Monday, August 06, 2012

#445. Spending Some Quality Time w/Flickchart

I've been obsessing about flickchart for a while.  Trying to make it complete, mostly, I've spent a good deal of time ranking movies on the site, until finally I just started adding them in, no longer content to take the Zen approach and trust that the algorithms of the system worked in my favor.  I now have 1,420 movies ranked, some of them more loosely than others.  There are some movies that are not movies as such, not theatrical releases, and some of them have bloated my numbers.  Flickchart estimates that I've spent 113 days watching movies.  No, that's just the amount of time I spent ranking!

Anyway, I've got my top ten back under control.  You'll see in the earlier post linked above that I seemed to have come up with what was for me an entirely new composition of my ten favorite movies.  That was all fine and good, and I would have been content to keep it that way.  Except Alexander kept calling me.  Alexander has been my favorite movie for seven years, and it does not want to give up the spot, even to Quentin Tarantino.  Alexander stars my favorite actor, Colin Farrell, and is directed by my favorite director, Oliver Stone.  It has a terrific cast, terrific music, and a terrific story (no matter how it's arranged; there are three distinct cuts to enjoy).  It is generally despised by everyone else.  But it is still my favorite movie, no matter how much flickchart wants to manipulate things.

The rest of my revised but fairly familiar (to me) top ten are:

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
(my favorite Brad Pitt)

The Truman Show
(Jim Carrey is my second favorite actor, and this is his best film)

Star Wars
(lifelong favorite)

(Eric Bana & Steven Spielberg, more of my favorites)

Star Trek: First Contact
(my favorite Star Trek)

(Russell Crowe & Ridley Scott, more favorites)

Man on the Moon
(yes, Jim Carrey appears twice)

The Dark Knight
(Heath Ledger & Christopher Nolan, more favorites)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
(my favorite Harry Potter)


PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

I screwed around with that for a few hours. It kept stubbornly insisting my favorite movie was "Donnie Darko." I mean I like it but it's not my favorite movie ever by a long shot.

Tony Laplume said...

I still have yet to see Donnie Darko.

Michael Abayomi said...

Bring back the Quentin Tarantino! Lol. Your revised list has some movies I am yet to see, and some I haven't seen in ages. In the realm of the books, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is definitely my favorite. But when it comes to the movies, I'd have to bestow that honor to Deathly Hallows (or Deathly Hallows Part 1if I'm to be more specific).

Tony Laplume said...

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has always been my favorite book, but the sheer adventure and emotion of the Goblet of Fire film adaptation captivates me.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Great list and Star Wars is a lifelong favorite. Ill have to try Flickchart sometime.

Tony Laplume said...

As PT Dilloway suggests (and I keep saying), it will take hours away from your life. But's a good kind of addiction, I think.


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