As the year draws to an end, it’s time to reflect and decide which films deserve to be considered the best. I’ve had a tough time getting to theaters this year since my wife gave birth to my new son Cameron in July, so my pool of films is terribly small. Out of the 281 films released this year, I’ve only seen a paltry 13. So please forgive my list as I’m sure they’re not the best films of the year, but they’re the best from what I’ve seen. So without further delay – here they are, in order…
The other three were The Love Guru (possibly the worst modern film I’ve ever seen), Speed Racer (a pretty, but fairly boring and uninteresting movie), and The Incredible Hulk (which was really an unnecessary follow-up/reboot to Ang Lee’s film, with little to advance Banner’s story).
There are a lot of films I really regret missing in theaters, so here’s a list of the ones I plan to catch up and see as soon as I can:
I’m going to try to make it to the theaters to see The Spirit, The Wrestler, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button before Jan 1st, 2009.
If anyone has a film they consider a must-see from this year, please leave a comment and let me know so I can make sure to add it to my list.
P.S. Contrary to rumor, Flickchart’s not dead – just hibernating a bit. We absolutely plan to go fully public with the site in early 2009, and from there continue to refine and release new features in the months to come. To all of the beta testers, thank you for your extreme patience and feedback so far. We appreciate all of you greatly, and look forward to getting more of your enormously helpful suggestions on the site as we near our public launch. Have A Happy New Year!
So we’ve been working hard to release a small gift to all of our beta testers who’ve been extremely helpful over the past few months, and we’re very pleased to announce:
For those of you lucky enough to have an iPhone 3G (or the original iPhone), you now have a great way to get in some of those extra rankings while you’re waiting in the queue lines to see The Dark Knight, or during the agonizingly long 30 minutes of commercials playing before the movie starts.
This is a work-in-progress, but the core ranking functionality and the ability to view your top 20, as well as the global charts, are all in place.
We’ll be adding more features to this in the future while we also continue to dig in to all of the great suggestions you’ve been providing us on our Get Satisfaction page, and through your many excellent emails.
We just pushed up some new code to take care of a few requested features and fixes:
BUGFIX: Adding Friends now works correctly. You can go to any user’s profile page and add them as a friend. They’ll receive an alert on their profile telling them about your request, which they can approve or delete.
> on Get Satisfaction: I get an internal server error when adding people as friends
UPDATE: Posters Stick When Choosing “Haven’t Seen” – while many of you have been enjoying the new “Haven’t Seen” functionality while ranking, the “seen” movies were sometimes moving from side to side or changing posters. This is now fixed by keeping the poster of the seen movie on the same side and only replacing the unseen movie.
> on Get Satisfaction: Do not randomly place movies when clicking “Haven’t seen it”
FEATURE: A New Look For Discussions! – We’ve simplified the sometimes confusing 2-column matchup comments and consolidated everything into a single column. We still show which movie a commenter prefers, as well as their agreements and disagreements in a more streamlined way. Your feedback on this new look is welcome as we continue to refine the experience of debating classic movie matchups.
> on Get Satisfaction: Matchup Comments Not Useful
We’d like to get some well-written feedback about Flickchart from some of our current beta testers, and for those of you who aren’t in the beta quite yet – here’s a chance for you to get in on the action immediately:
If you’re already a member of the Flickchart beta and you’re interested in writing up an article about us, submit your URL to the article/blog post to email@example.com, and you’ll receive 10 free invites to send to your friends and let them in on the fun.
If you are a blogger or reviewer and you aren’t in the beta yet, you can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us a little about yourself and the blog/website where you’ll be posting. Once we review your inquiry, you’ll receive a personal invite from us, and for each article link submitted, we’ll send you 10 free invites as well.
Thanks, and looking forward to reading your thoughts about Flickchart!
We had a great time doing it, and it was very cool to be able to talk about why we created the site and what’s to come. If you’re interested to hear what we sound like, and find out more about the origins and future of Flickchart, give it a listen.
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