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Sunday, October 19, 2008

My New Movie Rating System

Ever since they were introduced, rating systems have debased movie criticism. What should be thoughtful, insightful examinations of the many aspects of films and their relations to artistic movements and historical contexts, turn too often into simple, quippy pieces followed by empty letter grades. When a medium as complex and subjective as film is reduced to grades, readers are not asked to bring critical eyes to the medium. For these reasons I have refused to use any sort of ranking system when reviewing my movies. What kind of grade, for instance, could I give to a trash masterpiece such as Doris Wishman's Bad Girls Go to Hell? As in most instances, a grade would be irrelevant.

All that being said, a second part of me figured, "why the hell not jump on the ol' movie rating bandwagon? Everyone else is doing it, so why don't I?" After deciding that I would rank the movies I review, I realized I would have to devise my own system. Seeing as letter and number grades are essentially meaningless, I will use one of the subsequent pictures to show how much I liked the movie in question. I will use this system starting with my next review.










6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Most excellent rating system!

Weaverman said...

I think rating systems are a necessary evil (I have to say that as I use one) but shouldn't be taken to seriously. The criteria for rating, say, Bergman's THE SILENCE has to be different from the one used for FASTER PUSSY CAT, KILL, KILL. I use a simple five star system to indicate how much I, personally, like a movie based on my own tastes. It is purely an indication to those who are kind enough to read my blog. The problem I have with your proposed system is that it is, because it is amusing and clever, it draws attention to itself and screams "Isn't this clever" in a way that takes attention from the film review itself. I continue to enjoy your blog

Dave Enkosky said...

Perhaps it wasn't obvious (my sarcasm never comes across extremely well in my writing) but I kind of meant it as a joke when I ranted about the evils of rating systems. They annoy me a little but I really don't care that much about them either way. I just thought it would be funny to go off about them being really evil and then turn around and say, "sure I'll use one."

Weaverman said...

I wasn't being entirely serious myself, Dave. Having now seen the system in action on your FROGS review I have to say I don't think it works.

JOSEPH CAMPANELLA said...

This is hilarious and smart and great.

Maurice Mitchell said...

This is hilarious Dave! It reminds me of Conan's Nicholas Cage Threat Levels. LOL Stars are basically a way of giving the reader a guideline. But, I think it was Ebert who said if you're going to give a movie five stars, you better believe it's the best movie of the year. It takes away from it if you have 20 5-star movies.