OBJOMB is the working title for a new way of reviewing movies. Instead of simply choosing a star rating or thumbs up/thumbs down, one is given the opportunity to grade 10 of the most important aspects of any film that can be judged from an objective standpoint. This new way of scoring is a work in progress and will require time, patience, and help to get to where I hope it to get. To those who participate in this testing period I say thank you! Now…let’s rate some movies. Click on the button for the film you want to rate and the survey will pop up.

Rate the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

CURRENT OBJOMB: 70.6% (as of 3.22.19)


CURRENT OBJOMB: 77.34% (as of 3.22.19)

Aquaman OBJOMB

CURRENT OBJOMB : 65.13% (as of 3.22.19)

Captain Marvel OBJOMB

CURRENT OBJOMB: 68.62% (as of 3.22.19)

19 thoughts on “OBJOMB

  1. There should be clear description of what each grade in each objomb category means. Otherwise … well, it is not clear if 10 means “impossibly good, which will never happen”, or “really good, among best movies”, which will happen in every really good movie. Also you can’t really tell what is the difference between grade 1 or 2, for example. Here the objomb score is still subjective … you know that objectively you would give grade around 1-4, but which one you choose is based on your current feeling and will not be consistent throughout the time.

    I would rather use 5 grade system similar to school grades – because it is easier to describe only 5 grades, and everyone was at school, so he has some idea about what that A, B etc. mean.

    1. I like this idea a lot. I’m currently working on an Excel based system for calculations and working out of a score of 5 could still work to get a score out of 100. I guess this just gives more of a sliding scale…if A is 5 B is 4 C is 3 D is 2 and 1 is F …making it out of 10 allows for 10 as A+ and 9 as A -, etc. This is obviously still a work in progress so I greatly appreciate the constructive feedback ๐Ÿ™‚ hoping to do more research to build an Excel based form that updates score automatically, etc.

  2. Love your contents Odin!
    I unintentionally touched a score for a movie and the score went down a lot.
    My bad.
    It would help if I can fix the score or have something like a separate submit button to prevent mistakes.

    1. Sadly the survey isn’t set up that way and I know of no sites that offer similar functionality with the ability to edit scores. The point is to get an honest assessment which theoretically should never change by a drastic amount like subjective opinion would

  3. I think this survey is a little too technical. I had to look up what a few of these terms actually do. It’s hard to separate some categories (where does cinematography stop and directing start, etc). Perhaps adding definitions and examples to the description would be helpful.
    There are also some non-technical categories that I think are missing: emotional impact/movie experience, quality of story, character development, etc. While we’re at it, also useful to know would be political massaging, etc so that we can warn others of crapfests like ghostbusters 2016.

    1. I hear what you are saying but the point is to be simple and yet precise. These are the 10 most important parts of a movie and are objective standards. All the things you mentioned are including in the categories or fall into the subjective category. It’s also a test run that will not be meant for everyone down the line…that’s why you can still leave a simple five star rating and review post on any of the movies mentioned pages

      1. Odin, please, the most important parts of a movie are not technical in nature and never have been. They’ve always been things like “how does the movie make me feel?”, “does the movie have something interesting to say?”, “Will this movie make me cry/piss me off?”, and yes, that’s all subjective. Even the objective ratings you state are subjective.

        Take Alita for instance – great source material, and great story. Yet the only applicable category for that would be screenwriting. The way they did film adaptation is first rate and a model of how it should be done (respecting the spirit of the source material, pacing, world building), the individual lines of dialogue could be cleaned up on occasion however. By having one category it becomes impossible to rate objectively as different people will weigh the importance of these components differently (and the lines may work for some and not others – which itself is subjective).

        But I suppose the bigger question here is what’s the point of a rating system that doesn’t tell you if the movie is good or not, but rather if it was crafted well? I fail to see the point of rating the craft, without rating the result of the craft. Sometimes certain categories are unimportant to the movie. What is the point of things like rating the quality of stunt work in “12 angry men” or chromatography in Chaplin’s goldrush? I just cannot see myself ever sorting the review list by the editing ratings and picking a movie to watch by that. What’s the goal of it? If your purpose is to have a resource for film students, you probably don’t want non-film students muddling up the stats, do you?

          1. I think you could do both actually. One block in the survey on the technicalities – meaning the objective part you mentioned, and another block on the subjective parts. This would not only provite the objective data you are looking for, but also audience reception – which to some people is just as important.

            That said, the more movies get added to this, the more confusing the overall overview across movies is going to get. With the handful of movies we have there at the moment, it is still bearable, but make that 20+ movies and it gets pretty confusing pretty quickly. Comparing a number of movies with one another should be a separate function where the user gets to pick 2-5 movies they wish to compare – which then would result in a table similar to what we have right now where they can compare individual aspects of movies at a glance.

    2. I like the idea behind an objective survey but it is difficult to remember specifics from movies that I’ve seen some time ago. For newer releases it will be easier to answer more accurately as it will be fresh in my mind.
      I do hope we can still have a subjective review option later down the line to co-exist with this objective one. Ideally a star based system out of 10 stars, as it wld be easier illustrate an impression of the overall quality of the movie/the enjoyment gained from it. After all, from an objective standpoint some movies are terrible, but subjectively can be guilty pleasures. I know many a sci-fi/horror film that wld fit that category.

      Love that the comments let us post with our twitter handles, good way to avoid trolls and most people nowadays have twitter! ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿฟ

  4. This is well done so far. Breaking them down category by category is much more effective than the star rating system. If I may humbly make a suggestion. Adding a Feedback or “What could have been done better” in the OBJOMB rating section would help give more detailed reviews. Just a thought, ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Do you think you’ll be putting up the collective results of these OBJOMB review/survey sometime? I’d love to see how a couple of these movies fare across the different categories.

    1. That is the plan! Was waiting for more reviews to come in. I would love to develop a system that let’s you all see a live tracking, but for now I don’t have the tech for it.

      1. Just as a follow-up, I noticed the percentage ratings today (didn’t yesterday). They are pretty close to spot on how I would have rated those three movies overall. I completely agree Aquaman should be around 75% or 7 and a half out of ten. I’d put Alita at 90% or 9 out of 10. Captain Marvel should be around 60-65% in my opinion, with which end of that depending on how egregious you think the way Fury lost his eye is.

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