Recently, a different friend called me out again for giving too many positive reviews. Now I wouldn't call either of these friends "movie buffs" or even movie-goers in any traditional sense, but hey, they're friends, and it's a valid point that other readers may also be holding me to.
Taking this claim seriously, I did a simple breakdown of my grades for 2008 movies to date:
- 16 A's
- 12 B's
- 11 C's
- 0 D's
- 2 F's
The easiest explanation is that, like I said then, I generally try to avoid bad movies. I didn't see 10,000 B.C. or The Hottie and the Nottie or Strange Wilderness or Meet the Spartans. That's the nice part about not doing this professionally. And still, there are some that I've seen this year, like Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, that I haven't bothered to review.
I might also point out that documentaries generally don't receive a grade lower than a "B," and I see a lot of documentaries. See more about reviewing them at The Documentary Blog. Take away my '08 documentary reviews, and you take away a combined nine grades of A's or B's from the above totals.
Next, I would submit that 2008's early offerings have actually been pretty decent. One could argue there have already been as many solid movies this year as there were at the same point last year, even though the same trend may not hold true through Oscar season. In fact, I'd be surprised if it did.
Lastly, I would offer this shocking defense: It's all relative! If there weren't mind-bogglingly different opinions on every movie, Getafilm and the other 4,355,678 movie blogs wouldn't exist. Actually that doesn't really explain my reviews, but my point is that some people only give negative reviews.
Anybody have thoughts on the movies/reviews of 2008?
(While I have the floor (and when don't I?), I'd like to brag on something else. Two of the songs I selected for last year's missing soundtrack have already been featured in movies this year. Ryan Shaw's "We Got Love" in My Blueberry Nights, and M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" in (at the least trailer for) Pineapple Express. Though the scenes haven't been what I had in mind, I still find it kind of awesome.)