The Internet Movie Database, or IMDb, is every remotely serious movie fan's paradise. There's an entry for every movie ever made, usually complete with trailers, reviews, and an active message board full of Interweb warriors ready to do battle with trolls over their favorite directors and films. The most popular feature of all, however, is the Top 250. Based on votes from thousands upon thousands of users, this list ranks the greatest movies of all time in a way that is less old-fashioned and arbitrary than the American Film Institute's list, but is still ultimately useless.
That apparent uselessness doesn't stop the entire Internet movie-loving community from hailing it as gospel when it's convenient ("Seriously, dude. The Dark Knight is in the top 10") and bashing it as overly populist when that suits them better ("Dude, you can't take it seriously. The Dark Knight is in the top 10.") This constant bickering makes the inherently flawed list the most revered list available. At the very least, every serious movie fan should see everything on the list, right?
As one of these serious movie fans, it shocked and appalled me to discover that I've only seen 89 of the top 250 movies as of press time. I mean, I watch movies just about every week, how have I not stumbled upon at least 200 of these babies? Well, re-watching and an aversion (ignorance, really) to pre-1970s movies is a big part of the reason.
That brings us to the point of this blog. Over the next 250 days, with the help of my good friend Netflix, I will be reviewing one of the IMDb's top 250 movies every day. On days where I don't watch a new movie (there will be 89 of these in total), I'll review a movie I've already seen. Expectations will be revealed and revelations should be expected.
It's about to get real. Hope you'll join me.