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Lists I Like
Topic by: AKrizman
Posted: September 23, 2003 - 4:48 PM PDT
Last Reply: October 10, 2003 - 2:40 PM PDT

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author topic: Lists I Like
post #41  on September 27, 2003 - 10:20 AM PDT  
> On September 27, 2003 - 10:09 AM PDT dpowers wrote:
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> insanity.
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Hmmm. I see. GreenCine profits from members who are compulsive button pushers. How about a "raise my membership to the next level" button? I might use that...
post #42  on September 28, 2003 - 10:11 AM PDT  
> i defend anyone's right to put anything in alphabetical order. if the movies are too diverse other orders imply a relationship that isn't there and the list feels dishonest.

Fair enough. but a completely random order would be just as good in that example; so why bother alphabetizing at all?

With the exception of your 2 X 26 Random Artsy Flix list. I've never seen an alphabetial list wouldn't have been better in another order. You have to admit that there's a better order for the Fight the Power list.
post #43  on September 28, 2003 - 12:19 PM PDT  
What's the lowest rated list that you've rated 9 or 10?

Decadent Decay by crossja

I got into a zombie movie kick after I had seen a good zombie movie or two. After watching a lot of zombie movies, I realized that there were only 5 really good ones. I was planning on making a list, 'The Essesntial Zombie Movies', to help save people the time of sitting through all of them. crossja beat me to it and made a list with the 5 movies I was going to add plus one I had never seen (which is currently on the top of my queue with a red bar next to it).

I gave it a 9. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 was because the comments weren't very informative. I was surprised that besides my 9, the other 4 votes averaged 2.5. I don't know why it wasn't more popular.

A month or so later, another zombie list came up: Zombifided! by Emomovieluver. It was a little less discriminating (15 titles), but they were all reasonably good movies (at least the ones I'd seen), and they each had informative commentary.

This one proved more popular than the first (6 votes averaging 4.83), but still not very popular at all.

Less than 2 weeks later, yet another zombie list showed up: Kickin' Zombie Flicks by mglory67. This list featured really low standards, the auther him/herself admitted some of these movies were bad. He/she didn't even have the excuse that they were added to be complete, because although the list was the longest yet (20 titles), it had serious omissions that could be found on the other lists.

Inexplicably, this list was the highest rated (7 votes for 5.71) of the three.

This proves to me that most voters don't share my tastes for shorter, more succinct lists. My votes for these lists decreased with the number of titles, while their average rating increased.
post #44  on September 28, 2003 - 2:13 PM PDT  
> You have to admit that there's a better order for the Fight the Power list.

okay i admit it. okay and i admit that there are times that alphabetizing detracts from the list, because the reader starts wondering, "what will be the 'E' movie? what will be 'X'?" instead of wondering what the next movie will be and what its relationship will be with the previous, or with the real world.

fight the power would probably be good organized by war, or by regions of the world, or year of release (with notes about wars just past or still going on).
post #45  on October 7, 2003 - 6:39 AM PDT  
oldkingcole just put up a pretty good list. The Sound of Horror -- late '70s style

It's pretty narrow window that excludes The Exorcist (1973), which had a pretty strong influence on movie music that came afterwards. Director William Friedkin was so happy with the effect of Mike Oldfield's music (Tubular Bells) as part of The Exorcist soundtrack that he hired Tangerine Dream to do the score for The Sorcerer (1977), a remake of the thriller (OK, it's not horror, but neither is Close Encounters!) The Wages of Fear (1952).

This led to a brand new career for the German synth-band Tangerine Dream doing film soundtracks, and probably gave John Carpenter encouragement to keep writing music for his own films. For example, the score for John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) doesn't exactly sound very original or sophisticated, but it certainly gets the job done. There's a charming home-grown feeling to the score that still warms my heart. Halloween, in turn, had a big effect on subsequent slasher pics and their parodies, including the choice of music.
post #46  on October 10, 2003 - 2:40 PM PDT  
A Cool New List from AKrizman...

Even though I'm not into "softcore gay porn" :)
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