First of all, thank you to all of you who have taken the time to read my blog. It has come to my attention that it may be helpful for me to post an explanation for the various things contained in each of my reviews, so here goes…
Seen to date – This represents how many films out of a certain genre (or the entire book) that I’ve seen up to the point of posting that particular review.
Academy Award Wins – Pretty self-explanatory, what (if any) Academy Awards did a given film win.
AFI Top 100 – In 1998, the American Film Institute released its “100 Years…100 Movies” list. This represented a list of the best American movies as rated by a poll of over 1,500 artists and film industry leaders. In 2007, AFI released an updated “Tenth Anniversary Edition” list. The criteria for consideration on both lists stipulate that films on the list must be feature length and American. Those who were polled were also instructed to consider the following: Critical Recognition, Major Awards, Popularity Over Time, Historical Significance and Cultural Impact.
I wanted to call out this information as I believe it highlights where a film presently stands in the opinions of those in the industry.
My Rating (Ticket Stubs) – My personal rating for a film, out of 5.
Rotten Tomatoes Score – Rotten Tomatoes is a website that serves as a film review aggregator. It keeps track of all reviews for a given film and calculates a percentage of positive reviews. Films with at least 60% positive reviews are labeld ‘Fresh’, while films with less than 60% positive reviews are considered ‘Rotten’.
One thing worth noting is that the scores do not go into detail as to the quality of the review, only if it was positive or negative. Thus a film with all ‘3 out of 5’ reviews would score 100%, just like a film with all ‘5 out of 5’ reviews would. Despite this I think that it’s interesting to see what the consensus of critics was for a film, regarding what percentage of reviewers gave this film the coveted thumbs up versus a thumbs down.