The Best Movies You Haven't Seen (2015)

PopGap #11: Peer Review, Part One

By dorrk, November 3rd 2015
Peer Review: Ranking the movies and the users who rank them.

I spend quite a bit of time talking movies with some of the other users over at Flickchart, a movie-ranking website that generates ordered lists of favorites. I've done a few lists already this year that were determined by the aggregate rankings of Flickchart's entire user base, so it seemed like a fun way to end this inaugural PopGap year would be to spend a month watching movies that I haven't ranked but which my Flickchart friends rank the highest on their own charts. the problem with this is: there are too many of them. So I ranked my friends.

I compiled a list of 75 other movie lovers with whom I frequently interact, and I looked at their Flickcharts, comparing their Top 20 Favorite Movies lists to my own rankings for those movies they love. As you can see in this snapshot of the highest scoring of my Flickchart friends, Myargonauts, I added up my rankings (in the far right column) for each of his Top 20 movies and divided by 20, coming up a favorability score of 271, nearly a hundred points better than the closest runner-up.

Using these scores, I whittled down my list to the Top 40 Flickchart friends with the least horrible taste. For each, I located the highest-ranked movie on their chart that I haven't seen (or have since forgotten). A few high-scoring friends had qualifying movies that were part of long series, so I've set those four friends aside for a special PopGap project in January, and bumped some alternates up into the Top 40 for the end of 2015. I've split the remaining 40 movies into two PopGap: I'll watch the selections from the charts of friends 21-40 this month, and friends 1-20 in December.

November's Watchlist

Band of Outsiders (1964)

Band of Outsiders (1964)

Dir.: Jean-Luc Godard

User: faithx5
Score: 613
They rank it: #4

Amazon
Hedwig and The Angry Inch (2001)

Hedwig and The Angry Inch (2001)

Dir.: John Cameron Mitchell

User: nomargin
Score: 619
They rank it: #5

Amazon iTunes
Mary Poppins (1964)

Mary Poppins (1964)

Dir.: Robert Stevenson

User: PurpleCow17
Score: 624
They rank it: #16

Amazon iTunes
Wake in Fright (1971)

Wake in Fright (1971)

Dir.: Ted Kotcheff

User: Rac
Score: 630
They rank it: #5
Amazon iTunes
Beautiful Girls (1996)

Beautiful Girls (1996)

Dir.: Ted Demme

User: csschneider
Score: 635
They rank it: #6

Amazon iTunes
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

Dir.: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

User: mr_steve
Score: 645
They rank it: #3

Amazon iTunes
Das Boot (1981) - Director's Cut

Das Boot (1981) - Director's Cut

Dir.: Wolfgang Petersen

Users/Score/Rank: Harlequin68/688/#14
Emerwin/1322/#1

Amazon iTunes
Winter Light (1963)

Winter Light (1963)

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman

User: rickyfitts
Score: 710
They rank it: #17

Amazon
The Abyss (1989)

The Abyss (1989)

Dir.: James Cameron

Users/Scores/Rank: Zampa/728/#9
Blott/806/#5
Yojimbo28/1205/#12
goat6boy/1255/#6

Amazon
Django (1966)

Django (1966)

Dir.: Sergio Corbucci

User: barrylutz
Score: 731
They rank it: #15

Amazon iTunes
Inside Out (2015)

Inside Out (2015)

Dir.: Pete Docter

User: IcallItFutile
Score: 742
They rank it: #42

Amazon iTunes
Boy A (2007)

Boy A (2007)

Dir.: John Crowley

User: figureitout
Score: 770
They rank it: #11

Amazon iTunes
Come and See (1985)

Come and See (1985)

Dir.: Elem Klimov

User: Celldweller7
Score: 799
They rank it: #27

Amazon
The Big Chill (1983)

The Big Chill (1983)

Dir.: Lawrence Kasdan

User: WillHunting
Score: 829
They rank it: #30

Amazon iTunes
Boys Don't Cry (2000)

Boys Don't Cry (2000)

Dir.: Olaf Lubaszenko

User: Donegan
Score: 886
They rank it: #4

Amazon YouTube
Equilibrium (2002)

Equilibrium (2002)

Dir.: Kurt Wimmer

User: thelastdisciple
Score: 919
They rank it: #4

Amazon iTunes
The Rock (1996)

The Rock (1996)

Dir.: Michael Bay

User: HillJackBob
Score: 946
They rank it: #15

Amazon iTunes
Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013)

Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013)

Dir.: Shion Sono

User: FilmOdyssey
Score: 955
They rank it: #47

Amazon iTunes
Maverick (1994)

Maverick (1994)

Dir.: Richard Donner

User: Prophasi
Score: 963
They rank it: #13

Amazon
Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Dir.: Federico Fellini

User: KingofPain
Score: 973
They rank it: #9

Amazon iTunes

November's watchlist includes two movies I've been very excited to see — Wake in Fright and Why Don't You Play in Hell? — six movies I've seen previously but too long ago — Beautiful GirlsDas BootMary PoppinsThe AbyssThe Big Chill, and The Rock — and three movies I've never even heard of before — Boy ABoys Don't Cry and Equilibrium.

Both The Abyss and Das Boot were top selections from more than one user's chart. While I've seen both of those movies before, I will be watching different edits this time around: the theatrical cut of The Abyss and the 208-minute Director's Cut of Das Boot. Das Boot is the only movie on this month's list that holds the #1 spot on a referring user's chart, Emerwin. On four charts I had to dig beyond the Top 20 to find titles I haven't seen: Come and See is #27 on Celldweller7's chart, The Big Chill is #30 on WillHunting's, Inside Out is ranked #42 by IcallItFutile, and Why Don't You Play in Hell? is #47 for FilmOdyssey.

In December I'll announce my top 20 Flickchart friends and the selections from their charts.

Links

I post reviews for all the movies on this blog, and live-tweet most viewings here:
https://twitter.com/popgap

This list is posted to Letterboxd, here:
https://letterboxd.com/dorrk/list/popgap-2015-11-peer-review-part-1/

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

Trailers for PopGap #11: Peer Review, Part One



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