How it Works

How it Works

Moveme movies uses several different approaches to providing movie feedback, because different people like different things, and the different approaches serve slightly different purposes. There is a sort-of traditional scoring system, a series of quick questions, and then a sort-of traditional written review.

Moveme movies is essentially spoiler free. I say essentially or mostly because I will talk about some details in the movie, but I do not give away big plot items or twists. I shoot for about no more reveal than watching the previews or trailers would give you, or that you would pick up in the first 15 minutes of the movie anyway.

Movies are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with 3 representing about an average movie. As a result, it differs from some review systems in that you will see a lot of 3s, because, let’s face it, there are a lot of “okay” movies out there that are watchable but not great. You will not see many 1s or 5s because there really are few movies that are that horrific or that stellar.

There is a separate genre score to give a more specific feel of how this movie is for people who are fans of the type of movie it represents. Specific genre categories or not used – it’s done by feel. Normally, this score will be the same or higher than the general score, but it does occasionally happen that a movie has a general appeal that is greater than its genre appeal.

Three specific questions are answered:
• Did I enjoy it?
• Did it move me?
• How do I feel about rewatching it in the future?
These were picked to attempt to get at the different type of viewing responses. You can enjoy a movie that doesn’t effect you in any deep way, or even vice versa. For example, I find the rawness of Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem For A Dream can be difficult to watch, but the film deeply moves me with its stunning portrayal of devastating effects of addiction. On the other hand there are a lot of action movies that I enjoy, but do not really get me very excited, let alone lead me to ponder life, the universe & everything.

Desire to rewatch and rewatchability: There are films you almost immediately want to watch again to pick out details you missed. There are others you respect, but are in no rush to rewatch. Then there are movies you get sucked into watching again and again, for some reason you can’t put a finger on, or perhaps even fathom.

Lastly, I ask whether the movie is more Art or Pop. This question is not meant to be judgmental, but merely descriptive (though sometimes I cannot help myself). Some films are a mixture. I think this can be an important quick detail for assessing the nature of the viewing experience. To paraphrase the famous candy bar jingle: Sometimes you feel like an Art, sometimes you don’t. Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color is interesting, but very abstract, as is almost anything by Andrei Tarkovsky; even Terrence Mallick, despite his stunning cinematography, often crafts films whose narrative arc is indirect, if not pretentious. On the other hand, Hitchcock was great at integrating artistic sensibilities into films that also had great mainstream appeal, same with Kubrick, and more recently Christopher Nolan, who with his thought-provoking Science Fiction films, blends complex ideas and approaches into accessible stories.

Then, of course there is the review itself. I am generally not trying to create works of art that will stand the test of time, but give some basic details about the makers (actors, director, etc.), the plot and setting, and some honest, usually immediate feedback. Sometimes there is a bit more analysis, sometimes less. I feel the movie itself guides this.