Tracking a Mythical Beast: Two Methods of Measuring Changes in Your Flickchart

David Conrad

David is the author of a forthcoming book on Japanese history and film. He has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin and loves period pieces, classics, and arthouse. He has also read nearly every word J.R.R. Tolkien ever wrote. @davidaconrad

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  1. I did the second method for a while myself before becoming unduly discouraged by the results. Now I just try to see my chart as an ever-changing entity and try to be okay with that.

  2. wildhunt1 says:

    One thing I’m trying with Flickchart is to not use the random All Movies or My Movies at all in the beginning. I devised a 10-point system where I rank movies based on 10 criteria. After I determine where each criteria lies, I add up and get a total that I give to the movie. Then I add that movie to Flickchart and if it’s a 96, I rank it above the middle, if it’s a 55, I rank it below the middle, and I keep ranking until the movies falls in with the other movies of the same rank. From there, I just chose which one I like better or worse. After I do this for all my movies, then I’ll go to My Movies and start a true Flickchart ranking, but movies should not change position too terribly much unless I just completely misranked a movie. So far, seems to be working for me.

    • David Conrad says:

      What are the criteria? This sounds even more ridiculously complicated, and I am intrigued. :)

    • wildhunt1 says:

      I grade my movies based on Story, Script, Directing, Casting, Acting, Cinematography/Animation, Music, Pacing, Mis-en-scene (how well props and costumes look), and Re-watchability. The last one I put in because I realized that there are a lot of bad movies out there that I just absolutely love watching and there are so-called great movies that I would never watch again and even regret watching once. And sometimes a movie can have a great story but a lousy script or a lousy story that’s actually saved by a great script. Casting is because sometimes you just wish one or two actors had been chosen differently (like Jake Lloyd in The Phantom Menace–he was about the only actor that made me cringe whenever he was on screen–which is also where Acting comes in). Cinematography/Animation is basically how beautiful the movie looks on screen or if the way it’s filmed works or not. Music is self-explanatory. Pacing is because sometimes you’re watching a movie and you just want it to end, only to find out you still have another two hours to go, or the movie is over so quickly you wonder if you watched it for two hours or not. But that’s basically my complicated system. Works well for me, though.

  3. Nathan Chase says:

    Do these 10 merits get graded 1 to 10 each, and then you have an added-up XX/100 score?

  4. wildhunt1 says:

    Exactly. Perfect example: I just watched Ender’s Game again. This is how I graded it: Story 9, Script 10, Directing 10, Casting 9, Acting 10, Cinematography 10, Music 10, Pacing 10, Mis-en-scene 10, Rewatchability 10 for a total score of 98. Now I will put that into Flickchart and find my other 98-scored movies and then go back and forth between them to find where Ender’s Game sits on my list.