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 “Outstanding Drama” Emmy Nomination

Breaking Bad

THE RESULTS:
– Breaking Bad: 12 votes
– Game of Thrones: 10 votes
– Downton Abbey: 2 votes
– Mad Men: 1 vote
– Homeland: 0 votes
– House of Cards: 0 votes

This was a close one all the way, and the last time I checked Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones were tied. It seems only fitting that Vince Gilligan’s show would finish first, right on the eve of one of the most-anticipated final seasons in TV history. August 11 cannot come soon enough! Too bad that Homeland and House of Cards were shut out, but that is some stiff competition.

This Week’s Poll: The latest Hugh Jackman/X-Men film, The Wolverine, topped the box office over the weekend, and it has been getting mostly positive reviews overall. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m glad to hear that most have enjoyed it. This week’s question is for the X-Men fans out there: what is your favorite X-Men film? Do you still think the original is the best? Do you prefer its first sequel, X2? Or do you feel The Last Stand is a misunderstood classic? Let’s hear your thoughts.

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!

Poll Results: Best College Film

The Social Network

THE RESULTS:
– 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.

Poll Results: Favorite Matthew McConaughey Movie

Awwwww yeah….

Matthew McConaughey

THE RESULTS:
– Dazed and Confused: 8 votes
– Killer Joe: 6 votes
– Mud: 6 votes
– The Lincoln Lawyer: 6 votes
– Bernie: 3 votes
– Reign of Fire: 3 votes
– U-571: 2 votes
– Contact: 1 vote
– Edtv: 1 vote
– How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days: 1 vote
– Magic Mike: 1 vote
– The Paperboy: 1 vote
– We Are Marshall: 1 vote

The write-ins:
– Tropic Thunder: 1 vote
– “dr.Mario”: 1 vote (???)

“That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.”

This Week’s Poll: Today was arguably the biggest day of the year for video games, as both Microsoft and Sony played their cards at E3 and really started to push their new consoles. My question for you is: Based on today’s presentations at E3, what is going to be your main system of choice for the next generation of games? I’ll refrain from sharing my thoughts just yet, but I have a pretty good idea of what’s going to be the winner here.

Did you watch any of the E3 conferences today? What impressed you the most?

Poll Results: Best Cartoon Series

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

THE RESULTS:
– 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?