My name is Nathan Donarum, and I’m an amateur film critic and professional film junkie. I’ve loved movies for years, and had, for a long time, wanted to write my own reviews. I used to watch Ebert & Roeper every week, and then (and still do) browse Roger Ebert’s film reviews on his website. I eventually started discovering websites like Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes, and I just got hooked on the whole idea of reviewing films. It just seemed like so much fun to me. I love watching movies, and I love talking about them, so it was natural that I would eventually be drawn to reviewing films myself.
Many of the reviews of older movies I’ve had in my head for a long time. Much of the time I’m just posting things I’ve already, in a way, written. Though even with that “advantage”, it’s sometimes difficult for me to get the words down on paper (so to speak).
I made this blog in the hopes that I could share my thoughts and opinions with others on various movies. I hope you all enjoy it, and if you do, please comment here and tell me what you think, or drop me an email. I’d love some feedback.
You can also follow me on Twitter: @nathandonarum
A Small Explanation On My Ratings
Most of the movies I see are things I think I would like. I don’t like spending the little money I have (starving college student here) on going to see something like Freddy Got Fingered when I can see The Dark Knight instead. As a result, there’s probably going to be more positive than negative reviews here. But unfortunately for myself, I’m also very curious, and so I do see bad movies sometimes, as long as I don’t have to pay anything to see them. Writing movie reviews isn’t my job (yet?), and so it doesn’t require that I review every piece of drivel I see. I’m more inclined to write about movies that I thoroughly enjoyed.
An Explanation of My Star Rating System
I don’t really know how other critics come to their conclusion about star ratings, but for myself, it’s all about how much I enjoyed a film. That’s pretty much it. The more stars I award a movie, the more I enjoyed it. That doesn’t mean that a 4-star review means I think that movie is perfect. Far from it. A flawed film can garner 4 stars. I’m not using the star rating system as a test for the greatness of a film.
: I loved this movie and would highly, highly recommend it.
: I liked this movie a lot and would recommend it.
: I liked this movie. Though there are things that aren’t great, there’s enough good to recommend it.
: Though there are things I enjoyed about this movie, the negatives outweigh the positives.
: I just didn’t like this movie.
: I don’t think there’s much to redeem this movie at all.
: Even if I was drunk I couldn’t like this movie.
: I can’t imagine why the hell this movie got made at all.
: Contender for the worst movie of all time. Period.