This year I'm working on a project to watch 365 films. Some of the films I watch are just terrible, some are great and a lot of them are in between.
When I sit and think about it, it's very easy to decide why the terrible movies are terrible - usually poor acting and a cliche story. However it's much more difficult to say why the "okay" ones are just "okay".
One thing that I'm finding to be a deterrent for a film to receive a "great" label from me is the pacing and run time. It seems like I can watch 2 or 3 movies in a row and be totally happy, but when you hit those films with the run times well over 2 hours it starts to be a bit exhausting. By the end of it my mind is thinking more about scenes and story lines that could be cut and I have to wonder how much stronger the film would be if it was cut down a bit sharper.
So what is it for you guys that pushes a film from "Good" to "Great"?