Sunday, October 26, 2008

Clean Freak on IMDb

Clean Freak has been on IMDb for a while now, but I just noticed tonight that it has finally gotten enough "ratings" for it to have an average.

Its rating right now is 9.2, which puts it higher than both Godfather films, The Dark Knight, The Shawshank Redemption, and Schindler's List.

Of course, those films have a few more ratings than mine. Clean Freak has 5 total ratings, while The Godfather has over 324,000.

But hey, I'm still rated higher, for the moment.


Blogger Jonathan said...

Congrats! "Clean Freak" may not have the popularity of "The Godfather" and the other films you mentioned, but what short ever outranked a feature-length film in terms of popular popularity? "Clean Freak" has a smaller audience than "The Dark Knight," but its audience is far more appreciative.

You should be very proud. Not many filmmakers get higher ratings than Spielberg and Coppola.

Well deserved, my friend!

10/27/2008 9:07 AM  
Blogger Chris Hansen said...

Well, it's fun to see a high number there, but it's essentially meaningless right now. Five votes is a tiny sample, and I'd wager that all five probably know me or have a vested interest in the film in some way...

But it's cool to see a high number for a while :-)

10/27/2008 9:17 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

You don't REALLY think it's meaningless; if you did, you wouldn't have bragged about it to the on-line world in your blog.

Chris, "Clean Freak" is a really good movie. A really, really good movie. I'm speaking as a professional film critic, not as a friend, not as a blog reader, not as someone connected with the film, not as a therapist, not as someone who is going to touch you.

10/28/2008 7:22 AM  
Blogger Chris Hansen said...

Hmmm -- now I think we're in a therapy session, LOL.

I'm not ragging on the film at all here when I say that I compared it to the Godfather films and The Dark Knight for the patent absurdity of it being considered at that level. Really -- did it for the laughs (I'll sell out my integrity for a laugh sometimes :-)

I don't know who those five votes are from. One is mine, of course (and no, I didn't give it a 10, if that's what you're thinking). But I am serious in assuming that they come from some combination of friends, students, and family.

That doesn't reflect on the film itself. I think the IMDb ratings are a kind of popularity contest. It's hard to be too popular when 150 people in the world have seen your film.

I bragged about it just because, for this one moment in time, the rating is really high. It'll go down eventually.

FWIW, the American Messiah rating was really high (7.5 - 8.5) for a while, before dropping down to its current 5.5, with 31 votes). Of course, IMDb's method of "weighting" some votes more than others is thoroughly confusing, and a lot of filmmakers I know despise it.

Personally, I don't care all that much. If 150,000 people had given my films really low ratings, I'd start to think about it. With 31 votes and 5 votes, respectively, I don't think it reflects much at the moment.

10/28/2008 7:38 AM  

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