Popular manga

I’ve relied on ~8 Wikipedia category articles and Goodreads lists to supply over 440 manga titles assigned uniquely into the categories shōnen, shōjo, seinen, and josei, and I’ve sorted them based on their first volume’s Goodreads stats (the log of the number of raters multiplied by the cube of their score expressed as a percentage). Obviously, dubious categorizations as well as biases inherent in the ratings are problems in the results. Still, the top 50 titles in each category and in all categories combined are given below, as usual minus any actual data from Goodreads.

50 popular manga

Fullmetal Alchemist
Death Note
Attack on Titan
Ouran High School Host Club
One Piece
Fairy Tail
Naruto
Black Butler
Tokyo Ghoul
Maid-sama!
Dragon Ball
Blue Exorcist
Fruits Basket
Rurouni Kenshin
Bleach
Hunter x Hunter
OnePunch-Man
Kamisama Kiss
Soul Eater
Skip Beat!
InuYasha
Sailor Moon
Akira
Case Closed
Electric Daisy
Hellsing
Yotsuba&!
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You
Cardcaptor Sakura
Oyasumi Punpun
Love So Life
Berserk
Horimiya
Vampire Knight
Naoki Urasawa’s Monster
Yu Yu Hakusho
Nana
D.Gray-man
Beast Master
Hana to Akuma
Hana-Kimi
Pandora Hearts
Blue Spring Ride
Gakuen Alice
Trigun Maximum
Alice in the Country of Hearts
xxxHolic
Reborn!
Love★Com
Ranma ½

50 popular shōjo manga

Ouran High School Host Club
Maid-sama!
Fruits Basket
Kamisama Kiss
Skip Beat!
Sailor Moon
Electric Daisy
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You
Cardcaptor Sakura
Love So Life
Horimiya
Vampire Knight
Beast Master
Hana to Akuma
Hana-Kimi
Blue Spring Ride
Gakuen Alice
Alice in the Country of Hearts
Love★Com
Faster than a Kiss
From Far Away
Special A
Kitchen Princess
Beauty Pop
Orange
Suki-tte Ii na yo
Last Game
The Wallflower
High School Debut
Tokyo Crazy Paradise
Black Bird
MeruPuri
Shugo Chara!
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
Akatsuki no Yona
Daytime Shooting Star
Snow White with the Red Hair
Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play
Boys Over Flowers: Hana Yori Dango
Happy Cafe
1/2 Prince
Dawn of the Arcana
Full Moon O Sagashite
Kodocha: Sana’s Stage
Absolute Boyfriend
Natsume’s Book of Friends
D.N.Angel
Tail of the Moon
Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne
Barajou no Kiss

50 popular shōnen manga

Fullmetal Alchemist
Death Note
Attack on Titan
One Piece
Fairy Tail
Naruto
Black Butler
Dragon Ball
Blue Exorcist
Rurouni Kenshin
Bleach
Hunter x Hunter
OnePunch-Man
Soul Eater
InuYasha
Case Closed
Yotsuba&!
Yu Yu Hakusho
D.Gray-man
Pandora Hearts
Reborn!
Ranma ½
Bakuman
Trigun
Sword Art Online
Assassination Classroom
Pokémon Adventures
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Shaman King
DRRR!! Durarara!!
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Azumanga Daioh
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Hikaru no Go
Rave Master
Chibi Vampire
Koe no Katachi
Tegami Bachi
Yu-Gi-Oh!
Rosario+Vampire
The Ancient Magus’ Bride
Akame ga KILL!
The Devil is a Part-Timer!
High School DxD
Cross Game
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Yakitate!! Japan
Love Hina
Cage of Eden

50 popular josei manga

Nana
Red River
The Crimson Spell
Mars
Paradise Kiss
Pet Shop of Horrors
Midnight Secretary
Nodame Cantabile
Solanin
Princess Jellyfish
The Story of Saiunkoku
Tramps Like Us
Bunny Drop
Karneval
Sand Chronicles
Private Prince
Cat Street
7 Seeds
Wandering Son
Sensual Phrase
Gokusen
Sakamichi No Apollon
Ōoku: The Inner Chambers
Honey and Clover
A Drunken Dream and Other Stories
The Cain Saga
Chihayafuru
Desire Climax
Little New York
My Lovely Honey
Maison Ikkoku
My Girl
Aria
Butterflies, Flowers
Utsubora – The Story of a Novelist
Oishii Kankei
Kaze Hikaru
Bitter Virgin
Tada, Kimi Wo Aishiteru
Doll
For The Rose
Princess Ai
anata ni hana o sasagemashou
Beautiful People
Model
Deep Love: Ayu’s Story
X-Day
Hanshin
Suppli
Flat

50 popular seinen manga

Tokyo Ghoul
Akira
Hellsing
Oyasumi Punpun
Berserk
Naoki Urasawa’s Monster
Trigun Maximum
xxxHolic
20th Century Boys
PLUTO
Uzumaki
Mushishi
Ghost in the Shell
Chobits
Vagabond
Tekkon Kinkreet
Lone Wolf and Cub
Gangsta.
A Bride’s Story
Parasyte
Chi’s Sweet Home
Buddha
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Battle Angel Alita
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Liar Game
Vinland Saga
Blade of the Immortal
Higurashi When They Cry
All You Need Is Kill
Angel Beats!
Planetes
Clannad Manga
Blame!
Wolf’s Rain
Battle Royale
Black Jack
Gantz
Showa: A History of Japan, 1926-1939
Elfen Lied
Domu: A Child’s Dream
Black Lagoon
Ode to Kirihito
Chang Ge Xing
Spice & Wolf
The Voices of a Distant Star
Museum of Terror: Tomie
Ajin: Demi-Human
K-ON!
Corpse Party

Board game rank change report for 2016Q1

On March 31, I compiled the usual stats on board games that have shown large positive movement within BGG‘s top 500 in the past quarter. Standard caveats about recategorization, new editions (etc.) apply.

Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
010 (+292) Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
040 (+105) T.I.M.E Stories
128 (+338) Food Chain Magnate
150 (+285) Mombasa
209 (+186) The Gallerist
283 (+118) Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
294 (+206) Mission: Red Planet (second edition)
318 (+182) Above and Below
330 (+170) A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (Second Edition)
349 (+151) Fury of Dracula (third edition)
380 (+116) Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
396 (+104) Zombicide: Black Plague

Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
100 (+400) Letters from Whitechapel
106 (+394) Battle Line
153 (+347) Mission: Red Planet (second edition)
207 (+263) Trickerion: Legends of Illusion
215 (+272) Grand Austria Hotel
270 (+230) Churchill

Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
002 (+498) War of the Ring (second edition)
044 (+456) SPQR (Deluxe Edition)
093 (+407) Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection
263 (+237) Talon

Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
011 (+489) Mysterium
025 (+475) Mission: Red Planet (second edition)
142 (+358) Raptor
239 (+261) Favor of the Pharaoh
246 (+254) Quadropolis
255 (+245) Karuba
287 (+213) Celestia
295 (+205) Nyet!

Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
004 (+496) Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game – The Force Awakens Core Set
007 (+493) DC Comics Dice Masters: Justice League
016 (+484) Marvel Dice Masters: Age of Ultron
058 (+442) Codex: Card-Time Strategy
065 (+435) CapCom Street Fighter Deck-Building Game
066 (+434) Force of Will
098 (+402) Lords of War: Orcs versus Dwarves

Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
239 (+261) Thunderstone: Starter Set
272 (+228) Malifaux Second Edition
273 (+227) Neanderthal

Board game rank change report for 2015Q4

I’m very late in posting the results, but on January 1 I compiled the usual stats on board games that have shown large positive movement within BGG‘s top 500 in the past quarter. Standard caveats about recategorization, new editions (etc.) apply.

Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
001 (+499) Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
022 (+141) Codenames
033 (+467) 7 Wonders: Duel
065 (+435) Blood Rage
098 (+179) Orléans
145 (+355) T.I.M.E Stories
185 (+315) Mysterium
302 (+198) Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
395 (+105) The Gallerist

Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
001 (+499) Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
017 (+483) 7 Wonders: Duel
035 (+465) Blood Rage
096 (+404) Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
135 (+365) Virgin Queen
138 (+362) Blood Bowl (Third Edition)
166 (+334) The Gallerist
194 (+306) Mombasa
201 (+299) Food Chain Magnate
212 (+288) Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
261 (+239) Tiny Epic Galaxies

Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
260 (+240) The U.S. Civil War
264 (+236) Risk: Star Wars Edition

Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
066 (+434) Between Two Cities
111 (+389) Augustus
148 (+352) Burgle Bros.

Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
003 (+497) A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (Second Edition)
085 (+415) Nature of the Beast: Farm vs. Forest
162 (+221) Schneller als Kurz
175 (+283) Huntik: Secrets and Seekers Trading Card Game

Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
001 (+499) Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
006 (+256) Blood Rage
013 (+487) T.I.M.E Stories
032 (+468) Xia: Legends of a Drift System
034 (+466) Mysterium
064 (+362) Kingdom Death: Monster
092 (+408) Fury of Dracula (third edition)
094 (+406) Above and Below
096 (+404) Ninjato
109 (+391) Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game
111 (+389) Thunderstone Advance: Worlds Collide
118 (+382) The Grizzled
140 (+360) Burgle Bros.
171 (+329) Run, Fight, or Die!
174 (+257) Risk: Star Wars Edition
177 (+323) Runebound (Third Edition)
206 (+294) Zombicide: Black Plague
222 (+278) Thunderbirds
246 (+254) DungeonQuest Revised Edition
256 (+244) Conquest of Paradise
276 (+224) A Study in Emerald (second edition)

The most highly rated genre films of the past five years

It turns out that, although the status of several might be disputed, roughly 1/5 of the non-documentary films on the previous list have elements of fantasy, science fiction, or horror to them.

8.134 Inside Out (2015; imdb)
8.118 Song Of The Sea (2014; imdb)
8.100 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013; imdb)
7.857 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015; imdb)
7.776 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011; imdb)
7.728 Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015; imdb)
7.566 Gravity (2013; imdb)
7.520 Her (2013; imdb)
7.488 The LEGO Movie (2014; imdb)
7.452 The Martian (2015; imdb)
7.452 Marvel's The Avengers (2012; imdb)
7.395 The Dark Knight Rises (2012; imdb)
7.371 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014; imdb)
7.296 What We Do In The Shadows (2014; imdb)
7.280 X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014; imdb)
7.189 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014; imdb)
7.144 Hugo (2011; imdb)
7.110 Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014; imdb)
7.084 Ex Machina (2015; imdb)
7.031 Big Hero 6 (2014; imdb)
7.020 When Marnie Was There (2014; imdb)
6.956 The History Of Future Folk (2012; imdb)
6.942 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014; imdb)
6.900 Source Code (2011; imdb)
6.882 Looper (2012; imdb)
6.840 Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014; imdb)
6.786 Star Trek Into Darkness (2013; imdb)
6.786 X-Men: First Class (2011; imdb)
6.764 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013; imdb)
6.764 Frozen (2013; imdb)
6.708 Wreck-it Ralph (2012; imdb)
6.693 It Follows (2014; imdb)
6.674 The Rabbi's Cat (2011; imdb)
6.664 The Babadook (2014; imdb)
6.660 The Witch (2015; imdb)
6.650 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014; imdb)
6.650 Snowpiercer (2013; imdb)
6.624 The Lobster (2015; imdb)
6.596 Housebound (2014; imdb)
6.461 Holy Motors (2012; imdb)
6.450 The Conjuring (2013; imdb)
6.440 The Cabin in the Woods (2012; imdb)
6.324 Journey To The West (2013; imdb)
6.319 Bone Tomahawk (2015; imdb)
6.248 Coherence (2013; imdb)
6.232 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011; imdb)
6.230 The World's End (2013; imdb)
6.216 Predestination (2014; imdb)
6.132 The Hunger Games (2012; imdb)
6.120 Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (2011; imdb)
6.106 Interstellar (2014; imdb)
6.106 Robot & Frank (2012; imdb)
6.090 ParaNorman (2012; imdb)
6.090 Frankenweenie (2012; imdb)
6.072 White God (2014; imdb)
6.035 Chronicle (2012; imdb)
6.030 Spring (2014; imdb)
6.016 The Survivalist (2015; imdb)
6.004 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (2015; imdb)

The most highly rated films of the past five years

It’s been five years since I first combined IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes scores to build a list of the year’s most highly rated films. I thought generating a cumulative list might be fun too, and it turns out I’ve omitted several well-liked films over the years because IMDb and RT didn’t agree on what year the film was released and/or what it was named. Anyway, below are the top 20% of all films having more than 2000 votes at IMDb and more than 10 pro reviews at Rotten Tomatoes, ranked by the product of their scores on both sites. There are around 300 non-documentaries followed by around 100 documentaries, all scoring 6.0 and above.

Non-documentaries:

8.316 A Separation (2011; imdb)
8.134 Inside Out (2015; imdb)
8.118 Song Of The Sea (2014; imdb)
8.100 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013; imdb)
7.990 Whiplash (2014; imdb)
7.920 Short Term 12 (2013; imdb)
7.872 Spotlight (2015; imdb)
7.857 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015; imdb)
7.840 Boyhood (2014; imdb)
7.802 The Hunt (2012; imdb)
7.802 Room (2015; imdb)
7.800 Aferim! (2015; imdb)
7.776 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011; imdb)
7.776 12 Years a Slave (2013; imdb)
7.760 The Artist (2011; imdb)
7.742 Before Midnight (2013; imdb)
7.728 Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015; imdb)
7.700 GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014; imdb)
7.695 Wild Tales (2014; imdb)
7.623 Leviathan (2014; imdb)
7.584 Son of Saul (2015; imdb)
7.566 Gravity (2013; imdb)
7.546 Oslo, August 31st (2011; imdb)
7.524 Wadjda (2012; imdb)
7.520 Dallas Buyers Club (2013; imdb)
7.520 Her (2013; imdb)
7.505 Nightcrawler (2014; imdb)
7.488 The Lunchbox (2013; imdb)
7.488 The LEGO Movie (2014; imdb)
7.488 Argo (2012; imdb)
7.480 Django Unchained (2012; imdb)
7.452 The Martian (2015; imdb)
7.452 The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014; imdb)
7.452 Marvel's The Avengers (2012; imdb)
7.425 Selma (2014; imdb)
7.400 Nosotros los Nobles (2013; imdb)
7.395 The Dark Knight Rises (2012; imdb)
7.387 Winter Sleep (2014; imdb)
7.371 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014; imdb)
7.360 Durak (2014; imdb)
7.347 Amour (2012; imdb)
7.347 Captain Phillips (2013; imdb)
7.332 Creed (2015; imdb)
7.332 In Bloom (2013; imdb)
7.326 Starred Up (2013; imdb)
7.326 Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015; imdb)
7.315 Weekend (2011; imdb)
7.300 Ilo Ilo (2013; imdb)
7.298 Rush (2013; imdb)
7.296 Mustang (2015; imdb)
7.296 What We Do In The Shadows (2014; imdb)
7.290 The Imitation Game (2014; imdb)
7.280 X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014; imdb)
7.280 The Way He Looks (2014; imdb)
7.275 Brooklyn (2015; imdb)
7.275 Monsieur Lazhar (2011; imdb)
7.254 Moonrise Kingdom (2012; imdb)
7.254 Skyfall (2012; imdb)
7.252 Mud (2012; imdb)
7.238 50/50 (2011; imdb)
7.209 Mommy (2014; imdb)
7.200 Dheepan (2015; imdb)
7.200 Kilo Two Bravo (2014; imdb)
7.200 Wild Bill (2011; imdb)
7.200 The Snows of Kilimanjaro (2011; imdb)
7.189 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014; imdb)
7.178 Two Days, One Night (2014; imdb)
7.178 Tomboy (2011; imdb)
7.176 Pride (2014; imdb)
7.176 Silver Linings Playbook (2012; imdb)
7.176 Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011; imdb)
7.176 Drive (2011; imdb)
7.161 Sicario (2015; imdb)
7.161 Midnight in Paris (2011; imdb)
7.154 Phoenix (2014; imdb)
7.144 Metro Manila (2013; imdb)
7.144 Moneyball (2011; imdb)
7.144 Hugo (2011; imdb)
7.128 Timbuktu (2014; imdb)
7.128 Gone Girl (2014; imdb)
7.128 Le Havre (2011; imdb)
7.125 The Dance of Reality (2013; imdb)
7.110 Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014; imdb)
7.104 Ida (2013; imdb)
7.104 The Rocket (2013; imdb)
7.104 The Kid with a Bike (2011; imdb)
7.098 Beasts of No Nation (2015; imdb)
7.098 Birdman (2014; imdb)
7.098 Nebraska (2013; imdb)
7.084 Ex Machina (2015; imdb)
7.081 Theeb (2014; imdb)
7.081 The Selfish Giant (2013; imdb)
7.056 Paddington (2014; imdb)
7.050 Fruitvale Station (2013; imdb)
7.050 Blancanieves (2012; imdb)
7.040 Straight Outta Compton (2015; imdb)
7.031 Big Hero 6 (2014; imdb)
7.020 When Marnie Was There (2014; imdb)
7.020 Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013; imdb)
7.007 The Great Beauty (2013; imdb)
7.000 Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2013; imdb)
6.992 Bridge of Spies (2015; imdb)
6.992 Philomena (2013; imdb)
6.992 Headhunters (2011; imdb)
6.984 We Are the Best! (2013; imdb)
6.975 Child's Pose (2013; imdb)
6.956 Carol (2015; imdb)
6.956 The History Of Future Folk (2012; imdb)
6.956 I Wish (2011; imdb)
6.952 The Big Short (2015; imdb)
6.942 The Wind Rises (2013; imdb)
6.942 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014; imdb)
6.916 Omar (2013; imdb)
6.916 Delhi Belly (2011; imdb)
6.912 '71 (2014; imdb)
6.912 The Muppets (2011; imdb)
6.900 Anomalisa (2015; imdb)
6.900 Source Code (2011; imdb)
6.887 Tangerine (2015; imdb)
6.887 45 Years (2015; imdb)
6.882 Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011; imdb)
6.882 Still Mine (2012; imdb)
6.882 Inside Llewyn Davis (2013; imdb)
6.882 Frances Ha (2012; imdb)
6.882 No (2012; imdb)
6.882 Zero Dark Thirty (2012; imdb)
6.882 Looper (2012; imdb)
6.880 Life of Pi (2012; imdb)
6.864 The Turin Horse (2011; imdb)
6.862 The Guard (2011; imdb)
6.840 A Hijacking (2012; imdb)
6.840 Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014; imdb)
6.840 Beyond The Hills (2012; imdb)
6.825 Stations of the Cross (2014; imdb)
6.825 The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013; imdb)
6.816 Enough Said (2013; imdb)
6.816 Blue Ruin (2013; imdb)
6.800 Frequencies (2013; imdb)
6.800 The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012; imdb)
6.790 Blind (2014; imdb)
6.789 American Hustle (2013; imdb)
6.786 Like Father, Like Son (2013; imdb)
6.786 Star Trek Into Darkness (2013; imdb)
6.786 X-Men: First Class (2011; imdb)
6.768 Good Vibrations (2012; imdb)
6.768 Win Win (2011; imdb)
6.764 A Royal Affair (2012; imdb)
6.764 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013; imdb)
6.764 Frozen (2013; imdb)
6.762 Mr. Turner (2014; imdb)
6.745 War Witch (2012; imdb)
6.745 Sister (2012; imdb)
6.734 The End Of The Tour (2015; imdb)
6.734 Take Shelter (2011; imdb)
6.724 The Revenant (2015; imdb)
6.724 Warrior (2011; imdb)
6.716 Force Majeure (2014; imdb)
6.708 Wreck-it Ralph (2012; imdb)
6.708 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011; imdb)
6.696 Copenhagen (2014; imdb)
6.696 A Touch of Sin (2013; imdb)
6.696 Barbara (2012; imdb)
6.696 Teddy Bear (2012; imdb)
6.696 The Sessions (2012; imdb)
6.696 Pariah (2011; imdb)
6.696 Sleep Tight (2011; imdb)
6.693 It Follows (2014; imdb)
6.674 Spy (2015; imdb)
6.674 Lore (2012; imdb)
6.674 The Rabbi's Cat (2011; imdb)
6.664 The Babadook (2014; imdb)
6.660 The Witch (2015; imdb)
6.660 Love & Mercy (2014; imdb)
6.660 Lincoln (2012; imdb)
6.650 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014; imdb)
6.650 Snowpiercer (2013; imdb)
6.643 Blue Jasmine (2013; imdb)
6.643 Caesar Must Die (2012; imdb)
6.633 Gloria (2013; imdb)
6.624 The Lobster (2015; imdb)
6.624 99 Homes (2014; imdb)
6.624 Girlhood (2014; imdb)
6.603 The Gift (2015; imdb)
6.603 Diplomacy (2014; imdb)
6.603 The Spectacular Now (2013; imdb)
6.600 Still Alice (2014; imdb)
6.596 Housebound (2014; imdb)
6.586 Calvary (2014; imdb)
6.586 Bears (2014; imdb)
6.586 In the House (2012; imdb)
6.580 Drug War (2012; imdb)
6.570 Winnie the Pooh (2011; imdb)
6.561 Prisoners (2013; imdb)
6.555 The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015; imdb)
6.545 End of Watch (2012; imdb)
6.532 Arthur Christmas (2011; imdb)
6.525 What Maisie Knew (2012; imdb)
6.512 The Good Lie (2014; imdb)
6.497 The Descendants (2011; imdb)
6.486 All Is Lost (2013; imdb)
6.474 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015; imdb)
6.461 Locke (2013; imdb)
6.461 The Sapphires (2012; imdb)
6.461 Holy Motors (2012; imdb)
6.460 The Raid: Redemption (2011; imdb)
6.450 The Conjuring (2013; imdb)
6.450 The Intouchables (2011; imdb)
6.440 Slow West (2015; imdb)
6.440 Frank (2014; imdb)
6.440 The Cabin in the Woods (2012; imdb)
6.438 Tabu (2012; imdb)
6.432 Sleepless Night (2011; imdb)
6.424 Dope (2015; imdb)
6.424 The Tribe (2014; imdb)
6.424 In Darkness (2011; imdb)
6.417 Stranger by the Lake (2013; imdb)
6.408 Venus in Fur (2013; imdb)
6.392 Love Is Strange (2014; imdb)
6.390 Wild (2014; imdb)
6.390 Footnote (2011; imdb)
6.370 Mia Madre (2015; imdb)
6.365 The Wonders (2014; imdb)
6.351 Polisse (2011; imdb)
6.348 The Lady In The Van (2015; imdb)
6.324 Journey To The West (2013; imdb)
6.324 Our Children (2012; imdb)
6.320 The Fault In Our Stars (2014; imdb)
6.320 The Raid 2 (2014; imdb)
6.319 Bone Tomahawk (2015; imdb)
6.319 The Drop (2014; imdb)
6.318 The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012; imdb)
6.314 The Wolf of Wall Street (2013; imdb)
6.308 Laurence Anyways (2012; imdb)
6.308 Tyrannosaur (2011; imdb)
6.300 Safety Not Guaranteed (2012; imdb)
6.300 The Well-Digger's Daughter (2011; imdb)
6.290 Zero Motivation (2014; imdb)
6.290 The Walk (2015; imdb)
6.290 The Way Way Back (2013; imdb)
6.278 Chef (2014; imdb)
6.278 Only Lovers Left Alive (2013; imdb)
6.278 Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012; imdb)
6.264 The Peanuts Movie (2015; imdb)
6.264 Rango (2011; imdb)
6.256 Grandma (2015; imdb)
6.248 Coherence (2013; imdb)
6.248 Hannah Arendt (2012; imdb)
6.248 Margin Call (2011; imdb)
6.237 Victoria (2015; imdb)
6.232 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011; imdb)
6.231 The Duke Of Burgundy (2014; imdb)
6.231 I'll See You in My Dreams (2015; imdb)
6.230 A Most Violent Year (2014; imdb)
6.230 The World's End (2013; imdb)
6.216 Predestination (2014; imdb)
6.216 Jane Eyre (2011; imdb)
6.210 Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011; imdb)
6.205 Steve Jobs (2015; imdb)
6.177 The Attack (2012; imdb)
6.164 In a World... (2013; imdb)
6.160 A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014; imdb)
6.160 The Angels' Share (2012; imdb)
6.160 Foxcatcher (2014; imdb)
6.160 Breathing (2011; imdb)
6.156 The Impossible (2012; imdb)
6.156 The Help (2011; imdb)
6.156 The Skin I Live In (2011; imdb)
6.142 Belle (2013; imdb)
6.132 The Hunger Games (2012; imdb)
6.120 Kon Tiki (2012; imdb)
6.120 John Wick (2014; imdb)
6.120 Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013; imdb)
6.120 Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (2011; imdb)
6.120 Bernie (2011; imdb)
6.120 A Better Life (2011; imdb)
6.120 Bridesmaids (2011; imdb)
6.120 21 Jump Street (2012; imdb)
6.106 Boy Meets Girl (2014; imdb)
6.106 Far From the Madding Crowd (2015; imdb)
6.106 Interstellar (2014; imdb)
6.106 The Patience Stone (2012; imdb)
6.106 Robot & Frank (2012; imdb)
6.090 Mr. Holmes (2015; imdb)
6.090 ParaNorman (2012; imdb)
6.090 Frankenweenie (2012; imdb)
6.083 The Theory of Everything (2014; imdb)
6.075 Ip Man 3 (2015; imdb)
6.075 Red Dog (2011; imdb)
6.072 Queen of Earth (2015; imdb)
6.072 White God (2014; imdb)
6.072 Sunshine on Leith (2013; imdb)
6.059 The Lincoln Lawyer (2011; imdb)
6.052 Clouds of Sils Maria (2014; imdb)
6.052 Obvious Child (2014; imdb)
6.052 Cheap Thrills (2013; imdb)
6.048 Much Ado About Nothing (2012; imdb)
6.035 22 Jump Street (2014; imdb)
6.035 Chronicle (2012; imdb)
6.035 The Ides of March (2011; imdb)
6.035 The Master (2012; imdb)
6.030 Spring (2014; imdb)
6.030 Faults (2014; imdb)
6.030 The Guest (2014; imdb)
6.030 Paradise: Hope (2013; imdb)
6.020 Declaration of War (2011; imdb)
6.016 The Survivalist (2015; imdb)
6.004 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (2015; imdb)
6.003 The Skeleton Twins (2014; imdb)
6.000 The Hateful Eight (2015; imdb)

Documentaries:

8.100 The Square (2013; imdb)
8.051 The Look of Silence (2014; imdb)
7.980 Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015; imdb)
7.980 The Salt of the Earth (2014; imdb)
7.954 Listen To Me Marlon (2015; imdb)
7.938 Jodorowsky's Dune (2013; imdb)
7.938 Citizenfour (2014; imdb)
7.938 Blackfish (2013; imdb)
7.938 Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012; imdb)
7.872 The Act of Killing (2012; imdb)
7.872 The Crash Reel (2013; imdb)
7.800 Sound City (2013; imdb)
7.708 Searching for Sugar Man (2012; imdb)
7.700 Twinsters (2015; imdb)
7.663 Life Itself (2014; imdb)
7.614 Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015; imdb)
7.600 More Than Honey (2012; imdb)
7.600 Marley (2012; imdb)
7.600 5 Broken Cameras (2011; imdb)
7.546 Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012; imdb)
7.533 The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014; imdb)
7.524 How to Survive a Plague (2012; imdb)
7.505 Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012; imdb)
7.505 West of Memphis (2012; imdb)
7.488 Chasing Ice (2012; imdb)
7.488 Undefeated (2011; imdb)
7.469 Red Army (2014; imdb)
7.448 Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015; imdb)
7.448 The Invisible War (2012; imdb)
7.448 Born To Be Wild (2011; imdb)
7.426 The House I Live In (2012; imdb)
7.425 The Interrupters (2011; imdb)
7.410 Amy (2015; imdb)
7.392 Muscle Shoals (2013; imdb)
7.392 The Other Dream Team (2012; imdb)
7.372 An Honest Liar (2014; imdb)
7.372 Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012; imdb)
7.350 This Is Not a Film (2011; imdb)
7.326 The Missing Picture (2013; imdb)
7.326 20 Feet From Stardom (2013; imdb)
7.315 Finding Vivian Maier (2013; imdb)
7.315 Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012; imdb)
7.315 Pina (2011; imdb)
7.315 Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011; imdb)
7.308 The Last Lions (2011; imdb)
7.290 Inequality For All (2013; imdb)
7.252 Project Nim (2011; imdb)
7.220 Last Days in Vietnam (2014; imdb)
7.200 Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015; imdb)
7.189 Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011; imdb)
7.189 The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013; imdb)
7.161 The Central Park Five (2012; imdb)
7.161 Indie Game: The Movie (2012; imdb)
7.144 Best Of Enemies (2015; imdb)
7.144 Stories We Tell (2012; imdb)
7.125 20,000 Days on Earth (2014; imdb)
7.125 The Imposter (2012; imdb)
7.104 Particle Fever (2013; imdb)
7.084 Side by Side (2012; imdb)
7.068 The Gatekeepers (2012; imdb)
7.068 First Position (2011; imdb)
7.050 A Band Called Death (2012; imdb)
7.031 Tim's Vermeer (2013; imdb)
6.970 George Harrison: Living In The Material World (2011; imdb)
6.916 The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2012; imdb)
6.912 Cutie And The Boxer (2013; imdb)
6.862 Monkey Kingdom (2015; imdb)
6.853 Meru (2015; imdb)
6.764 Buck (2011; imdb)
6.716 Into The Abyss (2011; imdb)
6.696 The Hunting Ground (2015; imdb)
6.674 The Queen of Versailles (2012; imdb)
6.643 Mistaken for Strangers (2013; imdb)
6.642 Bridegroom (2013; imdb)
6.586 Cartel Land (2015; imdb)
6.545 Samsara (2011; imdb)
6.532 Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013; imdb)
6.532 Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012; imdb)
6.512 The Punk Singer (2013; imdb)
6.512 Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012; imdb)
6.500 White Elephant (2012; imdb)
6.474 Klitschko (2011; imdb)
6.460 Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013; imdb)
6.460 Knuckle (2011; imdb)
6.438 Bobby Fischer Against The World (2011; imdb)
6.408 Whores' Glory (2011; imdb)
6.399 Racing Extinction (2015; imdb)
6.384 What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015; imdb)
6.375 Dirty Wars (2013; imdb)
6.348 We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013; imdb)
6.336 If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011; imdb)
6.290 Terms And Conditions May Apply (2013; imdb)
6.232 Maidentrip (2013; imdb)
6.216 Bully (2011; imdb)
6.160 Fed Up (2014; imdb)
6.160 Life in a Day (2011; imdb)
6.048 The Armstrong Lie (2013; imdb)
6.035 The Wolfpack (2015; imdb)

The most highly rated films of 2015

As I’ve done in past years, I’ve taken each feature film IMDb counts as last year’s release and multiplied its IMDb score times its Rotten Tomatoes critic percentage, excluding films with fewer than 2000 ratings. Below are the top 50 or so films scoring around a 6.0 or above:

Non-documentary:

8.200 World of Tomorrow (imdb)
8.134 Inside Out (imdb)
7.872 Spotlight (imdb)
7.857 Mad Max: Fury Road (imdb)
7.802 Room (imdb)
7.800 Aferim! (imdb)
7.728 Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (imdb)
7.584 Son of Saul (imdb)
7.452 The Martian (imdb)
7.332 Creed (imdb)
7.326 Shaun the Sheep Movie (imdb)
7.296 Mustang (imdb)
7.275 Brooklyn (imdb)
7.200 Dheepan (imdb)
7.161 Sicario (imdb)
7.098 Beasts of No Nation (imdb)
7.084 Ex Machina (imdb)
7.040 Straight Outta Compton (imdb)
6.992 Bridge of Spies (imdb)
6.956 Carol (imdb)
6.952 The Big Short (imdb)
6.900 Anomalisa (imdb)
6.887 Tangerine (imdb)
6.887 45 Years (imdb)
6.734 The End Of The Tour (imdb)
6.724 The Revenant (imdb)
6.674 Spy (imdb)
6.603 The Gift (imdb)
6.555 The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (imdb)
6.474 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (imdb)
6.440 Slow West (imdb)
6.424 Dope (imdb)
6.348 The Lady In The Van (imdb)
6.319 Bone Tomahawk (imdb)
6.290 The Walk (imdb)
6.264 The Peanuts Movie (imdb)
6.256 Grandma (imdb)
6.237 Victoria (imdb)
6.231 I'll See You in My Dreams (imdb)
6.205 Steve Jobs (imdb)
6.106 Far From the Madding Crowd (imdb)
6.090 Mr. Holmes (imdb)
6.075 Ip Man 3 (imdb)
6.072 Queen of Earth (imdb)
6.016 The Survivalist (imdb)
6.004 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (imdb)
6.000 The Hateful Eight (imdb)
5.920 Ant-Man (imdb)

Documentary:

7.980 Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (imdb)
7.954 Listen To Me Marlon (imdb)
7.700 Twinsters (imdb)
7.614 Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (imdb)
7.410 Amy (imdb)
7.144 Best Of Enemies (imdb)
6.862 Monkey Kingdom (imdb)
6.853 Meru (imdb)
6.696 The Hunting Ground (imdb)
6.586 Cartel Land (imdb)
6.399 Racing Extinction (imdb)
6.384 What Happened, Miss Simone? (imdb)
6.035 The Wolfpack (imdb)

Board game rank change report for Black Friday 2015

As usual, to help with holiday shopping, I’ve run a special report to find out what games advanced the most in BoardGameGeek rankings over (roughly) the past year. This year, the report compares data from 11/27/2015 with that from 11/28/2014. Naturally, some older games continued to advance in that timeframe.


Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
007 (+493) Pandemic Legacy
011 (+489) Star Wars: Imperial Assault
035 (+465) Roll for the Galaxy
038 (+462) Codenames
046 (+414) Castles of Mad King Ludwig
056 (+444) Alchemists
061 (+251) Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
069 (+431) Patchwork
072 (+428) The Voyages of Marco Polo
074 (+138) Imperial Settlers
094 (+406) Fields of Arle
095 (+405) Viticulture
120 (+380) Arcadia Quest
122 (+378) La Granja
126 (+374) Sheriff of Nottingham
137 (+363) 7 Wonders: Duel
168 (+332) Orléans
170 (+330) Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (Deluxe Edition)
196 (+304) Forbidden Stars
208 (+292) Xia: Legends of a Drift System
214 (+286) King of New York
218 (+282) Blood Rage
225 (+275) Pandemic: The Cure
227 (+273) Tajemnicze Domostwo
229 (+271) Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men
233 (+267) Deus
250 (+250) Power Grid deluxe: Europe/North America
255 (+245) Kanban: Automotive Revolution
262 (+238) Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients
269 (+231) AquaSphere
270 (+230) Spyfall
273 (+227) Mysterium
278 (+128) The Duke
289 (+211) Star Wars: Armada
291 (+209) Elysium
298 (+121) Sushi Go!
306 (+194) Colt Express
321 (+179) Evolution
326 (+174) Abyss
331 (+169) Ca$h 'n Guns (second edition)
338 (+162) Paperback
347 (+153) XCOM: The Board Game
352 (+148) Cthulhu Wars
353 (+147) Fire in the Lake
362 (+138) Panamax
369 (+131) One Night Ultimate Werewolf Daybreak
370 (+130) Camel Up
372 (+128) The Battle of Five Armies
373 (+110) Smash Up: Science Fiction Double Feature
380 (+120) Legendary: Villains – Marvel Deck Building Game
381 (+119) Specter Ops
392 (+108) Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death

Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
002 (+498) Pandemic Legacy
022 (+478) Roll for the Galaxy
034 (+466) Fields of Arle
036 (+464) The Voyages of Marco Polo
037 (+348) Alchemists
056 (+262) La Granja
057 (+213) Viticulture
058 (+442) 7 Wonders: Duel
079 (+421) Orléans
092 (+408) Forbidden Stars
099 (+401) Blood Rage
105 (+395) Power Grid deluxe: Europe/North America
108 (+392) Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (Deluxe Edition)
123 (+377) Kanban: Automotive Revolution
135 (+266) Deus
140 (+360) Blood Bowl (Third Edition)
151 (+253) AquaSphere
163 (+337) Elysium
175 (+325) Cthulhu Wars
196 (+304) Paperback
198 (+302) Evolution
216 (+284) Specter Ops
219 (+281) San Juan (second edition)
225 (+275) ZhanGuo
226 (+269) Tragedy Looper
239 (+212) Hyperborea
241 (+259) Level 7 [Omega Protocol]
244 (+245) Lords of Xidit
251 (+249) Argent: The Consortium
253 (+247) Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
258 (+242) Saint Petersburg (second edition)
259 (+241) Brew Crafters
270 (+230) Wir sind das Volk!
275 (+225) Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
276 (+224) Summoner Wars: Alliances Master Set
277 (+223) The Gallerist
293 (+207) Baseball Highlights: 2045
294 (+206) Tiny Epic Galaxies
299 (+201) Eight-Minute Empire: Legends

Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
024 (+476) Star Wars: Armada
044 (+456) Churchill
075 (+425) Triumph & Tragedy
091 (+340) Quartermaster General
096 (+404) Nexus Ops
116 (+338) Warfighter: The Tactical Special Forces Card Game
179 (+321) Warhammer: Diskwars
188 (+312) D-Day at Tarawa
216 (+284) Enemy Action: Ardennes
220 (+280) Warmachine
236 (+264) Dungeon Command: Tyranny of Goblins
246 (+254) W1815
254 (+246) Wings of Glory: WW1 Rules and Accessories Pack
286 (+214) Wing Leader: Victories 1940-1942

Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
003 (+368) Patchwork
024 (+476) Pandemic: The Cure
055 (+445) Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
060 (+440) Smash Up: Monster Smash
071 (+429) Love Letter: Batman
072 (+428) Red7
075 (+425) Steampunk Rally
078 (+422) Eight-Minute Empire: Legends
089 (+411) Between Two Cities
096 (+404) Diamonds
098 (+402) Tales & Games: The Hare & the Tortoise
101 (+201) La Isla
102 (+398) Cacao
107 (+393) Flick 'em Up!
109 (+391) Broom Service
115 (+385) Nations: The Dice Game
119 (+381) Star Trek: Catan
122 (+378) Arboretum
138 (+362) Medieval Academy
141 (+359) Loony Quest
149 (+267) Rhino Hero
154 (+346) Timeline: Diversity
156 (+344) Lanterns: The Harvest Festival
164 (+336) DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Heroes Unite
166 (+334) Welcome to the Dungeon
177 (+323) Samurai Spirit
192 (+308) OddVille
193 (+307) Lost Legacy: The Starship
205 (+295) New York 1901
206 (+294) Pantheon
219 (+281) VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game
236 (+264) Le Fantôme de l'Opéra
246 (+254) Dead Man's Draw
259 (+241) Mangrovia
265 (+235) Harbour
287 (+213) Deep Sea Adventure
295 (+205) Artifacts, Inc.

Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
002 (+498) Summoner Wars: Alliances Master Set
003 (+497) A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (Second Edition)
007 (+493) Legendary: Villains – Marvel Deck Building Game
008 (+492) Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
014 (+486) Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters: Battle for Faerûn
025 (+475) Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous – Base Set
039 (+461) DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Forever Evil
042 (+458) Vs. System 2PCG
043 (+457) Epic
045 (+455) Blue Moon
056 (+444) Star Trek Deck Building Game: The Next Generation – The Next Phase
081 (+419) Nature of the Beast: Farm vs. Forest
085 (+415) Warmachine: High Command
114 (+386) Adventure Time Card Wars: Finn vs. Jake
115 (+385) Ortus Regni
118 (+382) Krynea Battlefield
121 (+379) Battle Scenes
133 (+367) ApocalypZe Card Game
156 (+344) Guerra De Mitos II
163 (+204) Schneller als Kurz
182 (+318) Shadowrun Duels

Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
001 (+499) Pandemic Legacy
003 (+310) Star Wars: Imperial Assault
016 (+484) Blood Rage
027 (+473) Star Wars: Armada
030 (+470) Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death
034 (+405) Cthulhu Wars
036 (+464) T.I.M.E Stories
043 (+457) Mysterium
049 (+451) Legendary: Villains – Marvel Deck Building Game
069 (+431) Specter Ops
071 (+429) XCOM: The Board Game
085 (+415) Baseball Highlights: 2045
101 (+399) Thunderstone Advance: Worlds Collide
105 (+395) Zombicide Season 3: Rue Morgue
106 (+394) Legendary Encounters: A Predator Deck Building Game
111 (+389) Kingdom Death: Monster
113 (+387) Thunderstone Advance: Numenera
114 (+386) Race! Formula 90
116 (+384) Flick 'em Up!
120 (+380) Witness
131 (+369) Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem
140 (+360) Above and Below
148 (+352) The Grizzled
160 (+340) TurfMaster
161 (+339) XenoShyft: Onslaught
164 (+336) Fallen
189 (+311) Fury of Dracula (third edition)
191 (+309) Dungeons & Dragons: Temple of Elemental Evil Board Game
204 (+296) Kingsport Festival
223 (+277) Onward to Venus
224 (+276) Dead Men Tell No Tales
226 (+274) Mistfall
228 (+272) Magic: The Gathering – Arena of the Planeswalkers
232 (+268) Ancient Terrible Things
236 (+264) Rum & Bones
237 (+263) The Bloody Inn
247 (+253) Hostage Negotiator
248 (+252) DungeonQuest Revised Edition
254 (+246) Thunderbirds
257 (+243) Risk: Star Wars Edition
259 (+241) Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King
260 (+234) Chaosmos
264 (+236) DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Forever Evil
277 (+223) Space Cadets: Away Missions
287 (+213) Article 27: The UN Security Council Game
288 (+212) Star Trek Deck Building Game: The Next Generation – The Next Phase