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  • His "review" of Pixels here, which turned out to be a nearly ten minute long obliteration of a rant that completely tears apart and addresses every single aspect that made it the worst movie of the year with such anger and spite that even Jim Sterling was taken aback.
    Jim Sterling: I thought I could be vicious. [beat] Fucking hell.
    • It may well be the first of his videos to truly "go viral", as most of his other videos vary from at little as 75000 to 200000 views. Pixels? Two million.
  • His lengthy rant from near the end of his "Not Okay" episode of The Big Picture:
    How often have we heard that sexism, misogyny or casual racism in this or that community is just part of the way things are there, and how any insinuation that suggests this supposed default status might be a bad thing is violently shrugged off? Particularly my favorite variation on this theme: "Aww, come on, man! This is, like, the last place on Earth where it's okay for guys to talk like this!" As though some kind of sacred tradition is being preserved by not calling bullies out on their bullying.

    Hey, uh, genius? Lean your ears up real close: THERE SHOULDN'T BE ANY PLACE WHERE IT'S OKAY, BECAUSE IT'S NOT OKAY!

    It's NOT OKAY to harass women! It's NOT OKAY to quote-unquote "slut-shame"! It's NOT OKAY to hurl racist or homophobic slurs as a form of verbal violence! It's NOT OKAY to use "rape" as a casual synonym for defeat! And it's REALLY NOT OKAY that I have to explain that to anybody! I do not accept the premise that sexual harassment, misogyny, bigotry or hatred of any kind is somehow integral to the Fighting Game Community or any other community in video games or anywhere else, but if such a community does exist? Yeah, it's wrong, and should be called out as such, and disinfected via SUNLIGHT!

    Of course, this will inevitably draw responses about "Free Speech!" and the First Amendment from people who do not understand either of those things. Free Speech as a legal concept only guarantees you the right to speak. It doesn't guarantee you the right to be heard, it doesn't guarantee you the right to be agreed with, it certainly does not guarantee you the right for your Speech to not be challenged by someone else's Speech, and most importantly of all: it doesn't mean you can't suffer consequences if and when your Free Speech is used to cause harm to someone, which is exactly what sexual harassment, racial slurs and verbal bigotry are! That's not "censorship", that's fairness!
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  • In "Je Suis Charlie", Bob took the extremely difficult task of encapsulating the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hedbo, which had quickly been taken up by the media as a case of studying the rights and limits of free speech. Bob deftly explains that, while he clearly didn't approve of people responding to satire by way of gunning down the cartoonists, he also cautioned how the backlash against the attackers could potentially lead to the equally dangerous proposition of the attacks being used as justification to shut down discussions or criticisms of the content of the satire, similar to how the post 9/11 Patriotic Fervor led to The War on Terror that, to put it lightly, resulted in great losses with relatively little gain, and that it was probably made worse when critics of the war strategies were branded as being "un-patriotic". He ultimately concludes that many of the issues raised by the attacks, from discussions about the differences between free speech and hate speech, satire and mockery, etc., etc., are all very, very complex issues with no easy solutions... before swinging back around to say SOME things are relatively simple, and delivers one final "screw you!" to the terrorist attackers:
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  • In his video With Great Power Chipman challenges geek culture to be better than the mainstream culture that came before it - citing With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility. Like it or not, fantasy, science fiction and lots of aspects of "geek" culture are now part of mainstream culture. But instead of being tolerant geeks act as prejudiced as those who bullied them in the past. Instead geeks need to be inclusive and accepting.
  • In his You Are Wrong About Spider-Man 3 video, he finds an explanation for the Saturday Night Fever scene that is actually smart. Namely that it works on the premise that Spider Man is cool because Peter Parker is comparatively uncool. On that basis, Peter Parker's attempts at being cool via the newfound confidence of the black suit are painful and disheartening... because Peter Parker keeping the black suit on is indeed a bad thing.
  • His review of Avatar opens with this rant:
    Alright, alright, hold on. We'll get to the review, but first...look, I realise we've all got feet of clay on this one, we've all had fun with the little nicknames and jokes. But now that the damn movie is out, there's something that we really need to nip in the bud as far as internet memes go right here, right now. So, hold on. Uh...ok, and...loud voice thingy is...on. Ok. Ah-heh-hem...NOTICING THAT AVATAR HAS THE SAME BASIC STORY AS Dances with Wolves DOES NOT MAKE YOU OBSERVANT! FURTHERMORE, POINTING IT OUT DOES NOT MAKE YOU CLEVER, ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE JUST CRIBBING NOTES FROM SOUTH PARK! Clear enough? Alright, then. As of right now, anyone still wanking the "Dances With Smurfs" thing, who isn't themselves called Trey Parker or Matt Stone, is officially a freakin' douchebag. Ok? Guys? Cool? Can we come together on this in the spirit of the season and maybe at least get new material? Alright, then.
    • For added build-up by means of Most Wonderful Sound, the aforementioned "loud voice thingy" turns on with the same sound as the proton packs.
  • The teaser for his Really That Good episode of Superman: The Movie, expertly weaving the reveal together with the Star Wars review he originally planned until he was so furious at Dawn of Justice that he needed to do this one instead. The use of John Williams' epic score throughout just adds to the awesomeness, including the perfect timing of when it hits the main theme.
  • The Big Picture episode "Correctitude" where Bob absolutely tears apart the anti-political correctness crowd by rightfully pointing out that most of what they consider to be "PC" is just being nice, and that there is a huge difference between actually being politically incorrect and just being a bigot hiding behind the anti-PC defense.
  • The absolutely brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech towards M. Night Shyamalan at the end of his review of The Visit where he castigates the director for having such a vicious contempt for his own audience.
  • During Part 1 of his Really That Bad analysis of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Bob makes a comparison between the narrative structures of The Avengers (2012) and Batman V. Superman stripped of all but their most basic elements that underlines one of the main reasons the former succeeded where the latter failed: Avengers is straightforward, easy to understand and can be enjoyed without prior knowledge of the source comics or the preceding films because it doesn't lean on them to work as a narrative with its single Sequel Hook a post-credits shot of the Greater-Scope Villain, while BvS is a disjointed, convoluted mess that doesn't follow an understandable through-line narrative, paradoxically wants to differentiate itself from the source comics yet relies heavily on them for most of its emotional weight to carry and desperately tries to set up future films through gratuitous in-universe viewings of preview trailers. And he does all of this while giving every person or object with enough plot relevance a funny nickname, with plenty of Actor Allusions and character comparisons to go around.
    • The entirety of his "Batman V. Superman" Really That Bad analysis. Chipman delivers his critique in a mature respectful tone, without insulting the filmmakers personally, and goes into detail acknowledging and addressing common arguments in defense of the film.
    • Two of the best things he does is to effectively and succinctly fix the movie's greatest problems.
      • The first being the 'Diana/Wonder Woman watching the teaser trailer for the Justice League scene', wherein Bob proposes letting Batman, the normal human who is discovering a lot of this new information for the first time, and whose perspective the audience has been following the entire movie, be the one to discover the existence of more metahumans. This not only gives the scene greater suspense and dramatic weight and a greater impetus for Batman to fight a perceived threat like Superman, it also gives a fantastic reason why Diana never showed up for a hundred years and was breaking into Lex Luthor's drives: She was helping cover up the existence of metahumans (and her secretive race) from people like Luthor.
      • The second is the entire 'conflict' of the movie being forced and contrived and way too repetitive by the time the two people in the 'V' actually get down to versus-ing each other. Bob fixes the movie without any drastic overhaul or extensive retooling with two simple words: No Batman. The plot remains the same, with all the conspiratorial machinations and the populace distrusting Superman kept intact, but transfer all of Batman's actions and motivations to Luthor, thereby making Luthor a sympathetic, justified, heroic counterpoint to the detached, reluctant, destructive Superman, which would have greater thematic resonance and streamline the plot. For an added bonus, Bob suggests keeping Ben Affleck, with all his likability and charisma and on-the-ground heroism, as Luthor, which would provide even greater metanarrative implications and make the plot more compelling.
    • To make what can only be described as a near definitive 3-part, four hour critique about Dawn of Justice, all the while maintaining his normal work responsibilities, is a feat of dedication that can only really be described as impressive.
      • Halfway through the first part, he makes an offhand reference to The Lord of the Rings trilogy as a groundbreaking piece of cinema, and then gives a Preemptive "Shut Up" to his viewers not to bug him to review the saga due to the sheer magnitude of such an undertaking... only to very slowly consider the value of analyzing their influence, and the possibility of doing a video on them in the (not so near) future. Consider his dedication to this video, it's a pretty good indicator that we'll see that video eventually, and it will be amazing.
  • These two videos In which Bob pulls apart The Last Jedi to show that the story is ultimately built as a thank you to the fans that let this happen rather than the Take That! many viewers interpreted it as.
  • It was a slow burn, but the Really That Good for Spider-Man 1 & 2 has almost 2 million views and is currently the second most-viewed video he has ever made.
  • In his three-parter, "How to fix The Fantastic Four In the MCU," Bob creates a fresh, creative and thrilling proposal of how to do the original superhero family of Marvel on film that could really work!


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