Mervius

Mervius

""I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. And all those moments... will be lost in time... like tears in rain." -- Blade Runner"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Biography:
Grew up loving movies and books (especially of the science fiction genre). Attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania, then Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Have since worked 9 years in film and video. Started science fiction website in 1998, which got me noticed by Pittsburgh radio station (B-94, 93.7 FM), where I then did movie reviews on Friday mornings for a year. Quit to devote more time to website.
Favorites:
Titanic, Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, Braveheart, Blade Runner, Interview with the Vampire, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Excalibur, Forrest Gump
Publications:
Fantastica Daily
Total Reviews:
548
Total QuickRatings:
60
Location:
Pittsburgh, PA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 548
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 21% Semi-Pro (2008) " A long series of shock moments sharing time with Will Ferrell behaving badly." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Mar 24, 2008
1.5/4 16% Jumper (2008) " This movie represents more proof that [Hayden] Christensen, without good dialogue and/or good directing, is a thespian adrift without a paddle." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Feb 17, 2008
2.5/4 80% The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) " Makes for a passable family-night excursion. Imaginative enough to satisfy younger viewers, the movie doesn't ever raise the bar for fantasy cinema." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Feb 17, 2008
3.5/4 70% Definitely, Maybe (2008) " Easily the best romantic comedy I've seen in years. Never heavy-handed and always honest, the movie is a work of relationship art." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Feb 17, 2008
2.5/4 62% Diary of the Dead (2007) " It's hard to tell sometimes whether the cheesy elements are in fact meant to be ironic." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Feb 17, 2008
2/4 22% Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008) " The big surprise is that there's such a general air of a real story at work here that one can almost overlook any comedy shortcomings." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Feb 10, 2008
2/4 15% Over Her Dead Body (2008) " Lacking any dramatic energy to support its goofy premise, the movie feels as though it could wind down to a mostly-welcome halt at any moment." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Feb 2, 2008
2.5/4 16% Untraceable (2008) " The movie ultimately drops the ball by not taking the higher road of the suspense thriller genre and instead dips its foot too far into the subgenre of torture porn." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 25, 2008
3/4 91% There Will Be Blood (2007) " Daniel Day-Lewis is once more a joy to watch, even if he sometimes seems to be pulling at the reins of a forgiving and indulging director." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 21, 2008
1.5/4 22% Mad Money (2008) " Mad Money is a first-gear, uninspired comedy that wastes some solid talent (not to mention the audience's time)." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 21, 2008
1.5/4 41% 27 Dresses (2008) " Unless you're a sucker for romantic movies of any quality, I suspect you'll want to avoid the cliché-ridden, uninventive 27 Dresses." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 21, 2008
3.5/4 77% Cloverfield (2008) " An incredibly fun, tense ride. Go see it." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 21, 2008
3/4 40% The Bucket List (2007) " The movie rises above its own silliness often and, in the end, does so solidly." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 11, 2008
3.5/4 86% El Orfanato (The Orphanage) (2007) " Director J.A. Bayona has made a horror movie that scared the jeepers out of me and, in the end, left me with moist eyes and a solid lump in the throat." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 11, 2008
1.5/4 13% First Sunday (2008) " It's not bad enough that we have one obnoxiously over-the-top character, there are in fact two of them here competing for the dishonor of damaging our collective last nerve." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 11, 2008
1.5/4 0% One Missed Call (2008) " One is tempted to wonder whether the actors, producers, and director worked from a plot outline and merely inserted pronouns to come up with something resembling dialogue." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 5, 2008
2/4 24% P.S. I Love You (2007) " The romantic parts, overreaching though they sometimes are, work better than the cutesy comedy moments." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Dec 21, 2007
2.5/4 70% I Am Legend (2007) " In the end, I like the movie's pros more than I dislike its cons. The atmosphere concocted by the filmmakers ultimately does trump the flaws." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Dec 14, 2007
2/4 42% The Golden Compass (2007) " There are far too many characters on the landscape for any of them to get the story development they (or we) deserve." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Dec 7, 2007
3.5/4 94% No Country for Old Men (2007) " Javier Bardem's villainous Anton Chigurh rolls through the movie like a force of nature... a tornado inside a hurricane wrapped in a snowstorm at the blistering hot equator." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Nov 30, 2007
2/4 37% August Rush (2007) " The story stumbles and falls two deal-breaking times (as if once wasn't enough)." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Nov 20, 2007
3/4 71% Beowulf (2007) " Beowulf gets to be a smart, layered story by subtly reducing a legendary hero to something resembling manageable human proportions." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Nov 17, 2007
1.5/4 21% Eternal (2004) " The movie wields stylish production but little else." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Sep 3, 2005
2.75/4 85% The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) " The 40 Year-Old Virgin may be the movie that puts Steve Carell on the comedy map." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Aug 19, 2005
2.75/4 38% The Skeleton Key (2005) " The slow, moody build-up doesn't quite earn this particular ending. But it's a pretty cool ending!" — Fantastica Daily
Posted Aug 13, 2005
3/4 82% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) " A triumph of production design and cinematography. There's more than enough to dazzle the eyes and keep our inner child's eyes wide open." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Aug 1, 2005
1.75/4 27% Fantastic Four (2005) " Too jokey, devoid of awe, and lacking any character in its characters." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jul 11, 2005
3.5/4 74% War of the Worlds (2005) " The movie grabs us early, makes us squirm something fierce, and almost frustratingly never lets go till the very end." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jun 30, 2005
2/4 25% Bewitched (2005) " There are virtual signposts throughout, indicating the direction to a movie that could have been great. Unfortunately the filmmakers never take us there." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jun 25, 2005
3.75/4 85% Batman Begins (2005) " Batman Begins is a movie made by people intent on honoring the rich Batman mythology rather than howling with laughter at its mere trappings." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jun 15, 2005
2.5/4 41% High Tension (Switchblade Romance) (2005) " The problem with High Tension is that, when all the cards are laid on the table, the movie feels too much like a statistical inevitability." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jun 10, 2005
3/4 59% Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) " For all of the movie's inspired insanity, what keeps the thing grounded are its observations of domestic life, of which the movie never lets us lose sight for long." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jun 10, 2005
2/4 4% Darkness (2004) " Movie-goers are sure to scratch their heads during the tail credits and utter the time-honored philosophical question, 'Huh?'" — Fantastica Daily
Posted Mar 25, 2005
2/4 20% The Ring Two (2005) " We're only at the second entry in the franchise, and I have visions of Freddy vs. Samara showing up somewhere down the line." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Mar 18, 2005
3/4 64% Robots (2005) " Robots is not an all-out wonderful movie, but it is really good. Worth seeing on the big screen, this film should please adults and children alike." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Mar 12, 2005
2/4 44% The Jacket (2005) " Mildly interesting while it's unrolling (some will say "unraveling") before our eyes, The Jacket ultimately doesn't make a lot of sense." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Mar 4, 2005
1.5/4 10% The Wedding Date (2005) " The Wedding Date is bland, awkward, and overly familiar." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Feb 3, 2005
1.5/4 13% Boogeyman (2005) " The only audience likely to buy into this nonsense consists of people who are too young to have much experience with movies in general, let alone horror movies." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Feb 3, 2005
1.5/4 8% White Noise (2005) " Unoriginal and reliant on cheap scares, White Noise isn't worth your time." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 7, 2005
3.75/4 33% The Phantom of the Opera (2005) " This is a masterpiece." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Dec 22, 2004
2/4 53% Spanglish (2004) " The movie's better elements are corrupted by the sitcom-level humor, a general lack of narrative momentum, and Tea Leoni's thankless role." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Dec 17, 2004
2.5/4 72% Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) " Indeed, it's worth seeing at least once. It's a good looking movie, but, as adaptations go, lacks its own creative spark." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Dec 17, 2004
2.75/4 30% Flight of the Phoenix (2004) " The screenplay itself may be on auto-pilot (with dialogue being mostly functional), but the overall tale is a captivating one." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Dec 17, 2004
—— Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection - Vol. 1 (2002) Fantastica Daily
Posted Dec 16, 2004
2.75/4 55% Ocean's Twelve (2004) " It's clear to me that this one is about a bunch of actors hamming it up and having a good time... and doing so in such a way that we're invited in on the fun." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Dec 10, 2004
4/4 56% The Polar Express (2013) " I myself sat in the theater in awe, with chills running and up down my spine countless times. I can't be sure, but I suspect my mouth was hanging open at times." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Nov 11, 2004
3.5/4 97% The Incredibles (2004) " The Incredibles is perhaps the best Pixar movie to date, and that's really saying something. This is a rip-roaring good time." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Nov 6, 2004
2.75/4 39% Birth (2004) " If you're open to letting the movie just wash over you and do whatever it will, [Birth] has the ability be a rewarding experience. " — Fantastica Daily
Posted Oct 31, 2004
3.25/4 48% Saw (2004) " Nasty and smart at the same time, Saw is definitely worth seeing for those of us who have become cynical about the genre." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Oct 29, 2004
1.5/4 39% The Grudge (2004) " A confusing, unintentionally funny horror movie that is unlikely to imprint its terror mark on the house in which it died (i.e. Hollywood)." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Oct 24, 2004
2/4 46% Shall We Dance (2004) " Despite some interesting ideas and elements, Shall We Dance has too many threads and not enough energy to get us through to the finish." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Oct 15, 2004
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