Join me in spreading the joy of criticism and appreciation throughout a medium that lacks both. My obsession with film and television lead me to anime, and boy what a bumpy ride it has been. Since then, I've been documenting my experience through slapdash reviews and cynical thoughts. I'm solely here to speak for art to the best of my capabilities.
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My Rating Scale
10: Masterpiece : Reserved for television and film that transcends what it means to create something special. It's a genre defining piece that I wouldn't change a thing about if I had the opportunity to. Providing entertaining characters, an original premise, and exceptional directing, a ten may be the closest thing I can consider to perfect.
9: Excellent : An amazing series or film is one that I feel has changed the game in some way. Something that is utterly amazing in almost every single way. While it may possess certain flaws, none of them end up detracting from the end result of this piece. These works are often in my favorites category.
8: Great : A very good piece of filmmaking is something that I'm excited to share with anyone I meet. It's something that I can, and will, ramble on about non-stop, trying my best to explain what exactly makes it so great. Something I wish every show can be, and what every piece of entertainment should strive to encapsulate. While there are flaws, they are either minor or totally overshadowed by the overwhelming positives.
7: Good : This is a show/movie that I am willing to re-watch! Something that I feel holds enough merit to benefit from multiple viewings. A seven is often a show or film that, while not without problems, has enough positives to create something genuinely memorable. A seven often excels at certain elements, whether it be compelling characters, setting, narrative, direction, or sound. Whatever it is, a series like this deviates from the norm and compels me in some way.
6: Above Average : A six isn't "fine", for me. I disagree with MAL's system. A six is something that has done more positives than negatives, and whilst harboring obvious flaws, still creates something I don't regret watching. I don't want to watch a six again voluntarily, but it was something I can appreciate to have sitting my catalog.
5: Average : A five is a project that has done just above the bare minimum of entertainment. It is the base value. I go into every single film or show expecting a five. It's the base room temperature of television and film. Without fives, we wouldn't have anything higher or lower to compare to. A five is a little like bland oatmeal, it needs just a bit of spice to rank higher, but at least it is edible.
4: Below Average : A below average product is one that has done more negative than positive. However, unlike MAL, I wouldn't classify it as "bad". It simply has done the bare minimum required for entertainment and in a field where creativity is everything, that in itself is disappointing. The bare minimum of something shouldn't ever be considered mediocrity, especially since we look for standouts.
3: Bad : This is bad. This is unfortunate. This show or film has either bored me to tears constantly or has done enough aggressively lousy things that I wouldn't mind forgetting completely about it. The shows and films that I attach this score to either lost my interest completely or have seriously deep flaws that prevent me from enjoying them whatsoever.
2: Dreadful : The Adam Sandler of grades. This is the lowest possible point you ever want to be. It's so bad that it literally makes you uncomfortable to sit through it. The amount of issues in this series or film is palpable and overbearing. At every corner there is another problem to get frustrated over. I wish I've never seen this.
1: Horrific : A genre-defining masterstroke of idiocy. Something so bad that I can't find a single positive thing to say about it. It's something that should be hidden, something that should never even be spoken of again, something that actually inspires horror within its viewer. It's the film making equivalent of the black plague. Series like this make me embarrassed to watch the medium in which they are presented. Stay away at all costs.
You will occasionally see grades that are in the middle. For example, an 6.5, or an 8.5. These grades are supposed to indicate that a show is almost to the next grade, but certain qualities hold it back. It's supposed to resemble the highest possible point of that grade.