Movies: Intro

These are ratings of the movies I have seen since December 1996:

I first started rating movies I see after I moved to Boston in 1996. The first one I saw and rated was Breaking the Waves, and it wasn’t on the first day of the month. It was some time in the first couple of weeks of December.

As of December 31, 2010, I had seen 2,000 movies.

As of September 24, 2015, I had seen 2,500.

And as of December 1, 2016 – about 20 years after I started doing these ratings – I had seen 2,635 movies. The 2,635th one was Colin Quinn: The New York Story.

I rate movies on a scale from 0 to 4:

0 = junk
These are movies with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. The worst of the worst are ones which are not only junk, but have pretensions to being great, but with the whole mess handled hamhandedly.

1 = average
These are merely watchable movies. Not really good, not really bad. Ho-hum.

2 = good
Better than average but not great. Sometimes just merely good.

3 = excellent
Excellent movies have characteristics of greatness about them – they are very good, and much better than about 9 out of 10 of all other movies.

4 = superior
These movies are rare works of art, combining aesthetics and intelligence.