Here's a review of Pixels.
I haven't seen it, I won't see it, and I am not at all surprised at how bad it is. I'm also a little annoyed at how blatant and soulless the geek pandering has gotten. I feel like some time in the early aughts pop-culture saw the success of "SpiderMan," "X-Men," and "Lord of the Rings" and decided geek culture was cool. That was great and the Nolan movies and "Wreck it Ralph" and other great movies with lots of heart came out of it, which was also great.
What's not great is how tacky people have been engaging in an extended victory lap about it for the better part of a decade. Every year this shit gets more derivative and lame.
When I was a kid I got annoyed at Baby Boomers constantly shoving their stale, nostalgia soaked bullshit down our throats as if we were supposed to give a damn about the rancid leavings of their misspent youth.
Now I feel like I need to apologize to today's kids for my generation doing the same thing to them. They'd better hope when we get older, future Fox News won't turn us into grumpy, racist assholes too when they rightly decide that we need to be dragged out into the streets and shot for polluting their childhoods this way.