You may have noticed that the last remark on my review of "The Kid" is a rating out of ten for 'movie' and 'film.' This is something I devised back in my radio days when I had a half hour slot on Radio Hampshire reviewing new releases, posing trivia quesions and giving various top tens in my 'movie trailer' voice. I am by no means the first person to differentiate between a movie and a film but I can almost certainly lay claim to be the creator of the movie/film rating system.
|Michael Bay's "Transformers" - Movie 10, Film 3|
|Spielberg & Neeson - "Schindler's List," Movie 4, Film 10|
Unfortunately things are not that black and white. First, audiences can be subdivided by their age, sex, ethnicity, social background and any number of other factors to change their view on a film. "Mammi Mia" could rate number 1 in any pensioner's top films of the last decade but most teenage boys would laugh at the idea of even watching it. So the rating you see is the opinion of a 25 year old film and movie fan. Second, a motion-piction can be both a movie and a film at the same time. It would be hard for anyone to give "Resident Evil: Extinction" a film rating of more than 2 or 3 but it would be almost impossible to get 90 percent of the general movie-going audeince (18 - 30 year old, lower or middle class men) to watch "Ghandi" or "Schindler's List" without there being some kind of woman involved. "Saving Private Ryan" or "Forrest Gump," however, appealled to millions of cinema-goers, boasted fantastic actors, big budgets and adventures that engrossed movie fans of all ages, but they had thought-provoking and meaningful stories, 11 Academy award wins between them and were beautifully and delicately directed.
Finally, I'd love to hear your opinions on the matter. If I've got it completely wrong - tell me! Comment your movie/film rating and see what others think of that too.