So, I went and saw Premonition today, the new thriller starring Sandra Bullock as the wife who keeps waking up every day to find her husband dead. Or alive, depending on the day. My wife was with me.
When I got home, I sat down to write a review. I have a really good Kenmore washer and dryer set. We bought them at Sears a few years ago. They were on sale, and they really do a great job of cleaning all our clothes.
I threw in a load of towels to wash while I was at the computer. I mean, the washer is good; it is one of the 'heavy duty' types and can take many towels and still get them nice and clean.
Our last washer, jeez, it was like using a rock to clean them. We would have to do the same load at least twice, sometimes three times to get them as clean as they come out now. In addition, the dryer, man, it's great. We always use one of those dryer sheets, the ones that are fabric softener and make the laundry smell good at the same time. I can bring a load of clothes out of that thing and it's like smelling a nice spring day, whoo-eee.
Right now, the towels are almost through. I figure I'll finish them and then watch last night's episodes of Smallville and Supernatural; I record them every week to watch on either Friday or Saturday night. Until Doctor Who and Stargate S-G1 return to the Sci-Fi channel there isn't much else to watch.
It was a bit of a coincidence, me doing laundry tonight and Sandra Bullock doing it in Premonition as well. You know, that raises an interesting question. Do you think Sandra Bullock actually washes her own dirty towels, or does she get someone else to do it? Just how rich is she? Well, I find stuff like that interesting.
Oh, and after the movie, we were discussing the Larry Stanley Movie Rating System and I was trying to explain it to the people I was with. I might as well do that here as well, and then everyone will know how it works on the site.
I rate a film with one star to four stars. I also use negative stars as well, an example being Alone in the Dark or the American version of The Ring Two. There are very few films that ever get the coveted four stars, and only a handful that get three stars. While I don't rate a film based on projection, or width of the camera lens, or what style of pants were worn by the star, I do base it on acting, photography, special effects and even CGI. And yes, I do think there is a difference between special effects and CGI.
CGI is done with a computer. People, using various objects, sets, camera stations, visual effects, manipulation of a film image, matte shots, or other situations, create "special effects". In other words, they are done by people and are therefore more creative. CGI might be able to make a realistic dragon or space battle, but it was stop motion and Ray Harryhausen who actually brought dragons and dinosaurs to life.
I also rate a film on music, plot, action, and how I think the actors relate to the characters they are supposed to be creating. It is not always as easy as it sounds. For one thing, sometimes I have to sit through some God-awful movies. Like Gigli. Christ, I wanted to burn out my eyes when I saw that one. Then there was the Mari… Mari… M-A-R-I… God, I can't even bring myself to spell out the title of that one. Some films don't deserve any stars, and I usually make that pretty clear. If there are no stars, then the film stank, but I still reviewed it.
Then there is the last group. These are the film reviews you actually see me in, so you know I watched the film, but there is no review. That means I felt this film was so bad the negative and all the copies of it should be burned, the ashes scattered, the director forced to take a class in filmmaking and the actors should all be removed from the Actors Guild and forced to take up another line of work.
An example of this would be House of The Dead and the 2005 remake of The Fog. Except for Tom Welling. I like Smallville.
Anyway, those are the main criteria I use to grade and rate a film. Oh, my laundry is finished.
What do you think I've been talking about?
Directed by: Mennan Yapo
Written by: Bill Kelly
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Nia Long, Amber Valletta, Shyann McClure, Courtney Taylor Burness, and Peter Stormare.
Runtime: 97 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
The Larry Stanley Language-O-Meter Rating: I wouldn't want my kids to listen to it.