The Escapist Film Festival 2010: Opinionated Reviews: Burn Notice

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Opinionated Reviews: Burn Notice

Twelfth in a series of video reviews of television shows.

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Good review, I like the style of the review how it hits on all the key points.

Burn Notice sounds terrible...

whats up with "yogurt"?

TeH PizZa Guy:
whats up with "yogurt"?

In every single episode of Burn Notice, yogurt appears. Either they eat yogurt or they talk about yogurt or they buy yogurt or lament its lack. And they never (in show) explain it.

Savant Crime:

TeH PizZa Guy:
whats up with "yogurt"?

In every single episode of Burn Notice, yogurt appears. Either they eat yogurt or they talk about yogurt or they buy yogurt or lament its lack. And they never (in show) explain it.

Actually, they do, I think. I'm sure they mention that spies like yogurt because it's good for a stressed stomach.

I must say, however, that I didn't like your video. It was very nicely done, and looked good, but I didn't like it. I want to say it's because it feels like a rip of/mix of movie bob and ZP, and that you're trying to hard to be mean/funny. However, I am a huge fan of Burn Notice, so it might just be me being childish and offended so I won't rip on you just yet. I saw a lot of really bad entries on the "First Cut" page and yours wasn't nearly as bad.
In short, you won't be getting my vote, but if you do get selected, I hope you show that you can be both mean, honest, funny, not funny and nice depending on what the series deserves.
Oh, and speak a bit clearer, you sounded muffled at times.

a horrible yahtzee attempt at best. the yogurt was more interesting than any of what she was saying with her monotone voice. if you're going to give your opinion at least do it with some emotion so that people will actually listen to you instead of play "where's the yogurt now" every time you feel the need to switch pictures.

TeH PizZa Guy:
whats up with "yogurt"?

The main character, Michael Weston, likes yogurt.

Have to say got tired of the voice before even half way through. It's not suited to verbal diarrhea, unlike Yahtzee's. That and the fact this is a horrible attempt to rip off ZP, only using TV shows instead of games, only means I disliked it even more.

I didn't mind that you ripped off ZP, (you didnt even really...)
I liked the points that you gave, and it was informing. not so much humorous.
Your voice is wonderful, but it becomes hard to keep on listening after the half-way mark.
I'd also like to see more images, I believe thats what drives people away also.
I had a few laughs and was interested to the end, so thumbs up!!!!

it feels like a rip of/mix of movie bob and ZP, and that you're trying to hard to be mean/funny

a horrible yahtzee attempt at best

this is a horrible attempt to rip off ZP

Speaking quickly and being critical does, in no way, make me a Yahtzee rip-off.

If I were trying to copy his style, I'd curse more, anthropomorphize everything, make extended analogies, and imitate the art style.

I spoke rather quickly because I had an aggressive time limit, and I had an awful lot to say.

I use the videos instead of a written review because my reviews are usually 1700-1800 words long, and I wanted to keep audience attention.

I use the slide-show style because I'm camera shy.

Yes, I draw inspiration from Yahtzee. I also draw inspiration from a dozen other sources, but mostly, this video, just like the others I've made, is me speaking about something I feel strongly about.

I hope I've explained myself enough to express the other side. If not, I'm not going to argue. You are, of course, as free to associate me with Yahtzee as with Jack Chick, and I put just as much stock in the comparison.

Thank you for taking the time to comment.

Varya:
*snip*

I was wondering if people wouldn't like this because they liked BN.

I liked this seemed kind of rushed, but that's the time limit for you. (How long are the videos normally?) I would definitely ;ike to see more.

randommaster:
I would definitely ;ike to see more.

My videos usually run about seven and a half minutes. I've done others and they're on YouTube. If you're interested, I'll PM you a link.

Dear Madam

I liked your video.
No, I loved your video.
Its exactly what The Escapist NEEDS, a show that talks abouts Tv Series.
We have MovieBob for Films and Yahtzee for Games. Why not TV Series?

It may come off as a rip off of yahtzee, but I see it as a redeeming factor. I like yahtzee's work and seeing someone else do something similiar in a totally different field is rather good. If it was about games as well, sure, its a direct rip off. but I just see it as a nod of inspiration.

My only real complaint is the length of the video itself. 5 minutes just is't enough. A solid 10 minutes to fill it out would be perfect. Its even enough time to explain things further. But, I know that the contests limits the videos to 5 minutes, so we will have to live with that.

I have given you my 'I Like' vote and hope you will carry on doing the videos, even if the chips are laid down and The Escapist 4th Annual Film Festival is closed.

I look forward to watching more of your work.

Regards
Migs

I really liked that. I've never seen Burn Notice and have no desire too, so I can neither confirm or deny your claims. However you make valid, well rounded points and do a good job explaining your reasoning rather then just resorting too 'this sucks.' I automatically appreciate any reviewer that manages to be logical and self-explanatory and for that alone I'd support you.

But then on top of that you also manage to be truly funny rather then trying and failing like the reviewed show. And you sound like you actually know something about the topic rather then just being an outspoken but uninformed viewer. Also, I really love that scoreboard at the end, and I hope that sticks around if this gets picked up.

Plus, it's nice to see a series on here that seems willing to cover a wider range of media then just gaming.

On the other hand, the audio quality is a little annoying. Nothing deal breaking, but if you have the ability to upgrade soon do so.

You have my vote, good luck.

Yeah, what with the similar art style to Zero Punctuation, this seems pretty pointless. I like the idea of a series that reviews TV shows, but there's higher demand for other stuff (read: music) and it just looks too similar.

As well as that, your voice drones on, rather than sounding interested and the video isn't at all entertaining. Sorry.

Plus you have no elbows! How is that not bugging other people.

Wow, two polite, supportive responses in a row. I might cry.

In a good way.

Mike Richards:
the audio quality is a little annoying. Nothing deal breaking, but if you have the ability to upgrade soon do so.

The mic I'm using is a headset mic that I steal every week from a housemate for the purpose of recording. I intend to upgrade as soon as I have the money with which to do so, so no worries on that front!

Thank you for your support.

So what if it is done in a similar style compared to ZP, I like the idea of a tv show reviewing series on The Escapist. I didn't see any problems, so you will get a vote from me.

Don't worry about length, 5 minutes is fine, especially for The Escapist. I think that there are too many people out there that base things on length when it obviously isn't a point for judging something, like this video. What matters is the quality of the work within the amount of time.

I actually quite like the voice of the reviewer. Pleasant on the ears while giving out good solid info. Although I may be excluded since I extremly rarely hear American (Canadian? I can never tell the difference.) people talk in my day-to-day life.

FreeBird, good idea on the music front. As for the elbows, I don't find that to be bugging me at all. I'm surprised you did'nt mention Extra Credits at all, that had no necks\elbows or even kneecaps.

You'll get my vote every step of the way...We need TV show reviews.

Doesn't hurt that you've reviewed crime dramas, either. Instead of the standard sci-fi nerd stuff.

Savant Crime:

randommaster:
I would definitely ;ike to see more.

My videos usually run about seven and a half minutes. I've done others and they're on YouTube. If you're interested, I'll PM you a link.

Awesome. Best of luck to you.

Migs:
FreeBird, good idea on the music front. As for the elbows, I don't find that to be bugging me at all. I'm surprised you did'nt mention Extra Credits at all, that had no necks\elbows or even kneecaps.

Yeah, but that's in a Rayman style. This just looks weird.

Once you've seen it, you can't unsee it!

Savant Crime:

randommaster:
I would definitely ;ike to see more.

My videos usually run about seven and a half minutes. I've done others and they're on YouTube. If you're interested, I'll PM you a link.

Hey. I'll take one of those links. As I said, I can't be objective since I love Burn Notice, but I want to know if I really didn't like it or if I was clouded in judgement.
I might change my mind about voting

Thats it, you're getting my vote only out of sheer spite. I've watched your videos on youtube and I disagree with you so much I wanna scream at the screen. I feel insulted for not spotting things you see because you (I asume) have more education in film that I do. But... I enyojed it, and I would like to disagree with your taste roughly once a week as I feel I agree so much with MoviBob he is reading my mind. So there you go, my vote, you basterd!

Varya:
Thats it, you're getting my vote only out of sheer spite. I've watched your videos on youtube and I disagree with you so much I wanna scream at the screen. I feel insulted for not spotting things you see because you (I asume) have more education in film that I do. But... I enyojed it, and I would like to disagree with your taste roughly once a week as I feel I agree so much with MoviBob he is reading my mind. So there you go, my vote, you basterd!

Why thank you. I'm always happy to hear a differing opinion as long as it's well thought-out.

This is a pretty good Yahtzee ripoff. And I've seen a lot of Yahtzee parodies. That being said, I really don't think the site that hosts Yahtzee needs a Yahtzee ripoff.

Yahtzee, Bob, EC, there is a lot of this format on the escapist. the only reason i like this one is it's about television.

Hmm uh wow. This is hard because I really love Burn Notice, but the video was well written and well edited. And you did bring up some good points, especially with the editing(oh really, we're in Miami? I had no idea!)and you used images well, especially the little yogurt crawling across the video.

My question is, if you hate Burn Notice so much, why did you watch three seasons of it? Wouldn't one suffice? I hate Jersey Shore but I don't have to watch 2 seasons to know it's bad.

TheNoirGuy:
My question is, if you hate Burn Notice so much, why did you watch three seasons of it? Wouldn't one suffice? I hate Jersey Shore but I don't have to watch 2 seasons to know it's bad.

I watched more because I needed to know if it got better. I set my absolute minimum at one season, and since Burn Notice is a summer series that means two seasons (summer series have half-seasons). By then I'd started with the lists and I wanted to watch all four seasons so that the lists would be complete, but time became an issue, so I called it at season three.

I could enjoy this... Only if she finds something to be like not tearing down... Maybe a few episodes of something you like??? I know pounding somethings head into a wall of its own awfulness is entertaining... But done.. by someone else... But one or two TV shows you like will make this not as "Oh what will she beat down this week?" to "Oh what's her opinion this week?"

You do intend not to just do every show that "erks" you.... right?

This I liked. I can see you're already getting flack for the style, even moviebobs positive reviews get that so I think it's just a reaction to all the clones that showed up.

This was brilliant.

I really loved your review. We have game and film reviews so why not T.V reviews eh. Good luck.

Roamin11:
You do intend not to just do every show that "erks" you.... right?

Actually I do whatever people request and sometimes whatever I want to review. I've done shows that I enjoyed, and shows that were of good quality. I picked Burn Notice for the contest specifically because tearing something down so thoroughly is entertaining, but they're not all like that.

Onyx Oblivion:
You'll get my vote every step of the way...We need TV show reviews.

Doesn't hurt that you've reviewed crime dramas, either. Instead of the standard sci-fi nerd stuff.

Yep, couldn't have said it better myself(although I'll try to do so).

The art style was great(it's relaxing and cool at the same time).
The idea is interesting (TV reviews).
The opinions seemed well based(I'm no critic what so ever)
+ The whole thing is done by a beautiful-voiced girl.

That adds up to... 1 more vote + several others (if I manage to find a lop in the voting system)

umm, i like burn notice. but hey, im a dude. i like explosions and pseudoscience.

ill give you my vote if you tell me your opinion of the Dilbert animated series from 2000.

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I give you my vote! Just modify the visual style; it's too similar to Bob's or Yahtzee's. The review in itself was good, too. I love Burn Notice but I enjoyed your review. I can handle conflicting viewpoints. I found myself agreeing with a lot of the points presented, anyways.

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