So this is where I say that I've come up with a great new way of leveraging this ratings system into something larger, more organized, and more interactive (there were no comments allowed on the Actual Movie page before--this was not intentional). But, alas, I have not. First off, No Film School 2.0 is coming soon, and by that I mean I'm attempting to redesign this place (is a web page a "place?"), and that should fix the comments problem--although it will probably introduce entirely new problems. But even if comments were working on the Actual Movies page, how would they work? Not very well: the list is updated regularly, which means that while the old movies would be removed from the page, the old comments would still stay on top. Thus there would be a long list of comments irrelevant to the current list of movies (well, maybe not a long list). Sure, I could delete the old comments, but I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth.
What I mean to say is, I appreciate any comments I get, and I wouldn't want to just delete them. If someone actually did give me a horse in real life, I probably would examine its teeth, just because I'd have no idea what else to do.
So. Without actually figuring out an ideal way of updating the Actual Movies page, I'm going to start a separate monthly post here where I reach a haphazard verdict on all the films I can remember seeing over the past month or so. This will allow all of us to engage in the universally enjoyable activity of debating things of little consequence--in this case, whether so-and-so movie fits into so-and-so category, as ill-defined by my arbitrary ratings system. This monthly post will include old movies as well as new ones. In case you have no idea what this is all about, the Actual Movies, Explained page contains the vague criteria behind this ratings system. Without further ado:
And now, some obligatory caveats and qualifiers:
There are times when I find myself watching a lot of films, and there are times when I do other stuff instead, like reading books, or living life. I'm not really living life right now (broken ankle, unemployed, living in the suburbs with the rents), so I have plenty of movies to post for the time being. One day, when I'm living in a refrigerator box in New York City, I'll look back at these days fondly.
Just because a movie is on this month's list doesn't mean I'm seeing it for the first time, so don't go telling me, "Oh, you just saw Citizen Kane? You really should go to film school, you dilettante." To which I reply: nice choice of words--I see you went to grad school. For biochemistry.
One of the great things about movies (and music, and books, for that matter) is that your opinion of a film can change, as your life changes. A movie I don't like today I may love tomorrow, or vice-versa. Basically: don't hold me accountable for what I say here--I just thought it at the time. What do you want? I'm 24. I'm navel-gazing.
Which, by the way, is a term that I thought meant something different than what it actually does ("excessive introspection"). I would have defined it as, "checking out a nubile's midsection." This would make sense, since, parallel with an increase in the term's popularity, there has also been a societal increase in belly-button piercings and midriff-revealage--both good reasons to gaze at the navel. Can a definition of a word be changed? I still say that the phrase's definition seems kind of obtuse.
Anyway, please comment if you agree or disagree with my evaluations of the above films. Or you can comment on movies you've seen recently, and whether you thought they were Actual Movies. Or not. Or sort-of.
Again, the explanation behind all this is here. Give it a read or a skim--I say skim because, unlike your comments, my explanation is a bit long in tooth. That is, if you choose to examine its teeth. Asshole.