This is one of two projects I've been mulling over for about a year now.
Old Project Description
What: A list of films that we consider to be essential for every cinephile to see. My intention is to come up with a list about the most essential films, but I'm leaving the definition of "essential" up to the users. The idea, however, is that this is a list of films cinephiles should see at some point in their lifetime, or should see in order to earn their "credentials" as cinephiles. It's not intended to be a list of films for beginners or burgeoning cinephiles. If you want to submit your favourite films, or the ones you think are most influential, or the most critically acclaimed, or the ones I like to call "important, but not necessarily good", then that's fine. People can also decide which genres/directors/countries/themes they want to include, and then pick a representative film for each one, if they want. I don't want to put any restrictions on what is eligible, though I may exclude tv series and installations, or just follow the guidelines of our other polls.
Where: Right here on this forum (probably in this thread, though I make made a new one just for list submissions).
When: I'm thinking of setting the deadline for end of June, but I don't mind it being later if people want more time with everything else going on. No later than the end of July, though, because I'd like to have this wrapped up by the end of August so I can start my other project that I've been wanting to run.
Why: Because it surprised me that the forum had never put together a film canon like many other sites have done, and I think it's time, after 10 years, for us to publish our own.
How: Every user can submit an unranked ballot of 50 films. I may change that to 52, to go along with the idea of one film per week, but I haven't decided one way or the other. Results will be tabulated simply by the number of lists a film appears on, and the final list will be ranked chronologically. I don't have a defined target for the number of films for the final list, as it will depend on how many ballots are submitted and how much agreement there is in those ballots, but I think something around 75-125 films would be sufficient, with all films on the list being mentioned on at least 10-25% of the ballots.
Additional Details: For the title, I'm flirting with the idea of calling it "Pretential Cinema" or Pressential Cinema", ("Pretessential" is too much of a mouthful) combining the words "pretentious" (I think any sort of exercise of determining the "most essential" or the "objectively best" films as pretentious, but I still think it's fun to do) and "essential" into a sly name, but also something that would help distinguish it from other lists generically called "Films You Must See", "Before You Die", "Film Canon", "Essential Films", etc. Additionally, I would love to tie this in to the Website/Magazine that is being setup, and I would ask for volunteers to write a mini-article for each film on the final list, outlining why they think that film is essential and/or important to them. It could be an ongoing series of articles released over a few months after the list is posted here, and could be used as a way to draw in more people to the magazine and then the forum. The list could be updated once or twice a decade.
So, what do y'all think? Is this a good idea, and are you interested in participating?