The closest anyone has come to capturing the reality of the experience of watching a film through numbers and letters is the amazing Nick Davis’ rating system which uses both variables to explain two different things, and factors in more elements than the quality of the film - elements like originality, visions, etc.
I’m not about to announce that I’m stealing his methodology. If I wanted my blog to be as good as his, I might as well stop writing for good. I’ll stick with my old method of letter grading only. But as an addition to the sidebar, I will now include a ratings legend. This legend is a general indicator of what I mean by a B or a C rating. Hopefully it will give you a better idea of where I stand on a particular film.
Masterpiece for all ages! No film gets this rating upon release because A+ films have artistic merits and a cultural significance that can stand the test of time and pass from one generation to the next.
On par with the best cinema has ever offered. These films are practically flawless and leave a profound personal impact. With time they can take their place among the A+s.
The weaknesses are so insignificant, they can be overlooked. These film leave a lot of room for thinking and discourse and I’d recommend them to everybody.
These works are missing the “it” that A level films have but are nevertheless solid films that deserve conversation and praise.
Either ambitious projects that fall a flaw or two short of fulfilling their potential, or projects that achieve all they want but don’t strive for greatness.
Mild recommendation; I had a good time watching these films and I’ll give them another shot, even though I can’t look beyond the shortcomings.
The problems were noticeable enough for me to avoid a hearty recommendation but there were still some good moments here and there.
Any quality moment is overshadowed by a flaw of equal measure. Usually a lot of potential is wasted in these films.
If you like these films, you’ll really have to explain to me why. The problems in these films tangibly hurt their functionality.
These films border on being awful. There are very few good things I can point out about them and even those only work separately, not as part of the whole.
The only thing saving these films from a total failure is a particular good element: a good performance, an original idea, interesting imagery or some good music.
The only thing saving these films from a failing grade is my personal affection for someone involved in them: a beloved actor, a director I’ve long enjoyed, etc.
Offensively bad and insulting to the audience’s intelligence. All negatives should be burnt and the film should never be heard of again.