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Question: Which movie do you like best?  (Voting closed: January 30, 2008, 01:40:43 AM)
The Empire Strikes Back - 8 (40%)
Life of Brian - 3 (15%)
Citizen Kane - 6 (30%)
Spiderman 2 - 1 (5%)
The Road Warrior (Mad Max 2) - 2 (10%)
Total Voters: 19

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« on: January 24, 2008, 01:40:43 AM »

Well, Empire snuck past Fight Club with a last minute tie-breaker, with Young Frankenstein ("That's steen! Frankensteen!") just a vote behind that.

For anybody coming in late, here's the deal: I made a giant list of films with geek appeal, drawn from IMDB's top rated 250 movies, and their list of best SF, horror, and fantasy films.  I added in a few I hear discussed a lot, either among my friends on on the board here.  The winner of each week's poll gets moved forward, and faces four new films picked at random from my list.  We've gone through over half the films in the list, but still have 50 more to go.

If a film wins 4 times in a row, it gets retired.  In theory - this hasn't happened yet.  In case of ties, both films face off again the next week, along with new movies.
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2008, 03:15:54 AM »

It's a geek vs. snob race so far.
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2008, 07:37:51 AM »

I have to throw in with CK.  Great flick.
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2008, 07:45:55 AM »

Only one of these movies satisfied a thirty-year craving to see it made, took full advantage of great casting, used eye-popping CGI to full effect, AND... moved me to tears with a thematic subtext of the nobility of self-sacrifice by the average person for the greater good.

And Life of Brian was a close second.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2008, 02:29:10 PM »

Only one of these movies satisfied a thirty-year craving to see it made, took full advantage of great casting, used eye-popping CGI to full effect, AND... moved me to tears with a thematic subtext of the nobility of self-sacrifice by the average person for the greater good.

And Life of Brian was a close second.  Smiley

Yeah, I voted for Mad Max also.   Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2008, 09:49:34 PM »

Only one of these movies satisfied a thirty-year craving to see it made, took full advantage of great casting, used eye-popping CGI to full effect, AND... moved me to tears with a thematic subtext of the nobility of self-sacrifice by the average person for the greater good.

And Life of Brian was a close second.  Smiley

Yeah, I voted for Mad Max also.   Smiley

Oh... I was thinking of Young Frankensteen...  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2008, 03:05:53 AM »

And now CK is getting bitch slapped by ESB.  Not a pretty sight.  ESB really hit the booster rockets hard.
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2008, 03:12:31 AM »

Well, CK is a great film, but the crowd in these forums is comprised of people self-selected because they like SF (or horror), not because they like necessarily like great cinema for its own sake.

Also, the way the poll is structured tends to bias the results. Since ESB was already present on two previous polls, I've had more time to recall it and what I like about it.
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« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2008, 04:58:13 AM »

I went for Mad Max 2 partially, I suspect, because I'm contrary and partially because it's the only one of the films that wrong footed me.  The ending of Mad Max 2 just staggered me at the time, and still does.
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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2008, 12:04:47 PM »

Well, CK is a great film, but the crowd in these forums is comprised of people self-selected because they like SF (or horror), not because they like necessarily like great cinema for its own sake.

Also, the way the poll is structured tends to bias the results. Since ESB was already present on two previous polls, I've had more time to recall it and what I like about it.

Just to add: I liked Citizen Kane a lot, and one day I might watch again, but it doesn't compare to what ESB did to me and how many times I'll watch that movie.
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« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2008, 01:03:35 PM »

"Empire.  Definitely Empire.  I mean, Luke gets his hand cut off, finds out Vader's his father, Han gets frozen and taken away by Bobba Fett.  It ends on such a down note.  That's what life is, a series of down endings.  All Jedi had was a bunch of Muppets."*

*Name that quote
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« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2008, 01:13:24 PM »

I'm guessing Clerks, although I'm not 100% sure.
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« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2008, 02:36:07 PM »

Well, CK is a great film, but the crowd in these forums is comprised of people self-selected because they like SF (or horror), not because they like necessarily like great cinema for its own sake.

Also, the way the poll is structured tends to bias the results. Since ESB was already present on two previous polls, I've had more time to recall it and what I like about it.

Just to add: I liked Citizen Kane a lot, and one day I might watch again, but it doesn't compare to what ESB did to me and how many times I'll watch that movie.
I'm sure I'll draw a lot of boos, but I've never really cared much for the whole "Star Wars" franchise.  They were fun, but I just never really got anything out of them.
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« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2008, 02:36:54 PM »

Well, CK is a great film, but the crowd in these forums is comprised of people self-selected because they like SF (or horror), not because they like necessarily like great cinema for its own sake.

Also, the way the poll is structured tends to bias the results. Since ESB was already present on two previous polls, I've had more time to recall it and what I like about it.

Just to add: I liked Citizen Kane a lot, and one day I might watch again, but it doesn't compare to what ESB did to me and how many times I'll watch that movie.
I'm sure I'll draw a lot of boos, but I've never really cared much for the whole "Star Wars" franchise.  They were fun, but I just never really got anything out of them.


BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Grin

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« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2008, 02:44:18 PM »

I'm guessing Clerks, although I'm not 100% sure.
DKT wins the prize!
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« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2008, 03:45:39 PM »

Wait?  There's prizes?!?!  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2008, 06:42:09 PM »

Wait?  There's prizes?!?!  Grin
What?  You didn't get it?  Someone must have stolen it.  What horrible luck.
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« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2008, 07:43:37 PM »

I'm sure I'll draw a lot of boos, but I've never really cared much for the whole "Star Wars" franchise.  They were fun, but I just never really got anything out of them.


I was five years old, and had just received this marvelously detailed 3-3/4" tall golden man as a gift.  Then I was taken to a place with plush, fold-down seats and air conditioning (this was Phoenix, 1977, so that was still kind of a big deal), and with a blast of trumpets and a blare of lights (the 20th Century Fox lead-in still gives me goosebumps), the most amazing series of mind-blowing images I had ever seen began to wash over me... and standing there, big as a house, was that same golden man that I held clutched in my fist.  And he spoke so... strangely...

Needless to say, that made a very strong first impression; so any subsequent Star Wars-related decisions on my part are heavily biased. 
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« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2008, 09:12:53 PM »

I'm guessing Clerks, although I'm not 100% sure.
DKT wins the prize!

If I'd been here sooner, I'd have answered with 100% surety.  That's the film that brought me and my wife together.  Specifically, the "salsa shark" bit is "our scene" Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2008, 09:51:17 PM »

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(the 20th Century Fox lead-in still gives me goosebumps)
I went the longest time thinking that the 20th Century Fox music WAS the beginning of the Start Wars music. 

I think our love for Star Wars is a generational thing.  We were young and impressionable when it came out, and we had all the toys.  I had a completely ambivalent attitude to the new Transformers movie and couldn't believe they made a movie about toys so long out of fashion.  But a younger friend of mine couldn't believe how little I cared.  Not that I am comparing Star Wars to Transformers, I know Star Wars revolutionized everything, I just think we are biased simply because we were young when the first one came out. 
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