Chartin the flicks

There's this cool website that I stumbled upon through another blog I read. It's called Flickchart and the only thing you can do on the site is rank movies. Not by numbers. This is pure flick vs. flick:

As you can see, the match-ups can be very entertaining. If you want to be all serious, you can match up by genre, but that makes things less interesting. You can sign up yourself and join the beta. It's a great way to see what you really love and there can be surprises. I've ranked a little over 500 movies and so far my top 20 is a little bit what I've known for years, but there are some surprises.

1. Swingers - This is to be expected at the top. Pretty much the reason I fell in love with movies was because of this flick.
2. Fight Club - I've only seen this movie a few times, but every time I watch it, it's a revelation. Just exceptional performances by Norton and Pitt and truly a gritty, shocking twist with lots of men beating each other up. And it's got a lot of meaningful comments on human nature and society. Can't beat that combo.
3. The Big Lebowski - Another not-surprise, but it deserves to be in my top 3, I love this movie. I love the Coen brothers no matter what they do.
4. Zodiac - Another David Fincher movie. I pretty much dig whatever he does, too. And this is one of my favorite movies, it just sucks you in.
5. Shaun of the Dead - It's funny because I consider Simon Pegg's other parody, Hot Fuzz, to be the superior film but somehow this one is ranked high above it.
6. Sunshine - Possibly the most underrated movie of 2007, Danny Boyle's attempt at the sci-fi genre is near perfect in my mind.
7. The Royal Tenenbaums - I love Wes Anderson and this is his most accessible (and best) film.
8. The Shawshank Redemption - Probably Morgan Freeman's most memorable character and such am unforgettable story.
9. Forrest Gump - I don't know how this one is in my top 10, but somehow it's never lost too many match-ups. It's a great movie, I just think there's better ones below it.
10. Team America - South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are consistently the funniest and wittiest people working in showbiz. They're always surprising and shocking with whatever they do - this is their best movie, hands down.
11. Kung Fu Panda - I have no idea how this one is 11 - I still consider the Pixar movies (most of them) to be better, but I don't know, this one I must've ranked more often.
12. Minority Report - Another good sci fi flick that I suppose is one of my more favorites, but really, this is a surprise to me.
13. Trainspotting - I spent half my sophomore year watching this movie over and over in my dorm room. A bit of an exaggeration, yes, but this movie always makes me smile at the end - it's what I consider the best film ending ever.
14. Aliens - Game over, man! I watched this movie over and over when I was sick and couldn't go to school for a year. This movie perfectly combines action, horror and comedy. Classic.
15. The Empire Strikes Back - Pretty much status quo for this film, although I'm sure many people would have it higher on their own list.
16. Chasing Amy - Kevin Smith's best movie (although Zack and Miri Make a Porno comes close) and it's one of the best romantic comedies, despite being so unconventional.
17. Slumdog Millionaire - Danny Boyle's third movie in my top 20. Seriously, I'm just glad he finally got an Oscar.
18. Hellboy - A bit of a surprise. I really like this movie - it's just that Hellboy II was better and Pan's Labyrinth was, simply put, jaw-dropping.
19. Spirited Away - Such a great movie - there's no real conflict, just a girl on a journey to adulthood. But it's told in such a creative and unique fashion - it's not too surprising this is in my top 20.
20. Army of Darkness - It's good to see Sam Raimi doing more of this with Drag Me to Hell, but AoD is the perfect mix of comedy, horror and action.

Although this list is constantly changing - I'm always ranking movies when a I have an extra minute or two. So two months from now this could look completely different. If you have an account - find me! My username is cwkelly!

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