For those of you who don’t know, my name is Larry D and I have always been a big fan of movies. But unlike a lot of other movie lovers, I can’t really think back to a moment in my life that I didn't know this about myself because I have loved movies for as long as I can remember.
And because I have a
desire for one reason or another to share my love for movies, I have
decided to start this blog. But as you may have noticed, the subtitle of
my blog is “movie reviews for the regular guy.” This simply means that I
am writing my reviews for regular movie goers. You are not going to
have to read me blather on about cinematography or depth of characters
or direction or any of that stuff. The general movie goer doesn’t notice
these things; the general movie goer doesn’t care. It’s not because
you’re not smart enough, it’s because you go to the movies to be
And that’s what I am going to do my best
to let you. Was the movie I saw entertaining? Is it worth your time? And
more importantly, is it worth your money?
attempt to not only place a value on the entertainment level on the
movie itself, but to put a value on what I think the movie will be worth
to you, I will be using my own rating scale to grade the movies I’ll be
talking to you guys about. Actually, it’s a rating scale I borrowed
from my Uncle Jimmy, but I modified it a touch. But because the idea
behind the scale is about 90% his, I named it after him.
So without further ado, I introduce to you……The Paulopoulous Scale. (Don’t try pronouncing it, you’re only hurting yourself)
Jimmy introduced the scale to me I thought it was genius, it both tells
you how good the movie was and how much you’ll be comfortable spending
to go see it. When he explained his scale to me it had four levels that
were rated as such:
Four Stars – Full Price rating:
This is a movie that you will pay the full ticket price to go see and
not regret dropping the money, or a movie you saw and wouldn’t have
minded paying full price to go see.
Three Stars –
Matinee rating: Still a good movie, but one you wouldn’t pay more than
matinee pricing to go see at the movies. Paying full price for some of
these movies might effect how you actually feel about it when it’s over.
Stars – Rental rating: This is a movie you won’t feel bad about missing
in the theaters. It’s one of those movies you’d be better served
renting from one of those Red Eye kiosks or your local video store.
Star – TV rating: This is a movie that you don’t go to see, you can
wait for it to come see you. In the comfort of your own home, where you
have no financial commitment whatsoever.
I have since added two more levels:
Stars - Don’t bother: This movie is so bad, I recommend that even when
it comes on television…..you go out to dinner or something. Stay the
hell away from this movie!!!
Five Stars – This is my
“Instant DVD/Blu Ray Purchase” rating. A movie that was so
good/enjoyable, it is worth the investment to own a copy of your own. In
order to qualify for a Five Star rating, you first have to be a Four
Star movie and not all Four Star movies are worthy of the Five Star
grade. I am very picky with my Five Star rating, so if it gets a Five
Star grade from me, you know it’s a good one.
thing I wanted to let you know about what you can expect from me when
reading my blog. I will only be review movies that everyone can go and
see. I can’t tell you how nuts it makes me to read movie critic’s top
ten movies of the year and seven of them are either some art film they
saw at some random film festival or a foreign film that would have you
reading subtitles the entire time.
Now I live in the
Quad Cities, right on the Iowa/Illinois border, the population is under
500,000, so you can imagine how many independent/foreign films make it
out this way (not that I would ever be interested in seeing one, but you
get the idea). So my focus for this blog will be to only review movies
that come out as nationwide releases. These are movies that you’ve heard
of and should be able to see no matter where you live.
I am excited to share my thoughts and
feelings about movies with you and I hope you will enjoy what I have to
say about them. And hopefully in the process some of my love for movies
will rub off of you. 2015 is shaping up as a historic year for
movies and your feedback on my reviews or suggestions for movies you
would like for me to review, are always welcome. Feel free to leave your
feedback in the comments section of the blog or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So let’s get started shall we?!