The Best Movies You Haven't Seen (2016)

PopGap #15: Movie Slot Machine, Round Two, Completed

By dorrk, March 31st 2016
The Movie Slot Machine needs repair.

This is the second month in a row that the Movie Slot Machine has yielded mediocre results. I dipped deeply into obscurity with some of March's 12 titles, but instead of mining hidden gems, only one movie from this month's slate cracked my Flickchart Top 1000, and then just barely, with my favorite of the group, The Gunfighter, coming in at a measly #925.

How March's Movies Stacked Up

The Gunfighter (1950)

The Gunfighter (1950)

Eternity (2010)

Eternity (2010)

Touchy Feely (2013)

Touchy Feely (2013)

Digging for Fire (2015)

Digging for Fire (2015)

Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010)

Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010)

Café au lait (1993)

Café au lait (1993)

Dir.: Mathieu Kassovitz

Theme: Mathieu Kassovitz

My Rank: #2006 (41%) Trailer Amazon
Something Must Break (2014)

Something Must Break (2014)

Dir.: Ester Martin Bergsmark

Theme: IFFR Tiger Award Winning

My Rank: #2081 (39%) Trailer Amazon
The Crimson Rivers (2000)

The Crimson Rivers (2000)

Dir.: Mathieu Kassovitz

Theme: Mathieu Kassovitz

My Rank: #2135 (38%) Trailer Amazon
Babylon A.D. (2008)

Babylon A.D. (2008)

The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

Kill the Messenger (2014)

Kill the Messenger (2014)

The Dog Pound (2006)

The Dog Pound (2006)

Together, March's 12 movies averaged out to a dispiriting 44% ranking on my chart. This is a new low by some margin. February's debut of the Movie Slot Machine felt lackluster, but still managed a 55% average. During 2015, the first year of PopGap, only three months dipped below 60%. With three months also surpassing 70%, all of 2015's PopGap movies combined scored a full 24% higher than March's slog. Even if you factor in all of my extracurricular viewing from 2015, 360 movies in total, I beat March's average by 14%.

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April will impose a break from the Movie Slot Machine, as that's the month I perform my annual Watchlist Spring Cleaning, so maybe I'll also take a closer look at the options loaded into the four slots and re-engineer them to hopefully produce a greater a yield of good movies in May.

This month's mini-themes, randomly selected from curated pools, were:

Trailers for March's Watchlist



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Santa's Li'l Gimp
The Godfather

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