Fluid Flickcharting: The Key to Flickchart Freedom

Jandy Hardesty

Jandy is especially drawn to classic, off-beat, and foreign film, but loves a good blockbuster action sequence, too. You can find her on Flickchart as faithx5. She also writes at The Frame, and co-hosts the occasional podcast Not at Odds at Row Three.

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11 Responses

  1. Luan Marcel says:

    Bravo! :)

  2. David Conrad says:

    I agree with large parts of this, especially all parts pertaining to change over time. I think change over time is inevitable even if you have a well-defined Philosophy and apply it honestly. My goal is to find a meaningful philosophy that encourages long-term stability so that I can one day say the chart is “accurate.” When your feelings about a particular film change for whatever reason, you simply rerank it to restore accuracy. Those chart movements will become all the more fun and meaningful when they happen as a result of a consistent philosophy (“I feel more attached to this one now,” for example) instead of a hodgepodge of factors. (A hodgepodge of factors can contribute to one overarching factor like attachment, but when multiple factors are applied all at once and inconsistently, they create a messy and ultimately meaningless chart.)

    I agree that A > B > C > A is a real thing, and a real problem. It’s a crisis, an anomaly. Further study is needed. Study, I say, not nihilism!

  3. Ryan Barrett Ryan Barrett says:

    Flickchart would be better if it used a Elo rating system to rank things. The current system is pretty flawed.

  4. As is common, all I have to say is, “What Jandy said.” I coined the term “Fluid Flickcharting”, and I couldn’t have made its case any more perfectly than she did here. All I would really add is that I don’t tell Flickchart what my favorite movies are; I rank movies and let Flickchart tell me what my favorites are.

    • Jandy says:

      I apologize for stealing your term and not giving you credit! I couldn’t remember who said it first, and it’s such a great term for this.

    • No apology necessary! I (obviously) believe it’s a great term for this philosophy, and I equally believe you’ve brilliantly presented the case for it. The idea that our relationship with art even could, much less “should”, be static requires that we be static, and that’s neither natural nor possible. Fluid Flickcharting has sometimes been accused of being thoughtless or lacking conviction, an accusation I reject. One’s feelings may be fiercely passionate and one’s thoughts may be nuanced and deep, and yet one may not be obsessed with locking into place the subject at hand.

      For a terrific examination of Fluid Flickcharting in action, I would refer readers to Emil Ekelund’s piece, Lost in Stagnation; or, How I Realized I Had a New #1 Movie.

    • David Conrad says:

      “I rank movies and let Flickchart tell me what my favorites are.”

      That’s as it should be, but by what criteria or philosophies do you rank the movies?

    • I consider myriad qualities, David. Here’s a piece I wrote on my personal blog, >a href=http://travismcclain.blogspot.com/2014/02/how-i-flickchart.html>How I Flickchart<.

  5. Screwed up that link! How I Flickchart should work.