You know why I like reviewing films that are released in the last quarter of the year rather than films released during the summer?
Movies in the fall/winter actually try to be good. You get two kinds of films then - films that were held back until the holiday times because they are so damn good that studios are hoping to increase their chances at Academy Awards, and then you get films that intentionally try to be good for the sake of winning awards.
Usually, you can decipher between these films. Some of the "intentionally award-driven" films have won the Oscar ("The English Patient", "Slumdog Millionaire", "The Artist") while others that were very deserving have won because they were just so damn good ("No Country for Old Men", "The Hurt Locker", "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"). I like reviewing films at this time because it's more fun to filter the fake shit from the real gold.
The other reason it's more fun to review award-caliber films is because you can actually talk about other aspects of the film making process, rather than just the visual effects or how good an actress's boobs looked. Rather, you get to dissect the cinematography, the purposes behind certain edits, the subtle looks an actor gives during a performance - all of the things that make certain films stick with me longer than an entertaining popcorn flick.