Thursday, February 26, 2009

I'd Give It 2.5 Stars

The Oscars are over. We've celebrated the best movies of the year*. But what about the movies that are just okay? What about the ones that are largely forgettable?

Nathan Rabin takes on this issue, particularly with regard to rental movies:

"I increasingly realize why people watch movies they know will not be any damned good. Great art generally challenges audiences. It makes demands. It upsets and provokes and confronts injustices we often would rather not contemplate after a long day at work. That is why I sometimes find myself thinking, 'You know I’m in the mood for? A mediocre movie. Something’s not too good, not too bad but safely and comfortably somewhere smack dab in the middle.'"

That's the perfect way to look at it. Most of the time, I'm not in the mood for Sophie's Choice or The Departed. I want something funny, or exciting, or a little mindless. When I want to see a really serious movie, I put it on Netflix, because then I'm obligated to watch it.

Of course, I'd say the "mediocre movie" thing usually applies to TV. Why else would we have TNT or TBS? They're always running mediocre movies, and usually that's just what I want on a Wednesday evening.