It’s been a while since I’ve posted — sorry for that — but I just got reinvigorated thinking about one of my favorite movie-related websites. It’s kind of like a game, in that it’s so addicting, but it has many social media attributes to it.
It’s called Flickchart, and the best way to describe it would be that it’s “Hot or Not” for movies. Basically, you log in and you are presented with a choice between two movies. It could be anything. “Rocky” vs. “American Pie.” “Schindler’s List” vs. “Happy Gilmore.” “Spider-Man” vs. “Spider-Man 2.” The point is to simply pick the one that you prefer the most, and you move on to the next choice.
What the website does, though, is as you click it systematically ranks your picks in an order so you can get an idea of what your favorite movies of all time are. It’s not a perfect system, of course, but it does paint a pretty nice picture.
It will catalog every time you’ve clicked, every movie you’ve seen and also every movie you haven’t seen. How’s that, you ask? Well, if you were presented with “Fargo” vs. “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” and you hadn’t seen the latter, you’d click the button below it that says “haven’t seen it” and that movie will never show up again unless you go back in and rank it.
This helps and hurts. It’s nice that you don’t have to continually say “no” to movies that you know you haven’t seen, but if it’s been a while since your last log in and you’ve seen a bunch of movies, you need to go to your “haven’t seen it” list and rank again.
I could go on for hours and hours about this — I’ve clicked 6,000 times or so — but it’s best to check it out yourself.