Not very long ago I stood at this very blog and offered the opinion that Flickchart was a huge ball of fun for anyone who sees a ravenous cinevore when they look in the mirror. And those guys have been making improvements and advancements every month. But now there's a new movie site that certainly doesn't replace Flickchart -- but it may steal a little bit of your free time all the same.
It's a website called iCheckMovies, and it's absolutely great for helping you get your "films to see" lists in order. Created by a pair of movie freaks from The Netherlands, ICM.com looks pretty simplistic at first, but there's a lot going on once you jump in. Gathered within the website is an eclectic collection of formidable movie lists, a large portion culled directly from the IMDb, but also a big batch of 'em from Roger Ebert, the Oscars, the AFI, The Onion AV Club, Rotten Tomatoes, They Shoot Pictures, and several others.
You, the movie nerd, will pick through each list, simply "checking" the films you've seen. Aside from the ability to "favorite" or "anti-favorite" a film, there's no sort of ranking system or head-to-head matchups (another reason we still need Flickchart). Or if you happen to keep a big list of all your "seen" films at the IMDb, then ICM.com will let you import the whole massive thing into your profile.
And then the fun begins.
When I wrote about my new "Best Picture" project, it was this list that inspired me to do so. And then I moved over to the IMDb's Top 50 Horror list, which instructed me on which (inevitably old, often foreign) chiller flicks I simply have to catch up on. You can also win a bunch of nifty little badges based upon your percentages on each individual list -- but I'll leave the fun stuff for you to discover.
And really, don't start checking films you haven't seen. There's always another film buff out there who's seen more (or less) than you have, so just play fair. Frankly I think this site is a fantastic tool for helping film fans to discover (and keep track of!) the films they still need/want to see. And obviously I can really get behind a mission like that.
Here's the best place to start. If you sign up, feel free to add me as a film friend. And once you have your lists all set up, be sure to check out the awesome little "signatures & widgets" section. Have fun, and let us know what you think of the site.