Hello! My review system is listed below. It will probably change as time goes by and I will then update this page. 🙂
Here is how I write my reviews – sometimes:
OVERALL: My overall impressions, thoughts.
POINTS: The things that I really loved/hated about the movie. Also things that stood-out for me.
PITFALLS: These are the pitfalls that I see in the movie making. Mind you I made movies, really short, video taped stories, in college and wow, I will admit that I wouldn’t have the foggiest idea how to direct a feature length movie today. Well ok, I would: I hire GREAT people and let them do their jobs. 🙂
FEMALE CHARACTER(S): A good female character will make or break a movie for me. More than one good female character will really add to my enjoyment. 🙂 However please understand that a good male character will make me love a movie too. 🙂 I will also be talking about the men.
CULTURAL PITFALL(S): This is my take on the current cultural frames that dictate a lot of how we view our stories/media. I deal mostly with sexism and racism though I will also throw in homophobia and classism.
HIGH POINT(S): If I write about the pitfalls, I’m also going to write about the high points. 🙂
BECHDEL TEST (Website): I’ll give my take on the Bechdel Test. I’ll also link to the Bechdel Test Website as it is a great tool for looking at movies.
RACIAL BECHDEL TEST (Website): Looks at racial diversity in movies/TV using the Bechdel Test guidelines. I’ll also give my own take on this. (Added to the review system January 24, 2014.)
IMDB: This is the link for the IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base) Webpage.
OFFICIAL MOVIE WEBSITE: Link to movie’s official Website. (Added this on January 22, 2013.)
DVD/BLU-RAY and/or STAY STREAMING WORTHY: Would I buy this on DVD and/or Blu-Ray. If I really love a movie I will want all formats and that includes DVD/Blu-Ray/3D Blu-Ray/Digital. On May 28, 2021, I added the stay streaming as well I wouldn’t buy it BUT or BECAUSE I would stream it again.
LION PAW PRINTS: This is a rating from 1-5 five being the best.
For horror movies only: HUBBY’S HORROR RATING. My husband says he always knows if it is a scary movie by the pain level in his hand or arm. This is because we always hold hands when watching movies. So when I am scared, I clench his hand and or jerk his arm. He’s been scarred from this behavior and often switches the wedding ring if I’m holding his left hand. He says he knows it was a really scary movie by his limb pain level. Rating system is 1-5, 5 being so painful, the nerve endings stopped working in his hand/arm. (He’s so good.)
Update: I Like Movies: Please note that I like movies – a lot. I won’t go see a movie I’m pretty sure I won’t like. (I don’t like slasher movies, for example, so I won’t go see them.) Give me pretty pictures and a good narrative and I’m a happy camper purring right along! Give me a great heroine/hero and I’m really happy. So if all of my reviews seem positive, well, now you know why. Enjoy!!!