Quote of the Day: "If you've got opinions about movies and want to be on TV...become a member of Movie Mob." -- ReelzChannel.com/MovieMob
What do you get when you cross a reality show competition with a movie review program? You get the addictive Movie Mob on Reelz Channel. Every week, eight lucky film geeks are selected to watch a newly released motion picture and shoot a hopefully entertaining movie review via Webcam from the comfort of their own home. Every week, we the public tune in and watch their often funny clips on the boob tube and then vote, via the show's Web site, for our favorites. The best return week after the week, and the lowest Vote Getters get booted, making way for a new reviewer to take their place.
Sounds simple, and it is. Hosted by the energetic Tory Shulman (who replaced the bubbly Sara Fletcher who herself replaced the hostess with the coolest name Layla Kayleigh), Movie Mob is a dose of fun if you love movies and, most importantly, love talking about movies.
There are contestants that I have grown to adore, like the Brit_Twins (God bless their stereo-sounding hearts) and Robin and Boy Wonder (who are without a doubt the greatest duo to hit the screen since Tom and Jerry, Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton, or Beavis and Butthead.) Some contestants have become like old friends to me, and I wait with baited breath to hear whether or not they approve of the latest cinematic blockbuster or whether they think it's a waste of my time -- the wit and wisdom of BlackNerd or the always entertaining FilmBadgers.
Some contestants are annoying, but like a multi-car pileup on the freeway, I cannot look away. (Yes, Meowsers with your golden locks and your cute little pussycats, I'm talking to you.) Some are so bad that you root for their demise, but secretly want them to come back because you want to see how far into the depths of badness they can go, and they never fail to disappoint (Recess Boys!).
The brilliance of the show is the revolving door of new average joes and janes who come and go. Some of them are embedded in my memory, like the lovely lass called KeanuLover, or the comedic trio of Brooklyn boys called the 3_Yutes. Damn you, America, for voting off such classic reviewers as the kinetically restless J_n_Flynn or the beady-eyed but wise-beyond-his-years MakeMeBad. Where have you gone, ChitownGuy, GardenMary, and FilmGeek?
Imagine a world where if you get tired of hearing the ramblings of Mr. Movie Critic, you hold the power to bring him back for more or banish him forever to the scary void of cyberspace. The opinions of the Movie Mob critics are often more hilarious, more profound, more spot-on accurate than some of the higher-profile professional critics you might read or see in more mainstream media.
So hunt down Reelz Channel and tune in to Movie Mob. If you have a Web cam and two cents worth of opinion, join the fray yourself. Maybe you'll get my vote.