A couple a weeks ago I started the AFI vs. IMDb top 100 showdown – comparing the American Film Institute’s (read: scholar’s) list and the Internet Movie Database’s (read: masses’) list*. I basically decided to compare the two films as they are ranked on each list, from #100 to #1 and choose a favorite each week. My thinking was I would vote for one film each week, and at the end would see which list I more agreed with.
Of course, my husband (the engineer) said we could do just a slightly more complex statistical analysis by weighting each vote in inverse order so the top movies will receive more statistical weight and therefore give a more “accurate reflection of what I’m truly attempting to achieve.” Whatever. He lost me at whichever word had something to do with math.
So anyway, when I finish watching all these movies I will be able to tell which group I more agree with – Da Scholars or Da Masses. And then some sort of math something.
But, because The Elephant Man basically forfeits since I can’t watch it, I guess my vote for #100 goes to the AFI.
This past week comparing #99 was pretty ridiculous: AFI – Toy Story; IMDb – Unforgiven. Seriously, how do you compare these two? It would be like comparing, say, a children’s animated film to a western. Oh wait, that’s exactly what it is. The only similarity is they both had a cowboy.
|Toy Story's Cowboy Woody|
So far the score is AFI -2, IMDb – 0.
AFI’s Top 100
IMDB’s Top 100 (as of 1/1/12)
Toy Story (1995)
Ben Hur (1959) by forfeit
The Elephant Man (1980)
* - the IMDb list changes often. I used the top 100 of the “IMDb Top 250 As Voted by Users” list as it stood on 1/1/12.