Vote Often

I have found a horribly addictive online game. It is called Flickchart and it is a site on which you rank movies. You are shown two random films and you click the one you prefer. If you have not seen one or both of them, you can request that a change. By repeating this process, the site builds a ranked list of your favourite movies.  Sometimes the comparisons are easy, “Casablanca” or “The Avengers”; on other occasions you are left pondering “Taxi Driver” versus “There Will Be Blood”

I have ranked over 550 different movies that I have seen, in over a 1000 comparisons and my top twenty now looks as follows:

  1. Apocalypse Now
  2. Pan’s Labyrinth
  3. Big Fish
  4. Beauty and the Beast
  5. Psycho
  6. The Lost Boys
  7. A History of Violence
  8. Hellboy
  9. The Shawshank Redemption
  10. Star Wars
  11. Citizen Kane
  12. 12 Angry Men
  13. Blade Runner
  14. Toy Story
  15. There Will Be Blood
  16. Taxi Driver
  17. The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford
  18. Bambi
  19. Being John Malkovich
  20. Some Like It Hot

The list is not the one that I would have created from scratch. My handpicked top twenty would not have “Psycho” and “Beauty and the Beast” so high (Plus I would have Jean Cocteau “La Belle and Le Bête” and not the Disney one) I don’t think that “Hellboy”, “Taxi Driver”, “The Assassination, Bambi”, or “Being John Malkovich” would be in that top twenty. Missing from the list is “Casablanca”, “Pulp Fiction”, “The Matrix”, “The Crow”, and “The Third Man”, all of which would make a handpicked list. The positions 21-40 include these and several other movies that might make a better choice for the top 20. When the random number generator offers me a choice between one of the missing films and the cuckoos in the nest, the list will look better; which underlines the problem with this ranking method and also helps to explain why clicking on the site is so addictive.

Published in: on 1 August, 2009 at 7:24  Leave a Comment  

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