I’ve always found people cribbing about having watched a movie that made them hate their own existence in the universe. Goofing up once in a while is quite understandable but if you find yourself being exposed to cinematic tortures on a more frequent basis, then you clearly need help and that’s where we come. Cinema is subjective. Someone’s treasure might be your trash and vice versa. And learning to live with disagreements is the most critical element in a cinephile’s journey as it helps for a healthier and more complex discourse on cinema. But there are films that are mere marketing exercises or just poor quality entertainment. These are films mostly made with the sole intention of multiplying investments and as a movie lover, I can say with conviction that they are beneath the dignity of your time. Here are 10 ways on how to avoid watching bad movies:
10. Read Reviews
This might sound like a cliché but, in my opinion, reviews must be given utmost consideration before watching any movie. The man in the image above, for example, is someone who could dissect, anatomize and see elements in a film that others wouldn’t. Have your own set of go-to critics. Their opinions might differ at times, but most of the time they are right. Great movie critics like Jonathan Rosenbaum, Peter Travers and Guy Lodge write in-depth, complex pieces on movies that help you get a good idea and lead you to the right path of the film. Reviews are one of the first and most important elements that rescue you from an impending cinematic garbage.
9. Do Not Always Trust the IMDb
As cinephiles, we would all probably unanimously agree to the fact that IMDb did play a key role in fine-tuning our taste in the movies. IMDb, as the name suggests, is an Internet Movie Database of Information related to films, television programs, etc. Films can be rated by users on IMDb on a scale of one to ten. And the IMDb top 10 list boasts of some very fine films but to think that IMDb can be used as a base for judging a film or to even regard the site’s rating system or reviews as authentic judgement would be incredibly naïve. And what’s worse? There are films teetering on the edges of mediocrity that manage to gain a superior rating on IMDb, thanks to the films’ popularity and supreme marketing techniques. A group of fanboys could come together and vote up a film that is downright bad in various cinematic aspects which take away the reliability of the site’s judgment. The IMDb rating system is primarily based on the popularity of the films and is never a parameter for judging the quality of the films.