CinemaSins is a YouTube channel created by Jeremy Scott and Chris Atkinson. The channel produces the Everything Wrong With... series that offers comedic critique and commentary on movies. As of August 2019, CinemaSins has over 8.5 million subscribers and over 3 billion video views. Its slogan is "No Movie Is Without Sin", indicating that even the most beloved and critically acclaimed films have flaws. The channel's founders have since established a stand-alone website, CinemaSins.com, operating concurrently with the YouTube channel.
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|Updated 5 December 2018|
Scott and Atkinson met in 1999 while working as managers at a movie theater. They both shared a love for movies, with Scott having developed cinephilia in college after not being allowed to see many movies as a child, and Atkinson having worked at the theater since he was a teenager. When they had dinner together, they talked over the channel. The two began to preview new Friday releases the prior Thursday after the theater closed, and would criticize and crack jokes during the early showing. On May 9, 2011, they launched the YouTube channel "thecussingchannel" which contains supercuts of various films such as "Just the Cussing" for Pulp Fiction and "Just the Spells" for all eight of the Harry Potter films, as well as four Apple ad parodies narrated by Scott. In addition to writing articles for ReelSEO, Scott founded the Internet marketing firm The Viral Orchard, and Atkinson wrote for his movie review blog.
On December 11, 2012, after a few unsuccessful channel attempts, they released "Everything Wrong With The Amazing Spiderman In 2 Minutes Or Less", which garnered over 250,000 views in the first week partly due to a Buzzfeed post. Since then, they have consistently put out at least two "Movie Sins" videos each week, and now work full-time on the channel. In May 2014, Scott started the channel CinemaSins Jeremy, in which he makes videos detailing his thoughts and criticisms about trends in films and Hollywood news, as well as reviews and unholy mashups. Two other spin-off channels featuring the Everything Wrong With... format have been launched.
In October 2014, Brand Sins was launched with content that highlights flaws in companies and in January 2015, Music Video Sins with content revolving around sins and inconsistencies in music videos. On January 9, 2016, CinemaSins started a podcast called The SinCast in which Scott, Atkinson and Barrett Share discuss various topics related to film and CinemaSins projects. As of August 2019, the channel has amassed over two billion views and eight million subscribers. In September 2018, TV Sins was created which focuses on highlighting errors in popular TV shows.
CinemaSins was launched on December 11, 2012 on YouTube, and uploaded their first two-minute long video titled "Everything Wrong With The Amazing Spider-Man" by Jeremy Scott. Due to the success, CinemaSins have released seven other series.
Everything Wrong With...Edit
CinemaSins' main video series, Everything Wrong With..., explores a certain film's amusing, generally poor writing, acting, direction, production values, deus ex machina examples, cliches, instances that defy logic and physics, factual errors, poor visual effects, derivative premises and other content that they deem "sins." Most transgressions are awarded a single sin, but on occasion more sins are awarded for effect.[a] However, there are times when sins are removed due to the presence of a scene which is considered exceptionally good, which makes up for the original sin.[b][c][d][e]
Each video begins with two taglines added on the film's title card ("In x minutes or less" (X was rounded up total minutes of runtime, excluding verdict, intro, bonus round and outtakes), and "Spoilers! (Duh)" (indicating the film's potential spoiler content)[f]); the video was then played with an on-screen "sin count" and "sin timer" (video runtime) throughout (with common vulgar words (along with the captions) censored), and ends with a "verdict" for the film. The early videos usually featured generic verdicts like "Hell", though eventually they came to employ words or phrases that refer to the film's content, such as lines of dialogue, settings, etc. On rare occasions, a film will start with negative sins because of how good it is or because of a good decision early in the film, such as not overexposing the studios' logos. Frequently, the first sin listed is the total length of the logo sequences of the various production companies involved in the film. Usually all of the sins are written by Scott and Atkinson; in one case, Iron Man 2's sins are described by the subscribers instead (Scott still did the video's narration and the bonus round). Some videos feature a "bonus round", in which additional sins are added to the count for repetitive occurrences in the film[g] The sin count rarely reflects the reviewer's relative overall opinion of the film, so their true opinion is usually made clear in the video descriptions. These videos are almost exclusively narrated by Scott itself, with the following videos being exceptions, which usually featured special guest narrators:
- Atkinson narrated Prometheus on behalf of Scott
- Canadian YouTuber Matthew Santoro narrated Underworld: Evolution;
- Nostalgia Critic's host Doug Walker narrated How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
- Screen Junkies host Jon Bailey narrated Iron Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (the latter was a crossover, with Bailey did a "Everything Wrong With" video, while Scott did a Honest Trailers video)
- Astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson narrated Gravity, Interstellar and The Martian;
- Couch Tomato narrated the bonus round for Finding Dory ("20 Reasons Why Finding Nemo and Finding Dory are the Same Movie")
Almost all of the episodes were uploaded in one video typically played for 15-20 minutes, to date only four films had their videos split into two videos due to overruns (Transformers: Age of Extinction, and the first three episodes of Star Wars). Furious 7 episode was also split into two videos but had the audio outtakes separated into another video.
Certain stock criticisms are used as running gags, a number of which are ironic references to certain films, such as someone/something having "gone to the Prometheus school of running away from things" and "Insert Character would be excellent at CinemaSins" or "No one will be seated during the..." suggesting that a given scene is excessively boring or drawn out. Sometimes these criticisms are used in a doubly-ironic fashion within the very films that they reference, such as the alien characters in Signs being sinned for having "the same weakness as the aliens in Signs".
"Everything Wrong With" videos are typically added every Tuesday and Thursday of the week (with exception of mid-September 2014 (and every September since), which only uploads on Tuesdays). Videos are selected and sinned, usually by at least one of the following reasons:
- A film chosen by popular demand.[h]
- A prequel film (or a series) to promote an upcoming film, usually sequels and sometimes remakes.[i]
- An actor's prior film role in relation to the upcoming film.[j]
- A seasonal-themed film to celebrate holidays.[k]
- A particular theme, genre or company in relation to an upcoming film.[l]
- Other reasons, through special cases should CinemaSins deem fit.[m]
When doing sins videos that are based on other media, such as books, television series or video games, CinemaSins normally never refers to the source materials on which the films are based, instead believing that the feature should stand or fall on its own merit.[n]
Usually, at the end of a sins video, audio from other TV shows, films or songs with similar themes or motifs will be played over clips from the film. At times, they will also advertise other sponsored products like Audible, Nature Box or Squarespace and Scott's book The Ables, released on May 1, 2015.
Since September 2018, re-uploads of older episodes are found on YouTube, with some of the videos done by reworked sins, while the older uploads are removed. As of January 1, 2019, a total of 607 films (not counting re-uploads, director's cut, separate videos, or spin-offs, but including DVD and Web Movie originals) from a count of 612 videos were sinned. The most watched video in the series (and currently the second-most for the channel, previously the most-viewed) was Frozen, with a viewership of 22.8 million.
CinemaSins success had led to the production of three other spin-off channels under the "Everything Wrong With..." subtitle. On April 3, 2014, CinemaSins launched their Music Video Sins channel. On October 8, 2014, Brand Sins was launched. On September 4, 2018, a third spin-off channel, TV Sins, featuring reviews of popular drama serials, was launched.
Conversations With Myself About MoviesEdit
In the Conversations With Myself About Movies series, Scott has a conversation with an edited-in version of himself about a movie. The "Conversations" videos also included clues as to the next "Sins" video, as well as a few red herrings.
Movie Recipes is a series that makes food that tastes "exactly like the movie", usually taking elements from the movie and putting it into the recipe in different ways. The videos were put on hiatus with the final of the original entries being Scott's cameo in the Nostalgia Critic's review of A Christmas Story 2. The behind-the-scenes video showcasing the filming of the cameo featured Scott mentioning that the repulsive and possibly hazardous taste of the resultant foods was the reason he stopped making the videos. Scott retooled the series in March 2016, with dishes prepared by professional chefs instead.
What's the Damage?Edit
|Hosted by||Chris Atkinson
Jeremy ScottBarrett Share
|No. of episodes||Regular: 164 as of March 1, 2019 Bonus: 33 as of March 1, 2019|
|Original release||January 2016 – present|
In January 9, 2016, the podcast "Sincast, presented by CinemaSins" was launched. It is hosted by Scott, Atkinson and Music Video Sins writer Barrett Share. Early episodes were about half an hour long, but since late 2016 most of them are around two hours long. The format has changed a few times since launch, but generally the trio discuss a larger topic for the greater part of the episode and then round of the episode by answering a couple of questions from listeners. The topics include discussion about upcoming movies, their favorite movies in different genres, stories from the host trio's time as movie theatre employees and recasting classic movies.
On a few occasions the podcast has had a special guest, among them movie critic Aaron Dicer, storyboard artist Jeremy Simser, movie critic Jessie Maltin (daughter of Leonard Maltin) and the people behind the horror movie website Modern Horrors.
There is also the occasional "MiniPod", where the hosts review recently released high-profile movies, such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Get Out and Dunkirk. The first half of the episode is spoiler-free, whereas the other half contains spoilers to allow the hosts to go into deeper discussion about the movie.
In September 2017, Scott, Atkinson and Share appeared at the Wizard World Comic Con in Nashville and taped their first podcast in front of a live audience. Jason Mewes and Brian O'Halloran appeared as guests on the episode.
On May 16, 2019, CinemaSins announced that the podcast channel along with its archives can be listened and viewed on YouTube.
In addition to the regular content consisting of news, rants, recommendations, warnings, and Q&A, some episodes will partially or entirely focus on a theme. These include:
- Theater Stories: Each regular host has experience working in movie theaters and these episodes focus on funny, bizarre, and entertaining stories from their time in the industry.
- Season Previews: Movies from upcoming months are discussed.
- Best Movie from Each Year You've Been Alive: Prompted from a question, this multiple episode series included discussion on the difference movies from the years the hosts have been alive, beginning with 1975. The hosts would conclude by voting with what they believe to be the best movie of the year to them resulting in a single movie by consensus.
- Movie Bracket: A multiple episode series inspired by the NCAA basketball tournament, the hosts used the winners and solid runners-up from the Best Movie from Each Year You've Been Alive to create a bracket of movies that would be paired with one another and the hosts voting on which movie would advance. No quantitative evidence was used, rather a simple in-the-moment feel from each host was used in their voting. This was not intended to be an all-inclusive list of best movies, but rather intended as entertainment and discussion-inducing.
- Mount Rushmore: A multiple episode series intended to identify the top-four of different topics in movies. The final voting often went beyond four and this series ended.
- Defining the Decade: A short multiple episode series discussing the characteristics and movies of the past decades beginning with the 1970s.
- Cinematic Road Trip: A multiple episode series in which the hosts and guests discuss movies set in and/or filmed in different states of the United States.
Controversy and criticismsEdit
CinemaSins has attracted criticism from several filmmakers, including Rian Johnson, Damon Lindelof, C. Robert Cargill, David F. Sandberg, and Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The filmmakers assert that the channel largely fails as genuine criticism because of its excessive and trivial nitpicking, lack of understanding of the filmmaking process, and its often mean-spirited, reductive nature; as Vogt-Roberts put it, "these guys are just trolling the art form we love and profiting from it while dumbing down the conversation." YouTuber "Bobvids" created a series of videos criticizing specific videos of the series as well as the motivations for the series itself, ranging from specific rebuttals to sweeping. Jeremy Scott has claimed that the series is not supposed to be entirely serious in terms of criticism and that most of his nitpicks are intended as comedy; in their response on June 7, 2014, Scott uploaded "Everything Wrong With CinemaSins", a self-parodying sins video that pokes fun at filmmakers and commenters who have disliked the channel as well as poking fun at the hosts themselves explaining that their videos are filled with sarcasm. The video was set as the channel's preview page and, as of January 1, 2019, went on to become their most watched video at 27 million views; a sequel of the video was made and released on May 7, 2019, and replaced the channel preview video on May 17, 2019.
On October 10, 2015, Scott created a video on his personal channel, regarding Screen Junkies and their new series "The Review Crew", alleging plagiarism of his own review format at the time due to similarities. After both CinemaSins and Screen Junkies received backlash from each other's fans, Scott deleted the video and posted an apology on Twitter the following day. Screen Junkies apologized as well and subsequently cancelled the series.
- Notable examples such as Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (100), the car jump scene in Furious 7 (1,000), and Donald Trump's cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1,000,000,000); The climactic rescue scene in The Fate of the Furious "broke" the sin counter, causing it to malfunction (the final tally of 161 was instead displayed "R.I.P." because of this), resulting in the counter to be temporarily changed to 2.0 until it was fixed later in Scream 2. Another film, Spawn, received 12,446 sins from five separate scenes (50 for The Violator's farting scene where Chris reminded on John Leguizamo's prior role in The Pest, 155 on the underwear scene, 478 on the film's visuals, 1,763 for criticising the movie, and 10,000 for the pit fight background scene in hell near the film's ending. In another case for CinemaSins and its sequel video, the final sin count is infinite (∞)
- Notable examples were Goldfinger (one due to opening theme), The Lion King (eight total, three for opening and five for the death of Mufasa which Scott termed as a very gutsy move for a kids movie), and Star Wars (ten total, five each for scenes of Obi Wan's death and Luke Skywalker blows up the Death Star)
- Due to an April Fool's Joke in 2016, Troll 2 parodied by removing a total of 10,000 sins, before it resets to zero in the end.
- In a video for The Avengers, a technical counter error caused an extra sin to be added between the ninth and tenth sin, which ended up receiving 64 sins instead of 63.
- In a video for Doctor Strange, a scene saw Jeremy adding five sins for himself for hilarity, but this was excluded from the final sin count.
- The very first video for The Amazing Spider-Man does not have the tagline; starting from The Avengers, the tagline was introduced and it had been used in every episode since.
- Three exceptions were The Room (happen concurrently along with the episode (with 81 sins) instead of the end of the episode), Deadpool and Deadpool 2 (43 and 30 sins, respectively, were instead removed from the count)
- Examples are The Amazing Spider-Man and The Avengers; in one case, Titanic was selected by subscribers in commemoration to the award of YouTube's Gold Play Button (amassing one million subscribers).
- Examples are a series of X-Men films to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past, the 1987's RoboCop to promote its 2014 remake, or The Lego Movie to promote its spin-off The Lego Batman Movie.
- Examples are Premium Rush in relation to Joseph Gordon-Levitt's upcoming directorial film Don Jon, Taken in relation to Liam Neeson's role of an upcoming film A Walk Among The Tombstones, or Passengers in relation to Chris Pratt's role of an upcoming space-themed sci-fi film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
- Examples are patriotic-themed films (Independence Day), horror film (Halloween), or a previously Academy Awards-winning film (Academy Awards).
- Examples are The Hunt for Red October in relation to the action scenes for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit or The Wicker Man due to a similar horror theme of Green Room, Marvel Studios films Hulk and its 2008 reboot due to another Marvel film Avengers: Age of Ultron, or How To Train Your Dragon 2 due to a relation of dragons in the upcoming 2016 remake film Pete's Dragon.
- Examples are Death Race 2000, where film director Roger Corman challenged CinemaSins to do one of his movies or Friday the 13th Part 2 due to the following day coinciding the Friday's superstition of October 13. The video for Star Wars: A New Hope airs on Star Wars Day on May 4, 2019 (which falls on a Saturday), temporarily breaking the trend of publishing videos on either a Tuesday or a Thursday.
- two exceptions were Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (the banner displayed "The books do not matter" during the video) and Dragonball: Evolution (a bonus round titled "The things that pissed off the fans of Dragon Ball" highlighted sins referring to the source material)
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