We like the movies, and try to keep up with them, but there are lots, and it isn't any easier when they insist on giving movies names that are either non-descript ("The Sessions") or just hard to remember ("Crouching Dragon, Lunging Lion," an historic example).
Our new way to rate movies is by the title: how descriptive is it, as in accurate? Not as in creative. Save creative for the movie. We want a movie title that gets us to the right theater.
On this basis, we give a medium rating to "The Promised Land," which we saw last night. They should have called it "The Fracking Movie," because this is what people will call it. It is not about Moses or Springsteen.
And on this basis, we will give "Lincoln" five stars. Because, can you imagine this conversation?:
- Went to the movies last night.
- What'd you see?
- What's it about?
Never happen. "Lincoln," by our standards, the best movie, maybe, there could ever be.