My Rating System
5 Stars – Both perfect and of special importance to me
4 Stars – Great, brilliant or perfect
3 Stars – Very enjoyable, worth watching or a guilty pleasure
2 Stars – It was alright, pretty mediocre, probably wouldn’t watch it again
1 Star – I’ll never get that precious time back. Bummer.
Refusal To Rate – So far I’ve only done this for Movie 43.
I judge films on three things primarily.
The very first is Filmicness… Would this film have been better as a book? How much of it’s point relies on it being a film? Does it use the unique features of filmmaking to convey it’s point (or it’s entertainment)? My favourite movies are those that have to be movies… They couldn’t be books, paintings or plays. This applies even to adaptations… I think it would be very hard to write a book of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and still convey the same points, feeling of dread and sheer entertainment he managed to.
The second is Cinematography. The beauty of a film is very important to me, as well as the choreography of the camera. I am sick of the shaky handy-cam style that has become so prevalent even in very good films (Black Swan, Biutiful). Camera movement can be so much more beautiful when the camera-man moves it in a deliberate manner.
The third is Watchability. Peter Greenaway once said that he would like his films to be “infinitely watchable”. Obviously an impossible standard but there are some films I have not tired of watching and won’t for a very long time.
This is sure to make me some enemies
Least Favourite Filmmakers:
Gus Van Sant
However, my favourite directors:
George A. Romero
Directors I need to watch more of:
Wong Kar Wai
W. C. Fields
Lee Chang Dong
Hit Or Miss:
Lara Von Trier
Rainer Werner Fassbender
One Hit Wonders: