When I used to podcast with my good friend Michael Sheehan, one of my favorite segments was the Flickchart Battle, where we logged into our favorite time-wasting site and repeatedly chose which movie we liked better. I’ve decided to make this a frequent post on the blog so enjoy!
Since this is just an introduction post, let me just break down how I usually make my decisions to which film I “like” better:
1. Did I like it?
This might seem like a given, but there’s that line you have to draw when you’re on Flickchart between which movie do you like better, or which movie is better. This obviously depends on the individual participating, and after thousands of rankings I realized there’s no clear side that I take. Because although I do enjoy some cheesy rom-coms, can they really match up against an Oscar-worthy drama? Again, it depends on the specific match-up.
2. Did it achieve its purpose?
Just like I stated above, it’s really tricky when comparing two movies of different genres, so I ask myself this very question. So did this comedy make me laugh? Did this thriller keep me in suspense? Did this horror movie scare me? This usually separates which movie is actually good, and which aren’t and therefore my selection is made.
Sometimes you run into a movie that is just brilliant, but something about it makes you never want to watch it again. For instance, Amour was a spectacular and tragic film, but it was such an emotional ride to make it through, I’ll be content if I never see it again. Meanwhile, a lesser quality movie like Chronicle… hell it’s short, funny, and very enjoyable. I probably watched it on HBO twenty times in the past year and a half. So in many cases, I pick movies with the rewatchability factor over those without it.
4. First time experience
Not every movie is memorable, but once in a while you get a perfect movie experience while watching a certain movie. It could be a wildly loud applause after a great scene at the movies, or maybe when you were able to assemble the right group of friends for a comedy you all enjoyed. Whatever the case, sometimes that great movie experience can influence my decision.