Hey reader. The Wipe team has been busy brainstorming ideas for articles that might attract a wider readership and at the same time be something unique to Wipe. Every movie site does reviews, so what’s so special about ours? (Aside from the fact that they’re always insightful, cogent, life-altering.) Well, in an effort to branch out to more readers than just the people who know us (love and thanks to all of you), Wipe has decided to embark on an ambitious project: to review all 250 of the top-rated movies at IMDb. We’ve always had it in mind to do a wholesale reevaluation of the “great movies” from one canon or another; the IMDb list seems the one most pertinent to the average internet user’s tastes. Call it a shamelessly populist venture on our part, but we feel this is the best way to check the temperature of movie fever in the greater web population. (Or maybe it’s a ploy to lure fanboys to our blog.)
OK, so we’ll review the IMDb 250. What’s gonna be so unique about that? Well, maybe we haven’t worked that out just yet. Isn’t it interesting enough that we’re prepared to give our views on the most popular films according to the internet? No? In that case, here’s an idea: we could read the user reviews posted on each of the movies’ IMDb page and occasionally quote from and respond to these users in our own reviews, enacting a dialogue (of sorts).
We are aware that there’s at least one glaring problem with reviewing the IMDb 250: it’s constantly in flux. A movie released next week–From Paris with Love, for example–could conceivably find its way into the 250 with enough positive user ratings (there’s gotta be millions of Travolta nuts out there somewhere [like Cam…]). To solve this problem, perhaps we’ll simply put a freeze on the 250 on a certain day, and work from the list as it stands at that point (we would of course post the 250 we plan to work from after the freeze).
Again, we’ll work the kinks out on this and get back to you. Who knows, maybe we’ll find the project’s impossible or otherwise not worth the trouble, and you’ll have to forget this post ever happened…
Please comment with suggestions if you feel inclined.