Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Most Popular Movie Survey: Update #4 7/2/2014

Two years ago, I started doing this survey after seeing the Sight and Sound Poll that was released in 2012. That specific poll was trying to name the greatest movie of all time. Cinephiles were in an uproar because Vertigo overtook Citizen Kane. Sadly, greatness is not something you can truly judge when it comes to film. Art is not something you can put a score on. So, I decided to figure out what were the most popular films, not the greatest because popularity is something you can somewhat judge. Unsurprisingly, the ten films that Sight and Sound listed on their poll as the greatest films of all time are not really represented on this list because when it comes to the general audiences those films are not that popular.

With this list, what people had to do was list their top ten favorite films. Some voted by listing ten films that they watch the most and some actually put down the ten films they thought were the greatest. Everyone had their way of voting. We had close to 700 movies selected by you all. Due to that, the films that received only one vote will be posted later. If you still want to take part in our survey and were unable to then click the following link and fill your survey out: There were some big changes to this list because of your votes. The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction were the two films that made the biggest jumps. So, tell me what you think of the results.

"-" means a tie
Movies in Red mean they increased in votes.
Movies in Green mean they are new additions to the list. 

Most Popular Movies
The Dark Knight (Has Increased in Votes)
The Shawshank Redemption 
Star Wars: A New Hope
Pulp Fiction
The Avengers
The Godfather
Forrest Gump
The Dark Knight Rises
The Lion King
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Gone with the Wind
The Green Mile
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
O' Brother Where Art Thou?
Saving Private Ryan
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
The Wizard of Oz
The Boondock Saints
The Breakfast Club
Fight Club
The Princess Bride
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
The Graduate
The Hunger Games
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Inglourious Basterds
It's a Wonderful Life
The Prestige 
The Shining
Steel Magnolias 
Toy Story
You've Got Mail
American History X
Apocalypse Now
Back to the Future
Beauty and the Beast
The Blues Brothers
The Big Lebowski
A Clockwork Orange
Dirty Dancing
Finding Nemo
- The Goonies
- Grease
- The Incredibles
- Midnight in Paris
- North by Northwest
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
- The Silence of the Lambs
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- Toy Story 3
62(500) Days of Summer
- Aladdin
- Annie Hall 
- Batman Begins
- Catch Me If You Can
-The Departed
- Django Unchained
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Field of Dreams
- The General
- The Godfather Part II
- The Hangover
-Jurassic Park
-The King's Speech
-The Last of the Mohicans
-Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
-Love Actually
-Moulin Rouge
-Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
-Mrs. Doubtfire
-No Country for Old Men
-Ocean's Eleven
-Pan's Labyrinth
-Pretty in Pink
-Remember the Titans
-Reservoir Dogs
-Same Time, Next Year
-Schindler's List
-Singin' in the Rain
-Star Trek (2009)
-The Third Man
-The Usual Suspects
-There Will Be Blood
-Top Gun

Movies with Two Votes
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • 12 Angry Men
  • 21 Jump Street
  • 127 Hours
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Airplane!
  • Almost Famous
  • An Affair to Remember
  • Animal House
  • The Big Chill
  • Blind Side
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Boyz n the Hood
  • Braveheart
  • Casino
  • Casino Royale
  • Citizen Kane
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Dumb and Dumber
  • Elf
  • The Family Stone
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Friday
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Garden State
  • Gladiator
  • Gran Torino
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Heat
  • Highlander
  • Hoosiers
  • I Love You, Man
  • Imitation of Life
  • In Bruges
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • A Knight’s Tale
  • Labyrinth
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • The Leopard
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Lost in Translation
  • Malcolm X
  • Mean Girls
  • Modern Times
  • Monsters Inc.
  • Mulan
  • Mulholland Drive
  • New Jack City
  • The Notebook
  • On the Waterfront
  • The Patriot
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Pride and Prejudice (BBC)
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Rent
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • The Rules of the Game
  • Runaway Bride
  • Rush Hour
  • School of Rock
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  • Serenity
  • Seven
  • Seven Samurai
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Shutter Island
  • Signs
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • Slumdog Millioniare
  • Somewhere in Time
  • Spider-Man
  • St. Elmo's Fire
  • Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
  • Stepmom
  • Superman: The Movie
  • Tommy Boy
  • Treasure of Sierra Madre
  • The Tree of Life
  • Tropic Thunder
  • The Truman Show
  • Under the Tuscan Sun
  • Warrior
  • Wedding Crashers
  • West Side Story
  • Wet Hot American Summer
  • When Harry Met Sally…
  • White Christmas
  • Yes Man
  • Zombieland

Saturday, March 1, 2014

My Oscar Predictions for 2014

Okay ladies and gentlemen, it is time for me to pick my winners for this year's Oscars. This year could end up being the most surprising year we have had in a while. There are a lot of categories that are still up for grabs, including the Best Picture race. Usually, we always a frontrunner, but this year it seems like it is anyone's game. So, I have a strong feeling that some of these predictions will not go the way I was thinking. But, we will find out tomorrow night.

*My predictions are underlined and in bold.


12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
The Wolf of Wall Street

So, I can't remember the last time the Best Picture race was so crazy. Right now, it seems like the race is between two films: Gravity and 12 Years a Slave. But, do not count out American Hustle. The film has a lot of support in Hollywood. I do believe it was good film, but I do not it should win at all. Russell's previous nominated film Silver Linings Playbook was definitely a more deserving film. My pick, though, at the moment is 12 Years a Slave. Gravity is a visual masterpiece and it deserves every technical award it will receive on Oscar night, but I feel that 12 Years a Slave is the more deserving film and a better overall film than Gravity. If I was voting, though, I would have voted for Her. But, my vote doesn't matter, so I'm going with 12 Years a Slave


Alexander Payne for Nebraska
Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity
David O. Russell for American Hustle
Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street
Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave

I think Cuaron deserves the award because of the challenging process of creating the world for Gravity. I think this is an easy pick and this is category that could really help Gravity win Best Picture. But, I think the Academy is going to spread the wealth this year.


Bruce Dern for Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave
Christian Bale for American Hustle
Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street
Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

Early on in the Oscar race it seemed like the battle was going to be between Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips. Months later, though, Ejiofor is no longer the frontrunner and Tom Hanks did not even gain a nomination (which I am still upset about by the way). Now, Matthew McConaughey has made his way from being the actor who wasn't going to get a nomination to the frontrunner. He has taken most of the major awards so far and he has had some amazing work within the past year, including True Detective (which could really help him win), The Wolf of Wall Street, Mud, and a number of other films. Some people still argue that McConaughey should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actor last year for Magic Mike. If McConaughey wins this year it will be an award that is not just going to his amazing work in Dallas Buyers Club, but all of his performances for the entire McConaissance. The Academy does not judge just one performance. If they did then Eddie Murphy would have won a number of years back when he was nominated for Dreamgirls. But, he released Norbit during the month of the Oscars and in turn he lost his possible Oscar. Also, watch out for DiCaprio. He has been getting a big push lately and he could be a spoiler here.


Amy Adams for American Hustle
Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
Judi Dench for Philomena
Meryl Streep for August: Osange County
Sandra Bullock for Gravity

It should be Cate Blanchett plain and simple. Amy Adams is apparently getting a push, so that makes her the spoiler here in this category (even though I feel Emma Thompson should have been nominated over Adams). But, I'm just going to be honest, Blanchett gave the best performance by any actress last year. Sandra Bullock did a phenomenal job as well being is she pretty much carried the movie, but I don't think she will pull a win out of this. But, never count out Streep and Dench.


Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper for American Hustle
Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club
Jonah Hill for The Wolf of Wall Street
Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave

Leto is the frontrunner in this race it seems. He has taken home most of the major awards so far. His performance is great and it is overshadowing some great performances from Michael Fassbender and the newcomer Barkhad Abdi. But, I feel that Leto is the one who will take home the Oscar.


Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave
Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle
Julia Roberts for August: Osage County
June Squibb for Nebraska
Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine

It looks like this is a two woman race between Nyong'o and Lawrence. I'm leaning toward Nyong'o for two reasons. First, she gives a great performance in 12 Years a Slave. Secondly, Lawrence won an Oscar last year and she doesn't give a good enough performance to get another one a year later. Is it a good performance? Yes, I do believe so and she deserved a nomination, but it isn't good enough to win. And, if it weren't for either of them June Squibb would probably be taking it home of her hilarious performance in Nebraska


American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club


Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street


The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises


The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Missing Picture


20 Feet from Stardom
The Act of Killing 
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square


Facing Fear
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall


Aquel no era yo
Avant que de tout perdre
Pitaako mun kaikki hoitaa? 
The Voorman Problem


Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Room on the Broom


The Book Thief
Saving Mr. Banks


"Happy" from Despicable Me 2
"Let It Go" from Frozen
"The Moon Song" from Her
"Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk Home


All is Lost
Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lone Survivor 


Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor 


American Hustle
The Great Gatsby
12 Years a Slave


The Grandmaster
Inside Llewyn Davis


American Hustle
Captain Phillips 
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness


American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
12 Years a Slave


Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (It would be kind of awesome if this won though)
The Lone Ranger

So, there are my picks for this year. Comment below if you disagree with any of these. Make sure that you make your predictions here:

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Oscar Predictions: Early Edition

Okay ladies and gentlemen, it is time to start predicting this year's Oscars. When looking at the field this year, I have a feeling it will be an interesting year. I am not sure if it will be as interesting as last year's Year of Argo. Last year at this time Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty were the two favorites and we all saw what happen there. Those two films ended up being the biggest losers of last year's race. Will this year be similar? Well, we will find out in the coming months. Here are my current predictions for the big categories at the moment. Right now a lot of people are pointing to Gravity and 12 Years a Slave as the favorites. Gravity will go on and win a number of technical awards like Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects, but unless Bullock pulls out a win Gravity will probably walk away empty-handed in the big races. But, you never know. It could have a big push in the Best Picture category, but at the moment I don't think it will. So, here my predictions for the Oscar nominations. I am also going to give my best guess at who might actually take home the Oscar in each category this year. It is more like a shot in the dark though. So, here they are. My prediction of the winners are in bold.


1. Gravity
2. 12 Years a Slave
3. Captain Phillips
4. Saving Mr. Banks
5. American Hustle
6. The Wolf of Wall Street
7. Her
8. Inside Llewyn Davis
9. Nebraska
10. Lee Daniels' The Butler

There can be between five to ten movies that can be nominated for the Best Picture category at the Oscars each year. I am predicting that they will pick nine movies this year and this could possibly be one of the most interesting years for the Best Picture category. Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, and Captain Phillips are locks to me. American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks are looking like solid contenders to me. The Wolf of Wall Street looks like a good possibility, but no one has seen it yet. So, unless it is completely awful then The Wolf of Wall Street will probably land a nomination because of the big names that are attached to it. The one that I did not originally think could gain a nomination was Spike Jonze's Her. I thought it looked a good film, but I had a feeling it would be ignored. However, the National Board Review just named it as the best film of the year. That is a big deal because the last time a Best Film at the National Board Review Awards did not gain a nomination was in 2000 for Quills. So, I think Her could make it into the race, but it has to gain a following within the Academy, which could be hard for this type of film. Then you have Nebraska and Inside Llewyn Davis that are gaining a lot of momentum. These two films could end up being favorites if they continue to get a good push.

My Current Pick: 12 Years a Slave


1. Chiwetel Ejiofer for 12 Years a Slave
2. Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips
3. Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club
4. Bruce Dern for Nebraska
5. Robert Redford for All is Lost
6. Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street

Unless DiCaprio gives one of the best performances of his career, I don't see him landing a nomination this year. The only reason why he might grab one this year is because of the Academy snubbing him last year for Django Unchained. Even if DiCaprio does make it in, he will have to have one hell of a performance to beat the likes of Ejiofer and Hanks who the two major contenders right now. McConaughey is a guy who deserves a nomination and he better get it. Bruce Dern is definitely deserving of a nomination and the buzz around Redford's performance states the same thing. If DiCaprio does slip in, I have a feeling it will be Redford who falls out. Right now though, I feel like Ejiofer will take home the Oscar. He has a lot of great moments, but the one that stands out the most to me is at the very end. However, do not count out Tom Hanks. The last fifteen minutes of Captain Phillips is by far the best moments Hanks has ever put on screen. His performance solid and strong through out, but then he takes it all the way home at the end. I think come February, it will be a face-off between Ejiofer and Hanks. The Academy has shown that they are willing to give an Oscar to a past multi-winner (Meryl Streep beating out Viola Davis). I will say this though. Watch out for Matthew McConaughey.

My Current Pick: Chiwetel Ejiofer


1. Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
2. Sandra Bullock for Gravity
3. Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks
4. Meryl Streep for August: Osange County
5. Judi Dench for Philomena
6. Amy Adams for American Hustle

Dark Horse: Brie Larson for Short Term 12.

I think the two favorites right now are Blanchett and Bullock. Sandra Bullock and the visual effects are what carry Gravity and Cate Blanchett has gained a lot of momentum since the release of Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. I think Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, and Emma Thompson are all good bets. If this turns out this way, then all of the nominees would have already won an Oscar in the past. The possibly spoiler for that, however, is Amy Adams. The Academy likes her, so she could slip in there. However, it will be difficult. My dark horse for this category of nominations is Brie Larson. She won at the Gotham Awards this year for Best Actress, beating out Cate Blanchett. So, keep an eye on her. Bullock and Blanchett are the ones that everyone is pointing to win. I have a feeling that Blanchett might be the one to take home the Oscar. She is in a Woody Allen movie and he has a phenomenal track record of actors who win Oscars in his movies. So, right now I'm picking Cate Blanchett, but watch out for Emma Thompson.

My Current Pick: Cate Blanchett


1. Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave
2. Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club
3. Tom Hanks for Saving Mr. Banks
4. Jonah Hill for The Wolf of Wall Street
5. Will Forte for Nebraska
6. Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips

This could be another interesting race because only one of these guys has won an Oscar. All of them are doing well in gaining Oscar buzz. Right now, Jared Leto seems like the favorite for award, but watch out for Hill, Hanks, and Fassbender. Fassbender could get, but it seems like 12 Years a Slave is losing some of it's momentum since the Toronto Film Festival. Hanks could still one if Disney pushes it well enough and Hill is really gaining some buzz for The Wolf of Wall Street. The dark horse in this race, however, is Will Forte. Forte is performance in Nebraska is great and he has great chemistry with Bruce Dern in the film. He has gained a lot of nominations for some of the independent awards and he took home the Best Supporting Actor role at National Board Review. The only one that is not being talked about as much is Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips. I think this performance deserves a nomination. He was phenomenal, but the way it looks the Academy will probably overlook him.

My Current Pick: Jared Leto


1. Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave
2. Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle
3. Oprah Winfrey for Lee Daniels' The Butler
4. June Squibb for Nebraska
5. Octavia Spencer for Fruitvale Station
6. Julia Roberts for August: Osange County

Right now, I think it is a fight between Nyong'o and Lawrence for the Oscar. Oprah Winfrey was a favorite, but after 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle started to gain momentum Winfrey has fallen by the waste side. She will still gain a nomination. June Squibb could gain a nomination for her hysterical performance in Nebraska. Nebraska has been a favorite in the independent awards, so it could help her move up the ranks. The final spot I think will go to one of two people. It will either go to Octavia Spencer or Julia Roberts, two previous Oscar winners. Spencer has been hit or miss with each award ceremony, so it will be hard to go past Roberts for the final spot. Roberts has a couple of things going for her: she is a name, she has Harvey Weinstein backing her (so does Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey though), and she is in a great ensemble movie. However, she hasn't really been talked about as much as the others. She has not gained many nominations, but once more critics start announcing their winners then we might see her gain some momentum.

My Current Pick: Lupita Nyong'o


1. Nebraska
2. Inside Llewyn Davis
3. Her
4. Blue Jasmine
5. Saving Mr. Banks
6. American Hustle

I think either Saving Mr. Banks, American Hustle, or Blue Jasmine will not make the cut, but I'm not sure. At the moment, I feel that American Hustle will be sitting on the outside looking in. I think the actual award will be more of a fight between Nebraska, Inside Llewyn Davis, or Her. Any of these have a good shot at taking home the Oscar. I'm picking Her for the moment, but it could take a lot for this type of film to get a following in the Academy.

My Current Pick: Her


1. 12 Years a Slave
2. The Wolf of Wall Street
3. Captain Phillips
4. Before Midnight
5. Philomena
6. August: Osage County 

This race isn't as strong as the original screenplay race, but it could be interesting. I'm picking 12 Years a Slave to take it, but watch out for The Wolf of Wall Street. 

My Current Pick: 12 Years a Slave


1. Frozen
2. The Wind Rises
3. Monsters University
4. Despicable Me 2
5. The Croods

I don't have much to say on this category at the moment, but I'm picking Frozen to win.

My Current Pick: Frozen

1. Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
2. Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity
3. John Lee Hancock for Saving Mr. Banks
4. Alexander Payne for Nebraska
5. Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street
6. Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips
7. David O. Russell for American Hustle

I think it is a fight between McQueen and Cuaron at the moment. McQueen's 12 Years a Slave is a heartbreaking, brutal, and gut-wrenching story about America's past and Cuaron's Gravity is one of the most groundbreaking films of the past decade. Both of them took risks, but it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. John Lee Hancock is gaining some momentum at the moment, but Payne is gaining some big independent awards for Nebraska. Scorsese will probably slip into the nominations as well. However, I would watch out for Greengrass and Russell. Greengrass tells a great story with Captain Phillips and Russell's film is getting a lot of love from certain critics and film societies.

My Current Pick: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave

So, what do you think? Who do you think will be nominated? Who are your favorites to win? Tell me what you think of this year in film.