Rating System

As of 2/5/15, I will replace my existing 5-point system with bow ties, as they’ve becoming my signature look:

bow From 1.0 – 1.8  = hated it (Not worth watching)

2bows From 2.0- 2.8 = film was okay (Worth watching once)

3bows From 3.0 – 3.8 = liked it (Worth a repeat viewing)

4bows  From 4.0 – 4.8 = loved it (Worth collecting)

5bows 5.0 = My perfect movie (Worth buying again when format changes)

But rating systems are pretty much crap, right?  Wine drinkers, for example, know that tastes vary from drinker to drinker.  The most highly rated wines can taste like vinegar to someone.  And at the same time, the least popular varieties can become your favorites.  The same is true about movies.

So why even rate the movies?  Well, my hope is that I build a lasting and trusting relationship with my readers.  In doing so, you will become familiar with my likes and dislikes of any movie I review.  And if I remain consistent in those views, you should be able to say, “Oh, he rated that at a 4.  I remember that he rated a movie similarly and I enjoyed it, so maybe I will enjoy this movie too.”

Heck, you might love movies that I hated.  With that in mind, you should be able to look for movies that I rated poorly with confidence that you would enjoy them instead.  So yeah, that’s why I rate the movies.

In case you are wondering, I look at the following five things in movies:

STORY – Was the story written well?  Did it make sense?  Was its goal achieved?

CHARACTER – Are the characters interesting?  Did I feel for them?  How did the actors perform?

EXECUTION – How was the film technically (sound, special effects, stunts, camera work, etc.)

NUANCE– Like Execution, only this category involves more of emotions invoked.

ENTERTAINMENT – Did I enjoy watching the film?  Was there a “Wow Factor”?

About Me

The blog is maintained by me, Forsaken Ferret (Paul Salzer).  The opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own (of course).  I like horror, sci-fi and comic books and definitely have my own opinions on what I like.  This blog represents an attempt to share my thoughts with anyone else (maybe even to start a genuine discussion about films).  I’ve published articles in high school and in college.  I’ve maintained several blogs and websites under different pseudonyms, but work professionally in IT.  Occasionally, I write fan-fiction stories as well and create 3D renders and photo manipulations. The postings here are not meant to upset anyone, especially those brave enough to put their heart, minds, and souls into the craft of storytelling and film making.  Again, they are strictly my opinions an what I liked or what I would have liked to seen in a particular film.

Mission Statement

The goal of this blog is to provide consistently rated reviews on past and current movies, both independent and studio produced.  I will focus my attention on those genres that I prefer to watch, which are horror, science fiction, fantasy, superheroes, and “geeky” films.

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