Monday, January 26, 2009

At the Movies, 1/25/09

This week's episode of At the Movies was a rerun, so I have little commentary to add from my previous discussion of this episode--where the Bens discuss their top ten lists for 2008--which you can view here.

But where Ben did appear last week was on the E! coverage of the Oscar nominations. Unfortunately, I missed it and I have not been able to come up with any video to either post or review, so I'll have to settle for a few quotes from others.

Gawker: Ben Lyons called Benjamin Button "a benchmark of cinema" because he is as big of a goddamned idiot as his father. He also said that Button will win Best Picture because it made lots of money. "You gotta make some coin." Why is this person on television? I wish Julianna Ranci-whatever would hit him with a sack of doorknobs. Was E! ever credible as an actual decent reporter on the entertainment industry? Did they ever try to be?

Dave McCoy, MSN Movies: Nobody should have to see "film critic" Ben Lyons break down ANYTHING at 5:30 in the morning. Or anytime. I shouldn't have watched the nominations on E!. "I've been at Sundance... it's great to be here." ... "It's gonna be a 'Slumdog' morning!"... "Marisa Tomei... naked at 40! Whoo!"... This guy is brutal and an offense to his profession.

I promised myself that I would not waste my life away watching Ben Lyons on E!, but between this and the recent Kristen Stewart review, I am afraid I am going to have to keep a closer eye on the channel. But I still hope to avoid the Nickelodeon game show.

Ben has clearly tried hard--although not entirely successfully--to look something like a serious film critic on At the Movies, but still seems to think he can act like a fool on E! We should not let him.


Dan said...

Saying that Ben Button should win because "it made so much money" is like saying Yao Ming is the best basketball player because he's the tallest. What an idiot.

Anonymous said...

Well...Best Picture winners do tend to be big money makers. Which was why the last Lord of the Rings won, despite not being the best film in the running. Hollywood likes to honor big and popular blockbusters when it can, like with Titanic.

So he might have been going for a solid point on Benjamin Button. Actually, nah. I don't think he was.