Ratings

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Ratings:
When I was working for a newspaper, print edition only, I picked up doing a huge number of movie reviews. Bad habit: I see a movie, read a book, something, and I want to rate that item.

For movies, especially, I had a $0 to $2 rating system.

$0 = wait for this to be in TV. Might be straight to video, and from there, borrow a copy or watch it on free cable TV. Not worth the price of admission.

$1 = see this at the dollar movies. Dollar movies vary, used to be midnight movies, but playing fast and loose with release dates sort of jimmied that idea. However, as a guideline, and I’ve lived close to many dollar movie palaces over the years, the dollar movie is a godsend. Where else can I occupy and entertain for a single dollar? Sometimes, if it’s a long show or there are lot of trailers? That’s good “bang for the buck.” Roughly 50 cents an hour.

$2 = highest accolades. Go sit through a matinee immediately. Worth a full matinee price which has just about doubled since I last used this rating system. However, though my practices might be dated, there’s still the concept that none of the movie out these days are worth a full, over-priced price.

About the author: Born and raised in East Texas, Kramer Wetzel, settled in a South Austin trailer park before trailer parks were cool. He now lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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