Episode 204 – Patrick Lee (Film Criticism, Fandom, and Rotten Tomatoes)

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Episode 204 – Patrick Lee (Film Criticism, Fandom, and Rotten Tomatoes)



Patrick Lee is an entrepreneur, and co-founder of Rotten Tomatoes, the internet’s leading film criticism source. He currently co founded, Hobo Labs, a mobile gaming company. Their latest release, Storm the Gates, is available in the Apple and Google Play stores.

We chat about how starting Rotten Tomatoes, how to judge a movie, the rise Rotten Tomatoes in advertising movies, backlash from studios from receiving negative scores,  the DC fans claiming discrimination, and tons more.

Pre Show Notes

— Game Over is the TV pilot I shot several years ago about 5 employees working at a video game store struggling to get to the next level in their lives.

Tagline: In life there is no reset button

The goal is to get a lot of eyeballs on this so if you know anyone that’d be interested please share this with them.

— Game Over – Making a TV Pilot – The blog post with all of the behind the scenes details about making, Game Over.

— How NOT to make a TV Pilot – My interview with Alex Ferrari at Indie Film Hustle

— Backstage –  Use code dbcast at checkout when posting a casting call for a FREE basic listing

— Dave Bullis Podcast Filmmakers Group on Facebook – a FREE filmmaking group I made on Facebook.

Why is HBO making shows from podcasts? – The cable channel is looking for its next big audience.

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Show Notes

Rotten Tomatoes – As the leading online aggregator of movie and TV show reviews from professional critics, Rotten Tomatoes offers the most comprehensive guide to what’s fresh. The world famous Tomatometer rating represents the percentage of positive professional reviews for films and TV shows and is used by millions every day, to help with their entertainment viewing decisions.

— What is the Tomatometer? 

— Audience Score

Rotten Tomatoes Critics 

Justice League, Rotten Tomatoes, and DC Fans Persecution Complex via Wired

Lady Bird – In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.

— ‘Lady Bird’s’ Perfect 100 Percent Rotten Tomatoes Rating Ruined By This Guy via MovieFone

Paddington 2 – Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

Toy Story 2 –  This time around, the fun and adventure continue when Andy goes off to summer camp and the toys are left to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector kidnaps Woody — who hasn’t the slightest clue that he is a greatly valued collectible. It’s now up to Buzz Lightyear and the gang from Andy’s room — Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex, and Hamm — to spring into action and save their pal from winding up a museum piece. There are plenty of thrills as the toys get into one predicament after another in their daring race to get home before Andy does.

Black Panther – “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.

Top 100 Movies of All Time on Rotten Tomatoes


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