Rating System


In the ManCave, we rate movies and TV shows based on how much we enjoyed them, rather than their artistic value or blockbuster power. To us, films & shows are like mini-vacations to another city, country, galaxy, time, or reality. Most people get precious little leisure time, though, and you don't want to walk away thinking that the two hours you just spent watching a movie would have been better spent "being productive."  Therefore, our goal is to help you choose an enjoyable, entertaining movie, rather than give you our opinion of who we think should get the Oscar for Best Art Direction.

In that spirit of enjoyment, as well as the fact that we podcast from a bar in the ManCave, our ratings are represented by 1 to 5 beer mugs:



Below, you will find descriptions of each rating: one set for feature-length movies, one for television, and one for short films. You’ll notice that we do not issue "floaters" (1/2 beer mugs). Instead, we force ourselves to make the hard call between ratings, although, on some occasions, we may note in our explanation that it is a borderline recommendation.


FOR FEATURE-LENGTH MOVIES 


Cruel & Unusual Punishment: This movie is so terrible we are actually generally angry at the people that made it. It is offensive in some form, either because of its message, its content, or the fact that someone actually made this trash and suckered us into wasting precious moments of our life watching it. We will not issue this rating without an explanation.


Don’t Bother: Not a completely terrible experience, but the time we spent watching it would have been better spent elsewhere.

Worth Watching: ...if you've got some free time.

Must See: Put it on your movie bucket list; make time to watch it, at some point.

Must Own: You need to have this movie in your video collection because you're going to want to watch it multiple times. Also, if it's still in the theaters, you don't want to wait until it comes out on video! We will also not issue this rating without an explanation. 


FOR TV 

Cruel & Unusual Punishment: Even if this was the only show on, it wouldn't be worth the mileage on your TV, the electricity used to have it on, or the stomach pains that are motivating you to Google the creator's home address for some good old-fashioned stalking. We will not issue this rating without an explanation.

White Noise: Not a completely terrible experience, but you're really just wasting time watching this, and you might as well be getting some work done. At best, this show is background noise for whatever else you're really paying attention to. 

Casual Watch: Enjoyable enough to watch if it happens to be on, and/or if others in the room, like your significant other, are insisting on watching it. We did not feel compelled to watch the entire series, though. While we wouldn't specifically set aside time to watch this show, we did not feel our time was wasted, either.

Queue it: Good enough to set aside time to watch on-demand, TiVo, DVR, etc., when you get the chance. Also, worth renting and watching the entire series.

Watch it Live: If necessary, alter your plans to see this show live...you're going to want to talk about it at work tomorrow. Or worth owning the entire series on video. We will not issue this rating without an explanation.


FOR SHORT FILMS 


 
Cruel & Unusual Punishment: This movie is so terrible we are actually generally angry at the people that made it. It is offensive in some form, either because of its message, its content, or the fact that someone actually made this trash and suckered us into wasting precious moments of our life watching it. We will not issue this rating without an explanation.

 Don’t Bother: Not a completely terrible experience, but the time we spent watching it would have been better spent elsewhere. 

 Worth Watching: ...if you've got some free time, and it costs you no money and little effort to access (i.e., free on-demand or internet link).

 Must See: Good enough to set aside time to watch on the internet, on-demand, TiVo, DVR, etc., when you get chance.

 Festival: You should add/download this film to your video collection, because you're going to want to watch it multiple times!  Don't wait to see this movie!  We will also not issue this rating without an explanation.

 
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