Along with film and television, one of my great interests is the game of basketball, especially within the National Basketball Association. In introducing a rating system to OP-ROB, I have pulled terms from the game regarding the quality of a player. The ratings are as follows, I will explain their significance in the paragraph below and provide some rules and examples:
To be clear, this system works very much like one using stars. A five-star movie would receive a LEGEND rating in the OP-ROB system, while a four-star would receive an ALL-STAR and so on until a one-star movie would receive a BUST. Those of you unfamiliar with basketball might be asking yourselves: What do these terms mean? What do they have to do with movies? How is this at all an accurate rating system?
In this system I am rating movies in the same way someone might rate a player in the NBA, past or present. For example:
LEGEND- Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson...
ALL-STAR- Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, Amar'e Stoudemire, Steve Francis, Joe Dumars, Danny Manning...
STARTER- Jeff Green, Mario Chalmers, Ryan Anderson, Shane Battier, Markieff Morris, Kirk Hinrich...
BENCH- Steve Blake, Brandon Rush, Will Bynum, Anthony Morrow, Fabricio Oberto, Deshawn Stevenson...
BUST- Kwame Brown, Michael Olowokandi, Darko Milicic, Adam Morrison, Hasheem Thabeet...
In this system, a highly valued and influential basketball player like Wilt Chamberlain would receive status as a LEGEND. Wilt played the Center position for several championship teams, and led the NBA in many different categories during his playing days. Just like Wilt Chamberlain, "Citizen Kane" would receive a LEGEND rating in the OP-ROB system. Although I have not reviewed "Citizen Kane", I have seen it many times and understand its quality, significance, and timelessness.
Let me draw another comparison that shows the versatility of rating movies in this system:
Allen Iverson is a retired NBA player that played throughout the 2000s. He played the point guard position, and never won an NBA championship, but did earn several individual accolades and dominate the league for much of his tenure. He goes in my book as LEGEND, just like Wilt Chamberlain. These two players were extremely different. They played different positions in different eras with different rules. How could they both fit into the same rating system?
For movie comparisons, these same questions arise with any simplified rating system. While I would give "Citizen Kane" a LEGEND rating, I would also give "Midnight in Paris" a LEGEND rating. The movies belong to different times and different genres, yet all things considered, they both are "LEGENDS", and deserve to be recognized as such.
The OP-ROB basketball rating system for movies and TV works because it allows for variation within ratings. All things considered, all the ratings can be derived from what I say in the review. They are always my opinion and you may disagree with them. However, they provide an extra element to the review, and I will strive to incorporate them into some fun lists and rankings. I hope you enjoy!