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"A Serious Man"
Bellview Scale Description
So many movies, so little
time. First, the scale. The scale is designed with two purposes—to
inform you of when the best time to see a movie should be, as well
as how much you can pay and still leave the theater feeling good
about yourself. This roughly translates into how good I thought the
film was. For example, “About a Boy” received a $9.50 Show. This
means that you shouldn’t run out to see the film during its first
weekend; it wasn’t THAT good. But, you won’t feel too bad dropping
$9.50 to see it because it was very entertaining. On the other
hand, “The Scorpion King” earned a Rental rating. If you saw this
on video you would be satisfied, and overjoyed that you didn’t pay
to see this drivel in a theater.
This is to clarify that the
rating system is *not* a five-star system. Under that system, you
would look at a movie that got four stars and think that no matter
what the situation was, you would think that film was very good. I
measure the film by both the quality of the film and the VALUE that
you will get out of a film depending on when you see it. This is
also why the Hard Vice rating explains that you don’t want to see a
Hard Vice film for any reason, even if you can see it for free,
because there is nothing to gain from the experience. One star
might mean a film still has some slight entertainment for you; Hard
Vice is essentially a zero. 99% of scales measure just the
enjoyment of a film; I tried to factor in the dollar when doing
these reviews, because I see a lot of films…and I ain't rich!!
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard
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