WHY FOUR STAR? For me, giving a rating means i need to quantify something that come as an almost knee-jerk, arbitrary reaction. Great film critics, such as the late Roger Ebert, might have honed his craftsmanship of dissecting a movie and know what made a movie great under years upon years of watching films. But hey, i am not even an actual film critic. However, i having a rating have its merits. It acts like a summary, a signifier of my overall thoughts. I hope it actually help me diversify what made one thing better/worse than the other.
I choose four, not only because of my respect to Ebert, who also used the same system. One of the artist i respect, Andy Warhol. He made a movie called Four Stars, a 25-hour long, avant garde film. The title was a pun of the rating system, which represent the highest appreciation for a film.
So, this is an Ebert-cum-Warhol-inspired decision: to regard each motion picture and their arts in the four-star system.
★★★★ | A Master Piece: bestowing the highest appraisal on my knees!
★★★ | Awesomesauce : has redeeming quality, its merits definitely outweigh its flaws.
★★ | Okay Movie: enjoyable enough to watch, might not be memorable enough to remember
★ | Blah: yeah, sure whatever!
– | WTF: what did i just put myself through?