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"I'm not gonna give up on my pursuit to become an autist."

"You should just enjoy the movie by ignoring parts of the movie."
Adam, paraphrasing the standard fan response to his brand of analyzing.

For added effect, listen to this playlist while reading.

Adam Johnston, a Canadian cinephile and musician from Vancouver, runs YourMovieSucks, a movie review show. He's known for his nasal and snarky delivery, inquisitive demeanor of explanations, use of a weird soundtrack and altered images to create a psychedelic experience over sardonic comments, and lack of taped material or a narrative/character of any kind.

Outside the long-review series YMS, he does shorter ones known as Thoughts On, maintains movie vlogs known as Quickies, and might even recommend a good film every so often. One major draw is his care for film as an art form, rather than any particular genre or style, as well as his rather forgiving demeanor toward almost everything he reviews. Also, since 2009, he's been doing videos recounting his top ten films of the year, which include indie or foreign films that were made in the year but did not get a wide release at the time.


As for that musician part, he also runs an alt-rock band known as An Unkindness, which had a few songs of theirs featured on Rock Band and one of their songs ("Fragments") covered by Blondie. The band has currently put out 4 projects: 2 EPs (4 Songs, The Present), a compilation (Low-Budget Randoms), and a full-length album (10 Years), the latter-most being released after a healthy amount of postponing and rescheduling. The band's full discography is accessible on Bandcamp, and several works are also available on streaming.

He was once a member of The Amazing Atheist-run entertainment network Not Productive until he left due to commitment issues.

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  • Accentuate the Negative: Invoked with some of his reviews (see Jupiter Ascending), but subverted with his ratings as they're meant to be an objective measure of the movie's quality.
  • All Part of the Show: Played for Laughs. Adam purchased an opening-day ticket for The Rise of Skywalker, but was unable to watch it in theaters due to Vancouver's faulty public transportation system. Refusing to buy another ticket and give Disney more money, he opted to pirate it, and the first two minutes of his Quickie review of the film treats the poor-quality cam-rip 100% seriously, and he almost gives it a 10/10.
    • He remarks that the Opening Scroll is in an "alien language"note  with J. J. Abrams providing (quite poor) English subtitles.
    • He comments on Abrams' bold decision to stick it to the man by making his characters have visionsnote  of a gambling website ad involving a piñata being hit by a bat.
    • He notes the presence of silhouetted ghostsnote .
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Cool Cat Saves The Kids. The cheesy filtered shot of Cool Cat running to uptempo synth music and the Tarantino-esque Power Walk in the gun sequence seem like they might be jokey inserts created by Adam, but they're actually in the film! And they Make Just As Much Sense In Context.
  • Animal Motifs: Equine; his current face card shows an anthropomorphic horse, and a Running Gag among fans is referring to him as an actual horse.
  • Annoying Laugh: Downplayed, but he does have a notably distinct one.
  • April Fools' Day: Put out a review for Ricky Berwick, one of the worst films he'd ever seen (giving it a 6/10). Once the joke seems to be done though, he then reveals a cover of "Fragments", a song from his band, only played poorly on a recorder with the singer being a man who sounds vaguely African.
  • Berserk Button:
  • Canada, Eh?: Adam used "pop" for "soda" like some parts of the United States and most of Canada until he gained quite the following of Americans. Lampshaded in his review of Riding the Bus With My Sister:
    Adam: Filthy subhuman! The audacity she has to put fishies in her pop! Whoops! Almost forgot about my target audience for a second! Soda!
  • Catchphrase:
    • "X is a shitty movie." How he begins nearly every YMS review.
    • "Just don't think about it!" after pointing out a glaringly obvious plot hole.
    • Adam starts every review with, "So I just saw [Movie Title] and it was [Analysis (Good/Decent/Bad)]."
    • Adam ends most YMS commentaries with "We're all gonna die, Synecdoche."
    • In a YMS review, he'll often conclude a quick rundown of all the good things a failed movie had going for it (ex: a talented crew) with a sharp "So what the fuck happened?"
  • Corpsing: In his Quickie review of Monster Seafood Wars, the famously monotone Adam is unable to say the name of one of the director's other movies (The World Sinks Except Japan) without giving the slightest chuckle.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    • Remarks on one After Earth scene that it appears as if the protagonist is masturbating to the memory of his sister being murdered.
      Adam: (as Kitai dips his fingers in a blood splatter) "Gotta lube up!"
    • Analyzes (yes, really) the scenes featuring this between Oldboy (2003) and Oldboy (2013). While the former is a sign that the protagonist has become desperate for companionship after years that he does so to a normal video in shame, the latter has Joe pleasurably masturbate to something that looks like porn anyway and just looks like a perverted creep after a week in captivity.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Adam can deliver long strings of puns, hyperbolic analogies, and snide remarks on a work, all in an almost completely monotonous voice.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: He at one point comments in his The Amazing Spider-Man 2 review that at many times Gwen pissed him off so much he wanted to punch her in the face the instant she came on screen, and then he adds a (probably sarcastic) addendum "but only assuming she has a sex change operation in the time it takes for my fist to connect because making jokes that include violence against women is wrong!"
  • Dull Surprise: Frequently speaks in a monotone and dry tone of voice in his reviews. Often times this is fine however, as he tends to do so for movies he has either criticism for or does not like. When speaking about films he enjoys more than he dislikes, he tends to have a more casual-sounding tone.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Adam's earliest videos (such as the Quarantine review) were more reminiscent of Mr. Plinkett. It wasn't until later that he developed the more dynamic style of editing and voiceover that he'd come to be known for.
    • Several of his early videos had him use recorded footage of himself for various reasons, usually for skits. His newer reviews have mostly done away with this, focusing on describing the story using examples from the movie itself. In his less serious reviews, he'll sometimes use footage of himself, such as his discussion on Neil Breen and his films.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: invoked Adum & Pals immediately take a shine to Zach Dempsey, aka "the Asian kid from 13 Reasons Why". one of the few times they're properly emotionally invested in the series is when they think that Zach died in the car crash at the end of "House Party".
  • The Faceless: Averted now, played straight earlier in his career. Adam used a horse mask in Cyberbully, and didn't show his face until the quickies came to be.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • In his Unfriended video, he talks about the idea that it would have been clever if the main character was shown muting apps in the background instead of the Skype call simply fading to nothing while she checked Facebook. Accompanying this point, he has a screencap of a Windows Audio Manager... where all the volume bars are showing various furry porn applications and web pages. Yes, really.
    • When he checks out the Cool Cat book he got with his copy of the movie in his Cool Cat Saves the Kids review, you can see that he filled in the blanks on one page so that it said: "This Cool Cat book belongs to the Islamic state" and "I like to read it with no clothes on".
    • In the same Cool Cat review, when he puts the DVD into his Playstation 3, you can see a vibrator on the floor.
    • In his Only God Forgives review, he at one point describes the film as "all icing and no cake"; at the moment he says "cake", a picture of GLaDOS flashes onscreen.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: The trippy montage that plays when it's revealed that M. Night Shyamalan directed After Earth certainly gives off this vibe.
  • Hand Wave: His After Earth review stopped every once in a while to let his friends offer bullshit explanations for egregious Plot Holes.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Done as a deliberate contrast in "Cool Cat Learns Fair Use". After showing Derek Savage's repeated claims that for-profit videos are automatically susceptible to copyright law, Adam explains how Savage himself is exercising fair use principles to make his argument by using copyrighted material; he then cuts to later in that "non-profit" video, where Derek begins giddily plugging Cool Cat Saves the Kids.
  • Insistent Terminology: His After Earth review pronounces "ursa" as "UERR-suh", in Jaden's unplaceable accent, for the duration of the 3 parts of the review.
  • Invincible Villain: His opinion of Jigsaw from Saw, whose plans have every eventuality, even random chances, all factored in. Even after his death, he somehow planned ahead and manipulated all sorts of people. Adam got a lot of mileage out of making fun of the contrivance of it all.
  • It's Been Done: His main argument against those that tout the commonly-held belief that The Lion King (1994) ripped off Kimba the White Lion. Throughout his hours of research and watching every single incarnation of the show, he's come to the conclusion that in a series as long and vast as Kimba, practically every trope that could be done with that kind of setting and premise had been done. For instance, the idea of Simba's father visiting him from beyond the grave was criticized for resembling some shots where the same thing happens to Kimba—even though the plot point itself is taken from Hamlet, which the creators made no bones about being an inspiration (not to mention all of William Shakespeare's plays are in the Public Domain). And furthermore, Kimba had many encounters with his father's ghost which took all kinds of different forms, so chances are, no matter what route they went, it would have looked like something in Kimba. He gives particular criticism to conspiracy theorists that use footage from the 1997 Kimba film (that was released three years after The Lion King) as attempts at evidence that Disney stole shots directly from Kimba, when if anything the inverse is true.
  • "Jeopardy!" Thinking Music: Used as a Running Gag in the Unfriended review whenever it shows a scene that consists of nothing but Skype conversations.
  • Kubrick Stare: A rather unsettling one done to the tune of "Under the Sea" in his Frozen review. It Makes Sense in Context. Sorta.
  • Let's See YOU Do Better!: He's mentioned that one of his inspirations for starting film critique was that he found Confused Matthew's negative review of The Lion King (1994) so bafflingly awful that he figured if Matthew could get views for spouting what he perceived as stupid opinions, then why couldn't he?
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Adam has very long, straight hair.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Parodied. When the actress playing one of Megan's friends from Megan is Missing does her "Oscar-worthy performance", she starts flailing her arms around so much that Adam begins pumping hardcore rap.
  • My Nayme Is: A popular nickname for Adam among friends and fans is the admittedly more phonetically accurate "Adum".
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: Several reviews with jarring editing choices sometimes have a message from Adam on screen saying that the excerpt he's showing is unedited.
    "I haven't actually edited anything yet."
  • Not So Stoic: In his quickie for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, he eats "The hottest sauce in the world". He spends the next few minutes trying to review the movie whilst in serious pain.
  • Nothing Is Scarier:
    • In his Unfriended review, he notes the inconsistency of whether or not the Skype call is audible while another program is being used, with most cases being that its dead silent. He notes that this could be a setup for a potential Jump Scare, and tries to demonstrate by showing eerie footage of a dark room with atmospheric sounds, although there's no scare since he loves us too much.
    • He also points out how this trope is exploited in Megan is Missing, when two photos of Megan being tortured are shown with no music or sound effects, explaining that people find it one of the scariest scenes in the movie because it takes advantage of the anticipation that usually comes before a Jump Scare, but without an actual Jump Scare.
  • Once an Episode: A disclaimer stating that his usage of the copyrighted material is protected under fair use flashes at the start of most of his videos.
    NOTE: Unfortunately, a significant amount of copyright holders are clueless to the fact that my usage of copyrighted clips and music are Fair Use under copyright law. This video is NOT an infringement on copyright:
    Any missing video can be found at
  • Overly Long Gag: In order to demonstrate how easily out-of-context editing can make The Lion King (1994) look like a ripoff of Kimba the White Lion, Adum creates a ten-minute cherry-picked montage to make it seem like Kimba is a ripoff of W.M. Allison's comic strip Simba: King of the Beasts.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Delivers a very long one in "Thoughts on Nanalan". Where he describes Nanalan as "Possibly the best Canadian TV show marketed towards preschoolers with a runtime of under 3 minutes of all time."
  • Pet the Dog:
    • He's perfectly willing to acknowledge when he finds something he likes in an otherwise bad film.
    • After savaging Megan is Missing, he declares that he understands and sympathizes with the message the director was trying to convey (that blindly trusting people you meet on the internet is a bad idea).
    • His "Best Underrated Horror Films" video.
    • He freely admits to finding some of the films he reviews to be invokedSo Bad, It's Good, to the point of where he'll happily watch them again.
    • After spending twenty minutes mocking the dreadful films of independent writer-director Neil Breen, he said that he respected that Breen is obviously very passionate and sincere about what he does.
  • Plot Hole: Discussed. Pointing out glaring inconsistencies in films is sort of his thing. Often follows this up by sarcastically saying "Just don't think about it!"
  • Praising Shows You Don't Watch: invokedDiscussed in his Kimba the White Lion video. One of the biggest problems he has with the Kimba crowd is that they defend the series and praise it while mocking or yelling at The Lion King (1994), yet also admit they have never watched any Kimba content. This means they spout the same arguments as other people without looking into it themselves, or at best use surface-level claims that once analyzed fail to hold up when he actually does watch it. He puts it bluntly that many of the Kimba defenders are doing so not because they like the series, but because they dislike Disney, and are using it as ammo.
  • Pun: His Nymphomaniac review indulges in some when Adam discusses his frustrations with Lars von Trier's bizarre directing choices and his fans' relentless defense of them. Using the incorrect "TRY-urr" pronunciation of "Trier" (he does also use the correct "TREE-urr"), he comments that the fans of his who refuse to see any issues with his style are wearing "Lars von Blinders", and that the whole ordeal has made him sick and "Lars von tired".
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: In response to Derek Savage's videos, he states that Derek is right in that there are many misconceptions about fair use on the internet used to get out of breaking the law, except Derek doesn't actually get it right or explain anything properly.
  • Renaissance Man: Film critic, writer, documentarian, musician, journalist, and Lets Player just to name a few.
  • Running Gag:
    • Jaqui smirking and Michael Scott's "NO, GOD, PLEASE, NO!" scene.
    • Used Jaden Smith's distinctive wi-fi forehead throughout the After Earth review, especially when discussing the "getting a signal" plot points.
    • Pronouncing the title of "I am" with an increasingly long pause in his Fateful Findings review.
    • In the above review, Adam will also often sneak the name "Breen" (the name of the director) into certain words.
      Adam: Fateful Findings is a work of sheer Breenious.
    • Playing a Master Chief death scream whenever someone dies onscreen, whether male, female, or zombie.
      • Also, using the Mario coin sound when people are shot.
    • He always reviews a film called Frozen upon hitting a big subscriber milestone (the Disney film for 100,000, the 2010 ski-lift thriller for 500,000, and the British psychological thriller for 1 million). To take it even further, he reuses the same intro for each video down to the background music and images.
    • From the Adum & Pals videos, they often point to any Asian male character and ask if they're "the Asian guy from 13 Reasons Why", after mistaking Ki Hong Lee from Wish Upon for the same actor.
    • Within the YMS commentary, and subsequent Adum & Pals edits, of 13 Reasons Why:
      • In reference to an event in Season 2, singing "broooooom...raper" to the tune of the theme to Goldfinger.
      • None of them knowing or caring about what is happening in the show at any given time.
      • During Season 4, and to a lesser extent in Season 3, each of the main characters is gay.
      • During Season 3, Ani being the Oracle or a trickster god and each of them trying to figure out whether the scenes in widescreen or fullscreen are the present.
  • Shout-Out:
    • He actually gets pissed off at Nymphomaniac's reference to Antichrist, and argues that it ruins the latter for those who haven't seen it.
    • At one point in the Cool Cat Saves the Kids review, he puts footage of Death Grips and Uncle Ricky over Cool Cat. He even gets dubbed by M.C. Ride.
    • During the "wolf mauling" scene in his review of Frozen (2010) (wherein the trained animals used for the film were clearly only playing with him with SFX to make it sound brutal), he states that the character is only being kissed by doggos all the while playing the Annoying Dog's theme.
  • Shown Their Work:
  • Straight Gay: If you didn't know any better, you'd have no idea he's homosexual unless you follow his gaming or vlog channels. That's not to say he doesn't drop hints in his proper film reviews, however.
    Adam: (in his Death Race 2 review) This movie's gay for me and I suck cocks.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: In his review of Cool Cat Saves the Kids, Adam made a beat of Erik Estrada's hammy exclamation of "That kid kicked sand in Cool Cat's face!"
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: invoked He has made a video criticizing the "Kimba crowd" that bashes The Lion King (1994) for supposedly copying elements from Kimba the White Lion. It argues that the comparisons between the two works are misleading (and in several cases poorly researched) — the "plagiarized" elements are just superficial similarities and common tropes that both of the works happen to use, such as lions being good and noble, the protagonist having a dead father, or an evil character with facial scars and dark colors. It is also argued that the accusations of plagiarism are not just an insult to the talented people who worked on TLK, but also a disservice to Kimba — they give the impression that Kimba is so much like TLK that it's not worth checking out if you've already watched TLK.
  • Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket: Conversed in the review of Neil Breen's films, which compares the clumsiness in the films to the clumsiness in infomercials. It even uses film clips to make a parody infomercial.
  • Video Review Show
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Mark from Mark After Dark. The two of them were friends, with Mark both living with Adam and being his editor for some time after Adam started his channel. Sadly sometime between 2016 and 2017, Mark began to flake on his job, while also demanding money despite not working for his at the time girlfriend and drugs. This, along with Mark constantly taking advantage of Adam's attempts to be reasonable and understanding, eventually reached a point where the two started arguing during streams, most cases being Mark lashing out at Adam. Adam eventually reached a boiling point and not only fired him but also kicked him out. Since then, Adam has not talked about Mark at all, while Mark would focus on his own channel, earning a decent fanbase but nowhere near as much as Adam.


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