Posted January 16, 2010 by Greg Dragon in Spicy News Reel

How does Spicy Movie Dogs rate movies?

In the James Bond 007 area you can see why a certain movie ranks a certain score based on the Bond-O-Meter. For blockbuster releases and older favorites I have neglected for far too long to point out how I judge a movie and why certain movies may score a lot differently than other movie fanatics across the internet. When I first sought out to do this I would judge movies based on gut feeling, I would see something, it would excite me and I would immediately think oh it’s an 8!! Then I started to notice that many movies were getting the same score and when I would stumble upon the occasional 10 it would be so far beyond the droves of 8s that it would make me rethink my original score. So when Spicy Movie Dogs was launched, I came up with a system based on some averages along with the reviewer’s feelings. To sum it up, I use what we like to call our S.C.A.D.S. System. This stands for Story, Cinematography, Acting, Directing and Score system. We judge each category on a scale of 1-10 and divide it by 5 to come up with a 10 point score. Once we have that score finalized, it can then be modified by 1 point based on the author’s personal feelings about the movie. If it blew us away an 8 point movie can be made into a 9. If it is a brilliant movie that an author found to be personally offensive or annoying, that 8 point movie can then be a 7. So hopefully this answers your question as to why (insert movie you hate) got a good score and why (insert movie you love) was not Fully Loaded.

Greg Dragon on changing review scores
I try not to change reviews but sometimes a second viewing or some further study into things that were not immediately understood may change my mind on a few things. This happens to everyone, we mature, we learn more and we become better at judgment. Although I try not to judge with my heart being inherently human makes this bit a hard thing to do and looking at a movie 100% subjectively can be near impossible. Still I thank you for visiting Spicy Movie Dogs, taking the time to comment when you do and mostly for reading my reviews. I really appreciate it, thank you all very much.

Greg Dragon

Cinephile and opinion writer, Greg Dragon has been a fan of movies since the 80's when Kung Fu theater was all the rage and Roger Moore was James Bond. Greg is the founder and lead critic of Spicy Movie Dogs. You can follow him on Twitter @Rafacus or on his Google+ account.