Recently I watched Capote, and while it stars Philip Seymour Hoffman it can't be part of the Inadvertant PSH Film Festival as I knew that ahead of time. Maybe, though, I could have a special section in that festival (it's undoubtedly 85% - 95% due to Netflix and has worked out fairly well - I try to be very sparing with star ratings for films I like but don't want to see relatives of* so obviously the PSH films have scored highly).
* For instance, take a film like Casablanca. It's great, but I don't want to have ancient films clogging up the recomendations list. I find the star ranking sort of stupid as it goes directly from "I didn't like it" to "I liked it." I'd rather have it go from, say, "No redeeming qualities," to "Damned by Faint Praise," to "Mixed Bag," to "Does What it Set Out to Do," to "Perfection." I've given some films the highest marks, but generally I stick to "I liked it," which in Netflix is a low score but my own consistency (well, I try) should ease the blow. I do believe in judging thing according to the filmmaker's intent - otherwise it's like saying, "I give it one star because I wanted to learn more about the life cycle and social habits of baboons and this stupid film, Lawrence of Arabia, didn't teach me anything." If something was intended to be light entertainment that should be noted, as there's nothing wrong with that.
posted by - 10:27 AM