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James Berardinelli (born September 25, 1967)[1] is an American film critic and former engineer. His reviews are mainly published on his blog ReelViews. Approved as a critic by the aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, he has published two collections of reviews of movies on DVD and video. He is also a fantasy novelist, publishing a trilogy from 2015 through 2016 known as The Last Whisper of the Gods.

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whom he met through his website. 2
fiber optics, 1
where he attended Cherry Hill High School East. 1
Later he moved to Piscataway. 1
Berardinelli has categorized himself as an agnostic and a libertarian. 1
obtaining both a bachelor's and master's degree in electrical engineering. 1
and software systems." 0
He resides in Mount Laurel, New Jersey with his wife, Sheryl, 0
They have two children: a son born in May 2010, 0
Berardinelli was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey 0
video testing, 0
He worked during the next 15 years "in a variety of fields, including 0
After graduating he worked for Bellcore Company, now Telcordia Technologies. 0
He attended the University of Pennsylvania from 1985 to 1990, 0
When he was nine, his family moved to the township of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, 0
and spent his early childhood in Morristown, New Jersey. 0
and a daughter born in November 2019. 0

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Monday, 13 June 2022 04:52 (two months ago) link

Appropriate that a berardinelli thread would be all plot summary

adam t. (abanana), Monday, 13 June 2022 10:54 (two months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 18 June 2022 00:01 (one month ago) link

voted for Piscataway

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Saturday, 18 June 2022 00:07 (one month ago) link

Totally off on a tangent, but what happened to Ain't It Cool News? I was on the internet in the 1990s and I remember James Berardinelli's reviews were perfectly fine - bland but professionally written, and he had a relentless work ethic, so I can see why he became a success while his contemporaries (all of those "bad movies" websites) faded away. Furthermore, and unlike the bad movies websites, he didn't try to hide beneath the "it's a pile of crap anyway" defence.

However I remember utterly loathing Ain't It Cool News, because it was badly-written and felt like the personal diary of someone who attended advance screenings. A look at Google reveals that it still exists, but I haven't seen its name in the media for years. The earliest capture on the Internet Archive gives me this, a review of U-571 that spends the first few paragraphs talking about the fact it was an advance screening at a college:

"If at all possible, go see U-571 with two ladies on either side of you. Because this is the type of movie where if you leave and don't have bloody fingernail marks around your wrists, you had the wrong people sitting next to you."

In fact it doesn't really say anything about the film. It's just brainless, as if the author hadn't fully developed consciousness yet and was not self-aware.

For the record I did see U-571 in the cinema, and the only bloody marks I developed were stigmata that appeared whenever Jon Bon Jovi was on-screen, which fortunately wasn't all that often. The film was a minor cause celebre I'll put in the accents later here in the UK on account of its wonky grasp of history. Célèbre, I'll move some of the letters around.

Ashley Pomeroy, Saturday, 18 June 2022 14:02 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 19 June 2022 00:01 (one month ago) link

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