2 New Episodes

Hey there Synners.

As you can see, I post podcasts on which I feature, on this blog. There were two today, so instead of posting them separately and taking up lots of space, there are two on this post.

There’s the new Tech It Or Leave It, in which I bang on about my experience with PC World. And, there’s a Do Ask Do Tell, in which I don’t bang on about anything in particular, but it’s still an awesome show.

Explaining My Movie Rating System

I have been writing mini movie reviews on the Movies You Should See Facebook page, and it seems you’re all enjoying them. I thought it would be a good idea to explain my star rating system, believe it or not, there is actually some logic there.

There are many ways in which we can rate how good a film is. My system is based on personal enjoyment, and your desire to recommend that film to another person. After all, isn’t that what counts the most? A movie could be technically the best film ever made, but if you don’t enjoy watching it, what’s the point? There’s a conversation we’ve all had. A friend will tell you that they intend to watch a particular movie, and will ask you if you’ve seen it, and what you thought of it.

Most films score three out of five. It’s a perfectly respectable score, and it means that when you’re friend asks you what you think, you’ll say something along the lines of “Oh I think you’ll enjoy Dave. Kevil Klein is really funny in it. It’s a nice little movie”. Films that score three out of five are films that don’t really have anything wrong with them. Every thing in them, is absolutely fine. It’s just that they don’t summon the enthusiasm that a four out of five movie brings. 

“You haven’t seen The ‘Burbs? I love that film, you should definitely see it.” There’s your four out of five film. These are the truly great films that most people will enjoy. You have to search hard to find fault, and if you do, you won’t let it spoil your enjoyment of the film. You may even have spent some time trying to make other people see the film. But, as good as these films are, they don’t have the gravitas of five out of five movies. 

The top score is a very special thing, reserved only for very important films. These are the ones that make you question the sanity of your friends, if it turns out they haven’t seen it. “How have you been alive this long and not seen Ghostbusters?” See what I mean? “How have you not seen Jaws? Stop what you’re doing, we’re going to watch it right now.” The top scorers need to be something that crosses generations. I imagine some of them are stored in museums now.

If you’re asked about a movie that scores two out of five, you may not even give a verbal answer to your friend. Perhaps a screwing up of your face says it all. Disappointing is a word that best describes these films. Perhaps, these films are most commonly second parts of trilogies, or third parts of larger franchises. Think Jurassic Park 2, Alien 3. It’s not that they’re truly terrible. Clearly there was some money spent, and the people involved had good intentions. It’s just that they missed the mark.

That leaves us with films that score one out of five. Friends don’t let friends see one star movies. Reserve this score for the films that really offend you. They’ll make you feel sad for all the talented filmmakers who can’t get funding for their projects. They’ll make you wonder how the people involved make a living and provide for their families. They come from many sources. Perhaps they’re a computer game, TV show, or Twitter feed that has been turned into a movie. They may feature a current pop star. Even worse, they may feature a well known, popular actor, but you’ve never heard of the film. If it has Al Pacino, and you’ve never heard of it, then the chances are that it’s utter crap.

So there you have it. My movie rating system explained. Avoid one star films at all costs. Two star movies are only to be watched alone, late at night, and never pay for them specifically. Wait until they’re on Netflix. Don’t worry if I only score a film as a three, it’s absolutely fine. If you plan on playing with your phone the whole way though, you need a three star film. Get excited when it’s a four. Maybe put some effort into seeing it. That’s what iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play are there for. See it immediately if it’s a five, don’t waste time. You’re actually missing out on a part of the human experience by not seeing this movie.

Two New Episodes

There are two shows that I’m on, that are available today. I thought it would be better to include them both in the same post.

The first one, is episode nine, of Movies You Should See. Recorded in 2005, it covers the movie Ghostbusters.

And second, we have episode one of Make It So. The rest is history.

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