When I first became interested in movies, one of the things I checked out the most was the IMDb Top 250. Back then, I really didn't know much about other movie websites and I was convinced that these 250 films were the best ones ever made. Every time I went to Blockbuster I always picked up a film on this list.
As my knowledge of cinema, and the internet for that matter, has grown, I have come to learn that his list seems to be losing some of its authority. As of right now, there are seven films from 2009 on this list: The Hangover, 500 Days of Summer, Star Trek, Zombieland, District 9, Inglourious Basterds, and Up. That total comes out to a rough average of one film a month. While all of these films have been praised by audiences and critics alike, does it really make sense that roughly every month we are seeing one of the 250 greatest films of all-time? I think not.
Some nay-sayers of this list might say that these statistics are worthless because they are only votes from the website users and not actual movie critics. And this is what I would say to those people: Are movies generally made to be enjoyed by critics or audiences? There are millions of more average moviegoers on this planet than there are movie critics, so doesn't it make sense that a director would rather please audiences than critics? Sure it does.
Taking all of that into consideration, does this list mean that audiences are getting easier to please? When films like Zombieland and Star Trek are voted as some of the greatest movies of all-time, what is that saying about the intelligence of the average audience member?
These are just some of my thoughts and are not meant to insult anyone. I'm curious to hear what you all have to say about this topic.