Movies, Movies, Movies!

I’m starting a week of movie related posts. Last year, I decided that I should starting writing down every single movie that I watched. I’m not sure why I did that, but it will sure come in handy as I go back and try to recollect my favorites. So for the past 365 days I have written down all movies that I saw and I gave them a rating. This list will help fuel the content of this week of blogging.

My Rating System

1 – BAD: This movie is terrible in every sense. There are very few redeeming qualities. It was poorly made and has little, if any, entertainment value

2 – NOT GREAT (or ‘meh’): This is a movie that I didn’t really enjoy though I could see why some might find it entertaining. I wouldn’t recommend, but I recognize a few good scenes. This is a rating of indifference. I came away from the movie thinking “well, I saw that.”

3 – GOOD: This movie, while not perfect, was very entertaining. I plain just had fun watching this movie. The emphasis here is entertainment value.

4 – GREAT: There is no perfect film. But this movie is well done and a lot of fun to watch. I’ll probably be talking about this movie the next day with friends and co-workers.

I think it’s important to know a few things about how I view movies. First, I don’t like a 5 point rating system b/c I feel so few movies deserve a 5 that I end up skewing my ratings so that I can avoid giving a 5 to a movie that was great but flawed. Second, my biggest concern when watching a movie is the entertainment value. I watch movies as a hobby, not as a job. So many times the difference between a 2 and a 3 is not that one movie is well made and the other isn’t. Often the distinction comes from whether or not I actually enjoyed myself. This is, of course, purely subjective but I’m telling you about it now so you don’t throw a fit when I give a movie you liked a 2.

Movies watched in 2009: 97

73 DVD movies (53 never seen before)
24 in the theater

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3 thoughts on “Movies, Movies, Movies!

  1. I agree with you about the ‘perfect film’ thing. What are your movie plans for 2011?

    Anonymous, alias Pancake Man – bit.ly/theantics (short-link to my blog).

    1. My plan is to see more movies than I saw last year. I also would like to see more in the theater. I always regret not seeing certain movies when they are fresh and I’d like to close the gap b/w the movies that I see in a certain year and movies that actually came out that year.

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