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CinemaWins is a YouTube channel narrated by Lee Boucher. It's an inversion of CinemaSins, but despite the name reference, there are some significant structural differences.

CinemaWins begins with the awarding of Wins during a sequential advance through the film as Sins does, and that composes a majority of the video time, but then a second large segment follows that looks at the film more broadly than the specific, short clips in the main segment.

This second segment can delve into themes, character and plot arcs, influences and shout outs, and tie together events throughout the film. The second segment is also where Lee makes the case for seeing the film, though it may be hinted at in the main segment. If the film is still bad or okay, Lee lays out a path to still enjoy watching it. If it's good or great, then he delves more deeply into what makes it good and addresses some of the criticisms made to refute or smooth them over. The message is always the same: you can enjoy this film, and that's awesome. Lee's mission statement, as codified in their overview of The Rise of Skywalker, is, "Every movie is at least one person's favorite, and I want to try and figure out the reasons why."

The purposes of CinemaWins is to point out all the things from a film (even those generally considered awful) that are redeeming and positive: Moments of Awesome, Awesome Music, moments of Heroic Sacrifice, moments when the fandom rejoiced, Funny Moments, Heartwarming Moments, etc.

Compare to Good Bad Flicks which is another show that focuses on the positives of a movie.

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  • Anti-Villain: In his Man of Steel video, Lee points out General Zod is not evil, but he is still a villain. What makes him so different from other interpretations of the character is that he has understandable motivations for opposing Superman.
  • Artistic License - Firearms: A win is removed (despite Lee's protests) in Ant-Man when a horde of ants stop a gun from firing by blocking the hammer. The gun in question is a Glock 17, which has no external hammer.
  • Audience Surrogate: As a Fish out of Temporal Water, Captain America needs to have things explained. So, he's basically us.
  • Averted Trope: Lee will point out when usual tropes are averted. In Captain America: The First Avenger, we see Steve ready to jump in after a kid thrown into the river, but the kid yells up that he can swim, and he'll be alright.
    Lee: Ha ha, take that movie trope! *ding*
  • Awesomeness Is a Force: Some scenes are so awesome that Lee "blacks out" with the win counter left ticking until he regains consciousness.
  • Badass Normal: What is the Black Widow's power, you ask? That she's awesome!
  • Bait-and-Switch: Whenever a situation plays out differently than we're led to believe, Lee wins it with "Expectation Subversion".
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: The opening sequence from Revenge of the Sith really puts the "war" in Star Wars.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saving people in the nick of time is an automatic win. Usually captioned with "[x] to the rescue!"
  • Black Comedy: It's gruesome and offensive, but Lee finds it funny so whatever.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: A lot of the Logan video is Lee gleefully gushing about the violence.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: In his video on Kung Fu Panda, Lee wins Shifu and Oogway's discussion on the Sliding Scale of Free Will vs. Fate for presenting both viewpoints (Screw Destiny and You Can't Fight Fate, respectively) as equally valid.
  • Brutal Honesty / Sarcastic Confession: Hey, the characters are being honest, why fault them on that?
  • The Cameo: Seeing someone of note make a brief appearance is worth a win.
    • Creator Cameo: Seeing someone who actually had a hand in creating the material make an appearance is definitely a win.
  • Chekhov's Skill! Bet we'll never see that again.
  • The Chessmaster: For the entirety of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Palpatine is holding all the cards. What chance did the good guys have?
  • Classical Antihero: Lee defends the DC Extended Universe's portrayal of Superman because he is supposed to be more grounded and fallible than your grandfather's Superman.
  • Creepy Monotone: The "for the children" monotones in the second episode of WandaVision remind Lee enough of the "the greater good" monotones of Hot Fuzz that he starts creating mish-mashes of "Westview" and "Sanford, Gloucestershire" every time someone says "for the children".
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Lee thinks the addition of some McCarthyism, sexism and procreationism nicely captures the atmosphere of the 1950s-1970s sitcoms in the first three episodes of WandaVision.
  • Determinator: Characters get wins for their resolve, be it heroic or villainous.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Lee praises Palpatine, aka Sith Master Darth Sidious, for sitting right in front of the Jedi Council in Attack of the Clones without any fear of them guessing his real identity; a clear sign the Jedi Council has become complacent.
  • Disney Death: Lee usually cheers when he learns that "[character name]'s alive!"
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: During his review of Toy Story, Lee low-key remarks how Buzz steadily replacing Woody and being worshipped by Andy is akin to how kids outgrow the very parents they once held in high regard, and instead may grow to spend time with new friends or look up to other people.
  • Doing It for the Art: invoked The cast and crew's pure dedication to their craft, to the point of risking their lives to make their production better, is worthy of admiration and wins.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: invoked Parodied in his The Karate Kid review. He seems to be treating Johnny Lawrence this way, claiming that he was the real hero of the story and is in fact a victim of Daniel, before admitting that he's only joking because Johnny has this reputation in fandom and while he enjoys that Johnny's more nuanced than most movie bullies (especially for The '80s), he's still a jerk creeping on his ex and going way too far in bullying Daniel.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Obi-Wan is quick to get a win for telling the death-stick seller to go home and rethink his life in Attack of the Clones.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Lee gushes about the entirety of the opening heist scene from The Dark Knight as one for the Joker.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: In his Die Hard review, Lee gives Hans Gruber credit for "his diverse hiring practices."
  • Floating Platforms: Floating staircase are very impressive to Lee.
  • Foreshadowing: Commonly phrased as "[X]shadowing", where [X] is the thing being foreshadowed.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Split-second Foreshadowing or even single-frame jokes are wins.
  • Funny Background Event: There's some things Lee (but some viewers don't) notice and can't help but eagerly point out and laugh at.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: The fistfight between Obi-Wan and Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones gets a win for being so different to the fast, agile and choreographed fights normally seen in Star Wars.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: The "grappling hook save" in Attack of the Clones and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
  • Ham and Cheese: invoked A win is given for whenever an actor is clearly not giving a crap and just going all out, usually with the win being "[actor] doesn't even care" (how ridiculous this might end up looking).
  • Hand Wave: The Dark Knight is given a win for actually explaining why the Batsuit got an upgrade.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: invoked Lee talks about how David F. Sandberg discussed restraining from yelling "cut!" to allow actors to go off script and add something new. As such, Lee gives wins for what he describes as "lightning in a bottle" gems that can only come from a unique cast playing off each other.
  • He Really Can Act: invoked Lee finds himself often very impressed by an actor he didn't think highly of before a certain movie.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: "Self-Sacrifice", because nothing says automatic win that giving up your life for your fellow man.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Lee forgives Superman for being as subtle as "a bull in a china store" in Man of Steel, given he has only learned to fully control his powers for a few weeks at most; and then he has to save the world from an Alien Invasion.
  • Hug Tropes: Winned with "Hugging!"
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: "Anti-Stormtrooper Aim".
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: This is how Lee defends Anakin and Padmé Amidala's love story in the Star Wars prequel trilogy: she is the only one who continuously treats him with kindness and forgives him whenever he feels he has screwed up. Given his Jedi training requires him to control emotions he barely understands, Anakin latched onto Padmé because she was the one who made him be better.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: In Attack of the Clones, Lee is quick to praise Anakin for slicing a dangerous creature apart before it can kill Padmé in her sleep... just a few inches away from Padmé!
  • Insult to Rocks: Lee jokes that the special edition of Return of the Jedi replaced Jabba the Hutt with Harvey Weinstein - then rescinds it as it's an insult to Jabba the Hutt.
  • Montages: Winned with "A trope montage is the fastest way to earn a win."
  • Mood Lighting: Praises John Wick's use of it, and jokes about how John is always signified by Unnaturally Blue Lighting.
    You'd think at some point hitmen would start avoiding blue lighting.
  • Mythology Gag: As a fan of the source material, Lee will often reward a movie for making a reference.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Unfortunately, Captain America's bodily enhancements prevents him from drinking his sorrows after Bucky's supposed death. Lee says it's probably for the best because Cap needs to boy-scout up whenever he needs.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Any particularly "brutal" violence is always a win.
  • No Sympathy: Played for Drama in Revenge of the Sith. When Anakin comes to Yoda seeking counsel about Padmé's impending death, Yoda tells him to let go of everything he fears losing, in order words, "deal with it." Yoda wasn't being intentionally cruel or malicious, but his advice offers no solace to a man who promised to save his wife.
  • No Indoor Voice: Rarely used, but when it is used it probably is done for emphasis on certain topics. One in particular would be in his video for Ant-Man and the Wasp, where he stresses on not needing familial conflict in addition to narrative conflict. Also, he lampshades how he's using this trope in the process:
  • Not So Above It All: Played with. During his review of Encanto, Lee grows more and more impatient with Alma's poor treatment towards Mirabel (and sometimes everyone else) to the point where he has to remind himself she has a sympathetic backstory. When Alma lays the blame at Mirabel for everything that happened, he facetiously demonizes Alma to be as bad a Disney antagonist as Scar or Ursula. It's all in good fun, meant to satirize how hard to like Alma is at times.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: Besides being a funny scene from Shaun of the Dead, Lee points out that some of the best zombie media don't actually say "zombie" either.
  • Parenthetical Swearing: While reviewing Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Lee muses that he wishes he could say the names of people he dislikes with the intense disdain Draco Malfoy says "Potter".
  • Parents as People: Obi-Wan has become a Parental Substitute for Anakin in Attack of the Clones but has trouble connecting with his Padawan. While he is doing his best, it's clear that without Qui-Gon's guidance, Obi-Wan is only putting more distance between him and his apprentice.
  • The Power of Love: Love is a powerful emotion that humanizes characters, so it gets an automatic win.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Lee fully understands why things will need to be changed for the jump from source material to film, notably Wolverine's claws and Spider-Man's organic webshooters.
  • Pun: Be it a one-liner or just for fun, puns always get a win.
  • Real After All: A New Hope gets a win for the "lack of faith" scene confirming that the Force is indeed very real.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Things that make his wife squee get billed as "wife wins".
  • Rewatch Bonus: Things you notice only after a second viewing, like the Joker being one of the riflemen for Commissioner Loeb's funeral, or signs of Ego's true nature, just show how much the movies win.
  • Rule of Fun: The second criteria is that Lee forgives any Plot Holes and Out-of-Character Moments as long as they're entertaining.
  • Rule of Sean Connery: invoked "[One-Scene Wonder / Fan-favorite frequent actor] is always a win."
  • Rule of Symbolism: Lee often takes note of symbolism and the meaning within various scenes. Including characters and objects.
  • Secret Test of Character: In Captain America: The First Avenger, all Steve knows is that he will take part in a project to create Super Soldiers, he has no idea how that will happen. Even if he doesn't know, he still stays with the project out of commitment and Lee gives him a win for that.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: invoked Lee gives a win to Spider-Man for James Franco and Willem Dafoe's similar appearances while they play father and son.
  • Sequel Hook: Lee jokes that less than three minutes into The Avengers, Nick Fury is already discussing Phase 2.
  • Shared Universe: The Avengers gets a win for having Thor's villain (Loki), Captain America's MacGuffin (the Tesseract), Iron Man's tower, and Hulk is pivotal to the story.
  • Ship Tease: Lee always wins flirting, be it intentional or not.
  • Shout-Out: One in particular Lee notices in Captain America: The First Avenger:
    Johann Schmidt: And the Fuhrer digs for trinkets in the desert...
    Lee: Is that a Raiders reference? *ding*
  • Shown Their Work: A film is rewarded when Lee notices little details that show how much care is given to the production:
    • A routine example, showing up in nearly every animated or effects-heavy movie Lee covers, is when VFX texture artists show reflections of things that don't exist in surfaces that should be reflective, especially if those reflective surfaces don't exist either, ESPECIALLY if it's in a shot that doesn't focus on that detail. The best example (the one where he highlights the detail as one of his favourites) is Mr. Ping's reflection in the side of his cleaver in the opening of Kung Fu Panda.
    • For Spiderman Into The Spider Verse, Lee gives a huge number of wins on this alone, even when he's correcting terminology used by other reviewers. He stops the review at multiple points to show how every frame of the movie is art, to explain how they simulate rack-focus, and the differences in animation techniques between Miles and the rest of the cast, and starts squeeing over all the references to the various iterations of the backstory.
    • For The LEGO Batman Movie, Lee shows the various imperfections the filmmakers put on the LEGO pieces to enforce the stop-motion illusion, is impressed over the use of "traffic cones" for characters' knee bends, and loved the ending "pull the plates" solution. For him, the last two in particular showed how much the filmmakers cared about their work to stick to the in-universe rules, even though viewers might not have noticed or cared.
    • WandaVision gets a fair number of wins relating to the amount of painstaking detail the show took to recreate the environments of the sitcoms it's homaging.
  • Shirtless Scene: Usually accompanied with an appreciation for "(actor name)'s workout routine". Though for the EGA episode for Captain America: The First Avenger, he just summarizes the first shot of post-serum Steve Rogers with one word: "Beefy."
  • Special Effects Failure: In-Universe, or rather Out of Universe, he retroactively forgives Rogue One for its creepy CGI of Admiral Tarkin when he's reminded in A New Hope that it was pretty close to what Tarkin actually looked like- "you realize that Tarkin actually looked like a CGI of himself- look at that cheek structure!"
  • Story-Breaker Power:
    • Qui-Gon Jinn had to die so that Anakin could become Darth Vader; after all, if there is no Darth Vader, there is no Star Wars.
    • Lee had to begrudgingly accept Joe Brody's death in Godzilla because he was so smart, the movie would have ended too quickly.
  • The Power of Friendship: Friendship is an important factor in Character Development.
  • Team Spirit: Characters are supposed to work together for a common goal.
  • Title Drop: Lee is more impressed with these than Jeremy.
  • Trekkie: Star Trek: The Original Series is always a win. But that may become a problem if he ever reviews some of their films.
  • Unreliable Narrator: What's so great about Joker (2019) is how you are completely and utterly unsure if the whole movie is a fantasy in the titular character's head or not.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Ryan Reynolds voicing Pikachu is hilariously confusing.
  • World of Ham: Say what you will about Michael Bay's Transformers films and their casts consisting of seemingly nothing but Cloudcuckoolanders. At the very least he makes damn sure every actor has fun and their characters leave an impression.
    Sam (to a weird police officer who threatened him if he ever found actual narcotics on him):...Are you on drugs?
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Lee is absolutely happy about the message behind the fact that super-depressed, Formerly Fit Thor is still able to summon and lift Mjolnir.

Tropes about Cinema Wins in itself:

  • Accentuate the Negative: Inverted. The channel is all about the positives of any movie, good or bad, no matter how small those points might be.
    • In "Everything GREAT About YouTube Rewind 2018", this trope is Double Subverted. The first "win" to be a big text card saying "NOTHING." However, he does give a win for Jaiden Animations. Then the rest of this ten minute video is just the outro music playing over another text card saying "Subscribe to PewDiePie." In the video description he says his video its a joke and he actually doesn't hate it as much as most people do.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • Lee is not a fan of the Special Edition edits of the Star Wars films, but finds Han's line "you're a wonderful human being" to the CGI'd-in Jabba in A New Hope to be amusing.
    • Even Lee can't help but laugh his ass off at Lois randomly tripping and falling in Dawn of Justice.
  • Actor Allusion: Lee frequently makes jokes about actors' prior roles.
  • An Aesop: Let's see...
    • A movie should be judged on its own merits, rather than any preconceived notions about what should/shouldn't be in it.
    • There is nothing wrong with liking a movie nobody else likes, as long as you appreciated the things the movie did right.
    • Yes, the movie is great. But what makes it great won't necessarily satisfy your expectations, especially if you're a fan.
    • The Grand Finale of a series doesn't necessarily mean it is the best of its predecessors, even if it is genuinely a great movie and a great finish.
    • Your skin color and culture have nothing to do with nor should it affect your enjoyment of a movie that's primarily targeted at a specific demographic, and you should not feel ashamed for finding yourself relating with a character outside of your culture.
    • So you embarrassed yourself in front of someone who showed interest in you: 1) If they truly liked you, you shouldn't care because they should be able to look past it out of genuine love for you; 2) If they're only interested in having a fling with you, you shouldn't care because it was a one-time thing that probably would've never worked out anyways.
    • Hate the movie all you want, but don't take it too far and attack other people who don't hate it like you do.
    • Depression is not something that can be undone by a Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! slap, rightful and honest words of encouragement, or magical lightning you control by being the God of Thunder. It's a journey and won't fully go away even if you've come to terms with some of your internalized issues. Regardless, never lose sight of the fact that in spite of all your failures, you are worthy.
  • Analysis Channel: While he is through and through mostly a parody of CinemaSins, a major difference between the two are the extensive final thoughts and analytical overview Lee does that borders on becoming video essays.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of CinemaSins. This is fully acknowledged at the section of related channels, with Cinema Sins in a higher box titled "A Parody of The Masters."
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: invoked Lee is not above making alternate theories about movies himself, including theorizing that the entirety of Pixels is a fantasy happening inside Ludlow Lamonsoff's head.
  • Alternate Continuity: Though the rest of the video is as positive as always, he takes a win off from The LEGO Ninjago Movie for being this to the television series, which Lee feels alienated the target demographic of fans who had become invested in the series' lore.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: In-universe, Lee is surprised to learn that Eggsy's seemingly exaggerated accent in Kingsman: The Secret Service is a more accurate English dialect, while the posh accents are the ones that are apparently the fake ones.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Lee is Happily Married with a wife, but is shown to be rather intrigued by shirtless males in the movies he covers.
  • The Artifact: The win counter becomes less important in later videos, as Lee starts awarding absurd numbers of wins for cool moments, meaning it's no longer proportional to how good a movie is. The video for Avengers Endgame hammered this in, as he awarded it 3000 wins. In later videos, the important part of the video is the analysis of why certain moments and movies overall are great, rather than the total number of wins.
  • Author Appeal:
    • If you haven't noticed yet, one of Lee's favorite moments in any medium is when a character willingly and selflessly sacrifices themselves for their fellow man.
    • invoked The video for Equilibrium had Lee come to terms with and fully admit that he really enjoys Escapist Characters and Mary Sues, arguing that Tropes Are Not Bad since it's often very satisfying and entertaining to watch someone who can't lose, nor would that trait detract from anything else about the character.
    • Lighting is one of the technical wins he's most prone to gushing over, especially when it comes to reflections in eyes in animated movies (he's even started lampshading the second part).
    • Lee seems to really want the classic X-Men storyline "Fatal Attractions" to be adapted because he keeps bringing up how the movies almost keep bringing the iconic but brutal scene of Logan's adamantium skeleton being torn out of his body by Magneto to life.
  • Berserk Button: Lee uncharacteristically gets mad at the phrase "style over substance" and tells those who accuse directors like Wes Anderson of this to Get Out!.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When Harry casts Stupefy on Umbridge, Lee adds that he wouldn't have chosen that spell, at which point Sectumsempra flashes on the screen.
  • Black Comedy:
    • When a young Jean Grey tells Charles Xavier that he can't fix everything she breaks, Lee snarks "Raven-kabob-shadowing," to which Lee displays shock and claims someone's been messing with his script.
    • In the video for Alien: Covenant, Lee makes a pun about Rosenthal's decapitated head floating in water.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • Lee pities that Greedo wasn't able to shoot Han before being killed... while the footage, taken from the Special Edition, clearly shows Greedo shooting first.
    • Lee is insistent in the video for John Wick that Daisy the Puppy is fine and John is seeking revenge because the Russian punks scared her into running away.
  • Call-Back: When Lee announced his wife's pregnancy in the Guardians of the Galaxy video, he states that some fans thought he was revealing she was pregnant in his video for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, when he states his wife "has a tiny blond girl living inside her who varies in age from 5 to 12".note 
  • Catchphrase: Many catchphrases:
    • "Yup!"
    • "Nope!"
    • "Brutal!"
    • "No feelings were harmed in the making of this movie."
    • "Self Sacrifice."
    • "Honesty."
    • "Hugging."
    • "[Actor name]'s workout routine."
    • "[Actor name] is always a win."
    • "[Actor name] doesn't even care."
    • "Beautiful beard win."
    • "A(n) [X] montage is the fastest way to [Y]."
    • "Saving your [X]."
    • "[Character name]'s alive!"
    • "Ooh, that Pepper burns!"
  • Celebrity Crush: He admits to having one for Rebecca Romijn, which is partly why Mystique is a consistent favorite character of his whenever he wins the X-Men Film Series.
  • Content Warnings: "R"-rated movies with violent content will see a warning upfront at the start of the video. Oftentimes during the video proper, another warning will flash on top to prompt sensitive viewers to skip ahead.
  • Covert Pervert: Lee sounds a bit annoyed that the tub is taller in Ready Player One's Shout-Out to The Shining. He's commenting on the Bowdlerization of a nude scene from the latter film.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Ultimately, many of the wins given to particularly bad movies end up being this.
    Lee: [about Barakpool's Deadpool eyes] At least they tried.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Don't let Lee's chipper and enthusiastic attitude fool you. He's still very capable of scathing sarcasm.
    Lee: Sorry, you don't come for snark, sometimes you get a little.
  • Demoted to Extra: He maintains his positive outlook by simply being happy to see a live-action version of Jubilee (Marvel Comics), but makes it known that he's irritated that she's only always a cameo in the X-Men films.
  • Designated Hero:invoked Discussed in the video for Chronicle, where he notes that he finds Matt to be rather unlikable, though concedes that it may have been the point as the movie is about a sympathetic Villain Protagonist.
  • Die for Our Ship: invoked Lee really prefers if Hermione got with Harry instead.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Much like Jeremy. An example is during Captain America: Civil War when Steve prevents a helicopter from taking off by using himself as an anchor.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: invoked In his Wandavision review, he flat-out admits that he'll take any excuse he can get to redeem Wanda.
  • Dropping the Bombshell: Lee rather casually announced his wife's pregnancy in the video for Guardians of the Galaxy.
    Lee: I'm pretty happy they added Kurt Russell to the cast for Vol. 2. I'm really looking forward to it. And I'm hoping it's the movie I can convince my pregnant wife to finally go back to the theatre for. And yup, that's how I tell you my wife is pregnant.
  • Easily Forgiven: Lee struggled with this when covering The LEGO Ninjago Movie and Treasure Planet, as he felt the emotional moments between the respective heroes and villains glossed over the villains' crimes. In the case with both, he manages to find a compromise that allows him to award these emotional moments a win.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The video for Fantastic Four (2015), one of the first films Lee reviewed, manages to neatly establish the channel's tone in general and Lee as a narrator/movie critic is particular. Lee honestly praises the first half of the movie, saying that it showed hints of turning into a good movie before throwing everything down the drain; additionally, the actors' performances are praised and Lee sincerely wishes that their careers won't suffer because of this film.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Not even Lee can stay optimistic all the time.
    • Lee refuses to make an Everything Great About video for Movie 43, since even he hated it.
    • X-Men Origins: Wolverine had wins removed for how Deadpool was handled.
      • When they redo that scene in Deadpool 2 (the Mid-Credits Scene where Deadpool kills "Weapon XI" during his time travel escapades), he wins it as "Finally the real Wade and Logan on screen together!"
    • When addressing fans who were upset that X-Men: The Last Stand was no longer canon because of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Lee mutters that he can't really help them under his breath.
    • Even while praising the increased scope and longer takes for the fight scenes in The Dark Knight Rises, Lee still removes a win for a particularly obvious instance of a stuntman falling over in a fight scene.
    • Lee outright removes a win – without even a hint of Damned by Faint Praise – for Darth Maul's anticlimactic death in The Phantom Menace.
      • While he defends the Star Wars prequel trilogy against most of the common fan criticisms, he makes no attempt to defend the character of Jar-Jar Binks, and even adds wins for "someone [telling] Jar-Jar to shut it" in Episode II.
    • Kingsman: The Golden Circle loses wins for its unclear message on drug use despite all the spy-movie awesomeness.
    • Finding Nemo lost a win for the plot point of "all drains lead to the ocean" with Lee stating that flushing a fish down the toilet will most likely kill them and Pixar should've known better.
    • In the video for Baby Driver, he officially removes Kevin Spacey from his list of "always a win" actors in light of the recent sexual assault scandal, explaining that while he's typically willing to separate the art from the personal life of the artist, there is a line that shouldn't be crossed.
    • Justice League (2017) starts off with negative one win for the "effect" of removing Henry Cavill's mustache in the reshoots.
    • It's implied he doesn't like the Minions.
    • The Last Jedi gets a win taken off for the scene in which Luke extracts milk from a siren then drinks it messily. It's just too gross for Lee.
      • Related to The Last Jedi, Lee sympathizes with Rian Johnson's kneejerk defense of his friends and co-workers from online harassment, but calls Johnson out for his Take That, Audience!-tinged "Your Snoke Theory Sucks" photo.
    • A win is taken off from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom for a scene eerily reminiscent of the 2018 lower Puna eruption.
    • Similar to Kevin Spacey in Baby Driver, he's not fond of Bryan Singer, as X-Men sees Signer's name censored, being blurred out in the text and bleeped out in the audio.
    • Not only does he have a hard time justifying Harry Osborn's Green Goblin appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but he retracts a win for the Orphaned Reference to an alternate Deleted Scene that he feels the filmmakers didn't even bother trying to cover up.
    • And, of course, there's Lee flat out saying that he didn't like Glass (2019), primarily because of its anti-climactic ending, especially how it treated the death of The Overseer/David Dunn.
    • He doesn't hate X-Men: The Last Stand but rewatching it made Lee realize how much his memories of liking it initially was dependent on exaggerating the positive points. Thus, the wins video has him praising plenty of things, but in the end Lee is disappointed with the product. It's also telling that half of the conclusion is him talking about things he disliked and the other half is him conceding that things made sense within the series' characterizations and rules.
    • He's of the side of audiences who actually enjoyed The Rise of Skywalker, but even Lee can't forgive the major glaring plot holes throughout the movie and refuses to win or defend them accordingly.
    • He initially takes away a win for Olive Garden Product Placement in Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), complete with a 'Sonic being hit' sound effect... but when the Brick Joke rears its head at the end he gives the win back (and another for extra measure).
    • He decides not to win Pietro's "return" in WandaVision considering all it amounted to was a Red Herring, especially when "recasting" him with Evan Peters.
    • Lee takes off a win in Jurassic Park when the brachiosaur stands up on its hind legs to eat from a tree. He notes that this gives it no elevation, plus theories later on in real life state they couldn't do that.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: invoked At the end of the video for Logan, Lee states that while he liked the movie, this is his stance on the film, preferring to think of it as an alternate reality rather than the actual chronological end of the X-Men Film Series universe.
  • First-Name Basis: Lee tends to refer to actors and directors involved by their first name.
  • Happily Married: Will occasionally pass along comments about the movies from his wife. He calls these "wife wins".
  • Hand Wave: More often than not, Lee's justifications of certain parts of the movies he covers boil down to "due to stress" and "due to adrenaline" to explain some of the more gratuitous Idiot Ball or One-Man Army moments.
  • Hidden Depths: Besides happening to have been a lumberjack before working on Youtube, Lee claims to have also owned a print shop for about a decade. This allowed him to recognize some of the artistic techniques used in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and correct those who mistook some of the effects for Ben Day dots (they're half-tones).
  • High-School Sweethearts: According to Lee, he and his wife are.
  • Honest Axe: No matter the context or tone of the statement, the movie will be rewarded for telling the truth.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Calls out the female report in Spider-Man 3 for calling Sandman and Venom beating up Peter as "brutality"... before another blow from Sandman, when he invokes the "Brutal" Running Gag.
  • The Idealist: Lee is nothing if not a full-fledged optimist. It's part of what gives the videos their charm.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Lee loves the brutality of some of the movies he wins. Kind of clashes with his Nice Guy persona...
  • Just for Pun:
    • Lee isn't above puns, including stuff involving gruesome material—for example, in the video for Alien: Covenant, the "she's having a hard time keeping her head above water" crack about Rosenthal's decapitated head.
    • Pretty much goes into a Hurricane of Puns during The Lion King.
    Lee: What if [Nala] had her li-phone or tur-keys with her? Or what if she wasn't feline well? I bet she wishes she could Mufasa. I'm just saying, have a little Simbathy, you know?
  • Mary Sue: invoked Discussed and Lee appears to be in favor of such characters. Making a case with Thomas from The Maze Runner (2014), Lee argued that a hypercompetent protagonist who has never shown such prowess suddenly become a worthy leader in spite of only being involved for less than a week is completely necessary to move the plot forward in a setting where Status Quo Is God. Overall, Lee is arguing that Escapist Characters and Wish-Fulfillment are not necessarily bad things in what is supposed to be entertainment.
  • Mood Whiplash: The screenshot preview for The Lion King has Lee mention it was a much more lighthearted movie, later admitting he forgot how dark it actually got (having to rerail himself a few times about the communism undertones)
  • Moral Guardians: It is heavily implied in the Mortal Kombat: The Movie video that Lee's parents were as he wasn't allowed to play Mortal Kombat.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Never Heard That One Before: According to Lee, the most common comments he gets on his videos are either "I expected a ten minute video of a blank screen with the word NOTHING" (which funny enough was what he kind of pulled with "Everything Great about Youtube Rewind 2018") or "Why didn't you just upload the entire movie?"
  • Nice Guy: Lee. It's a necessity when you run a channel devoted to praising films.
  • Nightmare Fetishist:
    • Any time Lee gushes about all the blood and violence.
    • Lee's wife isn't much better, as she aptly describes her love for their dog as wanting to curl up inside her just like Han sticking Luke into the corpse of a Tauntaun to keep him warm.
      Lee: And now that I say that out loud I realize she may be a serial killer.
    • Like his parents apparently, Lee's son Jude was noted to have been laughing the whole time while watching scenes in Sid's house in Toy Story.
  • invoked Nostalgia Filter: Lee admitted that he was a bit nervous about rewatching Die Hard, fearing he might have been caught up in the hype of it being touted as one of the best action movies ever and blind to its flaws. It turned out to be averted, however, as watching the film with a critical eye made him notice good things about it he didn't notice before, like the cinematography, while the things he remembered as being good were still good.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: Attempted and inconsistently dropped when Lee covers Shaun of the Dead.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • The video for Glass (2019) has probably for the first time Lee expressing his dislike for a movie. Other times when faced with something fairly negative, he tries to offset with some cheeky Sarcasm Mode or Damned by Faint Praise, but he displays nothing but contempt and disappointment about David Dunn's fate.
    • Lee doesn't retract a win, but he woefully rants a bit about how he feels Gwen Stacy's death in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is unearned and doesn't necessarily sound enthused about it tying appropriately into the movie's themes and Foreshadowing.
    • Lee, usually very clean when it comes to language, drops an F-bomb in response to systemic racism in the second part of his Get Out (2017) review.
    • Lee gives a long, extensive, and quite uncharacteristically frustrated rant about the controversies surrounding Joker (2019) and the possible violence it would inspire, which he argues is statistically improbably as the articles complaining about it are more likely to do just that.
    • In spite of being gleeful about movie violence and gore in the past, Lee is noticeably disturbed by the more gritty violence in Joker.
  • Painting the Medium: When covering The Matrix films, Lee noticeably tints his subtitles green when the film is in the Matrix and reverts it back to the regular desaturated blue when in the real world.
  • Plot Hole: With the occasional defense and justification here and there, Lee will fully and gracefully acknowledge when something in the story doesn't work.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • Lee drops one, albeit censored, right after the very first one in Deadpool 2 as a way of Take That! to Logan:
      I love Wolverine. You know I love Wolverine, but I basically owe my career to Deadpool. So you can expect a little bias on this one. So yeah... F*** Wolverine.
    • On a more serious Lee says "F*** that" to the racism addressed in Get Out!.
    • Lee delightfully leaves Ransom's "...shit" uncensored just because of the great delivery while winning Knives Out.
  • Product Placement: Discussed along with its counterpart Bland-Name Product. In less gratuitous examples, Lee notes that it'd be just as if not more distracting if a film actively avoided using actual products and instead used highly conspicuous substitutes. The argument is that while obvious advertisements can be eye-rolling, ultimately brands exist everywhere in real life.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: In the video for Kingsman: The Secret Service, he wins Eggsy breaking the mirror, citing how even if it's unrealistic, it's believable due to the sheer panic giving Eggsy enough of an adrenaline rush to punch open glass underwater. Lee seems to be unaware that the entire scene was invoked Enforced Method Acting and Taron Egerton was genuinely panicking as he tried to (and successfully) break the mirror.
  • Reconstruction: If CinemaSins picks apart movies, then Cinema Wins puts them back together and gives attention to what worked more than what didn't.
  • Reflective Eyes: Lee is a fan of this trope, and it's guaranteed to earn a win.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Lee is fond of giving praise to stuff he didn't notice the first time around or which takes on new meaning with a second or third viewing.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The small creatures behind Anakin when he visits Watto in Attack of the Clones get an automatic win for no reason other than being loved by Lee's wife.
    • In general, this trope tends to lead to what Lee calls "wife wins". The one exception so far is Bruni, which was instead a "Jude win", after his son.
    • The fluffy dry hedgehog moment in Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) was another one for Jude, though Sonic's redesign in general hit the mark for both wife and son.
  • Running Gag:
    • Before Doctor Strange came out: "There is magic in the MCU!"
    • "[X] doesn't even care," when an actor goes all-out on something truly ridiculous in service to the story. Examples include "Eddie Redmayne doesn't even care" during his "mating dance" in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and "Alan Rickman doesn't even care" wearing women's clothes as the boggart in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
      • And then there's Willem Dafoe's physical transformation in Spider-Man:
        Lee: I’d say "Willem Dafoe doesn’t even care", but does he ever?
    • Offhandedly talking to someone away from the mic whenever he makes a joke or reference that his audience may not get. It fully comes to a head in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 where he all but reveals that the other person isn't real and he's just Holding Both Sides of the Conversation.
    • In the SHAZAM! (2019) video: "It shouldn't work, but hot damn it does!"
    • Anytime Daniel Kaluuya appears, Lee insists that he Get Out!.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Whenever a character is clearly lying their asses off, Lee will often hit us with this:
    Lee: Subtlety.
  • Self-Deprecation: Lee will often make fun of himself.
    • He acknowledges in the video for Spider-Man that he's pretty easy to entertain.
    • In the EGA for The Lion King, he intimates that the meaning of the "love scene" portion of "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?" flew over his head when he first saw it at the age of 9.
    • A half-serious version where Lee acknowledges and confesses that being white, he is not the most well-equipped person to truly analyze a movie like Get Out (2017). On the other hand, it veers back to the usual comedic usage of this trope when he theorizes that if the film existed within its own universe, Cinema Wins would be weaponized by the Armitages to prove to Chris that they weren't racist and love Jordan Peele movies.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Lee removes a win from The Last Jedi for Rose telling Finn that they'll win by "saving what (they) love", which Lee disliked because Finn's attempted self-sacrifice was him trying to save what he loved. That being said, Lee proceeds to add (without winning it) that Finn's sacrifice would have been in vain, since a small ship had no virtually no chance of destroying something meant to bring down armored walls, and Rose ended up saving his life.
  • Serial Escalation: The final battle of Avengers: Endgame racked up a lot of wins quickly, but five moments earned a lot of wins all at once, all but one more wins than the last. Thor calling down lightning before the final battle? 52 wins. Captain America getting Mjolnir? 152 wins. The portals? 101 wins. "Avengers! ...Assemble." 201 wins. "And I... am... Iron Man." 500 wins. And at the end of Part 3, he gives a whopping 1,571 wins to various parts of the movie he believes he didn't give the proper amount of wins before, including the above events, giving the movie a final score of "I love you" 3000.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shown Their Work:
    • Lee is clearly very knowledgeable about film making and shows it off, picking up on things that a lot of other reviews don't notice such as the way John and Hans' conversation is filmed in Die Hard and the opening scene of Baby Driver.
    • Other times, he actively researches the behind-the-scenes happenings to determine how certain scenes were done so he can appreciate them more.
    • He has efficient knowledge of the original manga and the OVAs to compare and contrast adaptations when winning Alita: Battle Angel.
    • He admits to not being too knowledgeable about Pokémon, but otherwise has made the effort to know who each Pokémon are, why they'd be significant and relevant to fans looking out for them, and knows enough to refer to the video games as opposed to the show.
  • Some of My Best Friends Are X: While she never says it in the movie, Lee thinks Judy Hopps is the kind of person who'd say this before her character development; Thinks of herself as a paragon of progressiveness, but refuses to acknowledge or work on her biases.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Cursing is censored. The channel is for all ages. Notably, movies can also be given a win for "self-censorship" when he doesn't need to add said 'bleep'. For example, in Edge of Tomorrow, when a soldier sees Rita and is about to say "Full Metal B*tch", she punches him in the gut, earning the film a "gut-punch censoring" win.
  • Spiritual Antithesis:
    • His video on Revenge of the Sith appears to be specifically made to be one towards RedLetterMedia's review. There are multiple times when Lee directly refers to a point Mr. Plinkett made against the film and goes ahead with defending and justifying it.
    • In general, the channel is this to the vast majority of online review shows which are devoted to negatively taking apart and snarking about films.
    • invokedBy virtue of the channel's name alone, he's one to CinemaSins. There's a particular scene in Chronicle where both channels respectively compare it to AKIRA but with completely opposite connotations.
  • Stealth Insult: Even Lee can't help but slip in a few of these. Some things are just so bad even a guy as optimistic as him has to mock them a bit.
    • Lee praises the scene where Han Solo shoots Greedo, commenting on how it brilliantly establishes Han's moral code and personality... while he lets the infamous George Lucas Altered Version play while slapping on a question mark any time Greedo shot first.
    • He praises the cast of San Andreas, including Alexandra Daddario, who he describes as "passable."
    • While he admits to being one of the few to defend the Time Skip in the 2015 Fantastic Four film, he says Chronicle's makes much more sense.
    • He calls Obi-Wan and Anakin "idiots" when Yoda saves them in Attack of the Clones.
    • Lee notes the odd set dressing of having Peter Parker's room include a poster for Rear Window. He rationalizes that as a photographer, Peter most likely had admiration for cinematography innovator Alfred Hitchcock, but more importantly that Peter, a guy who takes stalker-ish pictures of his crush without her permission, would probably relate to a movie about voyeuristically spying on people.
    • Lampshaded when he compares the de-aging effects on Charles Xavier and Magneto to Michael Douglas in Ant-Man.
      Lee: Is it a compliment? Is it an insult? Nobody knows!
    • Lee noticeably doesn't give a win for The Reveal that Hux is the spy in The Rise of Skywalker.
  • Stylistic Suck: His video on Threat Level Midnight is intentionally shoddy to reflect the subject matter itself, with the Wins Counter behaving oddly, or the subtitles either changing fonts, not being what Lee's saying, or containing a typo that Lee says.
  • Squee: Lee won't hesitate to fanboy over certain things.
  • Sweetness Aversion: Mentioned In-Universe by Lee in the review for Rogue One.
    Lee: Absolute cynicism can be poison to the soul. But, absolute optimism can be diabetes, so there's that.
  • Tainted by the Preview:invoked Lee admits that this happened to him with Shaun of the Dead, the trailer's painting of the movie as a lowbrow parody movie like Scary Movie especially making him wary of it.
  • Take That!: Yes, even in a series that is all about positivity, Lee can't help but get a few of these in:
    • Just The LEGO Movie alone has quite a doozy:
    • Lee calls out 20th Century Fox for their meddling on X-Men: Apocalypse.
    • He wins Ant-Man for making the audience question PETA's policy on laboratory mice.
    • Obviously, Jar-Jar Binks is the subject of this.
    • The Special Edition edits of A New Hope gets this in spades. The only way Lee can keep up his Nice Guy attitude despite his obvious irritation with the changes is to enter Sarcasm Mode and pretend the edits never happened.
    • While Lee justifies Doomsday's presence in Dawn of Justice, he admits that he ultimately doesn't care for him.
    • invoked He claims to not condone the violent retribution against the Westboro Baptist Church stand-in in Kingsman: The Secret Service, though he's not exactly not condoning the Catharsis Factor of seeing such a hateful group tear itself apart (which he offhandedly notes will inevitably happen anyways) in a satisfyingly fantasized fashion.
    • While he generally has no quarrel with CinemaSins, he does throw one in for them occasionally, such as when he calls foul on the "Prometheus School of Running Away from Things" Running Gag in his Megamind video arguing that on top of being in a stressful situation, the destruction the sliding building is causing would make going to the sides difficult anyway.
    • While defending the use of Scott's teleporter tech in Star Trek (2009), he decries how Star Trek: Voyager's finale didn't actually show the crew of the titular ship actually land back on Earth.
    • When mentioning Medical Dramas, he also adds "and whatever Grey's Anatomy is."
    • There is "nothing" great YouTube Rewind 2018 (except for Jaiden Animations). This is a joke however, and he writes there are actually other stuff he likes about Rewind 2018.
    • He throws some shade at RedLetterMedia by describing their reviews as little more than nitpicky comedy and accuses them of not actually watching the movies. Although he clarifies in his video on The Phantom Menace that he actually enjoys their videos as comedy and he just doesn't like when they get treated as serious critics.
    • Before going into the concluding segment for A Quiet Place, he has a one-off segment addressing supposed plot holes in the movie that are actually explained if the viewer pays anything more than surface-level attention or thinks a little. He notes that he normally doesn't do things like that, but he wants to call out the cynical culture of finding plot holes where they don't exist.
    • Lee retracts a win from Mission: Impossible II for Limp Bizkit's version of the theme song. And in the video for III, he finds himself unable to give II's antagonist any proper description.
    • One is given to Final Fantasy VII via Freeze-Frame Bonus in Incredibles 2.
      Lee: And that's why we all leveled up Aerith...
      Caption: NO ONE DID. Well, I think I did on a few playthroughs, but what was the point?
    • Several in the wins for X-Men:
      • When he mentions the "X" motif in the cinematography and locations again, he brings up Bryan Singer...but censors his name and bleeps it out.
      • Lee giddily points out Jubilee's cameo. Then points out how it's the introduction to and the first of her other cameos. Then he demands that the films give Jubilee a character already.
      • invoked He notes the well-done visual effects of Wolverine's claws, pointing out how it's relevant to cherish them considering the Special Effects Failure later seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
      • When Storm dishes out her "Toad struck by lightning" one liner, Lee puts up a poll for better punchlines.
    • In Avengers: Endgame, Lee laughs at the inclusion of the controversial "Hail Hydra" line from Captain America: Steve Rogers that comic fans were upset about...which Lee claims lasted for about a week.
    • After noting the nuanced and complex way Tony Stark's motivations paid off in Endgame, Lee grumbles about Martin Scorsese saying the MCU wasn't "real cinema."
    • The video for Joker (2019) took a jab as Marc Maron's disdain for comic book movies by declaring that GLOW (2017) (which stars Maron) is good, as are comic book movies.note 
    • Speaking of, Lee goes on a pretty extensive but polite rant about the controversy surrounding Joker. In particular the notion that a film like this will inspire mass shootings, violence, serial killings, etc. when the media complaining about this themselves is responsible for sensationalizing actual mass shootings and serial killers and making them undeservedly popular and infamous enough for copycats to take note of the fame. And also they're bashing the film before it came out.
    • The same review also has a line which makes clear that Lee isn't a fan of people who adamantly believe in objectively trying to prove a film's quality or lack thereof.
    • Noted that neither Julia or Jude cared for the original Sonic design. He also takes his own minor shot at the first design in the wrap-up.
    • Lee has quite a lot of dislike towards Youtube's wanton demonetization. During the video for Shaun of the Dead, the text shortens "demonetization gods" to "demon gods".
    • He also calls Scary Movie and its successors "mind-numbingly dumb."
    • During the scene in Pokémon Detective Pikachu where Lucy complains about writing "cutest Pokémon" lists because she thinks they're all cute, Lee just goes "ehhhhhh" as a picture of Garbodor slides across the screen.
    • For A Perfect Getaway, he declares Milla Jovovich as "always a win" while also implying that he feels her other roles are unbecoming of her talents as an actor.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: invoked How Lee feels about Jean Grey in X-Men: The Last Stand, who he points out multiple times in the conclusion ultimately does little besides standing around in the background.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: invoked Lee will bring up how poorly done he feels a movie was, even if he just spent about fifteen minutes defending it. For instance after singing praises about certain things in Dark Phoenix, Lee spends much of the conclusion respectfully suggesting better ways to tell the story, in particular how the comic storyline can't possibly be done justice in a single two hour film.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: At one point in the video for Attack of the Clones, Lee hesitates and carefully tries to come up with a good defense for a particularly bad scene.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Lee admits to this in his preface to The Rise of Skywalker, confirming that when he started, his videos were indeed tongue-in-cheek, Damned by Faint Praise, drenched in Sarcasm Mode, and full of Stealth Insults. Eventually, Lee became more genuine about his opinions and what he legitimately liked about the movies he covered while being honest if he ever actually liked or disliked something.
  • Touché: When Deadpool 2 delivers a Take That! to the infamous "Martha" scene from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Lee responds thusly:
    Lee: I'll take that one on the chin. We earned it.
  • Tropes Are Tools: invoked Lee is fully adhered to this belief. A lot of his defenses, when not Damned by Faint Praise or Squeeing, ultimately boil down to "it's just a movie" and "it moves the plot along."
  • Unperson: After all the allegations against him came to light, Lee has since actively avoided mentioning or outright refused to acknowledge Bryan Singer in spite of still talking positively about his films.
  • Villain Has a Point: In the video for The LEGO Movie, Lee admits that he agrees with The Man Upstairs' rules a bit, as his LEGO sets are pretty tidy.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: invoked Any effects, whether they are practical or CGI are rewarded if they add to the movie's quality.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Lee is a burly-looking man with an athletic build and a viking-style beard, who according to him also used to be a lumberjack. You would not be able to tell this from voice alone.
  • Warts and All: When it comes to some of the more highly acclaimed films, Lee is not so delusional as to ignore any glaring negative qualities about the movies he covers. They always often get some jabs in, such as The Lion King's purported plagiarism of Kimba the White Lion and romanticization of African culture getting some loving mentions.
  • Wham Episode:
    • We first see a picture of Lee the narrator in the video for Iron Man 2.
    • At the end of Kong: Skull Island, Lee begins trying to talk about the video's sponsor but begins coughing...and his voice shifts into that of his wife Julia.
  • Wham Line:
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Unless they're Spider-Man, Lee does not like spiders. Which is best exemplified during the spider den scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets where he is clearly trying not to just skip over it and culminating in him admitting that he's not sure what Aragog is talking about and that he hates everything about it. Though he still gives it points, so there's that. He also sums up his feelings on spiders in the sixth film thusly:
      Hagrid: Seriously misunderstood creatures, spiders are.
      Lee: Nah, I understand them just fine. If they don't fit under my shoe, I'm running away.
      • That being said, he did express discomfort watching a bug being tortured to death by Mad-Eye Moody (actually Barty Crouch, Jr. in disguise) in the fourth film.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Subverted. Lee's idealism is rarely blue-eyed and he attempts to not to let his inner fanboy dictate his reviews, with varying degress of success. At the same time, his cynicism is more constructive than nihilist, so that even bad movies get proper recognition for what they did right.
  • Wild Mass Guessing: Lee is not above making alternate theories about movies himself:
    • The entirety of Pixels is a fantasy happening inside Ludlow Lamonsoff's head.
    • The entirety of Inception is Cobb incepting himself.
    • The infamous timeline mess-up in Spider-Man: Homecoming is the result of Doctor Strange (2016)'s climax in-universe (and out, speculated that it was done to make Toomes's daughter, Liz, a believable age to have drawn the pic of the Avengers at the start).
    • Kat's son Max in Tenet is the younger version of Neil having been inspired by seeing a Sator Square in Pompeii to join Tenet and even inspire the organization's name.

Total Win Score: 143
Award: Zero Context Example clean up.