The Thinking About Thinking About Movies Post Rises
I mostly rely on Netflix’s five star rating system. It’s easy to rate movies that you either hated or loved.
Examples of movies I hated are: Romero’s original “Day of the Dead,” “Melancholia,” and “Next.”
The problem arises when we get to the 3 star category, which Netflix called “liked it.” Now, if I “like” a movie, it should mean that I thought it did a good job being about its logline. Okay, I can handle that. Does it also mean I would watch it again? Not necessarily. Example: “The Game” by David Fincher. I liked it for what it was, thought it was good for its premise, but couldn’t really imagine watching it again. But I liked it. “Agora” a Roman drama with Rachael Weisz, I liked it but really have no interest in watching it again. Conclusion: appreciating a movie does not automatically qualify it as re-watchable.
Okay, so maybe that’s hot too hard to understand. But here’s an example that I struggled and continue to struggle with. The “Human Centipede” movies. If you don’t know what the premise of each of these movies, you have either not been on the Internet or only hang out with VERY CONSERVATIVE people. I have been both of the movies so far and according to Netflix, I rated them each 3 stars, meaning I “liked” them. But did I really “like” them? Did I even think they went about their loglines well? This is the most extreme example I could think of, but that’s why I’m using it.