A recent film stands tall as the winner:
- Moneyball: 8 votes
- The Sandlot: 6 votes
- Bad News Bears [original]: 5 votes
- Bull Durham: 3 votes
- Field of Dreams: 3 votes
- A League of Their Own: 3 votes
- Major League: 2 votes
- 61*: 1 vote
- Eight Men Out: 1 vote
- Fever Pitch: 1 vote
- Rookie of the Year: 1 vote
- It Happens Every Spring: 1 vote
- Major League II: 1 vote
Some really interesting votes this time around. I expected a better turnout for Bull Durham and Field of Dreams, but it seems that *everyone* loves Moneyball. No complaints here, as any film based on sabermetrics that manages to also appeal to the non-baseball fan crowd is worthy in my book.
This Week’s Poll: As many of you know, last week brought us the series finale for the U.S. version of The Office. While the show suffered in its last couple years, it still had a hell of a run, and it was sad to see it go. In honor of one of the best TV sitcoms of the 2000s, I want to know who your favorite characters of The Office are. Since there are just so many characters, I’m making this a pick two.
The Warning Sign Update: Things have been slow around these parts, as the hustle and bustle of summer has given me little time to devote to blogging. Between going out of state and having friends and family visit here, my free time has been minimal. However, this week is looking better, and I hope to begin sharing regular content from this point on. Thanks to all who still visited during the lull — I greatly appreciate every single one of you!
Have a great week!
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!
We had our best turnout yet in last week’s poll! It was a close one, but the odds-on favorite eventually prevailed:
- The Simpsons: 11 votes
- Looney Tunes: 10 votes
- Batman: The Animated Series: 7 votes
- South Park: 6 votes
- Animaniacs: 4 votes
- Rugrats: 3 votes
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: 2 votes
- Beavis and Butt-head: 2 votes
- The Flintstones: 2 votes
- Futurama: 2 votes
- The Ren & Stimpy Show: 2 votes
- The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show: 2 votes
- Scooby-Doo: 2 votes
- SpongeBob SquarePants: 2 votes
- X-Men: 2 votes
- Archer: 1 vote
- Cowboy Bebop: 1 vote
- Darkwing Duck: 1 vote
- DuckTales: 1 vote
- Family Guy: 1 vote
- Hey Arnold!: 1 vote
- Popeye: 1 vote
- Robotech: 1 vote
- Tom & Jerry: 1 vote
It’s great to see so many shows represented in these results. Ultimately, I think we all knew it would come down to The Simpsons and Looney Tunes, so it’s only fitting that the winner was decided by one vote. Also, an interesting bit of trivia: every single show that I listed in the poll received at least one vote, except for poor G.I. Joe. Wonder if the much-maligned new film has anything to do with that?
This Week’s Poll: As the world continues to mourn the death of the brilliant Roger Ebert, many have taken a look at his past Sight & Sound ballots to see what he considered the greatest films of all time. His most recent list from 2012 shows a very diverse group of films, with picks from the silent era all the way to modern years. My question for you this week: what is your favorite film from Roger Ebert’s most recent list?
Let’s hear your thoughts. What’s your favorite in the new poll? Are you happy that The Simpsons won last week?
It was close, but the victor is a recent Oscar winner:
- Daniel Day-Lewis [Lincoln]: 8 votes
- Peter Sellers [Dr. Strangelove]: 7 votes
- Frank Langella [Frost/Nixon]: 5 votes
- Harrison Ford [Air Force One]: 4 votes
- Bill Pullman [Independence Day]: 4 votes
- Morgan Freeman [Deep Impact]: 3 votes
- Michael Douglas [The American President]: 2 votes
- Kevin Kline [Dave]: 2 votes
- Terry Alan Crews [Idiocracy]: 1 vote (an inspired pick!)
- Jeff Bridges [The Contender]: 1 vote (probably should have included him in the main list)
- Philip Baker Hall [Secret Honor]: 1 vote (wasn’t aware of this film, sounds like one I should see)
- That dude in Lincoln the vampire slayer?!: 1 vote (hah, well played!)
No major surprise that Daniel Day-Lewis won yet another prestigious award here, though I have to admit I was pulling for Peter Sellers to at least manage a tie. Love the write-in votes this week, especially Terry Crews. Nice work everyone!
This Week’s Poll: Over the weekend, Netflix added a huge collection of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim shows to their Instant Watch service, and this inspired me to stay up way too late on Sunday evening watching cartoons (after catching the season premiere of Game of Thrones, of course). This got me thinking about animated TV shows in general, and naturally a poll came out of this. My question for you is: what is the best cartoon series of all time? So we don’t necessarily get a landslide victory, I am allowing for three votes. What do you think? Is The Simpsons a lock here? Or can there be a March Madness-style upset in the making?
And the winner for best Hitchcock film is:
- Psycho: 13 votes
- Rear Window: 10 votes
- Vertigo: 9 votes
- The Birds: 6 votes
- North by Northwest: 5 votes
- Notorious: 3 votes
- Rope: 3 votes
- Dial M for Murder: 1 vote
- Frenzy: 1 vote
- Rebecca: 1 vote
- Strangers on a Train: 1 vote
No surprise to see Psycho at #1, but how about the “greatest film of all time”, Vertigo, finishing third? Found that to be a bit interesting. Other than that, nice to see a good variety in votes, with two of my personal favorites, Notorious and Rope, getting mentioned.
This Week’s Poll: This weekend saw the release of Olympus Has Fallen, an action movie in which the US President is kidnapped by terrorists. While I have yet to see this film, it got me thinking about past movie portrayals of the President. There are countless performances that fit the bill, both based on real Presidents and fictional ones. Which performance do you consider the best in film? This is a pick two, so feel free to vote for two options if you want.
Have a great week everyone!
This one came down to the last day, but we ended up with another tie:
- Army of Darkness: 8 votes
- Spider-Man 2: 8 votes
- The Evil Dead: 7 votes
- Evil Dead II: 6 votes
- Spider-Man: 5 votes
- A Simple Plan: 2 votes
- Drag Me to Hell: 2 votes
- Oz the Great and Powerful: 2 votes
- The Quick and the Dead: 1 vote
- Crimewave: 0 votes
- Darkman: 0 votes
- For Love of the Game: 0 votes
- Spider-Man 3: 0 votes
- The Gift: 0 votes
I must say I am a little surprised to see Army of Darkness at the top. I know it has a large cult following, but I didn’t fall in love with it like I did Evil Dead 1&2. Also interesting to note that Oz the Great and Powerful is already receiving votes — guess I should check that one out, eh?
This Week’s Poll: Now here’s a question I am surprised I didn’t ask before. It’s another pick two: What is Alfred Hitchcock’s best film? I could have easily went with a pick three or four here due to the size of the man’s filmography, but we’ll stick to the usual. What will you be voting for? The newly-christened “greatest film of all time”, Vertigo? The timeless horror classic, Psycho? How about often-overlooked classics like Notorious or Rope? Let’s hear your thoughts!
Have a great week everyone!