I don't have time for a longer post today because my free time is in short supply due to social events + a busy work schedule. However, I wanted to make sure you guys didn't think I had abandoned the blog. So today I bring you two quick movie things.
First: FiveThirtyEight's Oscar predictions model (full model has not yet been updated to reflect the results of the SAG Awards). Click around a bit and you'll see that the folks at the blog built their own model and have been profiling the Oscar models of statistics hobbyists. Math + highly-regarded movies? COUNT ME IN.
Second: The reviews for Dirty Grandpa. On any given Friday you will likely find me surfing the Flixster app, which I like to use to keep abreast of new movies and their critical reception. Flixster very helpfully pulls in Rotten Tomatoes' two-sentence-ish summation of the reviews of a movie + sentences from each of the reviews used to calculate the freshness score that are indicative of the overall tenor of the review. Shocking no one, Dirty Grandpa has a horrendous Rotten Tomatoes score (8%) and some of the excerpts from the reviews are so amazing that I just have to share them with you:
"It will make you feel bad for yourself, and anyone else who sees it, and anyone else who has to live in the world where it exists as a physical document." -- Will Leitch, The New Republic
"I'm not saying Dirty Grandpa is terrible, but I fully expect a terrorist organization to claim responsibility for it any minute now." -- Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"...feels like something you'd find next to a used condom and a discarded can of Red Bull." -- Katherine Monk, Ex-Press.com
"I began giggling with a kind of metaphysical embarrassment for everyone involved in the enterprise, and, eventually, for all of humanity itself." -- Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
Needless to say, I hope you did not find yourself at a showing of Dirty Grandpa over the weekend.
After five straight nights of dinners out with friends (so fun!) I am looking forward to having a few quiet nights at home. I will hopefully be back later this week with a 2016 resolutions post (as promised last week). Or maybe I'll be back with more miscellaneous things from my life. Who knows. Either way, see you in a few days!