Flickchart – Finding the Best Movies

Posted on July 14, 2008

Flickchart aims to answer one long plaguing question – if so many movies are rated five stars, which one’s the best?

Yes, AFI tried to answer that question. But Citizen Kane? Really? It was his stupid sled.

Flickchart’s method is painfully simple. Two movies shown side by side. Pick the one you prefer. Move on.

If you haven’t seen one, or both, just press the button and a new movie pops up. Based on which movie you prefer, Flickchart adjusts your ranking to create your very own Top 20 list.

Of course there’s a Top 20 based on all the users. This is a list I could agree with.

Each film has its own page, based on the data from users and it’s ranking over time.

And you can discuss and debate comparisons.

Though some really are no contest.

It’s simple, addicting, and a fun little site. Of course, there are a few things I wish it had. It is beta, so these could be on the white board.

  • Ability to import ratings from other sites. Yes, I do like the way Flickchart rates movies. But I’ve spent a considerable amount of time rating stuff on IMDb and Netflix. So it’d be cool if there was some sort of conversion to import those ratings.
  • More random comparison. I know this is beta, so I’ll cut some slack here. But how many times do I have to compare The Last Samurai?
  • Profile options. Again, beta. But just in case, there should be more profile options other than photo, change password, and delete ratings. Location and About Me are good places to start.

That’s it. I’m sure most (at least the last two) will come in updates.

I could see their system being something that’s bought and implemented in Netflix or Amazon.

But for now, it’s a fun site to check out. I think some beta invites might be coming my way, so stay tuned.

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5 Comments

  1. Thanks for the review!

    All three of the things on your wishlist are already in development. Netflix/IMDb importing is on the todo, and more profile options are on the way. We’re continually tweaking the comparison algorithms, so you’ll see even better matchups in the future.

    You’re also welcome to submit your ideas/comments/suggestions to our page at http://getsatisfaction.com/flickchart

  2. Thanks, Nathan. It’s a really cool site.

  3. Really cool site, I use pretty much the same method whenever i rank things. I can see myself getting sort of addicted to this ahah

  4. Ranking movies can still be silly no matter how it is done, but this does seem fun.

    P.S.

    It’s Citizen Kane, not Cane

  5. @Martin Whoops, I must have been thinking of Citizen Cupcake. Thanks!

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