Hi. My name is Michael Osciak, and I’m a flickaholic.
Some doctors might claim that this isn’t a real addiction; but if Tiger Woods can have a fake addiction, then who’s to say that being addicted to ranking movies isn’t a real thing? Every time I’m on a computer, the first thing I do is open up Flickchart. I always like to have it ready so when I start getting the shakes, I can quickly do some matchups to feed the beast inside of me. Even though I know I’m addicted, I can’t help but wonder why I should quit when it’s so much fun to rank movies ranging from The Godfather, to Major League 2, to Norbit? How can I stop before my all-time list is complete? Schindler had his important list; I am slowly building mine. I wonder if someday they’ll make a movie about me having the most rankings on Flickchart? I can’t guarantee it, but I’m sure they’ll at least put me on a Wheaties box someday.
So what makes me addicted to Flickchart? I think my girlfriend asks me that question daily. The answer is simple. Everyone has been asked the following question at least once in their life: What is your favorite movie of all time? Since I’m always watching movies, people have been asking me that question since I was five years old. I would always answer the question differently; Good Will Hunting? Die Hard? G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra? Okay, maybe not – but one can dream for a great live action G.I. Joe film.
I could never decide on my favorite movie. I tried websites that rate movies on a scale of one-to-five stars, or one-to-ten stars. But after doing that for a while, I realized that I had about 100 movies rated 5 out of 5 stars and the ratings were incapable of distinguishing the subtleties that existed within each star rating. I would discuss with friends that there had to be a better way to rate movies.
Stars can only go so far.
Then, about four months ago, a good friend of mine Jon (Weasel21385 as he’s known on Flickchart) mentioned to me this new website that ranks movies. Since I’m always looking for something to distract me at work, I decided to take a look. It was love at first sight.
My first match up was Crash vs. The Matrix Reloaded. I couldn’t click Crash fast enough. And I’m talking about Crash, the movie about racial tensions, and not Crash, the movie about car crash sex fetishes (which in reality, still might be better than The Matrix Reloaded).
I did a few more matchups and I thought to myself that I wonder how long I could actually do this. 160,000+ rankings later, I’m still on the site at least 8 hours a day. I look constantly for them to put new movies up so I can keep building my perfect list. I love looking up random users and seeing where they have ranked their favorite movies. I love having a top 20 list of movies I haven’t seen – which I use to try to watch at least two movies from weekly.
I love Flickchart.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing a movie that I’ve never seen before. And the first thing I do after seeing that movie? Add it to my Flickchart.
I will now open up the floor for others to share their stories. Please don’t be shy. I’m sure we can find you a sponsor to help your addiction. Just don’t pick me – as I will only help fuel your addiction.
This post is part of our User Showcase series. You can find Michael as osciak219 on Flickchart. If you’re interested to submit your own story or article describing your thoughts about movies and Flickchart, read our original post for how to become a guest writer here on the Flickchart Blog.