The Best Movies You Haven't Seen (2015)

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

By dorrk, January 6th 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 RankMovieFlickchartStarting ScoreEnd ScoreAdj.
#209Army of Shadows (1969)Quirky406434-28
#414The Guard (2011)The1Cusack544559-15
#621Muriel's Wedding (1994)bookhouse88543416127
#633The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989)NicholasVargo591614-23
#761Buffalo '66 (1998)topichtennis596616-20
#830Princess Mononoke (1997)fishbiscuit
joemovies
516
559
543
560
-27
-1
#891Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)DavidConrad436520-84
#914The Weather Man (2005)SirStuckey575600-25
#1089La Strada (1954)ubermusings539605-66
#1121Forbidden Planet (1956)Nononsense496510-14
#1162Running on Empty (1988)Myargonauts270273-3
#1299White Heat (1949)DukeOfOmnium529584-55
#1340Galaxy Quest (1999)Brother Reed36134318
#1675Short Circuit (1986)butthorn505815-310
#1738Holy Motors (2012)LittleSocrates453484-31
#1924Mystery Train (1989)benshoemaker395463-68
#2073Miracle (2004)Caesar480493-13
#2107Jacob's Ladder (1990)Zebula77597609-12
#2813Seabiscuit (2003)sodacreekfilm578755-177
#2860Bound (1996)Vancetastic520637-117

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.

Trailers for November's Peer Review Movies

Beware: Galleries may contain spoilers.
Army of Shadows (1969)

Army of Shadows (1969)

Dir.: Jean-Pierre Melville

User: Quirky
Score: 406
I rank it: #209

Amazon iTunes
The Guard (2011)

The Guard (2011)

Dir.: John Michael McDonagh

User: The1Cusack
Score: 544
I rank it: #414

Amazon iTunes
Muriel's Wedding (1994)

Muriel's Wedding (1994)

Dir.: P.J. Hogan

User: bookhouse88
Score: 543
I rank it: #621

Amazon iTunes
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) *

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) *

Dir.: Peter Greenaway

User: NicholasVargo
Score: 591
I rank it: #633

Amazon
* denotes a re-watch
Buffalo '66 (1998)

Buffalo '66 (1998)

Dir.: Vincent Gallo

User: topichtennis
Score: 596
I rank it: #761

Amazon iTunes
Princess Mononoke (1997)

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Dir.: Hayao Miyazaki

Users: fishbiscuit | Score: 516 | They rank it: #7
joemovies | Score: 559 | They rank it: #22

I rank it: #830

Amazon
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Dir.: Hayao Miyazaki

User: DavidConrad
Score: 436
I rank it: #891

Amazon
The Weather Man (2005) *

The Weather Man (2005) *

Dir.: Gore Verbinski

User: SirStuckey
Score: 575
I rank it: #914

Amazon iTunes
* denotes a re-watch
La Strada (1954) *

La Strada (1954) *

Dir.: Federico Fellini

User: ubermusings
Score: 539
I rank it: #1089

Amazon
* denotes a re-watch
Forbidden Planet (1956)

Forbidden Planet (1956)

Dir.: Fred M. Wilcox

User: Nononsense
Score: 496
I rank it: #1121

Amazon iTunes
Running on Empty (1988)

Running on Empty (1988)

Dir.: Sidney Lumet

User: Myargonauts
Score: 270
I rank it: #1162

Amazon iTunes
White Heat (1949) *

White Heat (1949) *

Dir.: Raoul Walsh

User: DukeOfOmnium
Score: 529
I rank it: #1299

Amazon iTunes
* denotes a re-watch
Galaxy Quest (1999)

Galaxy Quest (1999)

Dir.: Dean Parisot

Users: Brother+Reed | Score: 361

I rank it: #1340

Amazon iTunes
Short Circuit (1986) *

Short Circuit (1986) *

Dir.: John Badham

User: butthorn
Score: 505
I rank it: #1675

Amazon
* denotes a re-watch
Holy Motors (2012)

Holy Motors (2012)

Dir.: Leos Carax

User: LittleSocrates
Score: 453
I rank it: #1738

Amazon iTunes
Mystery Train (1989) *

Mystery Train (1989) *

Dir.: Jim Jarmusch

User: benshoemaker
Score: 395
I rank it: #1924

Amazon
* denotes a re-watch
Miracle (2004)

Miracle (2004)

Dir.: Gavin O'Connor

User: Caesar
Score: 480
I rank it: #2073

Amazon iTunes
Jacob's Ladder (1990) *

Jacob's Ladder (1990) *

Dir.: Adrian Lyne

User: Zebula77
Score: 597
I rank it: #2107

Amazon iTunes
* denotes a re-watch
Seabiscuit (2003)

Seabiscuit (2003)

Dir.: Gary Ross

Users: sodacreekfilm | Score: 578
Kramerica124 | Score: 1105

I rank it: #2813

Amazon iTunes
Bound (1996)

Bound (1996)

Dir.: The Wachowskis

User: Vancetastic
Score: 520
I rank it: #2860

Amazon iTunes