Poll

Pick one or two years that you'd most like to focus on:

1974
18 (40.9%)
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0 (0%)
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1 (2.3%)
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3 (6.8%)
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1 (2.3%)
1999
15 (34.1%)
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5 (11.4%)
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0 (0%)
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0 (0%)
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1 (2.3%)

Total Members Voted: 29

Voting closed: July 20, 2012, 09:14:25 PM

Author Topic: Retro Filmspots II: Year Selection (FINAL POLL)  (Read 7005 times)

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Retro Filmspots II: Year Selection (FINAL POLL)
« on: July 19, 2012, 12:02:34 AM »
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Re: Retro Filmspots II: Year Selection (FINAL POLL)
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2012, 12:08:58 AM »
Despite 1974 sounding amazing, I'm voting for the two years the bookend the eighties and nineties: 1979 and 2000.

Some key films from 1979:

Apocalypse Now
Alien
Life of Brian
Stalker
Manhattan
Being There
Tale of Tales
Camera Buff
Vengeance is Mine
Best Boy
The Marriage of Maria Braun
The Tin Drum
All That Jazz
The Warriors
Christ Stopped at Eboli
The Muppet Movie
Nosferatu the Vampyre
Over the Edge
Killer of Sheep
The China Syndrome
My Brilliant Career
...And Justice for All.
The Black Stallion
Time After Time
Woyzeck
The Jerk
Mad Max
The Great Santini
Star Trek: The Motion Picture

2000:
Yikes, I'm not that impressed to see that four of the five highest rated films for 2000 at IMDb are Memento, Gladiator, Snatch, and Amores Perros (Requiem for a Dream is the lone standout, ranked second), but how about this for a Best Non-English Language Film race (or even a Best Picture race): In the Mood for Love, Werckmeister Harmonies, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Yi Yi, and Eureka. And that top five doesn't even include Devils on the Doorstep, Battle Royale, J.S.A.: Joint Security Area, Nine Queens, In July, Divided We Fall, Il Mare, A Time for Drunken Horses, Songs from the Second Floor, Together, La commune (Paris, 1871), Platform, The Circle, and Blackboards. That's a pretty exciting list. And English language cinema has its moments, too: Almost Famous, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Traffic, Before Night Falls, Dancer in the Dark, You Can Count on Me, Billy Elliot, High Fidelity, Remember the Titans, Cast Away, American Psycho, George Washington, Wonder Boys, Best in Show, X-Men, Unbreakable, Thirteen Days, Erin Brockovich, Pitch Black, Meet the Parents, etc. Not a bad documentary race either: Sound and Fury, Into the Arms of Strangers, Dark Days, Paradise Lost 2: Revelations, and The Gleaners & I. And maybe something from Japan could keep either The Emperor's New Groove or Chicken Run from walking away with an undeserved Animated Feature Filmspot.
Score: 8

Top films by year that I'd be excited to (re)watch:

2000
Werckmeister Harmonies
Yi Yi
J.S.A.
Eureka
Dark Days
American Psycho (though I need time to read the book first)
Platform
The Taste of Others
Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors
Devils on the Doorstep
Requiem for a Dream
La commune (Paris, 1871)
Battle Royale
In July

I really like the mix of the classic and the modern in 1979 (Manhattan, Vengeance Is Mine, Alien). And 2000 has two films from my Top 100 (Yi Yi and Eureka), and that's hard to beat.

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Re: Retro Filmspots II: Year Selection (FINAL POLL)
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2012, 01:18:03 AM »
I predict a tie.  (Go, '94 and '99!)
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Re: Retro Filmspots II: Year Selection (FINAL POLL)
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2012, 04:44:37 AM »
Go any of the years  ;D

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Re: Retro Filmspots II: Year Selection (FINAL POLL)
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2012, 09:40:27 AM »
1974 & 1999 for me

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Re: Retro Filmspots II: Year Selection (FINAL POLL)
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2012, 10:46:22 AM »
With 23 votes in, probably time to start coalescing votes towards the front-runners (i.e., the films with at least 4 or 5 votes).

Just changed one of my votes from 1979 to 1974, which was my favorite to begin with.

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Re: Retro Filmspots II: Year Selection (FINAL POLL)
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2012, 11:36:32 AM »
What happened to the logic of going with a relatively recent year to get more participation? 1974=old.

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Re: Retro Filmspots II: Year Selection (FINAL POLL)
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2012, 11:43:33 AM »
What happened to the logic of going with a relatively recent year to get more participation? 1974=old.

Bondo makes a good point.  I was avoiding 1999 just because there are films I like a lot more than the ones I expect to win everything (Matrix, Fight Club, American Beauty, BJM, Toy Story 2, Magnolia).  But I switched my vote from 74 to 99.  It's more about the discovery and the discussion than the winners and losers anyway.