VideoGameCritic wrote:This raises an interesting point. How do you rate movies?
I tend to rate them as I do video games. Was it fun to watch? Was I entertained? Artistic merit could be a factor but it's wouldn't be an overriding factor.
In this case, I just sort of cringed through the whole thing, waiting for it to end. Then again, I also dislike reality shows because I don't like to see people in awkward predicaments. So maybe it's just me.
I have seen sad movies that I really liked. Pan's Labyrinth comes to mind.
That's a good question. I'm weird when it comes to movies. I absolutely HATE movies based off of comic books. In fact, I have a list of things that I hate in movies:
1). An obscene amount of digital effects. This may be a big reason why I hate movies based off of comic books. I miss the days of practical effects, where the effect was a magic trick pulled off by masters of their craft (Stan Winston, Tom Savini). I'm not wowed by digital effects, and I haven't been for a very long time. Whenever I see them, I usually think to myself "well, that looks expensive....and fake."
2). Movies that shamelessly ape other movies and pass themselves off as being art. Joker is guilty of this.
3). Movies whose sole aim is to make me sick to my stomach. I love slasher flicks, and horror movies, but I absolutely hated what movies like Saw did for the industry.
5). Endless sequels. My favorite sequel of all time is Terminator 2. They have spent thirty years trying to figure out how to do a sequel that comes close to it, which resulted in them essentially aping that movie's formula three different times (Salvation came closest to being its own thing).
6). Cynical cash grabs. I have no desire to watch video game movies for this reason.
This is how I rate the movies I enjoy/hate: was I entertained? Is the movie insulting my intelligence? Did the ending waste two hours of my time by setting things up for an unnecessary sequel? Does this seem like a movie that was created out of passion, or based on committee?
I'm weird with movies, though. I prefer well-written dramas and smart comedies to pretty much anything else. I like good characters, writing that keeps me engaged, and stories that I can relate to.