PopGap #22: My Shadow Top 20 Completed!
Written by dorrk
Who knows what movies lurk in the hearts of men?
For the last two months of 2016, I let the movie recommendation engine MovieLens engine pick a "Shadow Top 20" for me to watch: movies I hadn't seen that it considered similar to my 20 favorite movies of all-time. While it spit out some inspired and quirky recommendations (and a few way wide of the mark), the aggregate results were no more positive than my randomized selections using the Movie Slot Machine.
While eight of the movies in my "Shadow Top 20" broke above 80th percentile of my Flickchart, the average across all 20 was a decent but not staggering 68%. I liked and/or respected a majority of the movies, but didn't love any of them.
Shadow Top 20 Watchlist Results<
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
Dir: Ashutosh Gowariker
Similar To: West Side Story (1960)
Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India on my Flickchart: #649 (82%)
West Side Story on my Flickchart: #3 (100%)
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
Dir: Martin Scorsese
Similar To: The Graduate (1967)
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore on my Flickchart: #1201 (67%)
The Graduate on my Flickchart: #5 (100%)
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Dir: John Milius
Similar To: The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)
Conan The Barbarian on my Flickchart: #1221 (67%)
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring on my Flickchart: #12 (100%)
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Dir: Sergio Leone
Similar to: The Godfather Part II (1974)
Once Upon a Time in America on my Flickchart: #1454 (60%)
The Godfather Part II on my Flickchart: #1 (100%)
A Christmas Carol (1951)
Dir: Brian Desmond Hurst
Similar To: It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
A Christmas Carol on my Flickchart: #1485 (59%)
It's A Wonderful Life on my Flickchart: #19 (99%)
Trailers for the Shadow Top 20 Watchlist
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