AN INTRODUCTION: IN THE FACE OF NEGATIVITY

I’m Roberto Badillo.

And I love movies.

Long, short, boring, exciting, funny, dramatic, sad and everything in between. Now, I don’t count myself as a positive person but if there’s one thing people who know me can’t deny is that every time somebody asks me for my opinion of a movie, I’ll most likely say something within the lines of “I really liked it…”, “Yeah, it’s pretty cool…”, “It’s not that bad…” “Yeah it’s not perfect but…”.

I like to see the bright side of every film I watch. Which brought me to this experiment of sorts, wanting to share some positivity in the face of what sometimes seems like a pretty negative landscape in filmmaking – and perhaps in general.

After all, it’s so much easier to attack than it is to give constructive criticism. How many websites, blogs, podcasts and shows exist for the sole purpose to ridicule and insult “bad” movies? And even if they can be fun, I felt there needed to be an alternate to all that “hate”.

So what’s different about this website? Here’s how it will work: I’ll take any movie that is recommended to me or that I might enjoy as long as it has a low score or is considered “bad” and I’ll break them down into the following:

THE GOOD:

Sometimes, when we have a better understanding on the why and how behind a film, we gain a better appreciation for what we’re watching and criticizing. Therefore, here I’ll discuss the history and making behind the film. After all, nobody sets out to make a bad movie, do they?

THE BADILLO:

Whether it’s singling out a performance, an actor, the direction, script, music, lighting, a particular scene or whether the catering might have been good, here we’ll discuss what I think the movie did right. Just as there is the belief that every person has something good to them, then so can the same be said about movies.

THE BETWEEN:

This section will include personal favorites from the film such as:

  • The Music: A quick review as well as my favorite tracks and songs from the soundtrack.
  • The Shots: My personal favorite shots.
  • The Dialogue: No context, just the words.
  • The Trivia: Random trivia and facts about the featured movie as well as videoclips on the making of (if available).

Now, what criteria is being used to pick which movies are “bad”? Film, like any form of art, is subjective. As the internet has collectively decided its the end all be all barometer for what’s thumbs up and thumbs down, I’ll be using the rating system from Rotten Tomatoes.

To be clear, I am not defending nor promoting any of these movies, I only want to encourage you to check any of them out if you feel it tickles your bones. Seeing is believing, right?.

Finally, this is not a space that will welcome negativity no matter what anyone’s opinions are. For that, you have any of the other millions of review sites I was talking about earlier. Having said that, I am always open to have a stimulating conversation.

Without further ado, thanks for having made this far. I hope you have fun and welcome to THE GOOD, THE BADillo AND THE BETWEEN.

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