Is it the intent of Cranky management to let this site die?
1. No reviews for Avitar? No review for Sherlock Holmes? No Blind Side review? No Alvin and the Chipmunks The Squeakquel review? No review of Up in the Air? (Here's my short review: It sucked buttermilk through a coffee stirring stick. It lacked a plot and was just a look at a slice of life of an asshole who didn't have much of one, and that I could care less about. 4 Bombs.)
Cranky Reviews bring new eyes to this site, and tend to keep the eyes here once lured in. If there are no new reviews, no new people will come, and your existing eye base will tend to look elsewhere.
What happened to you and your writing crew?
2. Your Oscar Poll has been up since last April. Please take it down or at least remove it from the Home page. Does anything scream "Dead Site" louder than an obviously unatttended outdated topic featured on the home page?
Also, the caption contest has been up since September. Can't you just pick a winner (Nickumoh? Scumby?) and move this to the finished caption contests section? Is it that much trouble to put up a new one? BTW, that was an excellent choice for a caption contest. I have no idea why it didn't inspire some truly brilliant captions. I would have tried harder, but damn, it turns out I'm not truly brilliant after all. Again, leaving a contest up this long after the entries have quit coming in just screams "Dead site."
3. I rather enjoy killing Spams, and I've got a suggestion for you in that area. Being rather busy, I only get a chance to visit this site about three to five times per day. Lately, it seems to me as if I've been removing about 10-30 spams per day and many are from serial spammers. I have no idea how many Spams my cohort in Miami is killing, but I'll wager it's as many if not more than I kill. I seem to see the same spammer handles over and over again. I use the "Report Spam" button you've so kindly provided. Could you add an automatic function to delete the accounts of users whose spams I've deleted? Also, could you change your current human user verification technique from the simple math problem to Captcha? If you look at the Captcha scheme Craigslist uses, for instance, the characters are so obscured that takes some real work to get correct. Let's start killing handles and making these dirtbags work for it if they want to spam your site.
Do you have any idea why these Chinese shitheads want to kill this site? Did you demean the Chinese government? If not, why not? They're repressive totalitarian schmucks.
I don't agree with Mr. Cranky that a site pointing out why movies sucked is no longer relevant. There is a place for movie Crankiness, and with a bit more effort, this place could once again be it. I believe if you make the changes I've suggested and perhaps include a few innovations of your own, this place can once again thrive and have many more people participating than just the four or five regulars you have now.
Thanks for your consideration.