Established and well-known movie critics have a keen eye for details that enable them to dissect a film to smaller chunks to be evaluated with more depth and see in microscopic terms the cinematic quality and emotional impact it brings. They also have a vast knowledge of filmdom enabling them to cite inspirations, to accuse plagiarism and/or draw comparisons with other works. They are also skilled to convert their thoughts into a coherent and sophisticated flow of words enabling them to accentuate their thoughts, disseminate their opinions and sometimes influence many.
This may seem a tall order for a novice moviegoer like me. A “moviegoer” that has seen a whooping 320+ movies as of today. A “moviegoer” that lags in conversations regarding the newest films, the instant classics, universally-acclaimed films, etc. A “moviegoer” that has never went to a film festival or a movie premiere night.
But I have a dream. A dream that I aspire to acquire for the remaining years of my life.
As of the moment, I lack the experience, skill and knowledge but years of reading, watching and writing would certainly make me better. It requires time and effort but I’m willing to shell out those for that elusive dream of mine.
Why? Because movies enable me to experience different things. Because movies equip me with the tools to reach the peak of humanity or fall down to the deepest trenches of brutality and stupidity. Because it’s a double-edged sword that soothes me with warmth and compassion and at the same time, squeeze my heart with tremendous force that triggers my emotions. Three hundred twenty movies may not be enough to merit my worth but every giant achievement starts with one small step.
The Ratings System
I would rate movies on a scale of “five stars” with “no stars” designated as the lowest possible score. A rating of “five stars” does not necessarily mean that the film is perfect in every aspect because it is darn impossible to accomplish. On the flip side, a rating of “no stars” does not necessarily mean that a film has no redeeming value. It just means that it’s bad, bad, bad.