The Best Movies You Haven't Seen (2016)

PopGap #17: Movie Slot Machine v2

By dorrk, April 30th 2016
The Movie Slot Machine: 12 Random Movies, One Specific Viewer

"May has 31 days… May has 31 days... May has 31 days... May has 31 days..."

That's been my mantra since pulling up the newly re-tooled Movie Slot Machine's selections for May. Out of the 12 movies it has chosen for me to watch this month, three of them combine for a longer running time than the other nine put together. I was tempted to monkey with the results, but after April's flu-riddled, lazy final week, I figure a movie-workout might help me clean out the remaining toxins. It's certainly a compelling and provocative schedule, and evidence that my engineers have successfully fixed the Movie Slot Machine's earlier predilection for spewing out uninspiring choices.

May's Movie Slot Machine Selections

Fish Tank (2009)

Fish Tank (2009)

Point Break (1991)

Point Break (1991)

The Best of Youth (2003)

The Best of Youth (2003)

Dir.: Marco Tullio Giordana
Cannes Prix Un Certain RegardTrailerAmazon
Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

A Face in the Crowd (1957)

A Face in the Crowd (1957)

The Great Divide (1929)

The Great Divide (1929)

Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)

Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)

Dir.: Jacques Rivette
Actor: Bulle OgierTrailerAmazon
Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid (1973)

Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid (1973)

Here's how I changed the Movie Slot Machine prior to May's selections:

  • Previously, I had four separate criteria for choosing movies: my personal watchlist of interesting movies, a crowd-sourced roster of notable actors, a crowd-sourced roster of notable directors, and a variety of curated movie lists from sources such as film festivals, awards organizations, prominent critics and other groups.
  • I combined all of these previously separated criteria — as well as adding in 20 Flickcharts from last year's Peer Review project — into one long list of 230 film-filtering rules.
  • I ran this one omnibus list through Random.org twelve times, each time assigning the top rule to one of the twelve slots in May's schedule.
  • Once a rule was assigned to each of the 12 slots, I located the highest-ranked movie that I hadn't seen (usually according to Flickchart's global rankings, with a couple of exceptions) which fit that rule.

Here are the rules and movies that were allotted to each of May's 12 slots:

Trailers for May's Watchlist



More Info:

Full list of all criteria loaded into the Movie Slot Machine for May:
View Movie Selection Rules

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-2016-05-movie-slot-machine/

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

Movie Slot Machine Rules

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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