehand
Visually it can be lacking, but that's a problem with a lot of current movie reviews and he can repeat a point several times and um and ah a bit but if you want to hear what a genuine intelligent person really thinks of a film he's really worth listening to.