- John Carter: 4 votes
- Death to Smoochy: 3 votes
- Heaven’s Gate: 3 votes
- Howard the Duck: 3 votes
- Speed Racer: 3 votes
- Battlefield Earth: 2 votes
- Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within: 2 votes
- Sahara: 2 votes
- The Adventures of Pluto Nash: 1 vote
- Hudson Hawk: 1 vote
- The Green Lantern: 1 vote
- Ishtar: 1 vote
- The Postman: 1 vote
- 3000 Miles to Graceland: 1 vote
- Blade Runner: 1 vote
So much variety! For a while, it was looking like we might have a 4-or-5 way tie for first place. Disney’s 2012 bomb, John Carter, seems to have its fair share of fans, and it has received a better reception — 6.6 on IMDB, 51% Rotten Tomatoes — than many of the other films on this list. Suppose I might give it a shot after all.
This Week’s Poll: Over the weekend I had a bit of a movie mini-marathon, and one of the biggest highlights was the 1940 classic, His Girl Friday (for my project, so expect a post soon). The rapid-fire dialogue had me hooked right away, and it was so much fun watching Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell play off each other. Grant has long been one of my favorite “classic” actors, so it’s surprising that it took me this long to finally watch it. This week’s poll is related to Mr. Grant, specifically: what are your TWO favorite Cary Grant films?
Have a great week!
- The Social Network: 10 votes
- Animal House: 6 votes
- Good Will Hunting: 5 votes
- Old School: 3 votes
- Revenge of the Nerds: 3 votes
- Back to School: 2 votes
- Accepted: 1 vote
- The Paper Chase: 1 vote
- PCU: 1 vote
- Road Trip: 1 vote
- Rudy: 1 vote
- Spring Breakers: 1 vote
While many will cry foul at Animal House finishing second, at least it lost to a very admirable opponent. For my money, David Fincher’s The Social Network was the best film from 2010, and it appears to still have quite a few fans. Perhaps if I had specifically asked for best college comedy, the results would have been different.
This Week’s Poll: Raise your hand if you were surprised to see The Lone Ranger flop at the box office this weekend. No one? Yeah, me either. The Lone Ranger finished second with just over $29 million, barely eking past last week’s hit, The Heat. While its box office performance could have been even worse, it’s still a huge disappointment for a film that cost nearly $250 million to make. For this week’s poll, let’s take a look at films that have been even bigger busts: what is your favorite “box office bomb” guilty pleasure? Do you believe Heaven’s Gate or Ishtar are misunderstood classics? Are you a closet Gigli fan? Let’s hear your thoughts!
For a helpful list of other box office bombs, check out this list on Wikipedia.
…and the winner is:
- Shaun of the Dead: 11 votes
- Dawn of the Dead : 9 votes
- Night of the Living Dead: 9 votes
- Zombieland: 7 votes
- 28 Days Later: 4 votes
- Braindead (Dead Alive): 3 votes
- Return of the Living Dead: 2 votes
This was a close race all the way, but Edgar Wright’s hilarious 2004 comedy gets the hard-fought victory. Two bona fide George Romero classics finished second and third, and the relatively recent Zombieland put in a good showing as well. Might have to fire up Shaun of the Dead this week.. it has been too long!
This Week’s Poll: Monster’s University was tops at the box office once again this weekend. While I have yet to see the film, I do have a weakness for college movies in general. This week’s question is, what is your favorite college movie? Do you still think nothing can top Animal House? Are you a Will Ferrell junkie that swears by Old School? Or is there something else that you enjoy more?
I was invited to take part in a community panel over at The Vortex Effect, and I was more than happy to accept. In this discussion, we debated whether Man of Steel will make more money at the box office than Iron Man 3 (I don’t see it happening), whether the Wii U will bounce back in 2014 (doubtful) and tackled a few other gaming and movie-related questions. You can read the full feature by clicking this nifty banner:
The rest of the panel features a number of terrific bloggers: Gary and Eric W. from The Vortex Effect, Crystal from PhoenixDown and Ashley from Robo♥Beat.
Let’s hear YOUR thoughts — how would you answer these questions?
No doubt about this one:
- Michael: 16 votes
- Dwight: 8 votes
- Jim: 4 votes
- Creed: 3 votes
- Pam: 2 votes
- Kevin: 1 vote
- Ryan: 1 vote
- Stanley: 1 vote
No surprises here. Michael Scott was one of the biggest reasons the show was such a success, and his departure coincided with a huge drop in quality. It’s nice to see Dwight finish second — fitting, considering he had perhaps the best sendoff in the show’s finale.
This Week’s Poll: In honor of Memorial Day, I wanted to ask a military-themed question. Rather than go too broad and ask about war films in general, let’s discuss those that focus on the Vietnam War. I’m sure we all have friends and/or family who have been affected by this war, and there have been many excellent films based on it. My question for you this week is, what is the best film based on the Vietnam War? It seems a given that this will come down to Apocalypse Now and Platoon, but what about other excellent films like The Deer Hunter or Full Metal Jacket? How about seemingly underrated titles such as Hamburger Hill or Tigerland? Let’s hear your thoughts!
With so many blockbusters this summer, it’s no surprise that this was a close race:
- The Great Gatsby: 7 votes
- The World’s End: 6 votes
- Man of Steel: 5 votes
- Pacific Rim: 4 votes
- Star Trek Into Darkness: 3 votes
- Kick-Ass 2: 2 votes
- The Wolverine: 2 votes
- Fast & Furious 6: 1 vote
- Only God Forgives: 2 votes (great choice)
- Before Midnight: 1 vote (my most anticipated film as well, but I would be hard-pressed to call this a “blockbuster”)
So, for those who were looking forward to The Great Gatsby, did the movie live up to your expectations? The reviews are all over the place… what did you think of it? Feel free to link to your review if you have one.
This Week’s Poll: Since the hockey and basketball seasons are winding down (GO WINGS!), the focus of the sporting world is about to shift almost entirely to baseball. This is a sport that has been covered quite a bit in film, and there are several titles that are enjoyable even to non-fans. This week’s poll is a pick two: What is your favorite baseball movie? Do you prefer modern picks such as 42 or Moneyball? Do you get nostalgic about The Sandlot? Do you still fire up Bull Durham for every Opening Day? Let’s hear your thoughts!
Have a great week, folks!
The winner for Favorite Movie Decade is:
(image credit: sporcle.com)
- 1980s: 6 votes
- 1990s: 5 votes
- 1970s: 4 votes
- 1940s: 2 votes
- 1960s: 2 votes
- 2000s: 2 votes
- 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1950s: 0 votes
It seems the “children of the 80s” have spoken! Is it proper to call this an upset? I certainly didn’t see it coming. I’m most surprised, however, that the 1950s didn’t get a single vote! No love for the decade that spawned The Seventh Seal, Touch of Evil or Vertigo? Anyway, I can’t complain too much about the winner — now excuse me while I watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to celebrate.
This Week’s Poll: Alright, folks, it’s starting to get warm outside, and the summer blockbusters are already rolling in. My question for you this week is: what upcoming summer blockbusters are you most looking forward to? This is a pick two, so make sure you take advantage of this. What’s caught your eye this year?
Have a great week!
If ever there were a poll to warrant a tie, it’s this one:
- 32 & 64-Bit: 4 votes
- Current Generation: 4 votes
- 8-Bit: 3 votes
- 16-Bit: 3 votes
- 128-Bit: 2 votes
- Early Arcade: 1 vote
- First Generation: 0 votes
- Second Generation: 0 votes
Honestly, I wouldn’t have been surprised if we had a four-way tie for this one. There are so many great games from *every* era, and it really is hard to pick just one favorite. It’s interesting that the current console generation ended up in a tie for first — hopefully the next batch of systems is even better.
This Week’s Poll: Last week, John from the excellent movie blog, The Droid You’re Looking For, shared a post in which he ranked the movie decades from best-to-worst. This question seemed like an excellent followup to last week’s poll about video game eras. So, movie lovers, what is your favorite movie decade? Do you agree with John in saying that the 70s are best? Are you more of a silent era fan? How about the great film noirs from the 40s and 50s? Let’s hear your thoughts!
Have a great week, folks!
In a career full of iconic films, Harrison Ford’s best is quite clear for most:
- Raiders of the Lost Ark: 21 votes
- Blade Runner: 16 votes
- The Empire Strikes Back: 8 votes
- Star Wars: 5 votes
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: 3 votes
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: 3 votes
- The Fugitive: 3 votes
- Air Force One: 1 vote
- The Mosquito Coast: 1 vote
- Patriot Games: 1 vote
- Presumed Innocent: 1 vote
- Witness: 1 vote
While Raiders of the Lost Ark is clearly a juggernaut that can’t be stopped, that was a hell of a job by the Blade Runner fans to make this a close contest. I’m honestly surprised that the Star Wars films didn’t get more votes — Raiders of the Lost Ark received nearly twice as many votes as the Star Wars trilogy combined!
This Week’s Poll: Changing gears this week. Tom Cruise’s sci-fi film, Oblivion, won out at the box office over the weekend, and we have already covered his career before. Let’s discuss video games instead — what is your favorite era for gaming? Are you an old-school NES fan who wishes for the early days of Mario, Contra and Castlevania? Do you prefer the SNES/Genesis era and their impressive selection of RPGs? Or perhaps you are enjoying the latest generations? Let’s hear your thoughts.
Have a great week, folks!
This one was a nail-biter, but we have a winner:
- 2001: A Space Odyssey: 6 votes
- Apocalypse Now: 5 votes
- Citizen Kane: 5 votes
- Vertigo: 3 votes
- The Tree of Life: 2 votes
- The General: 1 vote
- La Dolce Vita: 1 vote
- Raging Bull: 1 vote
- Aguirre, Wrath of God: 0 votes
- Tokyo Story: 0 votes
Consider me biased, but I am *very* pleased with these results. 2001: A Space Odyssey may very well be my favorite film of all time, so it’s great to see it end up on top against some amazing competition. A little surprised that Ebert’s #1 film, Aguirre, Wrath of God, didn’t get a single vote though.
This Week’s Poll: This weekend saw the new Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, finish first at the box office. Harrison Ford is one of the stars of this film, and it got me thinking about his long and prolific career. This week’s poll is a pick two: what is Harrison Ford’s best film? Will this come down to Star Wars vs. Indiana Jones? If so, which ones? Perhaps Blade Runner or The Fugitive can push their way to the top? Let us know what you think!
Also, today is my birthday! While I will be busy working through the night, I plan on taking the day off tomorrow to celebrate. My plan? Spend the day at the movies! I will be seeing at least three films tomorrow, with the tentative lineup being Spring Breakers, Trance and The Place Beyond the Pines. If I’m up for it, I might squeeze in either Evil Dead or 42 later. Should be a fun and rewarding day after the madness that has been the last week!
Have a great week, folks!