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We’re watching the Top 250 Films on IMDb and you should too

250 films. 1 Slack channel. 12 members. 1 spreadsheet. Must be another Etch club.

You’ve already heard about the Great Etch-grow off so I wanted to share a little insight into another favourite Etch club, and no, it’s not wine, gin or beer club.

Grow-off update: Some chilli plants are flowering! 

IMDb club, started by commissioner Caroline Hart, has been going for 24 weeks, 29 films and many, many Slack discussions. The simple premise is that each week Caroline randomly picks a film from the “top 250” films on IMDb. She shares clues in a Slack channel so we can try and guess what it is. Then, we watch it, review it and share our thoughts and scores*. 

What’s so good about it? Like any of the other Etch clubs, it brings people together (and sometimes drives them apart). Although we watch the films separately in our own homes for the most part, we’ve got together for some, including a bonus edition where we watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at Southampton’s newest Showcase Cinema. But it also makes for great conversation, friendly debates, sharing insights and a great excuse to watch films you wouldn’t normally pick.

It’s also provided inspiration for some recent presentations I’ve prepared, including a Star Wars themed Shareup presentation last month (a film franchise I now love, thanks to watching them properly for this club).

The pick of films so far has been varied, with the earliest being released in 1931 (a German film called M) and the most recent released in 2016 (Rogue One).

This week’s film was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which I’m using as yet more inspiration for a presentation, this time for a lightning talk I’m giving on SEO in the office. Side note: You can never have too many Harry Potter gifs in a presentation. Fact.

Apart from providing movie themes for my presentations, (if you also love movie themed slides, check out Greg Gifford), my highlight so far has been watching films that I knew very little about, and now unexpectedly love. A Beautiful Mind (2001) is a great example of this.

My worst film has been The Great Dictator (1940), which I scored 10/100. Next week I’m really hoping for something light-hearted, a kid’s film perhaps. But it’s not just about me, here’s what a few other IMDb club members said when I asked them:

KAMILA

Highlight: In general emoji clues, especially the Matrix (which was simply the red and blue circle emojis)
Worst film: 400 blows
The film I hope will be picked next: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

ADAM

Highlight: Trying to guess the film 400 Blows
Worst film: Actually watching 400 Blows
The film I hope will be picked next: I can't wait to see what the group makes of Oldboy, my favourite film of all time

NIALL

Highlight: I’m finding it hard to pin down one highlight. I've enjoyed the spirit that the club has created in seeing new films and fostering an open-minded attitude to films you wouldn't watch otherwise. The guessing has been a hoot as well.
Worst film: 400 blows. WTF was that film even.
The film I hope will be picked next: Any from the Dark Knight Trilogy, haven't watched them in a while.

STEVE

Highlight: Aside from the Wednesday morning guessing, helping Caroline draw the following week’s film and come up with the clues is always strangely exciting! I also love how this club is reminding me of some long-forgotten classics (The Green Mile, Alien(s) & almost any Jack Nicholson film).
Worst film: The 400 Blows. It actually blows.
The film I hope will be picked next: Something British or a Tarantino classic would be nice.

CAROLINE

Highlight: Watching One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest on the big screen
Worst film: 400 blows
The film I hope will be picked next: As I've just read the books... The Godfather.

 

If you want to follow and join in with the club, I’m going to start tweeting the films on a Wednesday using #IMDbClub. You can follow me @EmmaBudd

  

*If you’re interested in the finer details, we’re using a snapshot of the 250 Highest Rated films on IMDb taken from when the club started in January 2017, so the list we’re working from doesn’t change. Each week Caroline uses a random number generator to pick a number between 1-250, then matches it to the corresponding film on the list. If she picks a film we’ve already watched, she picks again.

For a bit of extra (ahem) fun, Caroline gives clues in the Slack channel so people can try and guess the film. It never seems to be Toy Story or Jurassic Park.

If a film is picked with other films from that franchise in the list, we watch all the films in the franchise. For example, Alien was picked, so we watched Aliens as well as that’s also in the list.  

We then have a week to watch, review in Slack and record our scored in a spreadsheet before all the fun starts again.

 

Films we've watched so far: 

Film

IMDb score

Etch average score

12. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back(1980)

8.7

7.6

16. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

8.7

8.9

18. The Matrix (1999)

8.7

8.8

20. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

8.6

8.5

37. The Green Mile (1999)

8.5

9.2

41. Rear Window (1954)

8.5

7.5

52. Alien (1979)

8.4

9

55. The Great Dictator (1940)

8.4

4.4

61. The Shining (1980)

8.4

7.9

66. Aliens (1986)

8.4

8.8

74. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi(1983)

8.3

8

75. M (1931)

8.3

5.6

103. 3 Idiots (2009)

8.3 

7.7

105. Scarface (1983)

8.3

7.3

127. Chinatown (1974)

8.2

7.6

144. A Wednesday (2008)

8.2

4.6

146. Judgement at Nuremberg (1961)

8.2

7.2

147. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

8.2

7.8

151. The Elephant Man (1980)

8.2

6.8

152. Warrior (2011)

8.1

6.7

159. Gran Torino (2008)

8.1

7.0

187. Platoon (1986)

8.1

7.6

189. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

8.1

8

191. The Wages of Fear (1953)

8.1

6

192. The Nights of Cabiria (1957)

8.1

3.4

198. The 400 Blows (1959)

8.1

1.8

222. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2(2011)

8

8.2

226. Rogue One (2016)

8

7.6

 

 

 

 Update: This week's film doesn't look lighthearted, or for kids. It's A Separation (2011)

 

About Emma Budd

As part of the magnificent marketing team, Emma works with clients on SEO, content marketing, social media and PR campaigns. When she’s not crafting blog posts, or attending various tech events, Emma likes to relax with a glass of wine and all seven hardback editions of the Harry Potter series.