Flickchart

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Flickchart
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Web address flickchart.com
Registration Required
Available in English
Created by Jeremy Thompson & Nathan Chase
Launched September 9, 2009[1]
Alexa rank
negative increase 117,528 (April 2014)[2]
Current status Active

Flickchart is a Florida-based movie-ranking and social networking website.

Description[edit]

Launched in September 2009, Flickchart is the brainchild of web programmer Jeremy Thompson and web designer Nathan Chase.[3] The impetus behind the site's creation came from an argument over the placement of Pulp Fiction and The Empire Strikes Back on the Internet Movie Database Top 250. Thompson and Chase concluded that the limitations of star and number based movie rating systems failed to produce accurate "Best Movie of All Time" lists. Flickchart was designed to remedy the issue by forcing users to decide between two random movies repeatedly until an accurate list is created, rather than rating each movie individually.[4] This approach is intended to encourage users to seriously consider which film they actually prefer. In Thompson's words, regarding the decision process, “Hopefully you’re reliving some of the scenes in your mind and you hate making a definitive pick".[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Reactions to the site from film bloggers and other observers have been generally positive. Barb Dybwad of Mashable describes the site's "game-like premise" as "rather addictive".[6] Jeremy Smith (a.k.a. "Mr. Beaks") of Ain't It Cool News described himself as hooked after 15 minutes and obsessed after four hours, but stated "Is the process flawless? Hardly." He then explains that films of inferior quality can get stuck near the top of a person's rankings and be hard to dislodge through the random dueling process, because the film must have the right duels against superior films, in order to move downward to its proper place in the rankings.[4] In a June 2009 article, Scott Weinberg of Cinematical called it "easily the coolest movie website of the year" and described himself as "tickled, fascinated, enamored and addicted".[7] The site's addictive qualities have also been given a negative spin, at least humorously, by Cole Abaius at the blog Film School Rejects, in which he contended that Flickchart would "ruin your life." "Why will it ruin your life?" asked Abaius. "Because it’s going to take up all of your time, and all you’ll be doing is tearing your hair out and clicking".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Horowitz, Etan (September 6, 2009). "Local site offers movie ratings with a twist". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Flickchart.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  3. ^ "Movie Buffs Build Movie-Ranking Web Site Using Flexible Software". Microsoft. May 3, 2010. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Smith, Jeremy (July 6, 2009). "Mr. Beaks Comes Clean About His Flickchart Addiction! Interviews The Site's Founders!". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ Strout, Justin (September 10, 2009). "Pulling rank: An addictive movie site created by two local film lovers". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ Dybwad, Barb (December 4, 2009). "Turn Movie Ratings Into a Game with Flickchart". Mashable. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ Weinberg, Scott (June 27, 2009). "Flickchart: Easily the Coolest Movie Site of the Year". Cinematical. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ Abaius, Cole (June 30, 2009). "Officially Cool: Flickchart Will Ruin Your Life and You Will Love It". Film School Rejects. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 

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