The Lords of the Lists: May

It has been longer than anticipated since our last blog post, but rest assured, it's here now! We've been working hard on keeping all official lists up-to-date, making great lists official and building the new version of the website.

You've probably noticed the site sometimes redirecting you to the beta site. That's because we could always use your feedback on what's working and what isn't. If you have any comments, concerns or bugs to report remember our official help forum, which you can also find linked at the bottom of every page. For comments specifically about the beta you may use this topic.

With the demise of the IMDb forums some people may be looking for a new place to discuss movies; The unofficial iCheckMovies forum has taken in a number of former IMDb posters and surely would be happy to have you.

No blog post would feel complete without a few newly adopted official lists, and we have some of those for you as well.

  • Last August, the BBC published the results of a poll of 177 film critics asking them to help create a list of the best films of the 21st Century. They came out with a list of 102 films which caught the attention of cinephiles around the globe. Although we already have TSPDT's exhaustive list of the best films of the 21st Century, this particular list's more focused scope is probably easier for most people to complete and helps highlight the cream of the crop, so we're pleased to adopt BBC's 100 greatest films of the 21st Century (adopted from Nuked).
  • At the beginning of the year Paste magazine published a list curated by Jason DeMarco, co-creator of Toonami, of the 100 best anime films of all time. Anime has been a topic for which we've had multiple requests to have an official list, and even before the list had come out we had been debating whether there was one appropriate for adoption, so when the list came out it seemed like serendipity. As such we're happy to adopt Paste's The 100 Best Anime Movies of All Time (adopted from Daviddoes).
  • Another genre that has been requested often is war movies, so we felt it was time to adopt one of the genre lists from the same publishers as the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die (adopted from Kasparius).
  • Next up is a recently published list of the best Polish films from a poll of 279 film professionals by the Museum of Cinematography in Lodz. While we already have an official list for Polish cinema, we felt this list's different scope and focus and very credible source warranted the adoption of Lodz Film Museum's Best Polish Films (adopted from mjf314).
  • Finally, another new poll from a country with an existing official list came out last year, a poll of the best Spanish films published by Caimán Cuadernos de Cine (Spanish Cahiers du Cinéma), compiled out of responses from 350 experts, but explicitly excluding those involved in filmmaking. This different approach, as well as its recency, provides a very good complement to the Nickel Odeón poll from 1995. As such, we're glad to be able to adopt Caimán's Top Spanish Films (adopted from jonaybeltran).
Last but not least, a reminder that we're always updating official lists, you can see all updates here. We're generally pretty good at keeping up with things, but if you ever notice a mistake or have a question about whether a list is accurate, we have a topic on the help forum for that too.

Happy checking!


The iCheckMovies team

30 May, 2017