Dave Duncan

"Eat Well, Stay Fit, Die Anyway"

Rating Films: My Opinion Matters More Than Yours

I’m kidding, of course… but I still share my opinion to keep you from wasting your hard-earned dollars on bad films… and then you can waste them on camping equipment, vanity iPods, or regrettable roadtrips to wasteland cities. Still, thanks to Karim and Steve, it’s come to my attention that I need to give a little more context around my X/10 ratings that I give to the films I review here.

You see, my two roomates are movie junkies. Between the two of them, it feels like we have thousands of DVD’s in our house. That means that whenever I want to see a movie, I just wander through their collections to find something that strikes my fancy. Matt usually picks up most new releases the day they come out on DVD, and Jared tends to collect quirkier and harder to find movies.

Thanks to the convenience of all these movies, I can’t recall the last time I paid to see a movie in theatres. I find it hard to justify paying $12 to see a crap movie (they’re pretty crap these days), so I just wait for movies to show up in our hallowed halls. I think this really skews some of my ratings… I mean, when you see a movie for free, your expectations are FAR lower, right?

Speaking of low expectations, it’s trailer season for this summer’s blockbuster movies. I have a feeling I’m not going to be seeing many movies this summer.


4 Comments so far

  1. SSS March 23rd, 2006 10:50 am

    Movies are for commoners. You live in a castle. You have no need to mingle with the commoners watching V for Vendetta or other such films.

  2. Andrew March 23rd, 2006 11:01 am

    Seen a movie since Hitchhiker’s Guide at Varsity?

  3. Dave March 23rd, 2006 1:42 pm

    I saw The Pink Panther as part of a work fundraiser last friday, but that hardly counts. It was for charity… and sucked. Still, I don’t think that required a review… just like I hope none of you need to be told not to eat razorblades.
    I saw “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Christmas in an Indie theatre, but I don’t think that counts either. HG might be it.

  4. Jared March 23rd, 2006 4:48 pm

    Quirky? I expected tasteless and horrible. Especially considering that Black Friday and Beowulf (starring Christopher Lambert) are two movies in the collection.