There was never any doubt this time. The poll winner for Oliver Stone’s best film is:
– Platoon: 12 votes
– JFK: 6 votes
– Natural Born Killers: 6 votes
– Born on the Fourth of July: 1 vote
– The Doors: 1 vote
– U Turn: 1 vote
– W.: 1 vote
– Wall Street: 1 vote
It seems like I should have allowed two votes here since the winner was never really in question. Still, interesting to see a two-way tie for second, as well as a handful of scattered votes for other films. This also serves as a reminder that I need to revisit Natural Born Killers at some point.
This Week’s Poll: Well, we all know what’s going on this weekend, and this week’s poll fits in with the summer’s biggest film event. The winner of this poll is likely already a given, but I’m holding out hope for a surprise or two. Instead, of asking what the *best* Batman film is, I want to know what your *favorite* is. If you enjoy getting drunk with your buddies and watching Batman & Robin more than anything, then by all means go ahead and vote for that. What Batman movie do you come back to the most?
As a new addendum to the weekly poll results, I am going to start including a brief weekend roundup. I have been meaning to add more of a “personal” feel to The Warning Sign, and this is as good of way as any.
Friday: After grabbing some pizza with friends, I headed over to a local bar for a movie blogger meetup. Ryan from The Matinee was visiting from Toronto, and he was cool enough to set up a gathering of Chicago bloggers (including the creative minds behind Cinema Romantico, Duke & the Movies, All Eyes on Screen, Commentary Track and Film Yarn) for some beers and a movie. It was a lot of fun meeting everyone, and it felt great to shed that bit of anonymity that communicating online provides. Plus, you can’t ask for a better nightcap film than freakin’ RoboCop on the big screen! Never get tired of that.
Saturday & Sunday: I worked more than anticipated this weekend, but I was able to squeeze in a few films (all on DVD or streaming). I finally saw last year’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which unfortunately didn’t connect with me the way I hoped. I had little interest in any of the characters, and the film’s methodical pacing didn’t help. Gary Oldman, however, was incredible, and certainly deserving of his many accolades for that role. I also caught Rampart, which had a strong Woody Harrelson performance but the film itself wasn’t nearly as good as other likeminded films such as Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant or Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Finally, I saw Herzog’s documentary, Cave of Forgotten Dreams. This film had a really interesting subject, but quite frankly should have not been stretched into a 90 minute feature. I feel that it would have benefited from a 3D viewing, however.
Outside of RoboCop on the big screen, my movie viewing weekend was a bit of a dud. How about you guys? Did you see anything good over the weekend? Any thoughts on the poll and/or results?