Our Acronym is Better Than Theirs – Picking the LAMB’s Top 10 Favorite Films

by Dylan · December 18, 2008 · Uncategorized · 16 Comments

The results are in, and the LAMB has picked its Top 10 Favorite Films (for background on this, click here). There were a total of 40 voters, with their votes spread out amongst a whopping 270 films (out of a possible 400)! If ever there was a poll that displayed our diversity (or just inability to agree on anything 😉 ), this is it.

With the votes spread out all over the place, again it didn’t take much more than a single Top 10 vote for a film to make the Top 10 here, and a number of individuals’ top film didn’t even get a glimpse of the top 10. The top pair of films reached that hallowed ground with a bit of breathing room, though (and are sure to gain the ire of one Dean Treadway). However, I’d say that all of the Top 10 save for perhaps number ten have reputations as classics, and if it makes you lovers of classic movies feel better, I’ll go outside the norm and show you all numbers 20-11, which included a few golden oldies:

20. The Big Lebowski
19. Amelie
18. Shaun of the Dead
17. Singin’ in the Rain
16. Brazil
15. Blade Runner
14. The Shawshank Redemption
13. Taxi Driver
12. Sunset Boulevard
11. 2001: A Space Odyssey

Here are your winners (1st place votes in parentheses):

10. High Fidelity – 28 points from 4 voters (1)

9. The Empire Strikes Back – 30 points from 4 voters (1)

8. The Godfather: Part II – 34 points from 6 voters (0)

7. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – 34 points from 5 voters (1)

6. Annie Hall – 35 points from 5 voters (0)

5. The Godfather – 36 points from 5 voters (1)

4. GoodFellas – 36 points from 6 votes (2)

3. Casablanca – 39 points from 5 votes (1)

2. Fight Club – 47 points from 7 votes (0)

1. Pulp Fiction – 54 points from 8 votes (1)

So…how many did you vote for? If you’d like to see yours and all the other votes, scroll down. A post has been added with all of them, but I have dated it prior to this post so it won’t clutter the page.

Others receiving 1st-place votes: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Almost Famous, Beauty and the Beast, Boogie Nights, Casino, City of Lost Children, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Duck Soup, Ghostbusters, Gone With the Wind, Halloween, Harvey, Magnolia, Miller’s Crossing, Nashville, Night of the Living Dead, Office Space, Raging Bull, Satantango, Sense and Sensibility, Shaun of the Dead, Sin City, Singin’ in the Rain, Taxi Driver, The Conformist, The Graduate, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King, The Matrix, The Warriors, The Wizard of Oz, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Wristcutters: A Love Story.

As for our next topic: those of you that were around this time last year might recall getting an email from me, asking for your top five of 2007. It was (I believe) the first ever “event” held on the LAMB, and you can bet I won’t be asking for ~200 emails this time around. But you can bet we’re doing our year-end “Best of” again, elegantly titled “LIONs for LAMBs.” So, I’ve created the poll over at Mister Poll, now give me your LIONs. As a bonus, I’ve added a number of other categories to the list. And if you’re already starting to wonder about the Academy Awards, no worries there, either. We’ll have predictions, our “LAMBs Devour the Oscars” series (if there’s interest) and, of course, an Oscars pool complete with a fabo prize.

But for now, it’s just time to vote. After this one, we’ll move on to the top vote-getters for “What to do next?” from the last poll, namely Top 10 Film Noirs, Foreign Language Films, and Independent Films, in that order (don’t let me forget).

The poll is already up, and will be until January 15 – be sure to read the instructions. Go vote now so I don’t have to hassle you later! Thanks.

One final note – I’ve heard that Mister Poll doesn’t get along well with Internet Explorer 8. If you are having troubles, please try Firefox or Safari.