Mervius

Mervius
Mervius's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.
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
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 1% Disaster Movie (2008) The filmmakers understand that comedy springs from incongruity. However they seem to lack the timing, craft, and spirit that go into such. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2008
3/4 43% The House Bunny (2008) I got more solid laughs out of this movie than from anything I've seen yet this year. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2008
2/4 42% Death Race (2008) The movie is exactly what you're probably expecting after having seen the trailer. Nothing more, nothing less. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2008
3/4 70% American Teen (2008) American Teen's virtue lies not so much in the cinematic techniques used, but in the honest personalities that shine through. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2008
2.5/4 81% Tropic Thunder (2008) Ends with such a self-congratulatory celebration as to underscore the question of who the joke is really on - crappy movies, or the audiences who eat them right up. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2008
3/4 39% Henry Poole Is Here (2008) For a while, the movie wields its existential angst so purposefully and heavily that it can be difficult to handle, depending on how philosophically minded you are. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2008
2.5/4 41% The Rocker (2008) The Rocker has some pretty funny moments, but overall the whole affair never shakes off the nagging feeling that it wants to be School of Rock. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2008
2/4 19% Fly Me to the Moon (2008) If the software that Pixar Studios is using these days in version 7.0, then what the makers of Fly Me to the Moon are utilizing is perhaps version 2.5. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2008
3/4 18% Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) I received chills up my spine more than once, just via a careful line or two of dialogue reflecting Obi-Wan's esteem for his apprentice. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2008
3/4 65% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008) Young women may not typically demand this quality of cinematic entertainment to be aimed at their demographic, but they should. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2008
3/4 68% Pineapple Express (2008) Pineapple Express is a madcap farcical crime comedy first and foremost, saturated with the casual conversational silliness of a marijuana disconnect. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2008
2.5/4 38% Swing Vote (2008) The final 10 minutes are good enough that they actually deserve a better movie supporting them. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2008
3/4 62% Brideshead Revisited (2008) The kind of movie that shows us a world we might like to visit, no matter how much we might have reservations about the people we'd have to face in such a vacation. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2008
2/4 55% Step Brothers (2008) Someone with the short term memory problems of the protagonist in Memento might find Step Brothers to be the height of comedic genius. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2008
1.5/4 55% Mamma Mia! (2008) A Frankenstein's monster of a musical, with ABBA tunes stitched together using the DNA extracted from successful musicals. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2008
3.5/4 94% The Dark Knight (2008) One character says it best. 'Now that's a Batman.' - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2008
2/4 61% Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) If 3-D cinema technology takes off, I can imagine a day when this version of Journey to the Center of the Earth is regarded as a mere gimmicky throwaway. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2008
2/4 86% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) The movie may be artificial in an interesting way, but when the characters and dialogue arrive with the danger and edge of a Playskool toy, it's hard to get behind it. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2008
3/4 41% Hancock (2008) In the end, the movie sneaks up on us and delivers a solid pay-off, one that may even have many members of the audience shedding a tear. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2008
2.5/4 95% WALL-E (2008) There are jokes and gags aplenty, sure, but without any depth to the characters, the effect is a bit one-sided. Too much of the movie winds up feeling skin-deep. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2008
3/4 71% Wanted (2008) An over-the-top action movie that builds and builds, and keeps the promises it makes along the way. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2008
3/4 50% Get Smart (2008) Steve Carell may have been born to play this part. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2008
2/4 14% The Love Guru (2008) Mike Myers once again channels his inner giggling 12-year-old, but does so with a full embrace rather than with an air of irony or self-mockery. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2008
1.5/4 26% What Happens in Vegas (2008) In the end, only the one-dimensional characters on screen seem capable of believing that love has been found in this dreadful mire. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2008
2/4 18% The Happening (2008) In the end, one has to wonder why Shyamalan is so intent on riding his one-trick pony so hard. The animal is tired and needs desperately to rest. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2008
2.5/4 67% The Incredible Hulk (2008) In the end, fans of the original comic book series should be much more satisfied this time around. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2008
3/4 87% Kung Fu Panda (2008) Action scenes, humor, Jack Black's brand of goofy personality, and a moral or two all combine pretty seamlessly and entertainingly for the quick 90-minute run time. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2008
1.5/4 37% You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008) You Don't Mess with the Zohan is not as awful as the despicable Little Nicky, but it aspires to the same sloppy adolescent-stream-of-consciousness depths. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2008
2/4 49% Sex and the City (2008) The story - such as it is, without direction or much discernable craft - often wanders around like a concussion victim. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2008
1.5/4 45% The Strangers (2008) It would indeed be nice to be able to tell you that the movie has an engaging story, but alas, this product is as faceless as its inscrutable antagonists. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2008
2.5/4 73% Son of Rambow (2007) Son of Rambow is a little entertaining and a lot silly. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2008
2.5/4 67% The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) The action, especially in the area of the fighting, is the best reason to watch this movie, and the grand battles are comparable to those in the first entry of this franchise. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2008
3/4 78% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) If Lucas and crew make a fifth Indiana Jones movie, I suspect we'll learn that our aging hero can fly too. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2008
1/4 11% Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008) Expelled is an embarrassing, uninformed, misinformed, river dance of manipulation and logical fallacies. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2008
2/4 5% 88 Minutes (2008) The unbelievable 88 Minutes, nearly incoherent in its unnecessarily complicated story, is a carnival of red herrings. Al Pacino should have known better. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2008
2.5/4 83% Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) The story ends with such a bang of charm that many of the movie's sins can be forgiven, even though one of them is revisited right there in the final shot. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2008
2/4 36% Street Kings (2008) The heavy-handed dialogue and aggressive score do their best to make up for Keanu's understated performance, but instead suggest a pay-off that isn't there. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2008
1/4 8% Prom Night (2008) The movie is so relentlessly uncreative that I can't imagine anybody who has ever seen a couple slasher flicks enjoying it. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2008
2/4 48% The Ruins (2008) Mere competence doesn't generate the needed bonus points for when the filmmakers bail out in the third act and reveal the entire affair for cheap Hollywood fluff. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2008
2/4 65% Stop-Loss (2008) The movie, heavy-handed and manipulative, asks some honest and important questions at the expense of honest storytelling. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2008
1.5/4 9% Shutter (2008) This movie elicits perhaps more laughs than any of the entries that have preceded it in the Asian horror remake franchise. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2008
1.5/4 26% Drillbit Taylor (2008) The kind of uninspired comedy where the producers have wrongly assumed that inserting the right people into the right gimmicky situation will write its own hilarity. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2008
3/4 79% Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008) The filmmakers and actors have honored the source material while embellishing for a modern movie audience, and the result is very entertaining. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2008
2/4 23% Never Back Down (2008) A particularly cheesy flashback montage at the "moment of truth" (and of course I use the word "truth" lightly) may elicit laughs from older and more experienced viewers. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2008
3/4 79% The Bank Job (2008) The surprising thing for this reviewer is how much emotional weight the story manages to concoct. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2008
3/4 77% Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) An intelligent script, bouncy soundtrack, and (above all) terrific lead performances combine to make this short outing a robust and rewarding one. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2008
2/4 8% 10,000 B.C. (2008) The movie works, if only at times, because it wields a savage exoticism that accentuates the outright strangeness of pre-history. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2008
3/4 42% The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) Well-produced and entertaining, the movie takes that little extra step forward by showcasing the talents of its leads. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2008
2.5/4 54% Penelope (2006) The movie's strengths ultimately win the day. As odd as the story may feel at times, it does contain some terrific scenes and individual moments. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2008
2/4 23% Semi-Pro (2008) A long series of shock moments sharing time with Will Ferrell behaving badly. - Fantastica Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2008