Tanner Babcock

About These Ratings

I hope this goes without saying, but most people still seem to think otherwise. Art is subjective. These ratings and reviews are my own subjective interpretations. There is no right or wrong opinion to have about anything. This is just how I interpret and experience these selected artworks.

All of my ratings and reviews are fleeting and ever-changing. Any number of these pages may be outdated.

A rating is a number from 1 to 10. A rating below 5 means "don't bother with this", a rating above 5 means "check this out, it will be worth it." So a 1/10 would be "avoid this horrible thing like the plague", and a 9/10 would be "you should know about this masterpiece like yesterday". And a ".../..." just means I plan on seeing it, but I haven't yet. An artwork that is highlighted in red is highly recommended.

Description Examples x/10
Perfect, flawless in every way. My favorite thing. If you don't like this thing, you're wrong. In the Aeroplane over the Sea, Manhattan 9.5/10
Literally e-s-s-e-n-t-i-a-l. Masterpiece. Icon of the medium. The artist's purest and most honest creation. Woman Under the Influence, Spiderland, VU & Nico 9/10
Pretty damn important. A must-listen, must-watch, must-buy, a standard. Should be eating at your conscience Dancer in the Dark, Here Comes the Indian, Ys 8.5/10
Notable and remarkable work. An immersive experience, and credit to its medium and genre. Spend money on it. The Ape of Naples, Swans Are Dead, Opening Night 8/10
Entertaining, enjoyable, but not terribly life-changing. Worth knowing, seems promising on surface and delivers. Wish You Were Here, The Silence, Feels 7.5/10
Interesting for enthusiasts in the genre/artist. Pretty steady and solid, you can count on it. Welcome to the Dollhouse, Annie Hall, Kid A 7/10
Leaves a positive message. Worth coming back to if you're into it. Slightly preferable to silence. Element of Crime, Knife in the Water, To Be Kind 6.5/10
Not half bad as far as I remember. I probably rated it this because I don't remember it, or care to revisit it. Any Velvet Underground after 1970. Any Residents after 1980 6/10
Watchable, listenable. Not atrociously horrible, but unremarkable and fleeting. Vast majority of all works in every medium 5.5/10
Four toes in the sand. One toe in the water on the beach of shit The Beatles. Dad core. Pop punk. 5/10
Treading into murky waters of commercialism and apathy. Literally nothing here. The White Stripes, Foo Fighters, Alfred Hitchcock 4.5/10
If you waste your time with this you'll feel like a big idiot. I told you so! Woody Allen - Bananas. Top 40 pop music. Quentin Tarantino. 4/10
If you accidentally catch a glimpse of this thing in public, run away and run far. Hide your ears! Michael Bay. Chuck Lorre. Smash Mouth. 3.5/10
Just dog shit all around. Smelly, offensive, gross. Like a $10 hooker on times square, it has gonorrhea. AC/DC. Eminem on a good day. Foster the People. Elton John. 3/10
Warning: nuclear biohazard quarantine. If you approach you will die and be caught dead listening to shit Adam Sandler. 2.5/10

If I have a page on a specific artist, it means I really like them, or I feel compelled to talk about them in some way. I only rate a handful of filmmakers and a handful of musical artists. If there's not a page on something, I probably don't care about it, or I don't know about it.