The Best Movies You Haven't Seen (2016)

PopGap #14: Movie Slot Machine, Spin One Completed

By dorrk, March 1st 2016
I watch what the slot machine tells me to watch. I do not argue with machines.

The first Movie Slot Machine experiment has been completed, and my initial thought is that the movies were not up to the usual standard. However, this should have been expected with the switch of criteria from Best of lists to a more random and varied method of selection of both themes and films. Only one movie from February's list of 12, Meek's Cutoff, ended up in the top 20% of my Flickchart, and it just barely squeezed in. However, the purpose of using the Movie Slot Machine this year is to discover more obscure movies, so it's a gamble I'm willing to endure.

Here's how February's movies ranked for me:

Meek's Cutoff (2010)

Meek's Cutoff (2010)

Red River (1948)

Red River (1948)

Dir.: Howard Hawks, Arthur Rosson
My Rank: #769 (Top 23%)

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Cries and Whispers (1972)

Cries and Whispers (1972)

The Slap (1974)

The Slap (1974)

Dir.: Claude Pinoteau
My Rank: #995 (Top 29%)

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Tobacco Road (1941)

Tobacco Road (1941)

Dr. No (1962)

Dr. No (1962)

Night Moves (2013)

Night Moves (2013)

Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957)

Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957)

The Lion in Winter (1968)

The Lion in Winter (1968)

All the King's Men (1949)

All the King's Men (1949)

River of Grass (1994)

River of Grass (1994)

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

* As usual in 2016, April and October will be special theme months during which I attempt to burn through specific types of content. November and December are reserved for a special theme. I plan to continue using the Movie Slot Machine intermittently beyond 2016, with new actor, director and filter additions as they compel me.

February's mini-themes were:

Trailers for February's Watchlist



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Wire Creative Web Site Management
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Santa's Li'l Gimp
The Godfather

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This list is posted to Letterboxd, here:
http://letterboxd.com/dorrk/list/popgap-2016-02-movie-slot-machine/

You can keep track of my Flickchart here:
http://www.flickchart.com/Charts.aspx?user=dorrk

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The Top 20 Movies of All-Time

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#2: The Godfather (1972)

#2: The Godfather (1972)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#3: West Side Story (1961)

#3: West Side Story (1961)

Dir: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
#4: Manhattan (1979)

#4: Manhattan (1979)

Dir: Woody Allen
#5: The Graduate (1967)

#5: The Graduate (1967)

Dir: Mike Nichols
#6: Tootsie (1982)

#6: Tootsie (1982)

Dir: Sydney Pollack
#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Dir: Irvin Kershner
#9: Star Wars (1977)

#9: Star Wars (1977)

Dir: George Lucas
#10: The Exorcist (1973)

#10: The Exorcist (1973)

Dir: William Friedkin
#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Dir: Peter Jackson
#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

Dir: Martin Scorsese
#13: Annie Hall (1977)

#13: Annie Hall (1977)

Dir: Woody Allen
#14: Vertigo (1958)

#14: Vertigo (1958)

Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Dir: Steven Spielberg
#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Dir: Tobe Hooper
#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

Dir: Frank Capra
#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Dir: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
#20: Zodiac (2007)

#20: Zodiac (2007)

Dir: David Fincher