Movie Reviewing 411

General Information

As much as I would love to be someone who people come to request screenings of the television shows, alas, I am not. Since book reviewing requests are much more popular than television and movie requests (which I’m sure you’re well aware of), this review policy will be similar but modified from my book reviewing policy. So if it sounds familiar, it is 😉 .

Genres I am generally interested in are:

  • Action
  • Fantasy
  • Fairy tale/myth retellings
  • Paranormal (not high sci-fi)
  • Historical Fiction
  • Mysteries

I’m a hobby historian (who is pursuing a degree in European History) so anything in that falls under that umbrella is something I will probably watch. With movies and television, I’m a bit more flexible. Except for Horror. Horror is a hard pass for me.


I’m drawn to the world of show biz because I love stories. Story-telling is the best form of entertainment, and an age-old way to entertain and be entertained. With that in mind . . .

I review stories in a relaxed manner and don’t consider them critical reviews at all. I am fair and honest and if I come across a story I did not enjoy, my review will reflect that. I do my best to explain why in my review so other readers can make their own decision.

ALL REVIEWS COME WITH A SPOILER ALERT BY DEFAULT. I am not one to care for spoilers and sometimes I even hunt for them. Sometimes that’s the only way I will read and/or continue watching a series or a movie. Because I don’t care about spoilers, there is a huge possibility things will slip in my reviews. With that said, I don’t retell the story in my reviews and am mindful that others may not feel as cavalier about spoilers as I do. While I cannot guarantee a spoiler-free review, I do try to keep it to a minimum.

Review Structure

All reviews include the following:

  • Show stats: Title, release date, network or movie distro, series status
  • My review: the good, the not so good, and the whys.
  • Star rating
Star Ratings

Because it’s familiar, a 5-star review system is what I use.

  • 5 star: I absolutely LOVE the story and want to own/does own/or already bought a copy of this story.
  • 4 star: I enjoyed this story and more often than not I will probably watch it again.
  • 3 star: I liked it. Not loved, not hated. Just liked.
  • 2 star: There were some things I liked about it but there were more things I did not and that counted against the rating.
  • 1 star: I did not like the story at all.

GoodReads user J. G. Keely has a good spectrum on rating his books and I often refer to it as a guideline while expanding it with my own interpretations for all my reviews (including television and movies). You can find it here.

If you have any questions, feel free to message me.

Happy watching!