Weird Website of the Week: Four Word Film Review

In these times of short attention spans, it's hard to get much shorter than the Four Word Film Review. Long-form movie reviews seem to be going the way of the dodo, with many of the nation's big newspapers eliminating their full-time reviewers and long-running shows like At the Movies being canceled. If we don't have time for At the Movies reviews -- which can be boiled down to just two words (thumbs up or thumbs down), does that mean serious film criticism is dead?

Maybe not. Surprisingly, Roger Ebert gave Four Word Film Reviews a thumbs-up, as well as a four-word review of his own: "Four Words: Pithy Reviews."

Here are a few fun ones. (By the way, they can be four words or less.)

Of The Forty-Year-Old Virgin, a FWFR reviewers wrote, "No action. Figures."
Flightplan: "Freaky fly-day."
Corpse Bride had several good ones: "Bride's head reanimated." "Cold Mountin." "Groom borrowed, bride's blue."
Star Trek: First Contact: "Picard plays Borg games."
Hot Tub Time Machine: "Water whirled."
Star Wars: A New Hope: "Carrie, Han, wayward son."

You can read 'em all or register and add your own, all at Four Word Film Reviews. Or you can order the book at Amazon.

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead

Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]


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