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I’ve been looking at a lot of ratings and reading the accompanying reviews. I realized very quickly that people seem to have differing criteria for rating a movie.
I think that some people give a rating of a movie based solely on artistic merit, originality, the script, acting and cinematography, while others seem to rate a movie based solely on how much they enjoyed and were entertained by the film.
Myself, I’m somewhere between the two.
For example, a movie that I really enjoyed this year is Taken with Liam Neeson. My enjoyment of it was 100%. I suspended my disbelief and just went along for the ride. However, the film definitely has flaws. It is clearly derivative, and the direction and cinematography are merely average. The plot is fairly predictable, and the script isn’t the best. Yet I really enjoyed it.
If I were to be absolutely objective, I would rate it 40. If I were to be absolutely subjective, I would rate it 100. So I somehow in my mind I examine how much I enjoyed the film, how it affected me emotionally, if it stayed with me for a while and then I deduct what I consider to be appropriate points for its flaws.
So if you see a rating of mine of 70, it’s a movie I consider to be very good, but flawed. A rating of 100 would be a movie that I think could not be any better.
For some people, 70 is a low rating.
I’m really interested in how you rate your movies, and what criteria you use. Do you use only a critical eye, your emotional reaction, or both?
I’m beginning to think that the most difficult thing in the world is to make a truly satisfying ghost movie. This is a real pity, as I love nothing more than a really well-crafted ghost story.
In the past 15 years, the only ghost stories that really worked for me were The Sixth Sense (1999), The Others (2001), and The Orphanage [El orfanato (2007)]. These were all really interesting stories, genuinely spooky, had a nice little twist and left me feeling that I’d not been had. The endings wrapped up nicely and made sense, with no loose ends to drive me crazy.
Well, that’s 1 good ghost story for every 5 years. That’s a pretty sad state of affairs, isn’t it? Clearly there must be some good ghostly flicks out there that have just not met my radar.
So I ask you, my friends, do you have a favourite ghost movie that you can recommend? I’d love to hear any and all suggestions.
I ought to know better than to click on a link that looks negative, but my curiosity got the better of me. I'm sorry I did. I can't believe that Moviefone would go to all that trouble to try to make a "witty" list of what they consider to be unsexy men. Some of the actors they chose are some of the finest actors of our time, and while none of them is Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp, they don't pretend to be.
What is it about people that would find it amusing to try to find the most unattractive men in the movies? I don't know about anyone else, but I'm quite sure that each and every one of those men has fans and admirers who do find them sexy in one way or another.
It's one thing to critique an actor's acting, but it's quite another to hold them up to mockery and ridicule simply based on their looks.
We really live in sad times.