Matt's Movie Watching World

Opinion of the Week (Apr. 23‒29, 2017)

Sharknado is a movie that premiered on the SyFy channel, that made itself look so much like a bad movie that it ironically ended up becoming a monstrous hit. It seemed to emphasize its awful nature, and it seemed to send out a unique kind of publicity for itself that influenced a large audience to consider it something in the attitude of "so bad it's good." Because I don't have access to the SyFy channel, I don't often make a point to see the movies that premiere on that channel, but because of this apparent look that it had a culturally significant uniqueness, I was interested above average. It was available on Netflix, so three years ago I saw Sharknado for my first time. I never described it as "so bad it's good," but for me I recognized some things I disliked about it and some things I liked about it, and I gave it a 6+. For Sharknado, that means that there's a noticeable amount of poor quality to it, and altogether I measure it as below average, but its merge of the monster and disaster themes was extremely catchy, a lot of the dumbness seemed to be done on purpose, and for those people that wonder how this movie-watching experience would be for them, I definitely recommended this movie, and I recommend it now. The impact that Sharknado provided to popular culture was successful enough for the filmmakers to make several sequels, all of them also premiering on the SyFy channel. I didn't consider it necessary to see the sequels, that is until the fourth movie received and publicized its title, which is an epic parodying title. As it appears on screen it references the beginnings of Star Wars movies, introducing itself as "Sharknado - Episode IV: The Fourth Awakens." (Other probably acceptable ways to spell it out are such as "Sharknado: The 4th Awakens.") I knew I had to see this movie, as well as at least one of the sequels that came before it. So recently I watched Sharknado for a second time, followed by Sharknado 2: The Second One, and Sharknado - Episode IV: The Fourth Awakens. (There is a third Sharknado movie, but I decided not to see it all the way through.) All the Sharknado movies have a consistently entertaining quality, with some dumb-like surreality and cheesy sub-par special effects, and I give them all a 6+, though they do step up the bizarre intensity from episode to episode. For example, the first one takes place in California, then The Second One in New York, and the fourth one in scattered places all around America. Also, the recurring use of chainsaws is a good iconic identifier of the Sharknado franchise. By the way, the franchise is not finished yet. There has been a fifth Sharknado movie announced to premiere this summer, called "Sharknado 5 … Earth 0," another catchingly-titled movie, and it looks like the sharknadoes will spread around the world in that one. I haven't yet decided whether or not I'll see that movie, and if I do, it probably won't be immediately upon its premiere. But I predict that if/when I do, I will observe some predictably consistent quality in its catchiness, badness, weirdness, and humorously-dumb-on-purpose style, enough to also give that one (and any others that may follow) a 6+ like the others.


How to make the most of Matt's Movie Watching World

1: Come visit this page, the Facebook page, and the Twitter page whenever you feel like it. I recommend that you visit often. You decide what qualifies as "often." See what movies I have seen recently, which ones I have added to my list, and which ones I have added reviews for since the last time you visited.
2: Familiarize yourself with my system of rating movies. I rate movies on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best. I also add + and - signs to many of my ratings, similar to grading systems in school. Most movies I watch get a 7 or 8, while 10's and ratings less than 5 are rare. I think of this as being because I'm often too optimistic to think most movies deserve less than 5, and I'm too realistic to think most movies deserve higher than 9. Sometimes I feel like I rate movies on a scale from 6 to 9, 9 being pretty good. I encourage you to use the same or similar system when you rate your own movies.
3: When my "last movie watched" section says "in theater," that means that that movie is the most recent movie I have seen in the theater. When it says "for first time," that means it's the most recent movie I have added to my list. If the last movie I watched, the last movie I added to my list, and the last movie I saw in the theater are three different movies, then three different movies would appear on the page. If two of those movies are the same, then two movies appear. If one movie counts as all three, then only one movie appears.
4: Understand that I like a lot of Disney, animated, and family movies. I like a good number of superhero movies, comedies, sci-fi, and fantasy movies. I watch and like other movies too, but accept that I think these kids' movies and other varieties are some of the best movies ever made, and I don't apologize for that.
5: Understand that I haven't seen every movie. I've seen a lot of movies, and I've heard of a great deal more movies, but I'm only one person. I do other things besides watch movies sometimes, so to save time and money, I have to pick and choose which ones I care enough to watch. And some movies I could have seen earlier I see later instead.
6: Follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter if you have such social network memberships. My movie viewings and my scale-from-1-to-10 numbers should appear in your feed. My Opinions of the Weeks will appear every weekend. If I watch a movie you like, or if you agree with the general opinion I have of it, click the "like" or any reaction button on my Facebook post, or make an interesting comment. Start a conversation. The more you react and comment, the more it will appear in your feed.
7: Whenever you think about a movie, whether I've seen it or not, think to yourself, "I wonder if Matt/MMWW has seen that movie," or "I wonder what Matt/MMWW thinks about that movie." Come to the page, click on the movies list and/or reviews chart, type ctrl-F or command-F (find) to search for the movies you're interested in, see what I think, and if you've seen the movie, compare your thoughts to my thoughts. There will be some ways we agree, and there may be some ways we disagree, and both are okay. If I haven't posted on Facebook recently about a specific movie, feel free to type something directly on my Facebook wall.
8: If you feel like watching a movie, but don't know which one to watch, come to my page, click on the movies list, and look over my top 100 favorite movies, marked in yellow, and watch a movie you haven’t seen before. To expand, feel free to look over my top 200 or 300, not marked in yellow. Look over anything I give an 8 or higher, or 7+ or 7. Obviously, the ones closer to the top of the list I tend to recommend more than the ones under them. If you're looking for a recent movie, playing in the theaters or recently released on home video, type ctrl-F or command-F (find) and look for this year or last year. Watch a movie or a few movies that are high on the list.
9: Look over my list and find out movies you have seen and enjoy that are not on my list. Try to analyze my list, reviews, and opinions to figure out what movies I might be likely to enjoy. Post on my Facebook page your recommendations. If I like a recommendation, and if I like a movie you've recommended, then you'll know you've contributed a little to Matt's Movie Watching World.
10: If you're an everyday visitor, look at my Quote of the Day. Try to guess what character and movie each line comes from, then drag your cursor over the empty spaces in the box to see if you’re right. For purposes of this activity, the movie title is to be considered the answer, and the character name is to be considered a hint. (The Princess Bride, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Forrest Gump, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl are my most quoted movies.) Have fun with this even if you’re not an everyday visitor.
11: If you miss out on seeing my reviews and other opinions featured as Opinion of the Week, or simply have a curiosity about what I've written about in the past, look over my Opinion of the Week archive on Facebook.
12: Look at my Gunnther Awards page to see what I think about the best in various categories for every year (or at least the last 30 years). Do this especially during awards season.
13: I always have a box on my page that counts down to my most-anticipated movie being released sometime less than 9 months away. This countdown number changes every day, but I don't change what movie I'm counting down to more than 2 or 3 times a year, so don't expect a new movie countdown often, unless the number has been pretty low recently.
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