365 honest opinions

First I decided to watch one movie each day for a year, then I set up a list of 365 movies to watch. As I wish to see if my taste and maybe preferences change on this steady diet of a mixture of critically acclaimed and audience’s favorite movies, I now need to find a way to record my reactions to each movie, or my experiment will not count for much. (Even though it is a quite unscientific little investigation, I would like to see the results.)

Which is were this blog enters the story.

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Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) yawning. Photo by Daisuke TashiroFlickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, Original photo

I will try to record my opinion of each movie as the year progresses, and I will attempt brutal honesty. I can not try to make some kind of analysis or review, if I am to go back and reexamine my opinion. I must write my subjective reaction and how much I enjoyed the movie. It might be difficult to be direct enough in my evaluation, especially if or when it goes against commonly held believes. However, it will be important that I try, for the sake of the experiment.

So then, I must record my opinion every day and reexamine these opinions evenly through the year, and when I have seen all of the movies.

I should definitely not do this in the form of a review. Firstly, it would not serve the purpose of my experiment, and secondly, the last thing the internet needs more of is movie reviews. So I should try to simply record my opinion and leave the reviews to others.

A captain’s log

It struck me then how much an account of watching a movie is similar to a captain’s log as these are used on Star Trek.

Exposition

First the captain gives some exposition about the current episode, maybe so the producers don’t have to film every part of the episode or story. Or maybe so the episode can be about the more interesting parts of the tale.

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William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk.

We are orbiting planet Ursina 4 for the forth day in a row while we wait for Dr. Bones and his staff to inoculate the female population against the Red Leezle plague.

The rest of the crew has taken some much needed time for maintenance, practice and drills, but even I am running tired of the safety drills now. Hopefully the good doctor will finish his mission soon and we can get on our way.

I have decided to give the crew some time off for recharging. Not everyone is happy with having to spend their time in leisure, but most have found some way of entertaining themselves.

 

And we all know that the episode would involve good old Captain Kirk getting his shirt of, when the story is about a disease that only hits the female population.

In a recounting of watching a movie, the beginning is a similar exposition. Telling the setup of the story, without giving away the ending or any other major surprises.

The movie tells the story of a young girl traveling to her grandmother to deliver food supplies from her parents. The journey takes her through the woods.

Reactions

Next, Captain Kirk will randomly mull over the further happenings of the episode, often intertwined with his evaluation of the opposing stances of the logical Commander Spock and the proudly emotional Dr. Bones. The Captain seems to have little thought for the poor creature tasked with listening through his log. Maybe these entries are made so that Starfleet command can keep track of their captains’ mental states. It is hard to imagine any other reason for these entries, or maybe it is a tradition of captains logs from the time of sail ships.

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Leonard Nimoy as Commander Spock.

Kareela has won my heart, and Bones does make a lot of sense, but I can not ignore the greater good and Spock’s advice. What am I too do?

Many of the crew have some basic medical training and has offered to travel down to Ursina 4 to help with the inoculations, but only the male medics can be allowed to go, and we do not have enough medicine for more teams to help out.

On a positive note; Bones has postponed my annual medical check while he is busy on Ursina 4.

Maybe the captain would deliberate over some ethical or moral dilemma, without any context, while getting his shirt off.

In recounting the viewing experience of a movie, the next logical step would be to jot down a somewhat stream of consciousness recounting of immediate reactions after the days movie. Hopefully it would not be an equally out of context series of remarks.

A nice touch with the red hood, but did they really need to emphasize it so much that they didn’t even give her a name? “Red Riding Hood” is probably not the name her parents gave her.

Also, some of the scenes were surprisingly graphic. I would probably not let my youngest see this movie.

Contemplations

The next part of a captain’s log would probably be a bit more coherent. An analysis of the current situation.

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DeForest Kelley as Dr. “Bones” McCoy.

It seems Bones was not in time to inoculate the women of the remote region Stalheim on Ursina 4, and the plague has now reached this area. Little can be done to prolong the life of the infected, but there is still a chance that some of the women can be saved. If the women that doesn’t show symptoms yet are given the injection, there is a remote chance that some of them have not been infected and the inoculation will save them. This is what Bones wants to do.

However, the population of Stalheim is small and using the medical personnel and the inoculations on the population in a larger area, might save more people. There is also a very small chance that the plague will bypass this more densely populated area.

Spock has calculated that the highest chance of saving the most people will be to inoculate the more populous area. Bones can not bring himself to abandon the women of Stalheim though. And I understand. Especially after meeting Kareela from Stalheim.

How can I possibly abandon her? And what kind of man would that make me?

The next part in my movie opinion would also be more coherent; a highly subjective recounting of my opinion of various elements of the movie, like story, sound, picture, acting or whatever else was in some way noticeable.

The music playing in the woods was just the right for the scary mood of this part of the story.

The story was a too unbelievable and who sends their kid on errands through a scary wood, anyway? Some parts of the story is not very logical, even by the internal logic of the universe set up in the movie.

Judgement

Next, the good Captain will give an account of his choice in whatever dilemma or crisis he has been set to judge this time, and maybe justify his choice to some extent.

I must however see the greater good, and the greatest good for these women of Ursina 4. And that would be to save the cities and central areas, and maybe one day Bones and Kareela will forgive me for making the choice they are so opposed to.

Similarly, the succeeding part of my movie opinion would be my conclusion, or my personal verdict of the movie.

The movie “Red Riding Hood” was exciting all the way through and I didn’t feel bored at all. The story was engaging and I would see it again some day without groaning in anticipation. The story, and the movie it self will probably not stay with me for very long. Quite forgettable. But worth the time it took to see the movie.

Epilogue

Sometimes at the end of the episode Captain Kirk would try to impart some wisdom that he has learned from today’s episode, sometimes also with a pun or a little joke. Often an extremely general conclusion from a specific, and unique, incident.

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Leonard Nimoy as Commander Spock, William Shatner as Captain Kirk and DeForest Kelley as Dr. “Bones” McCoy.

It would seem that any ills of a society that befalls only the women, will not be dealt with until it threatens welfare of everyone.

Let’s not fall prey to such ignorant behavior ourselves here one the Enterprise, eh Spock. Make sure we are not ignoring any problems here just because it only concerns the female staff.

Have them all report to my cabin so that I can interview them on the subject. Set up a schedule so I can have some one on one time with each of them, will you Spock?

I will finally in my recounting try to give an opinion on who would enjoy the movie, who I would recommend the movie for and maybe what kind of mood or day it would go well with. Just a kind of final sentence to end my telling of what it was like to watch this movie.

I don’t think most people would enjoy “Little Red Riding Hood” unless they have some kind of connection to the story already. A nice viewing for a boring, rainy day. No more.

This is not meant to be a review, just how I would tell a friend about the movie and what to expect.

My writings

So then, this breakdown of a captain’s log on Star Trek is how I will structure my recounting of experiencing each movie.

Every quarter I will go over my opinions and and see if I still agree with my own captain’s logs. I will rewatch a couple of randomly chosen movies, and try to evaluate any change in movie taste.

At the end of the year, I will have a much bigger review and try to put some numbers on any change, or lack there of, to make some statistics about the experiment.

Photo at top of the page shows a stack of firewood, or a bunch of logs (such a bad joke). Photo taken by Simon Koopmann, CC BY-SA 2.5, Original photo.

3 thoughts on “365 honest opinions

  1. As you’re going to watch all these movies that are either critically acclaimed and/or loved by the audience, it would be interesting if you could find out how many pass the Bechdel test. I have a theory that a large percentage of highly rated movies fail this test, because movies that pass are often considered specifically “women’s movies”, and thereby of little interest to the critics (men are human, women are women). It would also be interesting to know if you see any development in each decade.

    Just a suggestion!

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  2. I will do that, most of the movies have already been tested, but I will collect the data and do the test for any of the movies that haven’t been tested as I watch them and make some statistics. Excellent suggestion.

    And yes, the whole “men are humans and women are women” is definitely a reality in movies. But is it just Hollywood though? Some stats on the movies from other countries could be revealing, perhaps. Stay tuned, and I will get to this.

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