PopGap #12: Peer Review, Part Two: Completed!

PopGap #12: Peer Review, Part Two: Completed!

Written by dorrk
06 January 2016

During the last two months, I've surveyed more than 75 users' lists of favorite movies over at Flickchart and assigned each user a compatibility score based on how closely their Top 20s aligned with my own taste. From each of the 40 top-scoring users, I watched their highest ranked movie which I hadn't yet added to my own Flickchart. November's watchlist was culled from the lowest-scoring Flickcharts that qualified, and in December I watched 20 movies from the highest scoring Flickchart users. Guess which month's watchlist featured the better movies?

December's 20 movies wound up with a slightly higher average of my IMDb ratings — 6.65 to 6.35 — but November's list scored a substantially higher average Flickchart ranking — 834.25 to 1323.65 — with a roster of clearly superior movies despite that month's users having lower compatibility scores. As expected, the Flickchart users in December's list took bigger hits to their compatibility scores than did November's: December's users started out with higher scores that were less likely to be matched or bettered by their movie selections. Very few users actually experienced significant shifts in their compatibility ranking, at least without other changes to their charts factoring in.

December 2015's PopGap Results

My Rank Movie Flickchart Starting Score End Score Adj.
#209 Army of Shadows (1969) Quirky 406 434 -28
#414 The Guard (2011) The1Cusack 544 559 -15
#621 Muriel's Wedding (1994) bookhouse88 543 416 127
#633 The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) NicholasVargo 591 614 -23
#761 Buffalo '66 (1998) topichtennis 596 616 -20
#830 Princess Mononoke (1997) fishbiscuit
joemovies
516
559
543
560
-27
-1
#891 Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) DavidConrad 436 520 -84
#914 The Weather Man (2005) SirStuckey 575 600 -25
#1089 La Strada (1954) ubermusings 539 605 -66
#1121 Forbidden Planet (1956) Nononsense 496 510 -14
#1162 Running on Empty (1988) Myargonauts 270 273 -3
#1299 White Heat (1949) DukeOfOmnium 529 584 -55
#1340 Galaxy Quest (1999) Brother Reed 361 343 18
#1675 Short Circuit (1986) butthorn 505 815 -310
#1738 Holy Motors (2012) LittleSocrates 453 484 -31
#1924 Mystery Train (1989) benshoemaker 395 463 -68
#2073 Miracle (2004) Caesar 480 493 -13
#2107 Jacob's Ladder (1990) Zebula77 597 609 -12
#2813 Seabiscuit (2003) sodacreekfilm 578 755 -177
#2860 Bound (1996) Vancetastic 520 637 -117

In January 2016 we'll be wrapping up the Peer Review project by watching special selections from four high-scoring Flickcharters whose top qualifying movies could not be accommodated during a 20-movie month due to length. At the end of January, I'll post a comprehensive Peer Review chart covering all movies watched during this three-month project.