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the giraffe's Listal 16 day movie meme

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Mary and Max (2009)
Day 1 - Best Film discovery from another Listal member or list


Jaytoast - Top Movies of 2009
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Cal's List of the Greatest Films You've Never Seen

...as well as countless other high ratings from other Listal members. When I watched it earlier this year it took the top spot in my Best movies of 2009 list, #6 in my Best of 00s list, and joined my all-time favorite films. Simply amazing.
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People who added this item 128 Average listal rating (64 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8
The Raven (1943)
Day 2 - Obscure film discovery. I would have never watched this film unless...


History of Horror by diabolical dr voodoo


diabolical dr voodoo has compiled the most exhaustive list of horror films I've ever seen, so when I was creating my own "Horror favorites" lists for each decade I used his list as a reference. Not only did it remind me of a few I've seen and hadn't thought of in a while, but it provided me with a slew of films I hadn't heard of to check out. Le Corbeau was among them, a French film with no ties to Edgar Allan Poe's famous work. I noticed it was available to watch instantly on Netflix, so I added it to my queue. About a week later Netflix decided to take it down, so I stayed up way too late to watch it & didn't regret the lack of sleep at all the next day.

I could tell you what it's about, but since I went into it knowing nothing I prefer to do the same for others.
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People who added this item 852 Average listal rating (556 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Buried (2010)
Day 3 - Movie Review that swayed you to watch a film


lotr23's review


I rarely ever read a review of a film I want to see before I check it out, so there was only one choice here. Honestly I'd forgotten I wanted to see this film before coming across lotr23's review. I saw the trailer once & was intrigued, but his review encouraged me to go ahead & check it out. It wound up in my top 10 for 2010.
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People who added this item 1480 Average listal rating (905 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Orphanage (2007)
Day 4 - Most Disappointing Movie watched after hearing about it on Listal



Among my contacts, The Orphanage has an average rating of 7.9, which encouraged me to check it out. The film is made well enough (solid acting, interesting premise, solid storytelling, great cinematography, etc.), but I figured out where it was going at the halfway mark & it never bothered to prove me wrong. And the final scene was just stupid. Its predictability worked against it in my book and severely drove down its rating.
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People who added this item 3613 Average listal rating (2138 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.5
Day 5 - Movie List that you still use to find a movie


100+ Awesome Netflix Instant Flicks by BoomBoom3000


Since my daughter was born last year, Netflix instant watch is my primary dealer for my movie fix. BoomBoom3000's list is full of films I already loved when I first came across it, so my interest in the ones I hadn't seen yet went up & many of these I've checked out since or still plan to.
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People who added this item 6150 Average listal rating (4186 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.6
Seven (1995)
Day 6 - Favorite Film List


Facts about my movie-watching by Kris


Kris's list is perfection in my book. Much like the memes that have become so popular of late, "Facts about my movie-watching" provides great insight into Kris's tastes in film and just how enthusiastic he is about watching movies. Unlike the memes, however, his is (for now) a true original and I'm surprised that Listal users haven't taken his idea & run with it (if any have, I haven't seen it yet). One day I may create my own list similar to it, though I'm reluctant to make a movie version just so his will continue to stand alone.

Runner-up: Few things I love about cinema by eleonora
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People who added this item 92 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.6
Mothra (1961)
Day 7 - I always vote for a film list if it has this...


A sense of humor and/or thoughtful analysis


Top 10 Weird Giant Movie Monsters by Pumpkinate
Let’s face it, an insect as benign as a moth is a rather strange choice to enlarge into a giant, intimidating monster. They’re not aggressive by any stretch and don’t even possess the ability to bite or sting; they simply fly around and repeatedly slam into light fixtures. Making said monster fuzzy and imbuing it with a color scheme that suggests candy would tumble out of its body if it were struck hard enough isn’t exactly helping things either. As her cinematic appearances wore on, Mothra began to sport increasingly fanciful powers that would make an entomologist weep, including (but not limited to) plasma beams, generating a poisonous powder that could reflect energy, and shooting quill-like stingers from her abdomen. This concept was taken even further when she starred in her own trilogy of films during the 90’s and displayed a Pokémon-like ability to evolve into different, specialized forms (like an armored body or one that could swim underwater). The crazy superpowers can be somewhat excused in that Mothra is supposed to be a mystical being, but it doesn’t make them any less bizarre.

Also, she has a larval form that looks like a colossal dog turd. There, I said it.


Jedi of the Caribbean: Curse of a New Hope by KCenturion
Will Turner could be Luke Skywalker

Connections:
- - Both have a world-changing destiny.
- - Both are very skilled with a sword.
- - After leading eventless lives for their first 20 years, they are thrown head first into an unforgettable adventure.
- - Both were orphaned from a young age.
- - Both provide humourless roles.
- - Both of their fathers were corrupted by a dark power.
- - They share a kiss with the female lead. Related or not.
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Evolution (2001)
Day 8 - A type of film list I never vote for...


Here's the perfect example: The evolution of Megan Fox


I refuse to vote for the majority of lists with the current "it's a good thing you're attractive, because you've got nothing else going for you" poster-child (if you're making fun of her I'm more likely to vote). The moment I see that idiot I move onto another list. As for the "evolution" lists, I dislike them because A) they're basically a list version of what movies somebody has been a part of, and if I needed to know what movies an actor has done I can find out on his/her page (or IMDb)...and B) the vast majority of people don't continually evolve/improve themselves over time (this list being a prime example). "Evolution" therefore is a misnomer.
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Day 9 - A List that deserves more attention


Indiana Jones & Die Hard: A Shared History by JMan616


So brilliant, I don't know why I'd never thought of it before.
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Grown Ups (2010)
Day 10 - A Film you have avoided watching thanks to a review/list warning


(I imagine this is everyone's reaction to watching this film)

The number of negative reviews and lists that include this among the worst films of 2010/ever is far too great for me to even choose which to provide a link to. I'd initially wanted to see this simply because it reunited a handful of actors I once loved watching on Saturday Night Live, despite the involvement of Kevin James (who pretty much sucks). Once the reviews started rolling out, however, I crossed it off my "Want-to-watch" list.
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People who added this item 1198 Average listal rating (843 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
Commando (1985)
Day 11 - Listal member whose reviews you can usually trust


PvtCaboose91's reviews


If you've seen any of my lists where I've linked to reviews, PvtCaboose91 shows up a LOT and with good reason. More often than not his views reflect/echo my own, but even when we disagree he consistently provides a well-written and thoughtful read.

Runners-up: Xanadon't, lotr23, KCenturion and AgentLexi
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The Extra Man (2010)
Day 12 - A Listal Member who inspires your movie choices


Xanadon't


Moreso than anyone else on Listal, I find myself following Xanadon't's recommendations the most often, to the point where we end up watching some of the same movies each month (whether on purpose or not). We regularly let each other know when we've found a little-known gem (like The Extra Man), and have discussions on films whenever we get the chance to compare notes & share our thoughts. We may not always agree on a film (though when we do you can definitely count on whatever we say about it), but even when we disagree it's respectfully and usually a matter of taste/mood/him being more critical than I am in general. ;)

Putting this list together without putting his name under the majority of these categories wasn't easy, but this isn't my "celebration of Xanadon't" list. :P

Honorable mention goes to the following parties for their inspiration as well (in no particular order): jaytoast, johanlefourbe, drugs, phillydude, PvtCaboose91, lotr23, Bml93, Frank White, and Kris
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Memento (2000)
Day 13 - A List that inspired you to create your own list


30 days, 30 movies and 30 lists by johanlefourbe


Johan's list of others who had created "30 Days, 30 Movies" lists (including his own) encouraged me to get on the ball and make my own 30 day movie list so it could be included on his before he reached 30 people. I had so much fun making my movie list that I decided to create 30 day lists for other areas as well.
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Day 14 - A List that inspired you to improve the way you make lists


A Year of Horror - 2009 by jaytoast


That'd be the main one, but all of his Year of Horror lists caused me to step up the way my lists look. I love the way those lists look (well, the completed ones anyway haha), and how they present an image from each film, links to Listal reviews, trailers, and comments sprinkled throughout. I love the way it's broken into categories, and oh that pretty pretty blood image that leads off each section.

Ever since I first came across those lists my lists have improved I think, though now & then I fall back on using only images just because I prefer saying as little as possible about films most of the time. Now if I could just figure out how he got the blockquotes to sit beside the images...
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Day 15 - A Listal member whose lists you look forward to seeing


drugs


Miz drugs creates a wide variety of lists, which means there's something for everyone. When it comes to films, she's seen an impressive range of films considering her age and her taste is very close to my own. We also have similar taste in music, which has given us a lot to talk about. Every time I notice she's posted a new list I rush to check it out, and I'm almost always pleased with what I see.

Runners-up: (again in no particular order) everyone else named in this list, Nocturne, Kami-chan, Maary, Hacksaw Hamza, propelas, Zozoulini, Zaishe, From Superior Genes, Orlok, CHANi, AFIoscar, Film Ninja, Aira, Nonfictionguy, quisma88, and LWinters
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Mother (2009)
Day 16 - If you had to pick only one of your film lists to showcase it would be...


Best movies of 2010


I have "Best movies of" lists for 1977 through 2010 now, but the 2010 list is a bit different from the rest. There's some of everything in that list, and I plan on it being the design idea for the rest of my "Best movies of" lists for 2011-2019 (assuming I'll still be here that long, of course, though right now I see no reason to not be).
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As conceived by jaytoast, with help from yours truly. Visit his list. I've tried very hard to not list the same person more than once, but in some cases it just wasn't possible.

Day 1 - Best Film discovery from another Listal member or list
Day 2 - Obscure film discovery. I would have never watched this film unless...
Day 3 - Movie Review that swayed you to watch a film
Day 4 - Most Disappointing Movie watched after hearing about it on Listal
Day 5 - Movie List that you still use to find a movie
Day 6 - Favorite Film List
Day 7 - I always vote for a film list if it has this...
Day 8 - A type of film list I never vote for...
Day 9 - A List that deserves more attention
Day 10 - A Film you have avoided watching thanks to a review/list warning
Day 11 - Listal member whose reviews you can usually trust
Day 12 - A Listal Member who inspires your movie choices
Day 13 - A List that inspired you to create your own list
Day 14 - A List that inspired you to improve the way you make lists
Day 15 - A Listal member whose lists you look forward to seeing
Day 16 - If you had to pick only one of your film lists to showcase it would be...

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Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Jul 30 5:34
Yay! A List!

Was just talking about Mary & Max today... I think I have almost gotten most of my blood relatives to see that film now. I was also really happy to see that you enjoyed "In The Mood for Love"

LOL, and the block quote trick is actually more like a cheat as left and right image tags mess with the text of a note. The 'code' looks something like this "img id=1023434 width=250full align=right" all your text will flow to the left and the use of block quotes just makes it look like you have done something super complicated.

Ha, now I have some list discoveries to make :)
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Jul 30 10:09
Thanks for the mention and once again, sorry for "the evolution of ..." lists since I feel kind of responsible for them... I know they are not original whatsoever but I still like those lists.
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Jul 30 12:47
Dude, thanks! I'm glad you've liked my lists. I've gotten a bit lazy and I can't seem to have the time or will to do so many lists anymore. I do have many lists that I'm currently working on, but they just need way more time and right now I don't have the time :)

Awesome list btw, I like these lists of lists and I dig this idea. I agree (once again) on many of these. The evolution lists are usually OK but I hate when there's so many of them with the same actors or just some talentless but beautiful/handsome people. But what's really not good about them is that they're not original.
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Jul 30 18:46
Thanks so much for the multiple commendations! And it's definitely mutual - in fact, the very first item on this list reminded me that, if it weren't for your top 10 of '09, I'd probably still be missing out on Mary and Max, which I loved. On a separate note, and I know I'm a little late in saying this, but congrats on your kid. :)
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Jul 31 22:09
Thanks for including my list, buddy! That particular one was something I ported from another site while very cautiously including a link to the original article and a disclaimer stating it as not mine. I'm sure you know that anyway, but I'm just saying it here because I don't want anyone reading this list thinking I'm responsible for it. Most of my lists are my own of course. =]
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Jul 31 23:53
I want to ask this since a while, what does meme means?
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Aug 1 4:04
Thanks man! It means a lot and I really appreciate that you put my list on here.

And a good job on the other parts of the list to. Looks like I'm gonna have to check some of these out.
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Aug 1 5:52
Thanks for the love, bro! Happy to see you did one of these lists of your own after giving jaytoast a hand with his! These are great!
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Aug 2 22:03
Thanks for putting my list on here and I appreciate it! Alot! Actually that list I'm most satisfied with overall of my lists :D
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Aug 8 12:16
wow i didnt know i was mentioned wow! thank you :) and great list, i still consider myself a newbie and i guess this list gives me more lists and names i have to go and see and yup vote and comment. :D
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Aug 10 2:44
Thnx alot for including me (even though it wasn't major but what the hey!)

And this list is pretty informative... I assume you're gonna add more? and this list definitely deserves more votes!
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Jul 19 19:09
Weird that I haven't stumbled upon this list before. But late congratulations should be in order for creating yet another terrific list!

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