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The moment you've all been looking forward to, the finals of the '80s!
In order to keep the results more of a surprise, I'm going to ask you to send your ballots by email to: stephan [at] neoptolemos [dot] com (replacing the [text] thingies by @ and . of course). I will send a reply to every list I receive within 48 hours, so if I do not reply please leave a message here or send me another email.
I've provided the top 100 in Excel form as well as text form for those who have no access to Excel. The Excel sheet should speak for itself, although please keep the # and Title columns intact, but if you are using the text file please just copy it from my website into a text file and add a TAB at the end of the line and then your rank for that film. Optionally, if you want to add comments, add another TAB and then your comment.
The deadline is December 11th, giving you 5 weeks, but I'm pretty busy with university right now so I might not be able to finalize the collating efforts until the end of December. So, if you're a little late that's no problem.
Full list of nominees:
A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton, 1988)
A Grand Day Out (Nick Park, 1989)
A Short Film About Killing (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1988)
After Hours (Martin Scorsese, 1985)
Airplane! (Jim Abrahams / David Zucker / Jerry Zucker, 1980)
Aliens (James Cameron, 1986)
Amadeus (Milos Forman, 1984)
Au Revoir Les Enfants [Goodbye, Children] (Louis Malle, 1987)
Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985)
Back to the Future, Part Two (Robert Zemeckis, 1989)
Berlin Alexanderplatz (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980)
Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)
Blood Simple (Joel Coen, 1984)
Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986)
Born on the Fourth of July (Oliver Stone, 1989)
Brazil (Terry Gilliam, 1985)
Caddyshack (Harold Ramis, 1980)
Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo [We Children from Bahnhof Zoo] (Uli Edel, 1981)
Coup De Torchon (Bertrand Tavernier, 1981)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen, 1989)
Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen, 1981)
Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg, 1988)
Der Himmel über Berlin [Wings of Desire] (Wim Wenders, 1987)
Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988)
Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1981)
Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
Down by Law (Jim Jarmusch, 1986)
Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant, 1989)
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982)
Escape From New York (John Carpenter, 1981)
Fanny och Alexander [Fanny and Alexander] (Ingmar Bergman, 1982)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Amy Heckerling, 1982)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (John Hughes, 1986)
Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982)
Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick, 1987)
Gandhi (Richard Attenborough, 1982)
Garde à Vue [The Inquisitor] (Claude Miller, 1981)
Ghost Busters (Ivan Reitman, 1984)
Gregory's Girl (Bill Forsyth, 1981)
Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen, 1986)
Henry V (Kenneth Branagh, 1989)
Hotaru no Haka [Grave of the Fireflies] (Isao Takahata, 1988)
House of Games (David Mamet, 1987)
Idi i Smotri [Come and See] (Elem Klimov, 1985)
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Steven Spielberg, 1989)
影武者 [Kagemusha] (Akira Kurosawa, 1980)
Kárhozat [Damnation] (Bela Tarr, 1987)
L'Argent (Robert Bresson, 1983)
Le Dernier Metro [The Last Metro] (François Truffaut, 1980)
Mad Max 2 (George Miller, 1981)
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios [Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown] (Pedro Almodóvar, 1988)
Nostalghia (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983)
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso [Cinema Paradiso] (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988)
Offret [The Sacrifice] (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986)
Once Upon A Time In America (Sergio Leone, 1984)
Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984)
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (Tim Burton, 1985)
Platoon (Oliver Stone, 1986)
Predator (John McTiernan, 1987)
Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
Rain Man (Barry Levinson, 1988)
Raising Arizona (Joel Coen, 1987)
Ran (Akira Kurosawa, 1985)
Repo Man (Alex Cox, 1984)
RoboCop (Paul Verhoeven, 1987)
Sans soleil (Chris Marker, 1983)
Scarface (Brian De Palma, 1983)
Sex, Lies and Videotape (Steven Soderbergh, 1989)
Shoah (Claude Lanzmann, 1985)
Stand By Me (Rob Reiner, 1986)
Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back [The Empire Strikes Back] (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of The Jedi [Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi] (Richard Marquand, 1983)
Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme, 1984)
Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch, 1984)
The Blues Brothers (John Landis, 1980)
The Color Purple (Steven Spielberg, 1985)
The Dark Cristal (Jim Henson, 1982)
The Decline of Western Civilization (Penelope Spheeris, 1981)
The Elephant Man (David Lynch, 1980)
The Fly (David Cronenberg, 1986)
The King Of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, 1982)
The Last Temptation of Christ (Martin Scorsese, 1988)
The Meaning Of Life (Terry Jones, 1983)
The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (Woody Allen, 1985)
The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman, 1983)
The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
The Terminator (James Cameron, 1984)
The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982)
The Untouchables (Brian de Palma, 1987)
This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984)
Tonari no Totoro [My Neighbor Totoro] (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)
Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982)
Trading Places (John Landis, 1983)
Varjoja Paratiisissa [Shadows in Paradise] (Aki Kaurismäki, 1986)
Videodrome (David Cronenberg, 1983)
When Harry Met Sally... (Rob Reiner, 1989)
Witness (Peter Weir, 1985)
Zelig (Woody Allen, 1983)
4 films: Woody Allen, Rob Reiner, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg,
3 films: David Cronenberg
2 films: James Cameron, John Carpenter, Joel Coen, Jim Jarmusch, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, John Landis, David Lynch, John McTiernan, Brian de Palma, Oliver Stone, Andrei Tarkovsky, Wim Wenders, and Robert Zemeckis
Here you can also find the overview of all the votes.
And that's the reason I post the list, so people can spot mistakes. You are correct in saying that An American Werewolf in London does not overtake Garde à Vue, but Blow Out does!
So, everyone, my apologies if you've already started making your lists but please replace Garde à Vue with Blow Out in the final list.
I have uploaded the correct versions and the links in the initial posts have the correct Excel sheets.
I'm probably not going to get to see that many of these, so here's a list of the films I haven't seen. Which ones do you recommend I prioritize?
Coup de Torchon
The Decline of Western Civilization
Christiane F - Wir Kinder vom Banhof Zoo
The Dark Crystal
Fast Times At Ridgemont High
The Right Stuff
Idi i Smorti
The Color Purple
Down By Law
Stand By Me
House Of Gams
The Princess Bride
The Last Temptation of Christ
A Fish Called Wanda
Sex, Lies and Videotape
When Harry Met Sally
A Grand Day Out
Born on The Fourth Of July
my two favorites, and i would say the two most visually impressive, are down by law, shot by wenders' dp robby mueller, and the last temptation of christ, shot by fassbinder's dp michael ballhaus. come and see is very good and has some stunning moments but i watched it with very high expectations and was a little underwhelmed on the whole.
for pure entertainment, when harry met sally... is tough to beat, one of the best romcoms ever made.
decline of western civilization is the only doc on there, and it's a great, often hilarious, intro to l.a. punk.
of the ones i haven't seen i'm most interested in christiane F. anybody want to convince me why i should track down a copy in the next month or so?
Only two lists so far (Greg (tentatively) and John), so not much to be said about the results. How many people are planning on submitting a list?
I'll vote..in a few days
I will submit a list.
Stephan, did you get mine?
Excellent everyone. The radio silence made me a little uneasy.
Yes Henrik, I received your list! It makes for a very interesting current #1.
I will definitely send in a list as well. Still thinking about seeing another film or two.
Deadline is still ten days away right?
I've seen Come and See (Awesome) and Scarface (Pretty good but tad sensationalist)
Might get to see a few more.
Yes, yes it is.
9 voters so far. Including Michel that brings us to 10, quite a bit less than last year's 14. Anyone else still planning to submit a list? I'm not gonna have much time until around the 20th, so I'm going to extend the deadline until the 18th and hopefully start off the presentation somewhere after Christmas.
So: deadline is December 18th. If anyone who already submitted wants to change anything, just send me a new list.
The voting is now closed. We have 10 voters this year, not a lot, but that does make the results very interesting. I hope to be able to start presenting a few films a day next week.
When I saw this thread at the top of the "Movies, politics, whatever" list I for some reason thought the countdown had started and was like "Wow, already 18 replies, I'm excited!!!!"
Instead, I now really look forward to the next week! Low participation is great, then you can make an impact with your voting. That's why I loved the '50s poll so much.
I know I'm late, but I emailed you my list today. If it's too late, no problem.