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 101 - 150 of 548
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
2.5/4 77% Team America - World Police (2004) " For better or worse, Team America does have its finger on the pulse of the post-9/11 world." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Oct 15, 2004
1.5/4 10% Taxi (2004) " Taxi is a dreadful mess. The comedy is frustratingly uninspired, and the leads are never convincing." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Oct 8, 2004
3.5/4 91% Shaun of the Dead (2004) " It's the best example that I can think of where a zombie flick has such fleshy characters and (wow) character development." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Sep 23, 2004
1.5/4 21% Resident Evil - Apocalypse (2004) " ...consists of a premise and the resulting countless action scenes, with plot and dialogue only being stumbling blocks that [screenwriter] Anderson cannot seem to navigate." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Sep 11, 2004
2/4 25% Wicker Park (2004) " Honestly I'm tempted to see Wicker Park again, because I suspect the movie as a whole may work better as a comedy than as a suspense thriller." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Sep 5, 2004
1.5/4 21% AVP - Alien Vs. Predator (2004) " Boring vs. Stupid might have been a better name, because I'm not sure which adjective is the more fitting to this nonsense." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Aug 13, 2004
1.5/4 19% Thunderbirds (2004) " [The] adults are all one-note caricatures, seemingly less real than their original marionette counterparts." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Aug 3, 2004
2.75/4 43% The Village (2004) " Flaws and all, this movie is significantly more interesting than most Hollywood movies." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Aug 3, 2004
2.5/4 81% The Manchurian Candidate (2004) " The Manchurian Candidate has its virtues, and is okay as remakes go, but the film doesn't really compare favorably when held up against the original." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jul 30, 2004
1.5/4 9% Catwoman (2004) " The best thing that I can say about it is that at least Halle Berry has an Oscar and will probably survive this act of poor judgment." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jul 22, 2004
2.75/4 58% I, Robot (2004) " Plot point surprises and fun robot battles keep things ticking right along." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jul 16, 2004
3/4 66% Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) " Equal parts sketch comedy and Monty Python-style absurdity, Anchorman is a showcase for Will Ferrell's brand of strangeness." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jul 9, 2004
3/4 94% Spider-Man 2 (2004) " Spider-Man 2 shows that this could be a wonderfully layered series and not just typical cotton candy summer blockbuster sequel fare." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jun 30, 2004
3/4 61% The Terminal (2004) " Its strengths, including Tom Hanks' convincing and confident performance, outweigh any weaknesses." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jun 18, 2004
1.5/4 70% Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story (2004) " Filled with one-note performances (that quickly wear out their welcome) and mean-spirited humor, the movie at times aspires to the depths of absolute abomination." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jun 18, 2004
1.75/4 31% Around the World in 80 Days (2004) " Too silly for a sense of adventure, and too awkward for comedy, Around the World in 80 Days is a nauseating mistake." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jun 16, 2004
2/4 29% The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) " Vin Diesel is still likable, but he needs to expand his horizons beyond this kind of intellectual mediocrity." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jun 10, 2004
23% Raising Helen (2004) Fantastica Daily
Posted Jun 5, 2004
3.25/4 91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) " Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is just good, well-produced, creative, dark, eye-popping fun." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jun 4, 2004
2.25/4 45% The Day After Tomorrow (2004) " The characters are caricatures, and movie-goers who like depth in their characters will find little to hold on to, thus defeating much of the emotional intention of the film." — Fantastica Daily
Posted May 29, 2004
2.75/4 54% Troy (2004) " This movie is Brad Pitt's most visually energetic bid for Hollywood immortality." — Fantastica Daily
Posted May 14, 2004
83% Mean Girls (2004) Fantastica Daily
Posted May 8, 2004
1.5/4 23% Van Helsing (2004) " Van Helsing tries to be too many things %u2013 homage, action movie, special effects exercise, and comedy %u2013 and it's never really any of these things." — Fantastica Daily
Posted May 7, 2004
2.75/4 39% Man on Fire (2004) " This is the movie that The Punisher should have been." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Apr 23, 2004
2.75/4 64% 13 Going on 30 (2004) " 13 Going on 30 manages to be cute, funny, and sweet. The more romantically-inclined members of the audience won't even mind the déjà vu." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Apr 23, 2004
29% The Punisher (2004) Fantastica Daily
Posted Apr 19, 2004
2.5/4 44% Connie And Carla (2004) " Of course, the premise is ridiculous, but clearly points the way to some silly situations, and does get some decent mileage." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Apr 15, 2004
4/4 84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) " One of the coolest things about the script is that David Carradine gets to navigate it with the coolest cool of his entire career." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Apr 15, 2004
2/4 22% Taking Lives (2004) " Ethan Hawke is the stand-out best element of Taking Lives. But the film offers few surprises, and that's a crime among suspense thrillers." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Mar 19, 2004
2.75/4 75% Dawn of the Dead (2004) " Not as good as 28 Days Later, but better than it has any realistic expectation of being." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Mar 19, 2004
1.5/4 13% Agent Cody Banks 2 - Destination London (2004) " Seems to have been thrown together haphazardly to cash in on the modest success of the first film. In doing so, it may just put a quick end to the franchise." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Mar 12, 2004
2/4 47% Secret Window (2004) " The movie is neither half as spooky as it wants to be, nor nearly as smart as it thinks it is." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Mar 12, 2004
1.5/4 63% Starsky & Hutch (2004) " There is no comedic creativity at work in Starsky & Hutch. None." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Mar 4, 2004
1.5/4 1% Twisted (2004) " You might wonder when Ashley [Judd] is going to reach her breaking point for wearing out this particular genre. Well, that breaking point has arrived. This is it." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Feb 26, 2004
2/4 46% Eurotrip (2003) " The movie has a certain general energy, which is unfortunately thwarted by its own attempts at being funny." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Feb 20, 2004
2/4 13% Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004) " The various plot threads zig and zag so recklessly that they seem to bump heads and bounce back a few times." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Feb 20, 2004
2/4 12% Against the Ropes (2004) " This movie just sits there, with a terminal case of blah." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Feb 20, 2004
2/4 13% Welcome To Mooseport (2004) " Woefully bland. The movie should have gone straight-to-cable." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Feb 20, 2004
2.25/4 44% 50 First Dates (2004) " The central theme of love is forever in the shadow of a sadistic kind of disgust manifested towards people who are different." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Feb 12, 2004
2.25/4 12% Catch That Kid (2004) " Don't even get me started on the idiotic goings-on of the building's internal security team, led by an embarrassingly unfunny James Le Gros." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Feb 6, 2004
2.75/4 80% Miracle (2004) " An inspirational, true story that doesn't push any particular cinematic envelopes but gets the job done." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Feb 6, 2004
1.75/4 16% You Got Served (2004) " You Got Served is the new Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. Tired and silly premise, poorly conceived." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 29, 2004
1.75/4 16% The Big Bounce (2004) " How could a movie so slow-moving also have the nerve to deliver an utter weakling of an ending?" — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 29, 2004
3/4 79% Bubba Ho-Tep (2003) " Bubba Ho-Tep is a small, funny movie that has some sensitive (and funny) things to say about aging. Catch it if you can." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 29, 2004
2.5/4 53% Win A Date With Tad Hamilton! (2004) " Kate Bosworth is the best thing here, and the movie is only interesting because she shines." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 22, 2004
3/4 33% The Butterfly Effect (2004) " It all builds to an unexpected but logical and satisfying ending." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 22, 2004
2/4 23% Torque (2004) " I can't actually recommend the movie, but there is a cheesiness about the whole thing that can be interesting, depending on one's mood or proclivities." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 16, 2004
2.75/4 74% Calendar Girls (2003) " It'll obviously appeal most to its target audience, but it's worth taking a look at for anyone who wants to have a good number of chuckles." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 10, 2004
27% Paycheck (2003) Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 10, 2004
2.5/4 19% Chasing Liberty (2004) " While the movie is every bit as fluffy as I expected, it's also more energetic than I would've guessed." — Fantastica Daily
Posted Jan 9, 2004
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