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.