Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A Word about the MMMMMovies Reviews and Rating Scale

First of all, MMMMMovies is really more an essay site than a review site, growing as it has out of conversations between the Duke and myself about movies we watch and like. Therefore, in most reviews, spoilers abound. Caveat Lector.

As to our rating scale, the Duke and I do not rate cultural worth or technical brilliance; rather, we rate the movie for its watchability, meaning whether we had a good time watching it for whatever reason (see the mmmmmanifesto). To do this, we utilize the Alonzo the Armless scale, giving the movie zero to three thumbs. Here are the meanings of the range of ratings:

  • 0-1 Thumbs -- Nearly unwatchable, even in a "so bad it's good" way. Avoid.
  • 1-2 Thumbs -- None too good, but with a few redeeming qualities that prevent its being a total waste of time; the type of thing you might enjoy, if you enjoy this type of thing.
  • 2-3 Thumbs -- Eminently entertaining, and definitely worth at least one look. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll scream "What the fuck?" The kind of movie we're all about here.
  • 3+ Thumbs -- Occasionally a movie is so chock full of awesome we have to go out and get other thumbs to rate it properly. These are the MMMMMasterpieces. Not to be missed. (Usually reserved for the films of Paul Naschy and Jose Mojica "Coffin Joe" Marins.)
As to the explanation for the rating--3 thumbs because it's good, or because we laughed so hard at its buffoonery we felt giddy and drunk with it?--well, that's what the long text review is for. Get reading!

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