Nostalgia Critic Real Thoughts on – The Cell

A visual classic or a pretentious blow-off? Doug and Rob look at the “psychological” thriller, The Cell.

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  1. Leonard Maltin did the same thing. He liked both “The Cell” and “The Phantom Menace” but not “Attack Of The Clones”. Oh, and he and Ebert (and Siskel) all liked “Space Jam”. I thought his movie was okay. I thought both sides had valid points. Do AI next!

  2. EpicJasonX9000

    the funny thing is that I actually remember seeing this film in theaters with my mom and my older brother at a mall theater which has since been shut down. I remember near the end the movie having audio issues with the sound going in and out which kept bothering me. it’s not as nearly an issue like I had seeing Pokémon The Movie 2000 where the coming attractions aka trailers melted which caused me to go see a later show time. even that theater no longer exists either. at least I got to see The Exorcist “The Version You’ve Never Seen Before” in theaters with my father a few months later.

  3. I’m curious what you guys think of Seven. Personally, I think it’s a good use of the artistic genius serial killer trope popularized by Silence of the Lambs.

    • EpicJasonX9000

      I’m actually currious to see what they think of the Saw films. I think I remember the Critic talking about it before, but I’d like to see what he thinks of the other films in the series. hell, I’d love to see him tackle either Wishmaster (which I would love to play as The Djinn since I can do the voice perfectly, even deeper than Malcolm and Brad Jones combined), and/or The Lawnmower Man. since VR is the most popular thing, and since he’s covered cliched stories based on Stephen King before, this would be the most logical choice to do a review. to be honest, the only horror movie that I’ve seen which I think is the worst horror movie, worst remake, hell even the worst film I’ve ever seen, is Hellraiser Revelations. even Clive Barker himself hated it.

      • Hellraiser Revelations is the only one I haven’t seen in the series. Honestly all you really need are Hellraiser 1 and 2.

        • EpicJasonX9000

          trust me, you’re lucky you haven’t seen it. it’s really, really bad. on a side note, I actually liked Hellraiser Inferno and at least 3 & 4 are entertainingly bad. 6-8 are just kind of meh to me.

          • Was Inferno the one with the asshole detective? Yeah, I remember that one being not too bad.

  4. I’ve always heard about Tarsem’s movies. I am a sucker for great visuals but I don’t like gore. I LOVE the Pepsi commercial with Britney Spears that Tarsem made though. Immortals was good but again, the gore was a little too much for me. I thought Mirror Mirror was okay though. Although, you had me laughing at a lot of stuff I really shouldn’t have laughed at. Oh, and I agree. There are some critics that have similar taste to me.

    • have you seen The Fall, happymel? It features very little in the way of gore, largely because most of it is set within the imagination of a child. I think its probably got a stronger, or at least better built and paced, story than the films of his I’ve seen. I’d recommend OanCitizen’s review of it if you wanted to get some sneak peeks of what its about or looks like

    • EpicJasonX9000

      I saw Immortals, and I really didn’t like it. I wasn’t even aware that he made it. if I wanted to watch a movie that had great visuals to it, I’d rather watch movies like The Fog, Suspiria, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Hunger, In The Mouth Of Madness, or hell even the Robin Williams film What Dreams May Come. personally, I’d rather see a movie where character development is more important. even recent films like The Shallows is visually pleasing & gorgeous, yet they were still able to build tension and have a character you actually care about. which is a major problem for most modern horror films even for films such as The Cell. sure you don’t know the characters in let’s say The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but that film was far more effective in building tension and making you feel uncomfortable than this film. and that film is at this point over 4 decades old. 40 years old and still as effective as it was back in 1974. yet this film is 15 years old, and it has not aged well. hell, even Leatherface is a far more defined serial killer than Private Pile, I mean Edgar The Big, I mean Carl.

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