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March 30, 2007

The MTA beats its estimate by about five years

The elevator that the MTA was going to fix in 2012 is now fully functional.

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March 18, 2007

More on House of Pain seeing into the future of video games

Regarding this post on House of Pain predicting the downfall of the Dreamcast, an anonymous poster had this to say:

This is not the only House of Pain video game reference.
Exerpt from "Top O' The Morning to Ya" also from Fine Malt Lyrics,

The T's hung like a Shetland pony,
Gettin' paid like Sony
So never ever try to play me out like a phony

A full two years before Sony's release of the original PlayStation. Eerie.

Posted by Will at 8:35 PM | Comments ()

March 14, 2007

Movies are getting worse and I can prove it

This chart plots the average rating of movies by year, using data from Rotten Tomatoes, going back thirty years. 1

First, a few disclaimers. Movies are, of course, a subjective experience. One man's Casablanca is another man's Battlefield Earth. But the fact that I can reference Casablanca and Battlefield Earth like that means there is a certain amount, however slight, of objectivity in movies. I also realize that Rotten Tomatoes isn't infallible, for any number of reasons, but as far as I know, there's no better option. (Metacritic has less data to go off of, and I don't entirely trust their rating system anyway.)

The other real problem with that chart is that it goes back to 1977, but Rotten Tomatoes didn't start until 1998. People aren't going to bother reviewing thirty year old movies that outright sucked, the only movies people are still talking about from back then are the good ones, so for a somewhat more accurate picture, here's 1998 to 2006. (I'm excluding 2007 because its ratings so far are ridiculously low, I assume because studios put out their worst stuff in January.)

It seems like the users, while the least critical, are reacting the most, dropping almost ten points. The cream of the crop, overall the most critical, have been going almost straight down since 2002, though not as much as the users overall. Regular critics don't seem to care and are probably just happy they get paid to watch movies.

I made these charts because lately, movies have been seeming to get dumber and dumber. Or is it just that I'm getting old and I'm not in their target demographic anymore? I mean, when I was young I went and saw Twins in the theater and thought it was perfectly fine. If that movie came out today, you couldn't pay me to see it. These numbers certainly aren't as drastic as I would have guessed, but they do seem, at the very least, to reveal a trend.2

So what do you think clubbers? Am I making this decline up or have you been going to the movies less and less too?

1. I got these results by writing a perl script to crawl Rotten Tomatoes and letting it run for a few days. Here are Rotten Tomatoes explanations for cream of the crop and average rating. Critic and user should hopefully be self-explanatory. The cream of the crop line disappears for a few years because those years had no movies that had enough cream critic reviews.

2. Statisticians out there can feel free to check my work, here's a csv of the raw data

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March 11, 2007

Perfect Stranger

I saw this poster on the subway:

Do they seriously think they can make a movie called that and not make me think of this?

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March 5, 2007

Rogue Villains

Blink and you'll miss me, but I'm in this. I give you:

Rogue Villains

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March 1, 2007

The future is trying to tell us something

says the poster for The Last Mimzy:

So, is the future trying to tell us Dreamcast?

This is the last post related to both Dreamcast and predicting the future that I'll do for a while, I promise.

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