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Movie ratings: Flixster Users vs Critics

While using the Flixster app on my phone the other day, I noticed it gave both an overall “Like” percentage from Flixster users, as well as from an aggregate of critics’ opinions (Flixster gets these values from the Rotten Tomatoes website). This got me thinking — I wonder which movies get the most-divergent opinions?
So I surveyed some of the movies found on Flixster’s front pages (box office top ten + DVD new releases). Sure enough, Transformers: Dark of the Moon was in there, but it wasn’t the most-divergent. For that you need to check out Just Go With It. Which isn’t terribly surprising because it’s basically a parade of big names.
On the other side of the spectrum you have the films critics love but Flixster users… well.. don’t. The winner in this camp: Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow. “The film bears witness to German artist Anselm Kiefer’s alchemical creative processes and renders in film, as a cinematic journey, the personal universe he has built at his hill-studio estate in the South of France.” No big surprise there 🙂
I do find this kind of thing fascinating though, especially the films that are dead-even popularly and critically. What’s going on with these films? Do they have a universal message or theme about them? Was it a fluke?
Anyway see the results below, sorted by the difference between popular and critical opinion (can anyone come up with a good name for this quantity?). I’m going to probably redo this every once and a while.
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Is it just me? Or was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) a much better film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) or Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)? I watched “Azkaban” last night and it feels entirely different — in a good way — than the first two. The plot seems SO much tighter, photography better, lighting better, everything, just better. Disclaimer: I haven’t read any of the books.
Update: I see Azkaban was directed by Alfonso Cuarón, and the first two by Chris Columbus. Sad to see Cuarón hasn’t directed any others in the series.

Great weekend

So… by all accounts HPSN was a great success. I’m pretty happy 🙂
I had a pretty great weekend, too. After finishing off some work on an unrelated project on Saturday afternoon, I headed over to Cam and Melissa’s, where we binged on fantastic, handmade pierogis (perogi, perogy, piroghi, pirogi, or pyrohy) by Melissa. And, oh yeah, salad, bratwurst, chips & salsa and beer. Mmmm. Not the healthiest stuff in the world but hey it’s okay once and while, right? Went to the video store, picked out Martin Scorsese‘s The Departed — what a great film! The parts I was awake for, anyway. We started the film at 10:30 though so I think I have a good excuse 🙂 Stayed the night and slept in until noon (they have good curtains!), and enjoyed another round of pierogis and sunny-side up eggs… oh comfort food how I love thee.. watched an episode of Buffy, then went upstairs and helped assemble their new desk. Man. Why are the instructions on assemble-it-yourself furniture always so bad? Anyway, after some consternation it all came together, and it looks great! Got me thinking of buying some new furniture…
After that, got my things together and went out to Ultimate Frisbee for the first time in more than a month. That was great.. and I wasn’t as dead as I thought I was going to be. And apparrently Cam and Melissa hadn’t had enough of me, because I went right back there for dinner and enjoyed some great grilled chicken while we watched the Oscars. And I’m delighted to say The Departed won Best Picture, because I still have the rental for another three days… haha. Going to try and watch it again tonight if I have the time.
Anyway time to go to work, I’ll leave you with a few images from Ultimate last night. Have a good day!