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Readers Rank the Holiday Movies of 2016


Participation in the Holiday Movie Survey was down from the summer.  That may be that readers were too busy to participate.  Based on the responses we did get, readers definitely saw fewer movies than they did over the summer which isn’t surprising given that the holiday movie season is roughly half as long.  Of the 25 movies included in the survey, readers only ranked seven of them.  For the most part, readers liked what they saw.  Only one movie received a “thumbs down” from readers, so the rankings will mostly be determined by how many people saw each movie.

With only ten respondents, this may not be scientifically significant, but here are the movies as ranked by readers.

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Readers Rank the 2016 Summer Movies

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Earlier today, Daffy and I shared our thoughts on the 2016 summer movie season.  But who cares what we think?  What really matters is how readers here at Le Blog ranked the summer’s cinema offerings.  Given the number of movies released from May-August and the limitations of our usual ranking system, this one was done a little differently.  We had readers indicate which movies they gave a thumbs up, which ones got a thumbs down and which ones they didn’t see.  From there, I am netting the picks and pans and weighting those scores by the number of views to get the total rankings.

Let’s see how the readers ranked this year’s summer movies.

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Readers Rank the Batman Movies

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For the last couple of weeks, we have been looking back at Batman and Superman movies of the past.  After ranking the movies starring Batman from worst to first, I asked readers to do the same.  Usually, the reader rankings are pretty close to my own.  But we’ve got some big differences this time.  Overall, the votes were spread out more than usual reflecting a general lack of consensus.

Let’s take a look at how the readers ranked the Batman movies.
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Readers Rank the Superman Movies

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In anticipation of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, I ranked all of the Superman movies from worst to first.  Naturally, I asked readers to do the same.  And once again, the readers and I were mostly in agreement.  But while the overall rankings were pretty close to my own, there was one movie in particular where readers were extremely conflicted.
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Rank the Top 20 Best Picture Winners of All Time!!

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Over the past couple of weeks, we here at LeBlog have been busy narrowing down the films which have won the Academy Award for Best Picture to a final twenty candidates. As we reviewed each decade of the award’s existence, we ranked the Best Picture winners from that decade, generating a score for each film based on how the participants have placed the movies from numbers 1 to 10. Different decades saw different voting patterns. For example, in the 1940s the classic favorite Casablanca ran away and hid from the competition to the point that it ended up being the only film from that decade to make our final list of 20. In the 1960s we had a few favorites that became bunched at the top and all performed well enough to be considered here. In our last few decades, voting became more contentious as memories of perceived sleights started to motivate voting in addition to real passion for films from our own era. This created a cannibalization of these decades and we’ve got just two candidates for the top 20 from the last twenty years. Is that a realistic assessment of the strength of the Best Picture winners? Maybe, maybe not. But it is how we ended up voting, and I’m betting that once we rank this final 20 we find we’ve got a pretty legitimate top 20 Best Pictures list.

Let’s give it a shot!
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Rank the Oscar Winning Movies: The Last 5 Years

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Time waits for no man. It also won’t speed up or round itself off just for your own convenience. We’ve spent the last 2 1/2 weeks here at LeBlog reviewing the Oscar winners for Best Picture from each decade starting with the 1930s. Participation has been excellent and we’ve had some very well considered and interesting conversations in the comments sections of these articles. Once we’ve gathered up the rankings for each decade, we’ll be throwing the top twenty vote-getters into one final showdown so that a fully articulated ranking of LeBlog’s top 20 Best Picture winners can be posted here before the Ceremony next Sunday.

Today’s installment and vote will be a little different (and will have to be weighted differently when it comes time to figure out where these movies are ranked) because the current decade is only halfway through. We’ll have to see where we are once the decade is over, but I’d say we’ve seen a mild upswing in the overall quality of the last several Best Picture winners despite my ambivalence towards one of them.
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Rank the Oscar Winning Movies: the 2000s

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We are entering the home stretch now and a period in which I started not just making sure to see each of the nominated films, but also trying to see all of the movies with awards buzz that I could prior to the nominations ever being announced. As difficult as it is to see all of the nominees before the awards ceremony airs, imagine how maddening it would be to try and guess which movies might be nominated and see all of those. I not only ran from movie house to movie house in all day feasts of cinema on the big screen (as readers at LeBlog saw me do back in August), but also desperately rented every moderately praised movie at the local video store. This led to screenings of horrendous crap like Kurt Russell in Dark Blue and jaw-dropping curiosities like The Saddest Music in the World. I also wound up seeing obvious Oscar bait that managed to just miss the mark like Kevin Costner’s Open Range.

I did all of this because, in the days before blogging was a well-known thing, I had started sending out my own choices for the top Oscar category nominations in a mass email to all of my friends. I emphasized to everyone who ended up getting the thing that these were merely my own choices for the best movies and performances of the year organized in a way that was very much like the nominations of the Academy Awards and sent out the night before those nominations were to be announced. These were not to be misunderstood as a prediction of who actually would be nominated and I implored my friends not to place any bets based on my list, as they would surely lose their shirts. I did this for about five years and the list of friends who received the list grew exponentially over those years. I discontinued the practice when I got married and enrolled in graduate school and heard a little bit of whining from a couple of friends on the subject for a couple of years. I guess I had built an audience.

To this day there are movies I know I’ve seen but can’t remember much about because of how I crammed them in together. Let’s find out how you feel about last decade’s Oscar winners!
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Rank the Oscar Winning Movies: the 1990s

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This set of Best Picture winners from the 1990s is a step up in my estimation from the previous decade, with two examples of outright great filmmaking and most of the rest of the winners at least doing a reasonable impression. By this point in my life I was finally old enough to see all of the nominated movies and to stay up late enough to see the whole ceremony. In fact, I’m pretty sure I attended a party on the night each of these films got crowned. I’ve slowed down in recent years in that respect. Staying up late on Sunday night is bad enough when you do it at home. Having to get in your car and drive home afterward would make rising and shining for work the next day even more difficult.

In case I haven’t explained how this series is going to work appropriately, let me detail it here. Once you guys have ranked the Best Picture winners of each decade, I’ll be presenting the top 20 vote-getters overall for you to rank against one another in two groups. Based on the results of that poll, I’ll be posting the final official list of our top 20 Best Picture winners of all time! I figure this approach should do the job of spreading the wealth through the decades while also pushing the films of certain eras up the ladder if they really deserve it.

For now, it’s time to consider the Best Picture winners of the ’90s!
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Rank the Oscar Winning Movies: the 1980s

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Hey, remember in the 1970s when just about every Best Picture winner was a classic? Yeeaaahh…not so much the case during the age of Reagan and Madonna. Don’t get me wrong, these are all good movies, but in more than half of their opportunities the Academy managed to overlook the actual classics that were sitting right there on the nominations list. To their credit, you have to acknowledge the positive fact that they actually did nominate populist fare like E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Tootsie to begin with.

The academy appeared to right the ship in the middle of the decade, but then fell back into the habit of making safe choices.

Let’s take a look and then find out if you readers play it safe, too!
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Rank the Oscar Winning Movies: the 1970s

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Maybe it’s because of when I was born, but to my eyes this looks like the most legendary group of Best Picture winners we’ve presented yet. There are at least three bonafide classics here, and there is very good overall quality. The Oscars gained some much-needed legitimacy in the ’70s, even if they made a couple of mistakes. They weren’t doozies. Even though fashion and television were terrible during the “Me Decade,” film in general was on an absolute hot streak. Last April, LeBlog spent an entire month celebrating all things polyester and punk, so if you enjoy looking back at these Oscar-winning movies, dig into our archives and have a nice day!

But first, rank these movies…
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Rank the Oscar Winning Movies: the 1960s

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Take one look at the first Best Picture winner of the 1960s, The Apartment, and compare it to the last one, Midnight Cowboy, and you’ll get an idea of the massive culture change of the intervening decade. While Wilder’s tale has its own brand of flip cynicism, it’s hard to imagine that these two films are set in the same city within nine years of one another. Continued economic growth and increased free time led to lots of questions being asked of the establishment. The Academy responded mostly with catchy musicals and historic epics. After all, by this point they were, in fact, themselves part of the establishment. Although it can be argued that themes like cross-ethnic romance, class imperialism, Nazis, and child labor aren’t particularly frothy entertainments. But it also is pretty true to say that little of what was hoisting the Best Picture statuette between ’61 and ’68 is all that indicative of the decade going on outside the ceremony.

Browse what was offered up and tell us what should be considered for our final top 20 Best Picture winners list!

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Rank the Oscar Winning Movies: the 1950s

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With this year’s Academy Awards telecast set to grace our televisions in just a few weeks, I thought we’d have a look back at the films that the Academy has seen fit to declare the Best Picture of each year and let you readers rank them by decade in retrospect. We’ve taken advantage of hindsight (I hear it might be 20/20) and thrown our two cents in on the era of the Great Depression and the period of the Second World War already. Now it’s time for that glorious time of prosperity, the “I Like Ike” 1950s in which so many of the roots of the pop culture we still enjoy began to spring up.

Below, you’ll find a short write-up on each of the Oscar winning films of the decade and an opportunity to rank them first through tenth. If you haven’t seen some of them, you should still feel free to rank the ones you have seen and the rest either by understood reputation or whatever other criteria makes sense to you. Modernity and traditionalism are pulling against one another here. Line up and give one side a little tug.

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Rank the Oscar Winning Movies: the 1940s

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No, no, we’re not going to be including movies that fell short of winning the Best Picture Oscar in this series, and yes, that might end up annoying some of you. Nowhere more than in today’s look at the 1940s, in which you’ll find that films like Citizen Kane, The Grapes of Wrath, The Philadelphia Story, The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, and It’s a Wonderful Life are on the outside looking in. That’s a daunting list of classic films, all of them nominees, but there are some pretty great movies that took home the big prize too, and that’s what we’re focusing on.

After the break, you’ll find a short paragraph telling a little bit about each of the ten Best Picture winners of the decade, along with the colorful posters for them. Then you’ll get a chance to rank them first to last. Once we’ve accumulated the results from each decade, we’ll present the top 20 overall vote-getters and let you guys rank them as well to come up with our definitive list of the greatest Oscar-winning films ever. Keep coming back every two days to help us build this bit of history.

And now, it’s time to rank the Oscar winners of the ’40s!
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