How original are 2016’s summer blockbuster movies?

Finding Dory

It’s time once again to take a look at this summer’s blockbuster films, and see how they’ll rank on the basis of originality. That’s as outlined by an episode of the 90s TV series “The Critic,” where Jay Sherman stated one should skip seeing a film if it’s: Based on a TV show. After Roman numeral … Read more

A look back over summer 2015’s blockbuster movies

Inside Out cast

The summer movie season’s now over. Therefore, it’s time to look back over this summer’s blockbuster movie fare, and see what original fare did well and what didn’t, based on the criteria I’ve previously laid out. I’ll split everything into “success,” “broke even” (within ±10% of its budget), and “flop,” all based on domestic box office figures. I … Read more

How original are 2015’s summer blockbuster movies?

Inside Out cast

Once again, I thought it’s time to look at this year’s upcoming summer blockbuster films, and to rank them based on the originality criteria laid down by Jay Sherman from 90s animated series “The Critic.” As the cranky critic laid out, a movie would fail for originality if it’s: Based on a TV show After Roman numeral II … Read more

A look back over summer 2014’s blockbuster movies

Guardians of the Galaxy

It’s time again to look back at what blockbuster films this summer did well or lousy at the box office. I’ve broken them out by “success,” “broke even” (within ±10% of what it cost to make) or “flop” based on total global box office figures, with domestic successes or failures noted. There’s also further statistics listed at … Read more

The “Jay Sherman Test” and 2014’s summer blockbuster movies

Guardians of the Galaxy

Repeating a theme from the previous few summers, I thought I’d look at 2014’s summer movie slate, and see which ones pass Jay Sherman of “The Critic”‘s criteria of originality. Or at least whether it’s worth shelling out at the box office, versus waiting for home video. Jay’s criteria were: If it used to be … Read more

A look back over summer 2013’s blockbuster movies

Turbo cast

While it’s a week before Labor Day weekend, with next weekend only opening one major film (“Getaway”), I think I can get away with looking back over how well this summer’s films did and didn’t do, as I did for last summer’s films. Again, they’ll be separated by the “Jay Sherman test” categorizations. Like last … Read more

The “Jay Sherman Test” and 2013’s summer blockbuster movies

Turbo cast

Repeating a post from last year, I thought I’d look at 2013’s summer blockbuster movie slate, and see which ones pass Jay Sherman of “The Critic”‘s criteria for whether or not it’s worth seeing a movie (at least at the theater for $11). Jay’s criteria were: If it used to be a TV show, just … Read more