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

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The purposes of Cinema Wins 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.

Not to be confused with Good Bad Flicks which is another show that focuses on the positives of a movie.

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    Tropes that are so great about films 
  • 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.
  • 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 Beard: Epic beards often net a "Beautiful Beard Win".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ham and Cheese: invoked A win is given for whenever an actor is clearly not giving a crap and just going all out.
  • Hand Wave: The Dark Knight is given a win for actually explaining why the Batsuit got an upgrade.
  • 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.
  • Montages: Winned with "A trope montage is the fastest way to earn a win."
  • Mythology Gag: As a fan of the source material, Lee will often reward a movie for making a reference.
  • 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.
  • 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 needs.
  • 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:
    "I CAN'T BELIEVE I WROTE THIS MUCH TEXT TO YELL LIKE THIS!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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."
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Ryan Reynolds voicing Pikachu is hilariously confusing.
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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.
    • Double Subverted in "Everything GREAT About YouTube Rewind 2018" video. 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.
  • Adorkable: Being a Fanboy gushing about geeky movies, Lee inevitably acts like this. More so when he tells stories about his wife or newborn son, which are often adorable.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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).
  • Badass Beard: 2016 Lee had one to rival that of Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' own beard.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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, primarily because of its anti-climactic ending, especially how it treated the death of The Overseer/David Dunn.
  • 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.
  • Foreshadowing: Lee will often award points for this.
  • 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, considering the "she's having a hard time keeping her head above water" crack about Rosenthal's decapitated head in Alien: Covenant.
    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).
  • Mythology Gag:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • The video for Glass 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reconstruction: If CinemaSins picks apart movies, then Cinema Wins puts them back together and gives attention to what worked more than what didn't.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Squee!: Lee won't hesitate to fanboy over certain things.
  • 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:
      • "And somehow this will go down as the best iteration of Batman, Killer Croc, and the Joker appearing together." Note 
      • Lee also comments that Vitruvius fighting the robots is slightly more realistic than Neo's fight scenes in The Matrix Reloaded.
      • He laments that The Flash is once again reduced to a mere cameo.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: 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.
  • 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 the Bad Film Seriously: invoked Actors are praised if they deliver good performances, regardless of the movie's quality.
  • 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: 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."
  • 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.
  • Wham Line:
    • In the video for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, we learn the narrator's name is Lee.
    • In the wins video for Glass, Lee says a sentence that sounds extremely out of character: "I don't really like this movie."
  • 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 the doppelganger of Moody in the fourth film.
    • He was about to win Ant-Man for the moment where Ant-Man controls a bunch of ants to stop Darren Cross's gun from firing... only to start shooting out a Rapid-Fire "No!" and removing a win when the film shows a close-up of Cross's hand covered in ants.
  • 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, including theorizing that the entirety of Pixels is a fantasy happening inside Ludlow Lamonsoff's head, that the entirety of Inception is Cobb incepting himself, or that 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).

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