Today in fairly interesting business deals, online movie ticket powerhouse Fandango has purchased online film review aficionado Rotten Tomatoes. On the surface, this makes sense. It’s easy to see why Fandango would want to have a “purchase tickets” option plastered throughout Rotten Tomatoes’ reviews. But the dorks over at FiveThirtyEight have whipped out their calculators and discovered a fact that is as disappointing as it is unsurprising: Fandango gives out some of the kindest reviews on the Internet.
This is not altogether surprising. Fandango exists to put butts in theater seats, and that mission isn’t helped by bad reviews. Conversely, Rotten Tomatoes is the toughest reviewer out there, which stands to reason. Or, it did.
In a statement, Fandango President Paul Yanover said: “Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes are invaluable resources for movie fans, and we look forward to growing these successful properties, driving more theatrical ticketing and super-serving consumers with all their movie needs.” The operative phrase here—“driving more theatrical ticketing”—is buried. That could look like a lot of things, but Fandango’s current method of reviewing films provides us with some clues. As FiveThirtyEight points out, there are almost no movies reviewed on Fandango with fewer than three stars. As they put it: “For all intents and purposes, Fandango is using a 3 to 5 star scale.”
None of this means that Fandango will necessarily impose rules about just how mean Rotten Tomatoes can be with their sliding scale (currently, a movie has to receive at least 60% positive-to-mostly-positive reviews in order to be considered “fresh”) but, well, think about it. If your company’s goal was to sell as many movie tickets as possible, would you be interested in making movies look bad?
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
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United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.