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31 December, 2008

Top 250, V

In February 2004, I participated in the top 250 films meme, which involved copying the list of the IMDB's top 250 films (as voted by users) and highlighting those I'd actually seen.  Almost two years later, I repeated the exercise in December 2005, again in December 2006 and yet again last December.  Here we go again....  Note that the top 250 changes rapidly and the following list is today's (31/12/08), quite different to those used before.

The list

In Feb. '04, I'd seen 102 of that 250, 109 of the updated list in 2005, 129 of the 2006 list and 165 last December. At the end of 2008, it's 197/250 (79%), which can be divided as 97 from the top 100 and 100 from the remaining 150. That's quite a jump, but as I mentioned last time, I'd deliberately added as many of my omissions from the 2006 list to my Amazon DVD Rental queue as were available. Most of the remaining omissions were already in that queue (now at LOVEFiLM), yet to be despatched, and I've added all but one of the remaining films.

As always, the lower rankings are more volatile than the 'core' top 100 which changes little year-to-year (though two of the top 50 are brand new). I was disappointed to see some of my favourites drop out....
Using the 2004-2007 lists, I've now seen 96 (43 more), 98 (39 more), 99 (29 more) and 99 (8 more) of their top 100s, but 102 (48 more), 109 (60 more), 107 (75 more) and 106 (32 more) of their lower ranges; overall, that's 198/250, 207/250, 206/250 and 205/250 respectively.

As I said last time (though it's worth repeating): I'm a little uneasy about this exercise as renting films I don't expect to enjoy, simply to tick them off a list, would be pointless, trainspotter-type completism. It's about enjoying films and broadening my knowledge, which has certainly succeeded. The extra prompt of films being on a 'hit list' has meant I've seen some good films I'd already planned to see but hadn't 'got round to', some I hadn't even heard of, and yes, some I enjoyed despite negative expectations. There have also been some I haven't enjoyed, but surprisingly few.

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