Since we started this blog I have been playing around with the way I review and rate the films, television shows and books that I blabber on about on Rainbowchair. I started by rating out of 5 but that did not give me enough flexibility so I then started rating out of 10. Then I did something really stupid and confusing. I split the rating of 10 up into two categories, 5 points for how well done the film was and 5 points for how much I liked it. On paper this seemed like a really good idea but in practice it just ended up making my feelings about the film convoluted and confused. With all my number rating systems striking out left and right I decided I needed to try something different. Being a teacher, the next logical step was to try the rating system I was used to using: letter grades. Here is a short summary of what each grade may mean about a film, television show or book. I’m only going to talk in terms of films but the system applies to everything I review.
• A+: This is a must see, no ifs ands or buts about it.
• A: The entire spectrum of A’s are films or books that I believe are must sees or must reads. The difference between an A and an A+ is the audience that I think the film is a must see for. There are some movies that are not meant for everybody. An example would be Pulp Fiction. I am not going to recommend that movie to everybody because not everybody can handle it but if you like the genre then it is a must see.
• A-: Again, films that I think everybody should see but not everybody could handle. The less approachable I think the film is, the further down it is on the A scale.
• B+: A great film with some great aspects but lacking that one final piece to make it amazing or a must see. A near perfect film.
• B: A great film but again there are elements that can be polished or put together better.
• B-: Getting further away from the idea of a perfect film. Still many good things but ultimately some flaws that cannot be overlooked.
• C+: A good film that is a lot of fun to watch. There is nothing necessarily bad about it but there is also nothing that sets it apart from other films other than a few diamonds that are hidden in the rough.
• C: Just a fun film. Nothing to criticize too much but also nothing spectacular that would put it on the map. Something that is just average.
• C-: A film that is fun to watch that has one or two small flaws, things that not only could be made better but that actually need to be fixed.
• D+: Multiple flaws, multiple issues and multiple weak points. The film may be fun to watch but some of the aspects of the film make you think “why did the producers think that was a good idea?”
• D: Now it is starting to get painful to watch the film. Fundamental flaws appear in fundamental aspects of the film such as acting, directing or writing.
• D-: You often times find yourself wondering how this film got made.
• F: There will not be very many of these because I try very hard to see the good in all films but a film that gets an F is a film that I will go out of my way to tell people not to see. There is no part of the film that is not flawed and as you watch it you begin to lose your faith in cinema.
So there you have it, yet another rating system but this time I hope that it sticks. I would love some feedback as to how you are liking it so as always feel free to leave comments letting me know how my grading system is working. If not please keep enjoying my posts and most importantly keep watching and reading.