Reviews: The Blockbuster Buster
A Decent Show to Pass the Time
I gotta be honest here, I was a little iffy about the Blockbuster Buster show when I first come across it on That Guy with the Glasses/Channel Awesome website. But after a few episodes, I kinda like it. Sure, I have some disagreements on certain films that he reviewed but hey everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion right? Though in a way it can be a double-edged sword, especially on the internet. There are some aspects that he is similar to the Channel Awesome producers but I do love the transition of him growing into his own identity. Plus we provides the background info of certain media for both veteran and new fans alike. Even the casual fans. Plus, like Linkara, I'm interested in the story arc that came along with the reviewing. To me, he's alright.
Take the adolescent machismo of Angry Joe (he's to criticism what Rob Liefeld is the comics profession), mix with the camwhoring of Film Brain, and this is the result. He's one of the Spoony Experiment knock-offs who peddled his act on Youtube before getting absorbed into the TGWTG mothership... it was either that or Agony Booth. Never trust a critic with a costume. The worst yet, avoid at all costs.
Not for me
I really don't like this guy. I don't hate him as a person, I'm sure he's a nice guy but as a reviewer, I don't like him. A lot of people (including myself) like some of the movies he reviews, not the really big stinkers like The Last Airbender, but others like Shrek and Shrek 2 and I personally feel kind of insulted when he rags on a movie I like, it feels like an insult to me personally. You can tell he doesn't do that much looking up of the source material unlike Film Brain or The Unusual Suspect do and it can really hurt the review itself, as the Review Reviewer pointed out in his video on Erod's The Vampire's Assistant. Also, I don't think swearing is funny, but I get the feeling he thinks his lack of humor is made up for by him swearing and yelling all the time. It doesn't. He does have some good points on some things and being a reviewer myself, I do watch a few of his videos on movie I plan to do some day just to get an idea on what I'll be in store for. And another thing I will give him is he reviews the movies that not that many other well known people have touched, but the negative things I listed before can take away from the videos. He's just not that funny in my opinion. At the end of every video he destroys the DVD cover. 1: Why? What good does that do? It's just one cover out of the millions of covers out there. 2: Why not destroy the disc? I don't like his opening logo thing, seriously what's with the skull? It just looks stupid. And my last major nitpick, how long did it take him to think up that name (Blockbuster Buster) 2 seconds? If you like him, that's fine and I do watch some of his videos (rarely), I'd just rather watch Il Neige, Unusual, or the Review Reviewer.
you kind of have to admire someone who puts so much effort to bring an episode every week that's SO mediocre
I won't mix words here, I absolutely hate this series The premise alone is incredibly stupid. He's supposed to be some personification of fanboy-rage? well, the thing about that is FANBOYS RAGE OVER THE DUMBEST SHIT before him, I didn't EVER want to use adblocker, now it's the only way I can stomach through his videos. I just can't seem to do anything but cringe at the thought of him somehow gaining revenue from me watching the nicest possible way I can describe his series would be if they made a Linkara clone, took out the acting, video making, and comedic skills, and told him to try and be the Nostalgia Critic but that doesn't even get to the worst parts of his show his characters getting past the character of E Rod, this supposed hero who wields a hammer where the joke is that it's Mjolnir? and apparently he's a small-name internet personality who thinks he's the sexiest beast alive and thinks that he's somehow accomplishing something by destroying DVD boxes at the end of his reviews. Even the AVGN doesn't do that for like every video then we have his characters. some cartoon piss-ant who needs a serious erasing, a fedora wearing jackass who seems like the sole joke is that he does a voice for him, a nerd-stereotype that needs a SERIOUS kick to the balls, and the most annoying is this hispanic-american stereotype who basically has all the ego of E Rod and almost nothing else other than that you have some side-characters that I honestly don't care about because whoever writes this shit doesn't know the first thing about writing characters that you can care about then comes the absolute biggest offender of the series. the plots so far, from what I can tell he has two major plots the second one (I'll get to the first in a bit) is that he was captured into the shadow-realm or some shit and was tortured, so his characters took over his show (oh FUCKING joy) the first, and the absolute worst, is that he has a villain of the week giving him a new video to review and keeping him from destroying the case. I don't know how many, but he just repeats this plot again and again the only other thing of note is that he tried setting himself up as Linkara's rival . . . he is NOTHING compared to Linkara if you don't mind a series that involves repeating the same story over and over, watch I'd rather not waste my time
ERod's review show is entertaining enough in its own right with the exception of one detail that makes me really cringe while watching them. The premise is that he was given these weapons from "the fans of cinema" to "bust" movies he hates, which in itself isn't a bad concept, but in the videos they come off as contrived. I think the Nostalgia Critic reviews really spoiled me, as I think Doug has the best comedic acting out of any of the additional series' in Channel Awesome, but I see many of the same jokes being reused in the Blockbuster Buster, and he doesn't act as well. It doesn't look like he really means what he's saying, it looks like he's imitating a joke he saw earlier and is then praising himself in his head about how much of a great joke he just cracked. He always destroys a movie at the end of his review, but... he only destroys the cover of the video/DVD he watched it on, and it's just one copy of every DVD of that movie in print, and after a while it gets very tiresome to see. If he hates those movies that much, why doesn't he actually do something more effective like write to the companies who made them? Oh right! Because he's just playing a ficticious character on a comedic review show with a limited budget! See the issue? While this review only covers the issues I have with the series, I overall am entertained by them. They have enough material to keep me watching, so it's just a pretty good review show.