Recently, I've been watching a lot of movies. Ok, that isn't very different from normal, as I love watching movies. But I have been able to tap into my wonderful mother-in-law's Netflix, create my own little section on it, and start watching stuff. It started as just a way to pass time, then a way to watch TV shows I wanna watch, and finally I bit the bullet and started doing movies.
"Bit the bullet" might sound weird, but I'll try to explain. I am a man who loves film. More than just film, I love watching them. And more than that, I love sharing film. I like being able to sit in a room with other people and have an experience, a shared experience, with all of them. I like providing entertainment, commentary, information, and options as a host and a friend. I like being a trusted source of opinion. Or an untrusted source. I like being entertaining. All of these things together makes "Netflix" almost the antithesis of what I like about film: it is solitary, singled out, and feels almost cheap.
Yes, I understand that is stupid. I am explaining it because of where I was and ... you know, it actually doesn't matter all that much. Let me get back on track before I start running around in the tangent wilderness too long.
I love owning and sharing films, and sharing opinions. Recently I watched a documentary (thanks to Netflix, because I never would have bought it myself) that reminded me how much I love doing that. How much I really enjoy and want to be a writer and a critic. I've already been Facebook reviewing any movie I see for the first time and giving it my grade. But it seems that my friends aren't getting annoyed by it, but are actually asking for it, at least a little. That is humbling.
So I decided to try to start this up again.
IHAO currently is a very interesting time capsule of years of my life, writing, and creation. I could very easily delete all the former videos and posts and start fresh ... but I think I would much rather just start again. Leave that elephant graveyard there for people who want to see me make a fool of myself or some of the few things I'm very proud of. But I'm going to be breathing new life into IHAO.
I want to be able to have consistent content. Good bloggies do, anyway. And I need to have consistent, and understandable, gradings. That way everyone can know what I am meaning if I give something a B or a B- or a B+. So I'm going to explain those things in a just a minute or two.
I want to be able to do requests. I love the challenge. I think it is amazing, and difficult. So I plan on doing that as well.
Really, I just want to be successful. Not monetarily, necessarily. But I want to be someone who, agree or disagree, you see where I am coming from, and can use what I have to say to help form your own opinions. If you think I'm always wrong (the Hendricks Effect) then I'm still proving to be a good source of critique.
Anyway, enough babbling. As new stuff rolls out here, you will get little bits of commentary from me, and I will answer it and explain it. But first and foremost, grading.
I, Jessel, work very hard to separate my subjective opinions on what I am reviewing from an objective understanding of the skill behind it. I actually very much pride myself in my perceived ability to do so. I like being able to know the difference between "best" and "favorite." And I grade accordingly.
A means that I believe the film succeeds in every (or almost every) way from writing to directing to the dude holding the boom mic.
B means that I can see some flaws in acting or directing, or somewhere there is something that isn't good, but the movie is still pretty well made.
C means that I believe the movie is run of the mill, not good or bad, with a lot of mistakes, but a good amount of good stuff, too.
D means that all the stupid or bad filmmaking or acting or writing or whatever gets in the way too much of the film actually being anything I would call a good movie, but it isn't the worst thing in the world.
F means that the movie just absolutely fails technically in every (or almost every) regard.
Those are my objective grades. But I like to include my subjective thoughts as well. So I use + and - to designate that. The more pluses, the more extreme I either like it or want to make it understood I like it. The more minuses, the more I actively disliked watching the film. There can be A films I dislike and F films I love. And that's why I chose to grade like this.
I hope that helps. Because you'll be seeing a lot more from me in the coming days. Some will be reblogged/rewritten reviews I posted on Facebook. Most will be new. Hopefully you'll all enjoy what I have coming, because I'm going to work hard on it. I think.