housekeeping post

I felt the need to adjust the top end of my Subjective Ratings scale, because there were a number of movies I’d wished I’d given an 8/10 and didn’t – movies that stand out as being particularly excellent but that I didn’t love for one reason or other. I had had 7/10 defined as “liked it” and 9/10 defined as “one of my favorites,” with 8/10 (as well as the other even numbers) undefined. Now I’m clarifying the scale as follows:

10/10 = favorite of my favorites
9/10 = one of my favorites
8/10 = great
7/10 = good
6/10 = okay
5/10 = indifferent
4/10 = eh
3/10 = bad
2/10 = terrible
1/10 = eew get it away!
0/10 = Mulholland Dr.

That won’t change anything in the middle, and I’m not going to worry about how it effects the bottom (how much I dislike a movie doesn’t really matter much to me), but it means that a lot of high-rated movies are getting slightly higher ratings.

7/10’s promoted to 8/10:
Frankenstein (1931)
A Night at the Opera (1935)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Per un pugno di dollari (1964)
In Cold Blood (1967)
Harold and Maude (1971)
The Conversation (1974)
A Christmas Story (1983)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom (2003)
Synecdoche, New York (2008)

8/10’s promoted to 9/10:
Brief Encounter (1945)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Rocky (1976)
Groundhog Day (1993)
In Bruges (2008)

9/10’s promoted to 10/10:
Network (1976)
Up (2009)

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