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How do you rate movies you have seen a long time ago ?

Postby livelove » Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:31 am

    How do you rate a film you have last seen 10-20 years ago ?
    I find it all the more difficult, if it's a film I saw back in my childhood.

    Rumplesink wrote: This I find more interesting. Do I rate films I saw from my childhood by the standards I had at the time? Or do I rate them from the perspective of my current standards and taste, having matured, experienced more and know much more about films, filmmaking and the world in general? If I rated say Police Academy back when I saw it originally (when I was 13) it would be a tier 10 film for sure. I feel confident however that if I re-watched Police Academy today I'd hate it. Yet I have seen it, and I did enjoy it at the time. An interesting quandary, especially when you consider that something like The Blues Brothers - which I saw at around the same time as Police Academy is still a tier 10 film for me.

    The conclusion I came to (as much as it matters, which again - it totally doesn't) is that I'll rate it through todays eyes after the fact. If one assumes that the purpose of rating films is to let others know what you're opinion of the film is rather than used to be then this seems like the most reliable way, given the less than ideal circumstances. I'm not going to re-watch Police Academy in order to more accurately rate the film today. Instead I'll rate it according to what I remember about it (I usually remember films very well, even many years after having seen them), coupled with how it lines up with my current tastes. Maybe not perfect, but it does the job imo.

    However, this also brings up another interesting aspect of film watching; expanding your cinematic horizons. Some films require more of the viewer than just the time it takes to watch it, and may reward more than one viewing to appreciate all it has to offer. If you had asked me to rate Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker immediately after I'd first watched it it would have received a pretty poor rating from me. It's now in my top 10 films of all time.

    Which is a roundabout way of saying; things change - and your rating's should change accordingly. They're not set in stone.

    Good luck in your cinematic journey. :)

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    Re: How do you rate movies you have seen a long time ago ?

    Postby livelove » Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:36 am

    • If it's a film I would give somewhere between 0-60 points based on what I remember, I don't want to waste my time re-watching the film, thus possibly giving it a completely wrong rating because
    a) memory gets distorted over time and
    b) tastes may change considerably, which is my case

    • and if my memories point to somewhere between 60-100 points, I might want to rewatch it, but watching a film a second time may give considerably different results
    a) not only because your tastes may have changed but also
    b) because you already know some spoilers, so for the category of movies that rely heavily on suspense, you won't be that excited any more the second time you watch it, since you already know what happens (even if only for the movie's major twists and turns).
    Either way, the excitement of seeing something completely new, fresh and never-seen-before is gone (almost by definition) the 2nd time you see it. So IMO rating a movie on second sight is bound to yield a distorted rating.


    This is why I get the sense I would give the movie a wrong rating by both rewatching and not rewatching it. It's a paradox. And a mess. :geek:

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    Re: How do you rate movies you have seen a long time ago ?

    Postby BillyShears » Tue Dec 29, 2015 8:49 pm

    Very carefully.

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    Re: How do you rate movies you have seen a long time ago ?

    Postby ribcage » Wed Dec 30, 2015 2:24 am

    Used to rate them, but as i re watched some and realized all i remembered was the feel of the films and not anything else and that rewatching might as well be a first watch, i stopped rating ones like this i come across. I do have a fairly bad memory, and my main reason for mini reviews is simply to put to writing enough words to hold a movie in my memory. So if i know for a fact that I've seen it...but can't remember enough to mini review it...i won't rate it.

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    Re: How do you rate movies you have seen a long time ago ?

    Postby ShogunRua » Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:38 am

    I have an excellent memory, so if I think back on the film and my impressions, I can generally recall them well. However, I have a simple rule; if I don't remember enough of the movie in order to write a mini-review, then I don't rate it. Or, alternately, delete my score if I already had.

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    Re: How do you rate movies you have seen a long time ago ?

    Postby mucow » Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:58 pm

    I generally don't as my taste in movies has changed over the years. Ranking a movie based on how I remembered it as a kid would really mess with my PSIs and TCIs.

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    Re: How do you rate movies you have seen a long time ago ?

    Postby philamental » Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:36 am

    There are generally three types of 'distant memory' films I come across.

    1. Ones that I can't recall with any level of significance and I don't expect to watch them again: I don't rate these films simply because I can't do so with any level of accuracy. I may 'forget' these films on criticker if they are ones that crop up in recommendations.

    2. Ones I recall fairly well, but I don't expect to watch them again: I'll give them a rounded (multiple of 5) estimate rating which is in my own mind fairly close to where I'd expect to rate it if I rewatched it.

    3. Ones I feel compelled to watch again after being reminded of them: I don't rate these. Instead I add them to my 'remembered' list and wait until I re-watch them before rating them.

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    Re: How do you rate movies you have seen a long time ago ?

    Postby QuinlanLJ » Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:20 pm

    It totally depends on wether I still remember seeing them or not.
    If I don't remember them, I watch them again and rate them normally as I rate any new film I watch.

    But if I do remember seeing them and I've watched them recently, then I rate them with my rating system (that is admittingly still not perfect), but at the part where I score how much fun I had with with a film, I score how much it stuck with me. And not all films stuck with me, that's why certain really good films have a bit lower ratings than they probably could have had.


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