I am a self-confessed movie addict. IMDB is on my bookmarks toolbar. I love reading and writing movie reviews, and cataloging my movies online. MakeUseOf reviewed lots of web services for movie addicts. But now, I am addicted and obsessed with Flickchart, a new website that I can’t get enough of! Flickchart is in public beta, and there’s a queue for invites. But being a MakeUseOf reader, you can jump the gun and get an invite now – read on!
Flickchart is dead-simple. It shows you two movies and you pick one over the other. It then shows you two new movies, and you pick again. If you haven’t seen one or both, you replace them with new ones. As you go on making your choices, Flickchart builds your own Top Movies list.
If you need to refresh your memory, or make sure which Aliens it means, you can see additional information about the movies below. You can also see other users’ comments, ranking statistics, and watch movie trailers online if you need help to make your choice. Each time you make a choice, your Top Movies list is updated accordingly, and stats about the movie you picked are also displayed.
There are three kinds of choices Flickchart throws at you:
- Easy: When one movie is obviously better than the other, it’s a no-brainer. Godfather vs. Jurassic Park 3? Next, please.
- Neither: Both movies are crap. Shanghai Surprise vs. Speed 2 Cruise Control? You don’t want to pick either one. But in the spirit of the site, you should.
- Impossible: I just got Citizen Kane vs. Casablanca. Can I close my browser? With such choices, you will curse Flickchart, and come back for more.
You can undo a choice you made if you want to rethink. But soon, you will find yourself with a Top 20 list that doesn’t seem right. There will be a few movies that appear just because they came up in your choices sooner. There are three ways in which you can tweak your Top Movies list.
1. Re-rank a Movie
To move a movie down in your Top 20 list, select it and choose to re-rank it. For example, I am not much into chasing tornadoes, and don’t like Twister in my Top 20 list. So I opted to re-rank it, and Flickchart gives me three more movies pitted against Twister.
2. Use Filters
You can filter by top movies, genre, year, or decade. If you’re interested in getting Star Wars in your list as soon as possible, the By Year option helps. Top Movies gives you the ability to pick and re-order movies within your Top 20, 50, 100, and 250 lists.
3. Remove a Movie
You can also remove a movie from Top Movies list altogether. Simply click to go to that movie’s information page and click Remove From My Flickchart. Your choices for that movie will also be forgotten.
Your Top Movies list is publicly visible, even to your friends not using Flickchart (see mine). When faced with a brutal decision, you can share it with your friends via Friendfeed (Twitter and Facebook support is in the works).
For each pick, you can add your comments justifying your choice. Certain matchups can lead to hot debates and discussions. Batman Begins vs. The Dark Knight? You can join in the top discussions around popular matchups. Flickchart shows a nice chronological view of both sides.
Flickchart gives you a list of movies you haven’t seen, which are the highest ranked by other Flickchart users. Similar to Aibek’s tips in What Movie Should I Watch Next, Flickchart will give you recommendations based on the community rankings.
Top users have ranked tens of thousands of movies and have hundreds of friends. All rankings are compiled to build Best/Worst Movies of all time lists, which can be filtered by genre, year, decade, etc. For example, you can see the Best Comedy Movies of the 2000s. The more movies you rank, the greater weight your opinion has in building the global list. This is Flickchart’s unique crowdsourced voting model. Netflix integration is planned as well, so you can directly add movies to your Netflix queue from within the site.
The folks behind Flickchart love MakeUseOf readers, so the first 250 people clicking this link will get instant exclusive access. You can still sign up and get an invite even if you miss the boat. A word of caution though: Flickchart is addictive. If you’re a movie lover, it will keep you hooked for just one more pick.
How many movies did you rank? Share your Top 20 list with us and other MakeUseOf readers in the comments!
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