I Found A Website To Waste My Time On Tonight

2010 April 3
by CajoleJuice

Any website that involves me getting a reward or feedback from repeatedly clicking my mouse is going to grab at least an hour of my time. Flickchart was insanely addictive when I first found it, and once in a blue moon I’ll decide to add the last few movies I’ve seen, and then I’ll end up deciding on a handful of new matchups. I joined the site Goodreads recently and adding and ranking the books I could remember reading was a fun exercise as well. Rating movies on Netflix gives a similar feeling of satisfaction for minuscule effort; it’s the formula for addictiveness.

ICheckMovies isn’t nearly the site any of the above are, but it’s a fun way to keep track of the movies you “need” to see. Sure, you could just keep track yourself by looking at the IMDB Top 250 yourself and making a mental note of the fact that Seven Samurai should really be given top priority, but where’s the needless time-wasting in that? With this website, you can take a quick look at the unchecked movies in that Top 250, or Roger Ebert’s (338) Great Movies, or The New York Times Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made, or Academy Award Best Pictures, or any of the few dozen lists on the site. Damn, there’s even a list for A.V. Club’s New Cult Canon — that’s pretty fucking cool.

All I’ve done so far is go down the IMDB Top 250 list, checking off just over half of the movies. I like the decade breakdown for the movies I’ve seen:

I think it’s a combination of my own arguably philistine viewing habits and the IMDB Top 250 itself. When The Dark Knight is ranked 10th and (500) Days of Summer is on the list AT ALL, you know there’s some voter partiality towards newer movies.

I can tell I’m going to have fun going through all the lists on the site. The idea to bring together so many great lists and allow you to keep easy track of your progress on each is yet another example of why I love the internet, even if sometimes I hate many of the people that populate it.

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