Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tape Headz Sessions 9, 10, 11, and State of the Union

Tape Headz has been on indefinite hold while I sorted out my career change from mild mannered teacher to entrepreneur, but now that things are starting to calm down, I think it's time that Tape Headz made a comeback.

Session #9 was the Hobbit, which scored 15 points with five in attendance. Some voted 19, some voted 11, balancing it out to an average-ish score.

#10 was Jack's Back, which scored a reasonable 11.6.

The last Tape Headz (#11) was The Cool Surface starring Robert Patrick and Lois Lane. It won on a three way coin flip and scored 16.5, an admirable score for such a weird movie.

The remainders from the last top four are September 30th, 1955, the Space Adventure Cobra, and You've Got Mail. We'll be back soon!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Tape Headz Session 8: Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Having just completed a round of Tape Headz, we immediately jumped into the next one. The only returning tape was You Got Served, although The Hobbit and Suicide Kings have been discussed as potential nominees for weeks.

This was a tough one to decide. While Dave was vocal about his desire to watch the Cure tape, everyone else's affections were split between multiple films. Everyone thought long and hard.

In the end, the ratings came out like so:

Eyes Wide Shut: 137
The Cure - Galore: 61
America Destroyed By Design: 21
Suicide Kings: 41
Cool Surface: 30
You Got Served: 30
The Hobbit: 40
Ninja Destroyer: 40

Everyone split up their votes, but Josh put 97 of his points to Eyes Wide Shut. Thus, we were thrust into an underground of sex and secrets.

But first we had to figure out next session's returning tapes. Suicide Kings inched it's way to third because Josh gave it one extra point, so The Hobbit and Ninja Destroyers were on the chopping block. Someone called tails on The Hobbit and it made it for the next session.

At nearly three hours long, Eyes Wide Shut was easily the longest film Tape Headz has encountered. It was a struggle, and we had many side conversations, but everyone generally enjoyed the film.

For Kool-Kasting, Nicole and Tom's bizarre over-acting was praised. Visual-Touchdowns had a lot more discussion, including the bright Christmas lights and trees that decorate almost every set. Crystal really appreciated the boob lights in the ballroom scene. The prostitute college student's room received a lot of attention, with everyone pointing out individual aspects of the set design, including how the TV was turned off and the intro to Sociology book sitting on the dresser. Of course, the masquerade orgy and all of the attendees masks were also praised. Everything of note in the film was super visual and Crystal and Josh both gave this category a bonus point for it.

The Sneak-Peaks sucked, limited to a commercial for a site called No idea if it still exists and will not check, but most people enjoyed it and gave it one point. Dave and Sean dropped their bonus points on the Eye-Candy section as the film featured numerous naked women. Nicole Kidman's butt was on display repeatedly in the first forty-five minutes. A lot of people really liked the sexy scene where the song from the commercials that's all "She did a bad bad thing" repeated over and over.

Most gave three towards Sweet-Emotion. Tom Cruise's general fear and confusion throughout the film exhibit a ton of drama. Crystal loved the awkward conversation between Tom and Nick Nightingale with the note and password.

Hip-Tunes were all over the place. The "She did a bad bad thing" was great, Nick Nightingale played some great tunes, the orgy drone rules, and the single-note piano motif that appears all over the place were great. Spiffy-Scripting also received threes from most with the generally strange disjointed feel of most conversations really sticking out.

Cover-Appeal was a little more divisive. Dave and Sean said it was ho-hum and gave it a one, while Crystal and Josh both plopped down a two and said they generally liked it. At this point we were really burnt out and couldn't discuss much else outside of how everyone wanted to go to bed. Actually, Dave didn't want to go to bed.

Eyes Wide Shut received some high scores, high enough that it's currently the highest rated Tape Headz film. If it had some better trailers, it probably would have broken the twenty spot. Josh has a hunch that The Cure - Galore, if it has some trailers, might break this record, but we'll just have to wait and see.


Tape Headz Session 7: Antz (1998)

When Sean pulled Antz out of his bag, it lit up the room. Everybody started discussing Antz and A Bugs Life. Josh recalled A Bugs Life having a horrible story and everyone agreed, while Dave and Sean discussed how little the ant on the front looked like Woody Allen.

We weren't really doing anything before we started, but I made Sean take this picture where it looked like he was doing something anyway.

For the selections, only the previous top four returned, and surprisingly, none of them received many votes. 

UFO Government Cover-Ups: 20
Antz: 140
Duran Duran - Greatest The Videos: 50
Eyes Wide Shut: 50
Alien 3: 20
What Women Want: 20
The Cure - Galore: 50
Ninja Destroyer: 50

Nothing received zero votes, which was refreshing, but Sean packed all of his votes on Antz and Crystal also gave it forty points.

As we had an unprecedented four-way tie for second, we had to flip a coin for Ninja Destroyer and The Cure, then a separate one for Duran Duran and Eyes Wide Shut. Ninja Destroyer and Eyes Wide Shut, and the final coin toss was in The Cure's favor.

Jay sent us a meme that greatly empowered us.

People were generally in favor the of the Kool-Kasting, with Christopher Walken, Gene Hackman Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen, Danny Glover, and a million other celebrity voice actors. Sean even gave it his bonus point. Visual-Touchdowns were a big deal. People liked the angular style of the computer-animated ants, while others were impressed by the giant magnifying glass section.

The only sneak peaks were crappy trailers of the Prince of Egypt and Babe: Pig in the City. We have yet to find a film that received unanimous threes for sneak peeks. Eye-Candy was relegated to the beefy Sylvester Stallone ant by Sean and me.

Sweet-Emotion oozed from the film. Josh's personal favorite was Sylvester Stallone and some random worker ants love, while others generally appreciated the drama and romance of it all. Nobody gave it less than a two. Dave and Sean gave it Hip-Tunes for the dance scene's music and for the screaming doppler effect on a shoe.

Spiffy-Scripting points were given by many for the general plot and for some great lines. "The little guy made it" and "You dah ant!" were Sean's favorites, while Dave generally appreciated the more mature tone of the film compared to crap like A Bug's Life. Everyone gave two for Cover-Appeal except Dave, who really felt like it summed up the film perfectly.

We decided to rate another film about three minutes later, so that's coming up next!


Friday, August 5, 2016

Tape Headz Session 6: Small Soldiers (1998)

I made Sean leave over his copy of Small Soldiers since it made the top four last time. It's funny, he told everyone that he actually borrowed it from a family member intending on returning it that night. Evidently Sean really trusts us to take care of someone else's stuff. That's what you risk when putting stuff up for the vote I guess.

Anyway, here are the films!

Two of last weeks tops are knocked out of contention. Mortal Kombat Annihilation  was predictable since Justin single-handedly voted it in the top four, but lack of The Black Hole love was definitely a surprise. Small Soldiers was the only one everyone put points to, so it's no surprise that it won out.

Small Soldiers - 100
Alien 3 - 70
What Women Want - 50
UFO Government Cover- 60
The Black Hole - 40
Gamera - 50
Mortal Kombat Annihilation - 0
You Got Served - 30

Dave votes. Note his both hands and toes giving input.
There was a distinct lack of Sneak-Peaks, with only a commercial for the film's toyline, soundtrack, and video game. It's use of Edwin Starr's classic "War" amused everyone though and we all gave it a point.

Kool-Kasting received at least a two from everyone, with Phil Hartman, Jay Mohr, David Cross, Tommy Lee Jones, and Dennis Leary giving the film a ridiculously '90s cast. It starts strong with some ridiculous scenes involving Jay Mohr and David Cross being bumbling toy goofs and Dennis Leary just doing his "I eat red meat and talk really fast" schtick.

Visual-Touchdown's were much more divisive: only Dave gave it more than a one. While most of us were only impressed by the animatronic's for the Archer character and a Powerman 5000 poster, Dave was nostalgic for the ridiculous CG toys. The one Archer scene in particular that won the majority of us is when he's getting licked by a cat.

While some gave an Eye-Candy point for Kirsten Dunst, Sweet-Emotion was felt by all at the aforementioned Archer cat-lick. Crystal gave it another point for Archer's badassery, while others appreciated the Phil Hartman blooper at the end. Everyone gave one Hip-Tune for the inclusion of the "War" song.

Crystal and Josh gave Spiffy-Scripting one point, while Sean gave it two and Dave gave it three. There's definitely a lot more going on under the hood than any eight year old could comprehend, with all sorts of anti-materialism jokes and there's-too-much-violence-for-kids going on, but we all agreed it's weird that the film quickly became subject to a crass consumer campaign. We recalled all the action figure ads prominently showing off the bad guy soldiers, ignoring the good guy Gorgonites entirely. The film's pretty edgy, but it feels dumbed down in most ways. The teenage boy lead gets stabbed like thirty times and there's a little blood, but he just shrugs it off like nothing ever happened. The soldiers make all sorts of lewd comments at a set of Barbie dolls, cutting to their breasts and at one point a vacant bed, but the Barbies only get used as a secondary army. While the film also constantly alludes to how the lead is a badass who got kicked out of school(s), it never bothers to show how he's a degenerate. In fact, he looks like a sniveling nerd.

Still, there's quite a bit of good humor, especially at the beginning where Nick Nitro's face appears on a screen and he shouts his name really loud. Archer constantly repeating the word "Gorgonites" for the first forty-five minutes of the film was pretty cool too. Unfortunately, nobody gave the cover any points because it's awful.

The film scored 8/8/12/16, giving it a final score of 11. This puts it above the bottom rung of the reviews but still below the majority of films that everyone enjoyed, so it sounds legit.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tape Headz Session 5: Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter (1984)

With six people voting, this was the largest session of Tape Headz yet, and the points were all over the place. Friday the 13th part 4 has been in the top four since the second tape, so its final selection has been much anticipated.

A lot of great tapes were entered this time, making it difficult to fully comprehend what happened. The Black Hole received a striking amount of points, while Mortal Kombat Annihilation was single-handedly voted into the top four. Wired to Kill, a film that's been in the top four twice, received absolutely no points. Regardless, Friday the 13th won by an enormous margin. It's worth noting that the fourth highest placing film received a mere 29 points, which says a lot about how low the bottom four were.

Small Soldiers: 29
Mortal Kombat Annihilation: 105
Arena: 26
Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter: 214
Detroit Rock City: 11
Wired To Kill: 0
The Skateboard Kid: 20
The Black Hole: 145

Tabulating the results. 
Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter won a lot of people over. While the film was noted throughout for lacking suspense in many scenes and having absolutely no plot, it performed well in most categories despite having no Sneak-Peaks.

Cover-Appeal got straights twos down the line for almost everyone. The front graphic is striking, while the back photos are pretty great.Emily was sad Jason never got stabbed in the eye like his mask is on the front.

Crispin Glover's role as the dead fuck Jimbo was praised alongside Cory Feldman as Tommy Jarvis, a strange boy who likes looking at naked girls and making Hollywood quality masks and make up effects. Many gave points for Axel, the sleazy morgue attendant who likes watching sexy exercise programs, an Eye-Candy point that most people gave. Most gave Eye-candy points for a sexy dude with a mullet that's also on the back cover. Some gave Eye-Candy points for the beautiful dog Gordon while others actually gave points for chicks. Overall, Eye-Candy ranged all over the place, but Kool-Kasting was maxed out by all.

Sweet-Emotion was given twos and threes by almost everyone. Cory Feldman bouncing in bed like a monkey and male-bonding with a random Jason hunter aside, most Sweet-Emotions again revolved around Jimbo. His general blossoming from virgin into not virgin, his seizure-like dancing, and his renouncing of the title dead fuck. Hip-Tunes were given for the great heavy metal song that plays during Jimbo's dance grooves and for the general score.

Spiffy-Scripting was also praised by many, including several great lines. "You're the Super Bowl of self-abuse", "There is no computer!/And there is no betty.", "Some pack of petutsies, uh?", "He thinks that's funny. He think's that's a funny thing he's doing" were all great lines that everyone thought were very spiffy.

Visual-Touchdowns were the crowning achievement.

At one point, one of the random twins is looking out her window...

...Jason throws her out a window...

...and she falls onto a car. All of the car's windows explode on impact.

It's insane. Other Visual-Touchdown's include the title exploding through Jason's mask, the other twin shown being stabbed through some lightning shadows, Axel's head getting twisted off, a girl eating a banana and squeezing it to pieces when she's killed, and Gordon jumping out of a window barely in frame.

In all, the film got 18, 18, 21, 17, 19, and 13. Everyone had positive things to say, and the average score beat out Worth Winning by .666 points. Will The Man Behind The Mask return to Tape Headz? Only time will tell.


Tape Headz Session 4: The Jazz Singer (1980)

Returning tapes Wired to Kill and Hard 'n' Heavy were no match for the voting juggernaut that was The Jazz Singer. Friday the 13th part 4 came pretty close: both received a hundred votes from specific people, and had Friday the 13th part 4 received only six more points, it would have won. Crystal's love of Neil Diamond and Emily's interest in jazz singers was victorious. Many good tapes received no points this time.

Friday the 13th part 4: 125
Wired to Kill: 45
Hard 'n' Heavy: 0
Mesmerized: 10
Young Doctors in Love: 30
Arena: 60
Time of the Apes: 0
The Jazz Singer: 130

There was a total debacle involving the selection of the film that shall never be discussed and will
never be repeated again.

Popcorn was had by all. Josh ate pickles, gin, and iced tea. A manatee named Manny joined Crystal and Emily on the couch. Andy's butt put the tape in for everyone to see.

Manny was played with a lot. Josh complained almost non-stop the whole duration of the film. Andy said it wasn't that bad. Crystal ate up every moment in it. Emily just didn't know what to think: why was this film called The Jazz Singer when there is no jazz in sight?

To make it brief, The Jazz Singer is a remake of the first talkie film ever, now starring Neil Diamond and his menagerie of soft rock hits. There are frequent moments where someone is playing something fast and he intentionally slows it down or switches to an altogether more depressing song. People's attachment to the songs greatly affected their enjoyment of the film: Andy and Crystal both said they loved songs like "America", while Emily and Josh scratched their heads.

In general, there were cool likable characters: the black men and the old Jewish guys were great, but Neil Diamond's character was agreed to be a huge dick. He left his wife and dad in New York to start a career, screws that up by making a song more boring, screws up his marriage and starts a new relationship before they're divorced. Eventually Neil Diamond's awesomely Jewish dad realizes Neil is having this California floozie's pizza and Jew dad tears his coat to show that he wants his son dead. Neil then abandons his new love interest who, unbeknownst to him, is having a baby. He eventually comes back, then becomes a mega superstar again anyway. There are no repercussions for his dickwad actions.

Everyone agreed that there was Kool-Kasting because of the dad character, and everyone agreed there was a lot of Sweet-Emotion revolving around his character. There's a great scene where everyone sings and dances around the dad and another where Neil and him reconcile.

Visual-Touchdowns are mostly related to Neil Diamond's clothes. He wears a lot of glittery shirts in the film which received a number of votes, but everyone generally agreed that the film's finale in which he wears a glittery scarf and lasers start appearing out of nowhere was the real highlight.

Hip-Tunes received a bonus point from Crystal and two from Andy. They both enjoyed the Neil Diamond and a new wavey British guy's interpretation of one of his songs. Emily left it at 0 for the lack of jazz, while Josh just said screw everything.

Few Spiffy-Scripting points were given, with Emily giving 0 and Josh and Andy both giving it 1. Crystal gave it 2, mostly for her love of Neil Diamond. The others agreed that while there was the occasional good line, Diamond's character was portrayed as too big of a dick to receive high marks.

Emily gave the film it's sole Eye-Candy point for all the old Jewish men in the synagogue scenes.

The cover was a point of much contention. Josh liked the cover graphic and little else, Andy liked the images on the back of Neil Diamond standing around, Emily said it gave her false hope of jazz, and Crystal gave it full points because Neil Diamond was all over it. Emily was deeply distraught that there was no jazz in the film.

Emily and Josh both gave it 5, Andy gave it a 10, and Crystal a 16. Friday the 13th, Arena, and Wired to Kill are still up for the next session.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tape Headz Session 3: Worth Winning (1989)

Worth Waiting, Showdown in Little Tokyo,and Friday the 13th the Final Chapter returned for rating this time alongside five new selections, including our first non-feature film selection, a Hard 'n' Heavy video magazine. The tape's with corresponding ratings:

Wired to Kill: 75
Hard 'n' Heavy: 70
Mee Christmas: 50
Sept. 30th, 1955: 0
Worth Waiting: 75
Showdown in Little Tokyo: 30
Friday the 13th The Final Chapter: 65
Trancers II: 35

Crystal single-handedly voted Worth Waiting to the top of the list, with Wired to Kill split between Dave and Brendan. A coin flip went in Crystal's favor, and I'm probably glad it did. This movie's great!

Vote's fluctuated wildly. Dave gave almost every category a perfect tally excluding cover appeal. Brendan and I agreed with him on the low cover rating: that guy being all huge is kind of cool, but that's about it. Crystal gave it a perfect score, saying it's why she voted the movie up in the first place. Brendan also talked a lot about how Mark Harman had AIDS because one of his characters had AIDS on some TV show.

Some notable Visual-Touchdown's included the great opening credits, where Mark Harmon floats in the sky while images of women's legs and butts fly around him. There's also a great two second sex scene with a premature ejaculation that's as grotesque as it sounds. A split-second shot of a communist Ringo Starr poster rounded it up to two points for everyone.

I gave one point for the sneak peaks even though they both sucked. Crystal gave it one a piece and everyone else gave it perfect scores. One was for Die Hard 2 and the other was for some Forest Whittaker film called Downtown. Brendan really liked the De La Soul song in the latter, and I dug the part where a guy flops around in the sun roof of a car right before it drives into a fork lift. 

I couldn't get enough of the film's Spiffy-Scripting. Mark Harmon does this Clarissa Explains It All thing where he's constantly breaking the fourth wall to great effect. Most people maxed this category out excluding Roney, although I made up for his one tick off by giving this category a bonus point.

Roney and Dave maxed out the Hip-Tunes and Brendan gave it his bonus point while Crystal and I settled with ones. Aside from the opening rocker, the music was pure '80s sitcom synths, which is either appealing or appalling depending purely on taste.

With plenty of women running around in skimpy outfits, everyone excluding Crystal gave Eye-Candy at least a two. Again, the opening sequence's legs and butts assured this would receive at least a one.

So in the end, Crystal and I both gave the film 14s and Brendan and Dave gave it 20s, rounding out to 17, our highest rating yet. Worth Winning is definitely better than Hiding Out, so I think this is a perfectly sensible score.

Wired to Kill, Friday the 13th the Final Chapter, and the Hard 'n' Heavy video magazine tape are the remaining top 4 going into the next session.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tape Headz Session 2: Police State 2000 (1999)

Andy and I were really excited about this video. I had nothing bad to say about Alex Jones after seeing the more recent Police State 4 and the great America Destroyed By Design from just a year later. The latter tape is filled with tons of interviews and great commentary on passive American culture, my favorite part being when Alex Jones visits a high school mock United Nations and verbally rips clueless teens apart.

Because we viewed some of the top three remainders from our last viewing session under different circumstances, we went ahead and filled in the gaps. The only returning tapes were Police State 2000, Monster Squad, and The Last Starfighter. The rankings were:

Police State 2000: 85
Worth Waiting: 80
Shodown in Little Tokyo: 65
Friday the 13th The Final Chapter: 60
Monster Squad: 35
The Last Starfighter: 30
The Bodyguard: 25
Executive Decision: 20

This makes it so that within the next seven days, only Worth Waiting, Shodown in Little Tokyo, and Friday the 13th the Final Chapter are eligible for the next session.

We had nachos and drinks and rock sorting.

Unfortunately, the tape wasn't very good. Alex Jones harassed police officers and other people barely related to the topic: military drills run on civilian soil. Of course, we're already so used to this kind of stuff that Jones's protests didn't even seem particularly relevant. We all started falling asleep, and it repeatedly showed the same image of soldiers running in the dark and a woman looking at some fire.

Visual-touchdown points were awarded for Bill Clinton's face turning into Hitler's and a shot of a helicopter near a random building fire that turned into an enormous mushroom cloud explosion. Some people gave Hip-tunes points for the opening's horror film music. Kool-kasting included the legendary Juan Garcia, a clueless guy who was barely related to any military drills.

The previously shown box art was pretty amazing, and I did give that category the one possible bonus point for that.

Getting a 6, 7, 8, and a 9, the film totaled to a 7.5, much lower than Hiding Out's 15.6. The only reason Police State 2000 got more than a 4 is because the cover's so amazing.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tape Headz Session 1: Hiding Out (1987)

Our first viewing session was a smashing success, viewing the classic 1987 comedy/thriller Hiding Out starring John Cryer. Everyone ate popcorn.

The selection process was pretty fun. Some people gave a large amount of points to individual films and others split them up evenly between several. The selections and final ratings were:

Hiding Out - 110
The Last Starfighter - 106
Night Patrol - 82
Robot Jox - 72
Police State 2000 - 50
Dragon Against Vampire - 50
Monster Squad - 20
No More Baths - 10

The sneak-peaks were for a Burt Reynolds film called Rent-A-Cop and a Donald Sutherland film called The Trouble With Spies. Both were fun, but not cool enough to receive more than a one from most viewers. The exception was Andy, who liked the brevity and quality of the previews.

Hiding Out was a very strange film, starting out as a gory action thriller, moving into an offbeat teen comedy with a slightly gross romance, and shifting back to the action thriller. There was a great scene where an FBI agent said he had to take a wicked dump, a super gory kill, John Cryer flying out a window, and a great all star cast.

Many points were allotted because of a specific black janitor character, specifically kool-kasting and sweet-emotion. The janitor meets John Cryer in a great scene where they start drinking in the basement of a high school, and later on there's this great shot where he's punching the crap out of Eddie Munster assassin man. The end is some truly gripping stuff.

We loved this one montage where a teacher bends over and a "YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH" sound played in the song. It was some sweet-emotion and eye-candy for everyone.

Justin and I did not like the box art. Everyone else adored the photos on front and back.

Police State 2000, Dragon Against Vampire, Monster Squad, and No More Baths are eliminated for eight days. The Last Starfighter, Night Patrol, and Robot Jox are in contention for the next viewing session.


Tape Headz: Our Mission

So much of the magic of the VHS era is lost in our world of digital streams and downloads. With Tape Headz, we relive this magic in order to recapture and better understand what made that time so great.

Tape Headz has one primary objective: to view and rate VHS based on various subjective criteria. While many may view the categories as arbitrary, we feel they do a good job reflecting both the quality of a film/show/documentary and the quality of common elements found on any VHS rental.

A viewing is in four phases: the preparation, the selection, the viewing, and the rating/discussion. The timeline looks like this.


In this phase, quarter page sheets with all of the rating categories are printed and eight tapes are selected. Tape selection can be decided by any participant of Tape Headz, but once the limit reaches eight, there can be no more.


On the back of your rating sheet, participants write down the films they want to pick. Each is given 100 points to allocate to any of these films as they see fit. You can give one film 100 points, give five different titles 20 points each, or however you see fit as long as the sum of all these does not exceed 100. Afterwards, all participants share how many points they allocated to different tapes. The bottom four tapes are put aside and cannot be selected for another Tape Headz viewing for eight days. If the following viewing takes place more than eight days later, that means it's again in fair play.


Enjoy the darned movie. It's strongly recommended that you rate the film during viewing and keep track of what you liked for discussion, although this is by no means a requirement.


Tape Headz ratings are based on eight hyphenated categories. Most of these terms are very vague for the express purpose of giving audience's some subjective decisions during their final ratings. These include the following terms.

Kool-kasting: Great acting or performances that reflect kool-kasting decisions.

Visual-touchdown: Great effects, cinematography, editing, or set design that can only be described as a visual-touchdown.

Sneak-peaks: Great sneak-peaks make a great tape.

Eye-candy: If there are any key players in the film that you think are cute, sexy, hot, etc, then this category needs some points. Can also be given if you appreciate a character who is intended to be cute, sexy, hot, etc.

Sweet-emotion: If you can relate to or appreciate the drama of a scene, then you've been struck by sweet-emotion.

Hip-tunes: Great soundtracks or sound design equate to some hip-tunes.

Spiffy-scripting: This is a catch-all term for anything related to plot/dialogue. If you really liked one line or loved a general sequence of the story, this is for you.

Cover-appeal: We judge tapes by their cover just like anybody else would. Let it all hang out with this rating of how great or putrid the box looks.

Each category receives 0 to 3 tallies based on your personal thoughts on the film. If deemed necessary, a single bonus tally can be given to only one category that really stood out. When done, the viewers add up their tallies to a single number. The highest a tape can earn is 25 including the bonus point.

Viewers then begin discussion by stating their totals in order. A category is then named off and participants chime in with their thoughts on different elements of the film. After going through and discussing all elements, the totals of all are added up and divided by the number of viewers. This average is the total score for the tape.

And that's Tape Headz! Feel free to follow along and give your own ratings to films, or simply run your own Tape Headz viewing sessions! Just make sure you follow the rules.