Another Poll.

Last week’s poll was meant to determine Oliver Stone’s greatest film.  It seems Platoon is by far and wide the favorite of his oeuvre, receiving two thirds of the votes.  The original Wall Street received just over thirteen percent of the votes, and World Trade Center, only seven.  Two votes were for other, mentioning U-Turn as a possible alternative.  I’ll be honest, of all those films I’ve only seen Natural Born Killers.  It seems I need to watch Platoon ASAP.

This week involves the following emblems:

Which of these festivals, if any, lend the most credibility to its selections? If you pick ‘Other,’ tell me in the comments.

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5 Responses to “Another Poll.”
  1. Anna says:

    Tough one. I was instinctively gonna go for Sundance, but then again, they promoted a lot of shit in the last few years (Juno, 500 Days, Precious), so I don‘t know…

  2. Anh Khoi Do says:

    Tough choice. I’m not familiar with the New York or Telluride film festivals. However, if I had to make a choice, it will have to be the Toronto International Film Festivals even though, over the years, it has become a mouthpiece for Hollywood.

    Cannes has lost me a little bit because it acclaims an overrated director like Xavier Dolan. This guy is certainly a good cinematographer, but as a scriptwriter, he needs to learn how to develop his characters and 2) stop making his film look so generic by passing Montreal (my hometown) off for any given city from France.

    Thirdly, Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival is definitely a good film festival if you’re a fan of Asian cinema and genre films.
    Anh Khoi Do´s last blog post ..Comedy Series Good Dog Will Be Presented in Cannes

  3. Blake says:

    @ Anna – My first thought was Sundance as well. But I’ve seen probably more bad movies there than good ones. I’m not a huge fan of Juno or Precious, but you really didn’t like 500 Days of Summer!?

    @ Anh Khoi Do – Do you think Cannes or Toronto has become more Hollywood-ized? It seems when Cannes will let in stuff like The Da Vinci code, it’s pretty ridiculous.

  4. Anh Khoi Do says:

    @Blake: “Do you think Cannes or Toronto has become more Hollywood-ized? It seems when Cannes will let in stuff like The Da Vinci code, it’s pretty ridiculous.”

    Cannes and Toronto haven’t become entirely Hollywood-ized, because they still give a place to interesting foreign, American (ex: “The Joneses”, “The Hurt Locker”, “Wendy and Lucy” etc.) or Canadian films that will not get a wide release in North America.

    With that said, the problem with the inclusion of Hollywood films in the line-up of the Toronto or Cannes international film festivals doesn’t have anything to do with the quality because there are great Hollywood films that offered in these festivals as much as there are bad ones as you mentioned it. Indeed, the problem is this: I don’t see the point of offering, in a festival’s line-up, films (ex: Inglourious Basterds, Up, The Town, Jennifer’s Body, The Man Who Stares at Goat) that will – unlike most of its other counterparts – get a wide release in North America and the world. Which leads me to this question: are people that impatient to see Hollywood films right before anyone else?
    Anh Khoi Do´s last blog post ..Comedy Series Good Dog Will Be Presented in Cannes

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