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a night at the movies

As you may have guessed by my frequent rant-er-riffic movie review entries, I love movies! I especially have a soft spot for bad movies, specifically in the category of sappy foreign romance (I heart you andy lau), awful video game to movie adaptations (yeah! mortal kombat II), and anything else that may strike my fancy.

So tonight I settled down to watch my latest Netflix, a little something titled 'Blood of Beasts' (note that it appears they attempted a re-release with a different title a couple of years after it was made). There were all kinds of harbingers of doom on this one. When the loml saw it, he totally got miffed about how crappy it was going to be (i think this was based on the title and the fact that I requested it in the first place). So I figured I should watch it quickly and then dispose of it. So I popped it into the DVD player and immediately noticed something else. Production quality was low. low low low. The titles looked like they had been done with power point. but I persisted. Then I noticed that one of the actors was Justin Whalin..

that name sounded familiar, and when I saw him I knew I had to stop watching this movie. Mainly because a) he used to be Jimmy Olsen on 'Lois & Clark' and has been in *nothing* worth watching since and b) all the guys in this movie had really bad weaves. This is supposed to be some kind of medieval adventure, so all the men have long hair. But instead of investing in wigs, these ren-festers decided to go with, I kid you not, really bad weave jobs. I think it was the sight of this bad hair that really made me decide to quit.

So I ejected the DVD, turned to the loml, and said, "That's it. Maybe I should start using some kind of rating system before I add things to my Netflix queue. Like a rotten tomatoes rating. I'll just figure out what my threshold for bad movies is, and take the average of that."

The response from the loml wasn't really transcribable, but suffice to say, he still loves me even though my funny ideas are no longer funny to him.

anyway, I tried looking up movies that were on my threshold of bad, like 'dragonball: evolution' but the ratings wound up too low to use (13% is too low). So, I started checking out other movies for fun. Did you know 'Conan the Barbarian' has a 76% rating? I love that movie.

So I realized that instead of trying to avoid bad movies, maybe I should look for good movies instead. So I checked out my top 3 movies that I think are genuinely good, well made, and that I enjoyed.

1. Inception - 86%
2. Sex, Lies, and Video Tape - 97% (my favourite movie of all time from 2003 to now)
3. Dangerous Liasons - 93% (my previous favourite movie of all time from 1993 - 2003)

which gives me an average of...92%. Well, that certainly would have saved me from watching that glorified 3D piece of **** movie named 'Avatar' (came in at 83%). So this number must be good. Which leads me to the next problem. How can I find a listing of movies at 92% and up so I can build my netflix list?

Does rotten tomatoes have this option???

--- quick update ---
looks like they do have something. Check out their top movies list here.


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