In a perfect world, films could be judged, ranked, and reviewed perfectly, with no emotional error getting in the way. But this is not a perfect world, and whether you're a seasoned reviewer or just a fan who hits the cineplex every week, there's a social construction that influences one's appreciation of a film.

At its simplest, it's a matter of timing and audience -- like pulling a project that deals with school violence when there's a real-life tragedy. But it's also a matter of individual experience -- personal problems, moods, and influences. And while it may be easy to get rid of the most obvious, like avoiding romantic films after a breakup, there are always bits, pieces, and sometimes whole films that simply tug at the wrong strings. We're human and we can't get away from them, no matter how much we try, and whether we get paid to see a film or not.

Karina Longworth, former editor of Cinematical, has written a post at Spout reconsidering her opinion of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Some of this change in opinion is surely due to the edits made since her first screening, but she also brings up a great point about cinematic opinion.

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