Rating System

Everything starts with a rating of:


The good fills in from the left:


The bad fills in from the right:


Until a final rating is reached:
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Pretty Things Baby Tree
2011-07-29

Beer Rating:



The Type:

• Quadrupel

The Good:

• the slight lean toward a hop flavor (not overly sweet or maltly)
• the color

The Meh:

• the head is ok but could be more robust
• a little light on the body
• pretty drinkable

The Bad:

• nada
 
Eagle Rock Stimulus
2011-07-29

Beer Rating:



The Type:

• Belgian Coffee Ale

The Good:

• very interesting Belgian Ale complexity with the added hint of coffee roast flavor
• successful body with a good mix of both malts and hops
• good deep amber color
• went really well with my bratwurst and would be a good dinner beer

The Meh:

• the nose was slightly offputting

The Bad:

• nada
 
Ommegang Three Philosophers
2011-07-27

Beer Rating:



The Type:

• Quadrupel

The Good:

• delicious malty body with a slight tang
• nice strong alcohol pop
• beautiful dark color with tan head
• one of my favorite beers

The Meh:

• nada

The Bad:

• nada
 
Cars 2
2011-07-25

Movie Rating:



The Good:

• the beautiful vistas

The Meh:

• some humor that worked here and there usually with McQueen's non Mater friends
• some entertaining action although I would have liked more gritty car chases where you can feel the weight of the vehicles.

The Bad:

• the story
• Mater is an idiot
• the absurd fact that the real spies don't know Mater isn't one
• most of the film is kind of tedious
• badly written script with forced lines and unneeded dialogue
 
Captain America: The First Avenger
2011-07-24

Movie Rating:



The Good:

• the witty dialogue
• Tommy Lee Jones
• the skinnyification of Chris Evens

The Meh:

• the montage sequence could have been improved (although it wasn't that bad)
• a pretty formulaic plot

The Bad:

• the compositiing (seriously what has happened to good compositing in film)
 
13 Assassins
2011-07-24

Movie Rating:



The Good:

• the wonderful samurai action (the last third of the film was one constant battle scene)
• some stunning and shocking visuals
• the notion of honor and how these characters deal with it
• the characters (although sometimes I couldn't tell who's who what with all the blood stainage)
• the bits of humor scattered throughout

The Meh:

• one shot with a very comedic amount of blood didn't really fit the drama that was happening
• the return of a character that shouldn't have returned

The Bad:

• nada
 
My first nephew is here!
2011-07-23

He's finally here and I can't wait to get back to the East Coast at the end of August to see him. Way to be Angel Mae and Daniel. You've created something absolutely wonderful.
 
The Bruery Batch 300 Tripel
2011-07-21

Beer Rating:



The Type:

• Oak Aged Belgian Tripel

The Good:

• the great sweet hop aroma
• the big crisp hop flavor balanced perfectly with a sweet citrus that eliminates any bitter hop aftertaste
• the strong tripel body
• the fun of drinking a homebrew contest winner

The Meh:

• nada

The Bad:

• nada
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
2011-07-20

Movie Rating:



The Good:

• the acting
• the emotion
• the crazy wizardry fisticuffs
• the epic

The Meh:

• some special effects seemed a bit off

The Bad:

• a few gripes with pacing and cinematography
 
Telegraph Reserve Wheat Ale
2011-07-19

Beer Rating:



The Type:

• American Wild Ale

The Good:

• nice tart Saison-esque character
• good cloudy tan color

The Meh:

• relatively refreshing
• very citrusy tart nose (almost like a cleaning product)

The Bad:

• the tart flavor is good at first but becomes a one-note flavor quickly
 
X-Men: First Class
2011-07-18

Movie Rating:



The Good:

• the cool factor
• the Xavier/Magneto relationship
• the action sequences
• Sebastian Shaw
• Banshee
• the writing
• the cameo

The Meh:

• some minor plot holes
• a few special effects shots looked kinda bad

The Bad:

• the writing (it's a little heavy handed at times especially with the Beast/Mystique subplot and the very end of the film)
• Angel
 
Winnie the Pooh
2011-07-17

Movie Rating:



The Good:

• the refreshingly traditional animation
• the beautiful background artwork
• the humor and writing
• the very cool songs by She and Him

The Meh:

• just a few character sung songs that didn't work as well as others

The Bad:

• nada
 
I'm rocking the Spotify
2011-07-17

I just created my free Spotify account. Thanks to everyone who fought to finally get Spotify to the US. I'm psyched about trying it out this week to see what all the hubbub was about. Maybe I'll post my thoughts about it later. It'll be crazy easier to try out new artists and albums now. Yay.
 
Hobo With A Shotgun
2011-07-15

Movie Rating:



The Good:

• very interesting cinematography and film color palette

The Meh:

• one cool death scene involving one's own calcium deposits as the weapon of choice
• good ole dependable American grindhouse violence/gore

The Bad:

• the acting
• the script
• the one dimensional villians
• the unecessary
• the fact that I wish a better film was made in the same visual style as this film
 
Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel
2011-07-15

Beer Rating:



The Type:

• Weissbier Dunkel

The Good:

• nice dark color and welcome malty flavor

The Meh:

• decent weissbier flavor but a little bland and boring after you get past the maltiness

The Bad:

• didn't have very much weight behind it for a dunkel and was a little watery
 
Horrible Bosses
2011-07-13

Movie Rating:



The Good:

• great leading cast and hefty supporting cast
• horribly awesome bosses
• a good dosage of Always Sunny-esque comedic dialogue
• some very funny moments littered throughout the film
• a quotable line buffet

The Meh:

• very much a pedestrian plot
• we needed a slightly more equal allotment of screen time per boss

The Bad:

• nada
 
Super 8
2011-07-12

Movie Rating:



The Good:

• the train wreck sequence
• the awesome acting (I bow to you Ms. Fanning)
• the wonderful dialogue
• simply a beautifully shot film (with exception of some unnecessary lens flares)

The Meh:

• the creature could have been treated in a more interesting fashion
• although much less irritating than they were in Star Trek, the anamorphic lens flares are getting to be a little much Mr. Abrams

The Bad:

• nada
 
The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel
2011-07-10

Beer Rating:



The Type:

• Belgian Tripel

The Good:

• pours with a wonderful thick head
• good nose and color
• very good balance of malt and tart for a tripel

The Meh:

• after the malty flavor fades there's a slight linger of tart that wasn't fully to my liking

The Bad:

• nada
 
Unibroue Ephemere (Apple)
2011-07-09

Beer Rating:



The Type:

• White Ale

The Good:

• refreshing
• has a nice nose and the right amount of carbonation

The Meh:

• the touch of apple is nice but I'd want a little more quality ale flavor in there

The Bad:

• nada
 
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
2011-07-08

Movie Rating:



The Good:

• some fun green light wielding action
• a few short but sweet origin story adventures
• Mogo!

The Meh:

• some of the animation is a little limited here and there
• a few of the mini stories get a little slow at points
• the audio mix could have been better
• Kilowog's voice didn't really fit

The Bad:

• nada
 
I want you to know what I think about things
2011-07-07

I decided to start adding reviews to my site. It'll help me vent and give me some sort of record I can refer to in the future. My rating scheme is a little different than usual. There are five slots for the score and each of those slots can be either green, yellow, or red. So if a film isn't necessarily bad but is just blah, it might get five yellows. This give me a better range when I'm deciding on how good certain aspects from the film are. I start with Transformers, which I gave three greens, one yellow, and one red. This means there is a lot that is done well in this film, a little blah in some places, and a small amount of bad. Overall though I was very entertained. I'm not sure if I'll even have write ups of the reviews. I still haven't decided. Next film I'll be seeing is probably going to be Horrible Bosses. I'm looking forward to this one so here's hoping it's entertaining.
 
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
2011-07-06

Movie Rating:



The Good:

• the action sequences
• the 3D (best live action stereoscopics I've seen to date)
• the comedic dialogue

The Meh:

• the story

The Bad:

• some over explaining
• some unnecessarily comedic robot designs (the Einstein bot)