Dear IMDbinge, I’m sorry I failed you...
Cath admits that she's lost the battle, but the war isn't over yet. A snapshot review of her successes and failures at the IMDbinge 250 Films Challenge.
Dear IMDbinge, I’m sorry I failed you.
So here we are a year on from my determined proclamations about watching every single film on IMDb’s Top 250 rated movies and I have to now wave the white flag of defeat. It started with a tall Irish man who took umbrage at my never having seen Terminator and it ended with me still having not seen Terminator...
I must confess, I don’t think I understood how difficult this task would be – a lot of the films on the list are long, old, have subtitles, or a mixture of the three. None of these things I mind at all, of course, but I must admit they’re often harder work to watch than your latest popcorn flick or indie drama. Not only this but some are insanely long; ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ that dips in and out of the list is a massive 5hrs 20mins, which is a pretty significant chunk to take out of a day.
Additionally, some were just plain dull, in part due to the fact that the top 250 is subject both to the whimsy of the public vote (which is so often influenced by sudden prejudices against women e.g. Ghostbusters) and to what seem like below-par algorithms. One of the biggest wastes of this year was watching ‘The Graduate’, not only because I couldn’t even find even words to describe how much I didn’t get it at all, but because it isn’t actually on the list most of the time anyway.
But enough of these excuses. I am not one to give up so easily. If 2016 has taught me anything, it’s the ridiculous amount of times you have to pick yourself up after a fall if you want even a slim chance of being happy or successful. To this end, I intend to continue with the binge until the very last – let’s hope we don’t see this thing into 2018 eh?
About Catherine Bridgman
Catherine is a photographer, filmmaker and writer. She is based in London and can offer affordable rates.
Catherine is also a film & cinema enthusiast and is currently working on an IMDbinge with Not So Popular and aims to watch all the Top 250 rated films on the IMDb by the end of the year. She also reviews films on her Youtube channel and has written for Candid and The Print (formerly CUB). She works closely with other filmmakers and creatives, providing short promotional videos for projects, music videos and photographing behind the scenes of shorts and student films.