Poll Results: Best Tom Hanks Film

forrest-gump

THE RESULTS:
– Forrest Gump: 11 votes
– Saving Private Ryan: 8 votes
– Toy Story: 6 votes
– Big: 4 votes
– A League of Their Own: 3 votes
– Cast Away: 3 votes
– Road to Perdition: 2 votes
– Apollo 13: 1 vote
– Captain Phillips: 1 vote
– Philadelphia: 1 vote
– Splash: 1 vote
– Toy Story 2: 1 vote
– Toy Story 3: 1 vote

Very interesting results! I haven’t seen Forrest Gump in years, but I am a little surprised to see it win since it seems to have a bit of a bad rep these days. It has probably been, oh, 15 years or so since I last saw it, so I’m more than due for a rewatch. Nice to see so many other films receive votes as well, including all entries in the Toy Story trilogy.

This Week’s Poll: This is our biggest poll yet, one that encompasses over 30 years of entertainment. For the first time ever, I am asking you to PICK FOUR: Who is your favorite SNL alumni? I tried my best to include most of the major names from the show’s eclectic cast, but if I happened to miss one or two big names, please let me know. A full list can be found at Wikipedia.

So, who are YOUR favorites?

Poll Result: Best Horror Film of the 2010s

The Cabin in the Woods

THE RESULTS:
– The Cabin in the Woods: 10 votes
– The Conjuring: 7 votes
– Warm Bodies: 2 votes
– The Awakening: 1 vote
– The Bay: 1 vote
– Berberian Sound Studio: 1 vote
– Byzantium: 1 vote
– Evil Dead: 1 vote
– Insidious: 1 vote
– I Saw the Devil: 1 vote
– John Dies at the End: 1 vote
– Paranormal Activity 2: 1 vote
– Red State: 1 vote

In a bit of a surprise, this was basically a two-horse race from beginning to end. A lot of films received votes, but in the end this was The Cabin in the Woods‘ poll to lose. Nice to see The Conjuring, one of this year’s biggest surprises, finish strong as well.

This Week’s Poll: Until this past weekend’s takeover by Bad Grandpa, the box office had been dominated lately by two films: Gravity and Captain Phillips. We already had a Gravity-related poll this month, so let’s take a look at the latter. What are the TWO best Tom Hanks films? The man has had an amazing career, so this one should be interesting.

Have a great week, folks!

Poll Results: Favorite Horror Movie Genre

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the-shining

THE RESULTS:
– Psychological: 15 votes
– Comedy Horror: 8 votes
– Zombie: 3 votes
– Ghost: 2 votes
– Slasher: 2 votes
– Monster: 1 vote
– Possession/Religious: 1 vote
– Vampire: 1 vote

Wow! Was not expecting this one to be such a landslide. Can’t say I disagree with psychological horror finishing #1 though, especially when you consider films like The Shining and Rosemary’s Baby as the prime examples of the genre. I’m surprised some of the other selections received minimal votes (only one for possession?).

This Week’s Poll: Continuing this month’s celebration of all things horror, let’s take a look at some of the best recent films of the genre. This week’s question is a pick two: what is the best horror film from the 2010s (2010-present)? The genre has been getting a resurgence of sorts, so this could provide some interesting, diverse results.

Poll Results: Favorite Alfonso Cuarón Film

Children of Men

THE RESULTS:
– Children of Men: 10 votes
– Gravity: 3 votes
– Y Tu Mamá También: 3 votes
– Great Expectations: 2 votes
– Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: 2 votes

This one was never in doubt. Children of Men is considered to be a modern classic by many, and it held the lead the entire time. I might have to ask the same question in the future — perhaps Gravity can make its way up to #1?

This Week’s Poll: Let’s go the horror route this week. Last year during October I asked several horror-themed polls, but there was one I neglected: what is your favorite type of horror film? I realize this is a pretty broad question, and many films can fit into multiple genres, but think about what you tend to gravitate toward in general. Are you a fan of the long-running slasher series like Halloween and Friday the 13th? Do you prefer more psychological films like The Shining or Rosemary’s Baby? Feel free to add in a different subgenre that I might have missed as well.

Poll Results: Favorite Ron Howard Film

Apollo 13

THE RESULTS:
– Apollo 13: 6 votes
– A Beautiful Mind: 5 votes
– Cinderella Man: 4 votes
– Far and Away: 3 votes
– Frost/Nixon: 3 votes
– Night Shift: 2 votes
– Parenthood: 2 votes
– Willow: 2 votes
– Angels & Demons: 1 vote
– Backdraft: 1 vote
– The Da Vinci Code: 1 vote
– Edtv: 1 vote
– Gung Ho: 1 vote
– How the Grinch Stole Christmas: 1 vote
– Rush: 1 vote

Confession time: I have never seen Apollo 13. Judging by the results of this poll, that’s something I need to fix ASAP. Possible entry in next year’s 50 movies project…? Other than that, nice to see so many films get votes, including Howard’s latest, Rush.

This Week’s Poll: Over the weekend, one of the most anticipated films of the year, Gravity, opened with an October record-breaking $55.8 million. Truly amazing numbers, and better yet, it’s getting overwhelmingly positive reviews (98% on Rotten Tomatoes, 8.8 on IMDB). With such a strong opening, it only seems appropriate to take a look at the man behind the film: Alfonso Cuarón. What is your favorite Alfonso Cuarón film? For a director with just seven full-length films to his name, he sure has an impressive (and diverse) resume. Can’t wait to see the results on this one.

Have a great week, folks!

Poll Results: Favorite Road Trip Movie

The Warning Sign is back! After a much-needed vacation followed by an insane work week, things should be back to normal over here starting today. First, here is the winner of last week’s poll:

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

THE RESULTS:
– Planes, Trains & Automobiles: 5 votes
– Thelma & Louise: 3 votes
– Badlands: 2 votes
– Little Miss Sunshine: 2 votes
– The Muppet Movie: 2 votes
– Y Tu Mamá También: 2 votes
– Borat: 1 vote
– Easy Rider: 1 vote
– It Happened One Night: 1 vote
– The Motorcycle Diaries: 1 vote
– Rain Man: 1 vote
– Sideways: 1 vote
– Two-Lane Blacktop: 1 vote
– Vanishing Point: 1 vote
– Wild Strawberries: 1 vote

As expected, a lot of different films received votes in this poll, but the 1987 John Hughes fan favorite, Plains, Trains & Automobiles, got a well-earned victory here. I didn’t get to see that film until last year, but yeah, it’s a fun movie, and I can see why so many people still love it today. Nice voting, folks, and it’s nice that so many great road trip films were represented here.

This Week’s Poll: The latest Ron Howard film, Rush, has been out for a week now, and it has been getting a lot of positive buzz. In honor of this recent release, let’s take a look back at Howard’s extensive filmography. What are your two favorite Ron Howard directed films?

Have a great week everyone! It’s good to be back.

Poll Results: Favorite Grand Theft Auto Game

GTA Vice City

THE RESULTS:
– Vice City: 5 votes
– GTA III: 3 votes
– San Andreas: 3 votes
– GTA 1: 2 votes
– GTA IV: 1 vote
– Chinatown Wars: 1 vote

Once again, Tommy Vercetti is on top of the world. Vice City would get my vote as well — even though most GTA games are quite good, nothing beats the 80s Scarface-esque rise-to-fame. Hell, I still own the box set for the game’s soundtrack. Interesting to see the 2D top-down PS1 original snag a couple votes, twice as many as the massively popular GTA IV.

This Week’s Poll: This past weekend saw the release of not one, but TWO new films related to drinking: The World’s End and Drinking Buddies. While both of these take the comedic route, I opted for a more serious question this week. Pick Two: What is the best movie about alcoholism? I drew up a preliminary list of classics and modern takes alike, but please let me know if I am missing any important candidates.

Have a great week, folks!

Poll Results: Favorite Matt Damon Film

Good Will Hunting

THE RESULTS:
– Good Will Hunting: 7 votes
– The Bourne Identity: 5 votes
– The Departed: 5 votes
– Rounders: 4 votes
– Saving Private Ryan: 3 votes
– The Talented Mr. Ripley: 3 votes
– The Bourne Supremacy: 2 votes
– True Grit: 2 votes
– Dogma: 1 vote
– The Bourne Ultimatum: 1 vote

This was a close one, but Good Will Hunting ended up winning after holding the lead for most of the week. Interesting to note that the Bourne trilogy would have finished first if combined as one result. I’m happy that Rounders had a strong showing — for my money, that’s still the best poker movie of all time.

This Week’s Poll: There is just under a month left until the brand new Grand Theft Auto V is released onto the gaming world. The news on Rockstar’s latest game keeps trickling in, and all signs point to this being one of the year’s best games. As such, I thought it would be fun to look back at the GTA series in its entirety. What is your favorite Grand Theft Auto game? Do you prefer the Scarface-inspired 80s hit, Vice City? How about 90s LA in San Andreas? Or is the increased realism of GTA IV more your style?

Have a great week, folks!

Poll Results: Favorite Denzel Washington Film

Malcolm X

THE RESULTS:
– Malcolm X: 6 votes
– American Gangster: 5 votes
– Glory: 5 votes
– Training Day: 4 votes
– Inside Man: 3 votes
– Philadelphia: 3 votes
– Flight: 2 votes
– Remember the Titans: 2 votes
– Deja Vu: 1 vote
– The Great Debaters: 1 vote
– The Hurricane: 1 vote
– John Q: 1 vote

The write-ins:
– Devil In a Blue Dress: 1 vote
– Man On Fire: 1 vote
– “twilight”: 1 vote (what?)

I may have unknowingly altered the results here. I forgot to list Training Day, which earned Denzel his only Best Actor award, until the end of last week. I have a feeling that might have snagged a few more votes if it were more prominently displayed in the results. At the same time, most recognize Malcolm X as his finest performance, so that probably still would have won anyway. Either way, it’s great to see so many films get votes.

This Week’s Poll: The Matt Damon-starring Elysium topped the box office over the weekend despite surprisingly mixed reviews. With Damon once again in the spotlight, it only seems appropriate to ask this: what are your TWO favorite Matt Damon movies? This one should provide some interesting results.

Have a great week, folks!

Poll Results: Favorite “Box Office Bust” Guilty Pleasure

John Carter

THE RESULTS:
– 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

The write-ins:
– 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!