The Best Movies You Haven't Seen (2015)

PopGap #12: Peer Review, Part Two

By dorrk, December 6th 2015
Peer Review: Ranking the movies and the users who rank them.

For Part Two of my Peer Review project, I've selected 20 Flickchart users whose tastes align most closely to my own, and during December 2015 I'll be watching the top-ranked movies from their charts that I haven't already seen*. (Last month, I watched 20 movies from users with lower compatibility scores. For a more detailed explanation of my Peer Review selection methodology, click here.)

December's Watchlist

Running on Empty (1988)

Running on Empty (1988)

Dir.: Sidney Lumet

User: Myargonauts
Score: 270
They rank it: #33

Amazon iTunes
Galaxy Quest (1999)

Galaxy Quest (1999)

Dir.: Dean Parisot

Users: Brother+Reed | Score: 361 | They rank it: #39

johnmason | Score: 1429 | They rank it: #20

Amazon iTunes
Mystery Train (1989) *

Mystery Train (1989) *

Dir.: Jim Jarmusch

User: benshoemaker
Score: 395
They rank it: #15

Amazon
* denotes a re-watch
Army of Shadows (1969)

Army of Shadows (1969)

Dir.: Jean-Pierre Melville

User: Quirky
Score: 406
They rank it: #7

Amazon iTunes
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Dir.: Hayao Miyazaki

User: DavidConrad
Score: 436
They rank it: #11

Amazon
Holy Motors (2012)

Holy Motors (2012)

Dir.: Leos Carax

User: LittleSocrates
Score: 453
They rank it: #1

Amazon iTunes
Miracle (2004)

Miracle (2004)

Dir.: Gavin O'Connor

User: Caesar
Score: 480
They rank it: #30

Amazon iTunes
Forbidden Planet (1956)

Forbidden Planet (1956)

Dir.: Fred M. Wilcox

User: Nononsense
Score: 496
They rank it: #48

Amazon iTunes
Short Circuit (1986) *

Short Circuit (1986) *

Dir.: John Badham

User: butthorn
Score: 505
They rank it: #7

Amazon
* denotes a re-watch
Princess Mononoke (1997)

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Dir.: Hayao Miyazaki

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

Amazon
Bound (1996)

Bound (1996)

Dir.: The Wachowskis

User: Vancetastic
Score: 520
They rank it: #18

Amazon iTunes
White Heat (1949) *

White Heat (1949) *

Dir.: Raoul Walsh

User: DukeOfOmnium
Score: 529
They rank it: #7

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

La Strada (1954) *

Dir.: Federico Fellini

User: ubermusings
Score: 539
They rank it: #19

Amazon
* denotes a re-watch
Muriel's Wedding (1994)

Muriel's Wedding (1994)

Dir.: P.J. Hogan

User: bookhouse88
Score: 543
They rank it: #11

Amazon iTunes
The Guard (2011)

The Guard (2011)

Dir.: John Michael McDonagh

User: The1Cusack
Score: 544
They rank it: #78

Amazon iTunes
The Weather Man (2005) *

The Weather Man (2005) *

Dir.: Gore Verbinski

User: SirStuckey
Score: 575
They rank it: #10

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

Seabiscuit (2003)

Dir.: Gary Ross

Users: sodacreekfilm | Score: 578 | They rank it: #22
Kramerica124 | Score: 1105 | They rank it: #5

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
They rank it: #11

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

Buffalo '66 (1998)

Dir.: Vincent Gallo

User: topichtennis
Score: 596
They rank it: #10

Amazon iTunes
Jacob's Ladder (1990) *

Jacob's Ladder (1990) *

Dir.: Adrian Lyne

User: Zebula77
Score: 597
They rank it: #38

Amazon iTunes
* denotes a re-watch

For a source group that I consider to have largely impressive and/or intriguing taste, there are, as expected, a few movies on December's docket that I've been meaning to see, most notably Running on Empty and Buffalo '66. There are also six movies that I've seen before but too long ago to recollect, such as La Strada, Mystery Train, and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. There are two animated movies from Hayao Miyazaki, and his work tends to run the gamut for me, from inspired to insufferable. I'm most concerned about facing another movie by the Wachowskis, Bound — at least this one isn't 14 hours long and set in a nonsense dimension — and suspect that I may struggle with Holy Motors, if it's as non-linear as I've been lead to believe. There are also a couple of worryingly fluffy items, like the sports dramas Seabiscuit and Miracle. the one movie of which I am completely ignorant is Army of Shadows, but I really enjoyed Jean-Pierre Melville's Le samourai a few months ago, so I'm eager to see what else he has to offer.

(* "Haven't seen" = not at all, or a long time ago in a memory far, far way.)

Trailers for December's Peer Review watchlist