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Some of Red Letter Media‘s movie breakdowns and reviews featuring the Mr. Plinkett character are more self-indulgent than others, with drunk/gross jokes getting in the way of the movie talk. Maybe that’s par for the course when talking about some of the films being discussed, as they can be pretty self-indulgent as well.

Case in point is Star Trek Into Darkness, which Red Letter Media takes to task in a new video. The subject is not the film’s general plotting and storytelling, but its specific reliance on ideas featured in previous Star Trek stories. It’s no shock that the film’s “secret” villain gets a lot of time here, but Into Darkness borrows lot more from previous Trek tales than some viewers realize.

Granted, with a narrative series as long-running as Trek there’s bound to be some overlap between elements. But for those who haven’t memorized the nuts and bolts of all the previous movies and TV episodes, there will be a few eye-opening mentions in the video below. There’s healthy dose of Plinkett nonsense here, much of it not safe for work, but you’ll also find a detailed rundown of the many Trek ideas that get a “second life” in this year’s film. Read More »

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Yeah, that’s right — just Star Wars. Red Letter Media became internet famous thanks to a feature-length video takedown of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Over the course of two more prequel reviews, the outfit did a very good job of articulating not only what didn’t work in the three new Star Wars films, but why the films failed in such specific ways.

Now the Mr. Plinkett personality that voiced all the RLM prequel reviews has turned to the original Star Wars. His take on the film is, and I’m sure there won’t be much surprise here, a bit more positive than what he had to say about the prequels. Read More »

Red Letter Media, best known for their brilliant and funny dissections of George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels, has just posted a hilarious video talking about Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus. Since they don’t have the movie itself to draw clips from, the video is just one guy frying his friends brain with four straight minutes of unanswered questions and plot holes from the film. Some are easily answered, others are not, but they’re all really humorous. Check out the video below. Read More »

While most of my memories leading up to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace were positive, the best one I have as a direct result of the movie was falling off a chair from laughing so hard at the video review by Red Letter Media. The 70-minute evisceration of the film is a work of unparalleled genius and turned the review persona of Mr. Plinkett into an internet legend.

With the film being released in theaters this weekend, Red Letter Media couldn’t pass up the chance to get a few more views by following George Lucas’ lead and converting the review to 3D. Check it out. Read More »

Find a barrel. Fill with water, drop in fish. Then point shotgun and shoot. That’s the general process of taking down the fourth Indiana Jones movie, but that’s not going to stop Red Letter Media, which has already served up feature-length review/deconstructions of the Star Wars prequels. And despite the fact that these four films are four of the easiest smackdown targets in mainstream cinema, there are still some smart observations to be made about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. If you’ve got an hour to kill, check out the review below. Read More »

Thanks to the Star Wars prequels, Star Wars fandom has divided itself down the middle almost like the Jedi and the Sith. There are people who vocally condemn the mere existence of the prequels and others who know the prequels aren’t as good as the originals, but still respect them because they’re Star Wars. Like anything, though, there are exceptions to this rule. Plenty of old-school fans boycotted the movies totally, others love the prequels unabashedly and some fall in between if, for example, they think Revenge of the Sith is great, but the others suck, and so on.

Assuming that’s the case, the Bible for the non-fans would probably be the Red Letter Media video reviews of the Star Wars prequels. These epic, critical destructions of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, blend film theory and entertainment value in an almost deadly way. They’re anti-prequel propaganda at its best. The fans, though, don’t have a figurehead. George Lucas certainly doesn’t want the job and even the films themselves only contain a few moments in each that are pure Star Wars.

However, one fan has taken all the passion that once embodied a Star Wars fan and created something for prequel admirers to stand behind. A message board user named Jim Raynor has written an incendiary 108-page tome as a rebuttal to the Red Letter Media review of The Phantom Menace called Red Letter Media’s Episode I Review: A Study in Fanboy Stupidity. Download it, read some excerpts, bask in its geekiness and more after the jump. Read More »

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