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April is National Poetry Month in several countries, and a film about poet Emily Dickinson, 'A Quiet Passion', is being released. (The famous Emily Dickinson is widely considered to be one of the greatest, and most influential, poets ever.)

Imagine that you have one day on a small island, real or, because we're talking about poetry, metaphorical, and you are given one movie to watch and one poem by Emily Dickinson to read: Which movie, from the list below, and thematically related poem, would you choose?
 
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Jimmy McGill changed his name to Saul Goodman and became part of the great chemistry of "Breaking Bad." As Walter White's lawyer, Saul's audience appeal paved the way to the acclaimed prequel/spin-off, "Better Call Saul". As the series' third season is about to begin, what is your favorite thing about "Better Call Saul," or, in other words, what 'S Aul Good man? Or, if you've never seen the show, what interests you most?

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Vote in The Chemistry of "Breaking Bad" poll here
 
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Despite its last episode airing two years ago, "Breaking Bad" is still one of the most watched and influential television series: It routinely is near the top on Netflix and OnDemand, is near the top of IMDb's Top 250, and is still one of the most widely discussed series of all time. In many ways, it has become the gold standard for many; the chemistry between the series and its audience has perhaps become almost as iconic as Walter White himself and the show he anchors. What do you think most accounts for the gravity towards "Breaking Bad?"

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Everyone knows Meryl Streep is an actor of the highest caliber, but she is also a singer of impressive resonance. The following is a list of films in which she has used her formidable singing skills: Instead of choosing your favorite film, which film features the vocal performance of Streep's that is your favorite?

(Notes are provided for the older movies on this list, for which photos aren't available to remind us of her singing.)

After voting, croon your thoughts here
 
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They're not character actors: They usually play leading or prominent supporting roles, but they're not often in the limelight and their stars are closer to the ground than many of their peers. Critics generally applaud them and some have even been nominated for or won Oscars, but they remain slightly outside the public eye, although you probably couldn't help but notice their formidable skill and shining talent in their performances. Of the actors below, all of whom fly just under the radar, who is your favorite?

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Up until the 1970s, much of television portrayed idealized families and rural fantasies, offered pure escapism, and reenforced stereotypes, but, in the '70s, TV faced reality. Which of these series that embraced realism do you think was the most powerful and important?

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Much has been said about the absence of racial diversity in Oscar nominees over the years. Fortunately, the 2017 Oscars did a much better job recognizing the accomplishments of minorities. What about women in movies, though? The Bechdel Test measures the presence of women in film. It tests a very low bar and yet many movies fail it. The criteria: 1) Are at least two women (named characters) in it? 2) Do they talk to each other?... 3) About something other than a man?

Below are the nominees for the Best Picture Oscar from 2012 - 2017, that pass the Bechdel Test (27 out of 54 films passed and most just barely). Some, it could be and often is argued, pass the test only by "the letter of the law," rather than the broader intention: Are empowered women represented in the film? Which nominated film below do you think passes the spirit of the Bechdel Test the best?

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Many feature films have been based on TV series and many TV series have been based on feature films. Both have had their successes and failures. In general, do you prefer movies made from TV series or TV series drawn from feature films?

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Much of the fun of Oscar night is rooting for specific nominees and watching to see if your favorites win. How do you choose which nominees to give your cheers? Of the following statements, with which do you identify the most?

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According to IMDb, the following are, in no particular order, the most shocking wins in the history of the Academy Awards. Which Oscar moment do you find most surprising?

Discuss the poll here.
See IMDb's coverage of and features for the Oscars here.
Note: Text below is by IMDb editors.
 
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To celebrate Chinese New Year, which is observed in late January, what film title best reflects the fortune cookie that would best fit your life right now or that you would most like to receive?

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If you had your own personal film festival and had to choose one of the two following categories, which group of films would you prefer to watch?

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Of the 2017 Golden Globes Award winners, which do you think was the most deserving?

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See IMDb's Golden Globe coverage and features here
 
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The Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, also known as the Cornetto trilogy or the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy, consists of the following three popular movies, all written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Which of these British comedies is your favorite?

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New Year's Eve, Christmas, Milad un Nabi, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Winter Solstice, New Year's Day: Whatever you celebrate, spending holidays with families that sometimes drive you crazy is universal. With which of these families would you least like to celebrate the holidays?

Commiserate here

This is a run-off of a three-part poll. The top vote-getters (by percentage) of each poll are below.
See part one here.
See part two here.
See part three here.
 
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Of the nominees for Best Actress, who do think should win?

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December 13, 2016 is the twentieth anniversary of the film Jerry Maguire. The Oscar-winning film didn't just produce famous quotes, it created three that jumped off the screen and into our lexicon, and they have remained there for twenty years. Of these three oft-spoken sayings from Jerry Maguire, which is your favorite?

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Thanksgiving, Christmas, Milad un Nabi, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Winter Solstice, New Year's Day: Whatever you celebrate, spending holidays with families that sometimes drive you crazy is universal. With which of these families would you least like to celebrate the holidays?

Commiserate here

Part 1: Vote here
Part 2: Vote here
 
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Christmas, Milad un Nabi, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Winter Solstice, New Year's Day: Whatever you celebrate, spending holidays with families that sometimes drive you crazy is universal. With which of these families would you least like to celebrate the holidays?

Commiserate here

Vote in Part 1 here
Vote in Part 3 here
 
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Thanksgiving, Christmas, Milad un Nabi, Chanukah, Kwanzaa: Whatever you celebrate, spending holidays with families that sometimes drive you crazy is universal. With which of these families would you least like to celebrate the holidays?

Vote in Part 2 of Poll here
Vote in Part 3 here

Commiserate here
 
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The American Film Institute, famous for their "100 Years... 100 Movies" and other "greatest" lists, will be celebrating their film festival between November 10 and November 20, 2016. The following six movies are their "Gala" choices, which will be screened and celebrated at the "AFI Fest." Which of the following Gala movies are you most interested in seeing?

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See IMDb's AFI FEST Guide here
 
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Martin Scorsese, arguably the best filmmaker of his generation, is not best known for scary movies but no one can deny the mysteries he spins, the suspense he so effectively builds, and the trembling effect of films like Shutter Island and Taxi Driver. Below are his choices for the scariest movies, in order of terror, and include classics like Psycho, as well as little known thrillers like Cult of the Demon. Of Scorsese's picks of the scariest movies, which film seems spookiest to you?

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The influential critics of The Guardian and Observer chose, in 2013, the best horror movies ever. Below are their picks, in order. Of these widely applauded films, which do you think is the best horror flick?

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Of the following masks worn in movies, which is the scariest?

Caution: Images may cause nightmares!

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If you could cast any animated character, from TV or film, into another movie, which of the following pairings, would you choose to see?

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Jeffrey Tambor just won the Emmy for the second year in a row for for his role as a transgendered parent in the series Transparent. He also won the Golden Globe, in 2015, for his performance in that role, but he is not the first actor who won a major award for a performance as a transgendered parent: Felicity Huffman won the Golden Globe, and was nominated for an Oscar, in 2006, for her role in the film Transamerica. To celebrate the kick-off of the third season of Transparent on September 23, who is your favorite character of these two unconventional parents?

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Of the winners listed below, from the 2016 Emmy Awards, which is your favorite or do you think was most deserving?

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Note: A few so-called "minor" awards had to be omitted from the list below. To see all winners, go here.
 
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Of the following films, which one depicts the most dedicated fight against the Nazis?

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Toronto International Film Festival, which is considered to be the kick-off to the Oscar season, runs this year from September 8 - September 18, 2016. This very influential film festival has a great track record of highlighting movies that go on to be nominated for, or even winning, the Best Picture Academy Award. The following films have all won the TIFF People's Choice Award and then gone on to be Best Picture Oscar nominees or winners; which is your favorite?

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In remembrance of the great Gene Wilder, whose depiction of Willy Wonka (between these two talented and unique actors with respect for each other's body of work) do you prefer: Wilder's or Johnny Depp's?

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Since 1990, the following actors all won at least one Golden Globe for the Best Actor or Best Actress in a Lead Role in a TV Drama, and were all nominated for an Emmy, at least once, as well, for a lead performance in a TV drama. None has ever actually won an Emmy, however (as of September 17, 2016). Instead of voting for your favorite actor, which of these actors, without an Emmy, do you think has most deserved one?

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Madonna celebrates her birthday on the 16th of August, after spending more than thirty of her birthdays in the public eye. The master of reinventing herself, she has had almost as many personas as she has had birthdays. Of the following, which one is your favorite Madonna?

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Below are images from every Summer Olympic Games since 1936, when they first started to be televised. Most are posters from the International Olympic Committee, but a few are from other sources, such as postal stamps. Of the following, which image is your favorite?

After voting, run with the torch this way to discuss.
 
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Which sidekick, from television, is least content to blend into the background and simply be, well, a sidekick, but rather is unique, determined, and charismatic enough to sometimes even upstage the more central character? Which "sidekick" has the most... kick?*

*According to thesaurus.com, the meaning of
"kick" is similar to zest, punch, impact, spirit, and spice.

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As the United States celebrates its independence over the 4th of July weekend, there are many films celebrating the independence of other countries (and of groups within), as well, illustrating the sometimes horrific realities of such efforts as much as the joyous victories. Which of the following films, while sometimes portraying both the struggles and the triumphs of independence, do you find to be the most inspirational?

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These are movies recommended by poll board users. Which of these relatively little-known but highly recommended films, all released before 1940, would you most like to see (again or for the first time)?

(Where there are comments next to a movie, they were provided by the Poll Board member who nominated the film.)

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...and they're not going to take it anymore! To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Network, which of these films, depicting sometimes desperate, sometimes extreme, acts of rebellion, most closely embodies the film Network's Norman Beales' famous mantra, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore?"

After voting, discuss here
 
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Even superheroes need jobs. First of all, their ordinary jobs help them to disguise themselves as everyday citizens. Secondly, their work as superheroes does not provide income and even superheroes have to eat and pay rent or mortgage. Which of the following "day jobs" is the most helpful to the character who holds it, in his or her work as a superhero?

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The Triple Crown of Acting is a term used in the American acting community to describe actors who have won a competitive Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award in acting categories. There were only ever 21 actors to reach this pinnacle until The Tony Awards held their latest ceremony on Sunday, June 12, 2016, and now another actor, Jessica Lange, has entered the ranks, taking the total to 22. Of these accomplished actors of the elite Triple Crown, who is your favorite?

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In many countries around the world, June is Pride Month, a time when LGBTQ communities celebrate themselves and the accomplishments in their efforts for equality. It's a time to celebrate choosing pride over shame. Which of these well-known LGBTQ characters best represents the spirit of pride?

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'In memory of the victims of the Orlando massacre.
 
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Which of these two personas of the classic character, from the TV series, Dexter, is your favorite?

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Which persona of this classic character, from Breaking Bad, do you find more entertaining?

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The Angry Birds Movie was released recently and is enjoying popularity with fans of all ages, but who is the most popular of the three angry birds? Let's find out: who is your favorite Angry Bird?

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This March, for Women's History Month, let's celebrate cinema's gutsy young forces of nature. These characters are independent, smart, and spirited girls (under the age of eighteen) who defy convention and blaze new trails. Who is your favorite pint-sized feminist or liberated teenager?

Discuss here

Vote in Part 1 here
Vote in the Thatta Girl Run-Off here
 
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'Independent, smart, and spirited. 'Gutsy young forces of nature. 'Pint-sized feminists and liberated teenagers. These are girls (under the age of eighteen) who defy convention and blaze new trails, and from whom we all could learn a lot.
Who is your favorite pint-sized or teenaged feminist?

Discuss here

Vote in Thatta Girl Part 2 here
Vote in the Thatta Girl Run-Off here
 
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The following movies were all on American Film Institute's original list of the "100 Greatest American Films of All Time," released in 1998, but not on their subsequent "Greatest 100" list, compiled for 2007, as new films became eligible and time changed perspective. If it were up to you, which one would you most like to see back on AFI's "Greatest" list?

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Below are the independent, smart, and spirited young forces of nature who received the most votes in Part 1 and Part 2 of the "Thatta Girl" poll. These are girls (under the age of eighteen) who defy convention and blaze new trails; who is your favorite pint-sized or teenaged feminist?

Thatta Girl Part 1 is here
Thatta Girl Part 2 is here

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The Critics Choice nominations were announced recently and Angelina Jolie and Ava DuVernay were nominated as best director, a historic first, as no more than one woman had been nominated in any given year before. In a male-dominated industry, women have traditionally been shut out from directing movies and receiving recognition when they did. But standing on the shoulders of trailblazing female directors such as Alice Guy-Blaché and Dorothy Arzner, more and more women are at the helm. According to Metacritic, the following are the most critically acclaimed films directed by women; which do you think is the best?

(Documentaries, films after 2010, and films made before meta-scores were given are not included.)

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Both of these films were commercially successful, as well as critically acclaimed, but which illustrated truer grit?

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To celebrate Pride Week, which, depending on the country and city, is held in the latter part of June or the first week of July, vote for the film below that you think best embodies the spirit of LGBT Pride.

After voting, discuss here

To view or vote in Part 2 of this poll, go here

If you're interested in a bit of background: As the 1995 documentary, The Celluloid Closet, illustrates, for a long time in cinema, most LGBT characters were portrayed to evoke laughter, pity, or fear. Movies like those, whether in early cinema or later (as in Basic Instinct), are obviously not represented in this poll. Relatively early on, there were screenwriters, such as Gore Vidal (Ben-Hur) and Stewart Stern (Rebel Without a Cause), who did write in positive messages but they had to be so subtle, or be left on the editing room floor, that the films, although they should be appreciated for widening the lens, don't really qualify as proud. Cinema evolved as society did and more realistic and diverse LGBT characters appeared on screen. All of these films don't necessarily have perfect messages but are noteworthy in some way; which of them do you think best captures the spirit of LGBT Pride?
 
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One of the best directors in the history of cinema, Martin Scorsese has repeatedly chosen Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio to lead his films, resulting in an archive fit for any canon. Which Scorsese and Scorsese-muse is your favorite collaborative team?

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Which of the following endearing and enduring friendships is your favorite?

If you'd like to discuss the poll, go here

To vote in Part Two of this poll, go here
 
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Of these endearing and enduring friendships, which is your favorite?

After voting, go here to discuss the poll or to read the guidelines followed to make this list

Go here to vote in Part 1 of the poll.
 
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Both are iconic professional pairs with iconic friendships. Both pairs bring together unconventional, rule-breaking, mystery-solving geniuses with more socially respectable doctors whose patience is often tested by their more eccentric partners. Both work together to very successful ends and have sweet and humorous relationships. And one could argue that the similar combined last names are likely more than coincidence. Which pair is your favorite?

After voting, discuss here
 
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Oh no! You've got a ghost in your house! Of the new Ghostbusters, who will be released to fight evil spirits early this summer, "who you gonna call?"

Discuss the 2016 Ghostbusters here
 
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Many popular TV series produce "spin-off" series. Below are twenty-five of the most successful spin-offs that first aired between 2000 and 2015. Of the following, which is your favorite spin-off?

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On Sunday, 8 May, 2016, The Good Wife, perhaps the most acclaimed broadcast series of recent years, will air its series finale. Looking back over the show's seven successful and surprising years, who has been your favorite character?

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Actually it was Jerry Lewis, most famously perhaps, but he was just one among others. Which of these women most disproves the assertion that "women aren't funny?"

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In 2013, 68% of all Hollywood acting roles were written for men, and of course the history of cinema is one in which the lead protagonists of films are almost always men. These women and girls are famous exceptions. These are the female characters who are the unambiguous lead protagonists of films that are in IMDb's Top Rated movies as of April, 2016. Of these characters, who is your favorite heroine?

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Which of these movies, each inspired by one specific musical artist, do you think combined music and film the most successfully?

Several films have been created from classic albums, like Pink Floyd’s The Wall or The Who’s rock-opera Tommy.  There are also albums that are basically musical versions of film scripts, such as Prince’s Purple Rain or Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly. Musical artists, however, are rarely commissioned to provide an entire soundtrack’s worth of original material for a movie in which they shared no part in filming or writing -- essentially creating a score of new songs that carry their weight independent of the film. A small, elite group of pop artists can claim such a distinction: Simon and Garfunkel did The Graduate, Cat Stevens did Harold and Maude, and Aimee Mann was commissioned for Magnolia. A few others are out there but these three are considered the best in film, music, and the synthesis of the two. Discuss (and here sample songs) here
 
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Reserved for people deserving special recognition and moments of importance or inspiration, there were only four standing ovations at this year's Oscar ceremony. When was it most deserved?

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Several of this year's nominees were also nominated in previous years, sometimes many years ago. They are listed below along with the first times they were nominated for Oscars. Of these nominees, who has grown as an actor the most since his or her first nomination?


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These young actors weren't just cute: they were talented and skilled enough to be nominated along with virtuoso adults such as Cate Blanchett, Robert Duvall, and Lionel Barrymore. Of the youngest Oscar nominees, who gave your favorite performance?

(No "Juvenile" Awards included, as those were honorary.)

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Several actors, such as George Clooney, Jodie Foster, and Denzal Washington went from starring in TV series onto winning Academy Awards for their work in motion pictures, but these actors joined the casts of TV series after they won their Oscars. Instead of voting for your favorite actor, whose work do you think is most distinguished in both TV and film?

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Originally, this poll was created to celebrate Bill Murray's birthday in September but having just watched his film, St. Vincent, it occurred to me that Murray is as "out of the box" as anyone on screen or off. So why not wrap up that box in paper decorated with confetti and celebrate Bill Murray just because? Looking over his several years of evolving film roles, which of the following performances, listed in chronological order, do you think is his best?

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Below are the seven posters that ABC has released for advertising this year's Academy Awards. Which one is your favorite?

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According to the Oxford Dictionary, the following are the first two definitions of the word cold: 1) Of or at a low or relatively low temperature 2) lack of affection or warmth of feeling. Of the following characters exposed to cold temperatures, who is the most cold hearted?

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Whether one celebrates the Epiphany (6 January) as a religious holiday or not, the story of the Three Kings is well known. Also known as the Magi, the kings brought valuable gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus on the day this holiday commemorates. The following characters also gave gifts, not to the infant Jesus, but to their fellow human beings. Which character do you think gives the most valuable gift?

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Because it is perhaps wisest not to act on desires for revenge, why not sit back and let Quentin Tarantino quench such desires for you in a movie? Which revenge-themed film by Tarantino does that the best?

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Who, among the nominees for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama), do you think should win the Golden Globe this year?

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Who, among the nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama), do you think should win the Golden Globe this year?

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In an homage to Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront, Martin Scorsese had De Niro's Jake La Motta, toward the end of Raging Bull, recite Brando's "I coulda been a contender" monologue. Of these two cinematic giants, which scene is your favorite?

View the spliced clips here.

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In one of the most iconic scenes in cinematic history, Travis Bickle, portrayed by Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver, poses in front of a mirror, gun drawn, reciting, "You talkin' to me?" Which of these characters do you think would be naive, indignant, brazen, fed up, or crazy enough to be the most likely to answer Travis Bickle if he hadn't been talking to a mirror?

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... is the name of a song from 1984 by Bananarama. An homage to the iconic actor, as well as to the escape that film can provide, it's sung from the point of view of a young woman, disappointed and heartbroken by her local romantic possibitlites, who takes solace in the poster of Robert De Niro that waits in her bedroom. She imagines a handsome, 40-year old De Niro coming to her, "talking Italian," and sings, "This is my only escape from it all / Watching a film or a face on the wall." Who, among these characters, most need De Niro or other idealized movie star to cheer them up by magically appearing in their lives?

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In celebration of Oscar-winning filmmaker Joel Coen's birthday (November 29th), what is your favorite movie, listed alphabetically, from Joel and Ethan Coen?

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On Thanksgiving, the movie Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, opens nationally in the U.S. The film tells the story of Dalton Trumbo, who was Hollywood's top screenwriter in the 1940's until he was jailed and blacklisted for his political beliefs. Trumbo was only one of hundreds, however, on Hollywood's blacklist during the American "Red Scare" era, including the following stars. Which of these blacklisted artists is your favorite?

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Ghosts say it. People who come up from behind to scare others say it, too, but it's also the name of five famous movie or TV characters. Who is your favorite Boo?

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Both live in worlds populated by vampires and both have special powers to protect themselves and others, but while Buffy the Vampire Slayer spends most of her time battling the fanged creatures, Sookie, the fairy-powered heroine of True Blood, seems to more often romance them. Which of these brave women with special powers is your favorite?


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IMDb is celebrating its 25 year anniversary on October 17th. In these 25 years, much has changed in film and TV. Which of the following changes do you think is most important?

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What's your favorite thing about this lovable, uh, serial killer?

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Of the Best Picture Oscar winners, since 1990 (IMDb's first year), which is your favorite film?

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One of the most influential changes to occur in the 25 years since IMDb began is the markedly improved quality of TV series. If the New Golden Age of television officially began in 1999 with the premiere of The Sopranos, then soon followed by series like Six Feet Under and The Wire, and was in full swing by the time series like Dexter, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones were introduced, the following shows of the 90's (IMDb's first decade) were perhaps the giants that the Golden Age shows stood upon. Instead of voting for your favorite of the shows below, which one's influence can be most seen in the TV of the New Golden Age?

Reminisce and analyze here
 
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The twenty-ninth season of Survivor began just a few weeks ago. If you were a castaway, how would you begin your stay on the island?

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Happy Birthday to IMDb, which was born on October 17, 1990. Below are the movies released that year which were most successful at the Box Office; which do you think is most reminiscent of 1990?

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From Tom Hanks talking emotionally about the "angels" of the AIDS epidemic to Patricia Arquette's declaration for women's rights, "It is our time to have wage equality once and for all,” awards shows have a long history of bringing attention to socially significant issues. Which of these moments of this year's Emmy ceremony do you consider to be most important?

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The end of August is the ten year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the tragic flooding of New Orleans.

Most experts agree that Katrina was influenced by human behavior and certainly the catastrophic damage to New Orleans was largely due to human failure to prepare and react effectively; the films on this list also illustrate human error or negligence. If human beings can prevent some devastating effects of otherwise (or seemingly) natural disasters, films on the subject can be instructive. Which of the following movies depict the most egregious human error?

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Each of the following television series is titled after its main character. Which show is your favorite?

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Each of the following television series is titled after its main character. Which show is your favorite?

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As we mourn the passing of Robin Williams, we also celebrate his life and art. Which films of his do you most prefer: his comedies or dramas?

Discuss here: http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000088/thread/233437895/
 
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On August 6, Jon Stewart hosted The Daily Show for the last time, after more than sixteen years at the helm of the influential series. What will you miss most about Jon Stewart as host of the show?

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Robert De Niro and Sean Penn both have their birthdays on the 17th of August. They both are also widely considered to be among the greatest actors in the history of cinema, both have two Oscars, both are directors as well as actors, and both are known for intense performances. Of these two friends, whose performances are your favorite?


Discuss here: http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000088/thread/233399884/
 
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The Amy Schumer vehicle, Trainwreck, which will be released this July, is one of the most widely anticipated films of the year, but it seems very litle, if any, of the action takes place on a train. Of these films, with trains as a central setting or plot device, which is your favorite?

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To celebrate Pride Week, which, depending on the country and city, is held in the latter part of June or the first week of July, vote for the film below that you think best embodies the spirit of LGBT Pride, not merely your favorite LGBT-themed film.

Vote in or just view the original poll (from 2014) here

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Television will never be the same since David Letterman brought "sky-cam," Larry Bud Melman, "the world's most dangerous band," and watermelons being thrown off buildings to unsuspecting viewers in 1982. In 1993 Letterman left Late Night on NBC and moved to CBS, where he has been hosting, as well as co-writing and co-producing, the Late Show since. After 20 May, 2015, when the very last David Letterman show airs, what will you most miss about Dave's offbeat and historic world?

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Perhaps you need a poem to read in school, or to impress a romantic interest, or to not feel alone when you're down, or to elevate your spirit. This April, which is National Poetry Month in the U.S. and Canada, whose work, of the following poets, would you choose?

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Sunday, 8 March, is International Women's Day, and all of March is Women's History Month in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia. Which of the following female characters, some fictional but many based on real women, best represents women's liberation and the progress made?

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(All of these characters are adults; for a related poll of trailblazing girls, vote here.)
 
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Edward Norton is the lead in two of IMDb's Top 250 mainstays, American History X and Fight Club. Which of these two performances is your favorite?

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In the U.S., every year, the third Monday in January is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, honoring the slain Civil Rights leader. Which of the following films best illustrates the struggle for racial equality famously called for in his "I Have a Dream" speech?

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Every New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, millions of people, in several countries, sing "Auld Lang Syne," remembering long-running or important relationships. Of these characters from film and television, who should have been, or should be, forgotten?

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Angels figure prominently in some religions, as well as in many secular cultures, especially at Christmas time. In the holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life, the angel "earns his wings" by saving Jimmy Stewart's character from suicide and by convincing him to live. Several other angels in films and television have had similar missions; which of the following angels most deserved their wings?

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Sweet Charity was a remake, albeit with different flavor, including comedy and music, of the Fellini classic, The Nights of Cabiria. Do you prefer the Italian original or the American remake, or, if you haven't seen either, which would you prefer seeing?
 
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Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom, the subject of controversy this past week, had its final episode aired by HBO on Sunday, December 14th, after three seasons. As fans reminisce about that lively group of journalists, which newsroom from film or television do you remember most fondly?

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To follow "Black Friday," "Small Business Saturday" encourages people to support small, local businesses. The David versus Goliath / "little guy" trumping the powerful corporation is a popular motif in movies and television. To which of the following small businesses would you most like to give your patronage?

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Two of the three creators of Mozart in the Jungle, a new television series on Amazon, are Coppola cousins Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola. In the whimsical spirit of some of their other collaborations, such as Moonrise Kingdom and Darjeeling Unlimited, you suddenly become Mozart and have ideas for what will become one of your most influential compositions - but you are trapped in a jungle. Your only hope for escape is for a member of the Coppola family to write or direct your route out. Which one's imagination will you choose to save you and your new symphony? Remember, the future of music depends on your decision.

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Mike Nichols (6 November, 1931 - 19 November, 2014) directed an impressive seventeen Oscar-nominated performances in his brilliant career. Which of these performances, listed chronologically, is your favorite?

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According to Reuters and IMDb, Mike Nichols, who sadly died recently, had "five rules for filmmaking," which Meryl Streep and Candace Bergin read at the 2003 Kennedy Center Honors. Whether you think a few were meant somewhat ironically or not, when applied in general and not just to filmmaking, which one is your favorite?

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Listed in order of birth year, which of these former child actors did you most closely grow up alongside?

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Both were the love interests of the protagonists and both loved them back -- or did they? Which programmed, human-like beings seemed the most real to you?

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Showtime is now showing all eight seasons of their series, and NuvoTV is also airing episodes every Sunday afternoon and Monday evening. Whether you're watching the groundbreaking show for the first time or just reminiscing, which of Dexter's adversaries embodied the most hair-raising blend of scary and strange?

SPOILER ALERT: Do not continue if you have not seen most of each of the following seasons but plan to: Seasons 2, 3, 5, and 8.

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Both were born on the 12th of November, both have two Oscar nominations and won once, and one became famous playing a princess while the other became a real princess after finding fame from films. Of the two, who is your favorite actor?

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"What are you going to be for Halloween?" is a question most children are asked every year. The following characters offer adults great opportunities for costumes, as well. Which one would you most like to be for Halloween?

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Excellent prose sometimes seems to be a dying art. The film industry, at times, does its part to revive it with great screen plays and, every so often, with exquisite titles from various sources, including novels, poems, and songs. The titles below serve as oases in a desert of the vague and recycled stamp-ons like Deceived and Shattered.

Below are the top vote-getters from the first two parts of this poll: "Titles of Films before 1975" and "Titles of Films after 1975." This poll will determine the final winner. Instead of voting for your favorite movie, please vote for the title you think has the most pleasing language.

Part I of Poll is here.
Part II of Poll is here.
Discuss the Run-Off Poll here.
 
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With Major League Baseball's 2014 Play-Offs and World Series running from 30 September through the end of October, which of these films, not all set in the "Big Leagues," do you think best captures the spirit of "America's Pasttime?"

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In the northern hemisphere, summer is about to come to a close so, in most places there, outdoor swimming season is also winding down. If you could go swimming before it gets too cold, and If you could swim anywhere, where would it be?

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Several "correspondents" from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, such as Steve Carrell, have been successful beyond Stewart's tutelage, if you will. Two, however, have gone on to do shows similar to Stewart's, also to great success: Stephen Colbert, with The Colbert Report, and John Oliver, who hosted The Daily Show last summer, while Stewart was on holday, and now hosts Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Who is your favorite?

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Excellent prose sometimes seems to be a dying art. The film industry, at times, does its part to revive it with great screen plays and, every so often, with exquisite titles from various sources, including novels, poems, and songs. The titles below serve as oases in a desert of the vague and recycled stamp-ons like Deceived and Shattered. Consider the sound and substance of the words below and, instead of voting for your favorite movie, vote for the title you think has the most pleasing language.

This is Part II of a Run-Off Poll and includes movies after 1975. Part I included films before 1975; vote on that poll here: http://www.imdb.com/poll/NgP1VlZRZpU/?ref_=po_ho/

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Starting on 10 August, 2014, is this year's famous "Shark Week" on Discovery Channel. Other networks are getting in on the fun by celebrating "Snark Week" and other such tributes, including airing several shark-themed movies. Which of the following shark flicks was your first?

Discuss here: http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000088/thread/233073602/
 
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Excellent prose sometimes seems to be a dying art. The film industry, at times, does its part to revive it with great screen plays and, every so often, with exquisite titles from various sources, including novels, poems, and songs. The titles below serve as oases in a desert of the vague and recycled stamp-ons like Deceived and Shattered. Enjoy the sound and substance of the words below and, instead of voting for your favorite movie, vote for your favorite title.

This is Part I of a Run-Off Poll. Part II will include films after 1975.

Discuss here: http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000088/thread/231964848/
 
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If the next U.S. Presidential ballot included only actors, which of these politically active stars would get your vote? (Instead of voting for your favorite actor, vote for whom you would like to see as President if given no other choices.) Choose from the following eight, listed in alphabetical order.

To go to Live Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/uudKCAvTyok/?ref_=po_ho/

To discuss, go here: http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000088/thread/230304295/
 
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'Still in progress, especially the descriptions given.
 
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This isn't in any particular order yet, except Denis O'Hare deserves the top spot if anyone does. I may still add a few more if I think of anyone I've missed or if anyone reminds me, so please feel free to comment with suggestions.
 
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The best characters take up the first twenty or so slots, but other than that, the list is in no particular order. Originally, it wasn't going to include any characters of guest stars, but now it includes four, although all of them were regularly recurring characters. The one disconcerting thing about this list: I never realized to what extent most of the best roles go to or are written for white men. Also, some characters are not able to be listed because they are do not have featured status on IMDb: among these are the characters of Susan from The Bletchley Circle, and Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock Holmes. Please leave suggestions, as there are several shows I assume were excellent, such as The Sopranos, that likely had very intriguing characters that aren't included because I haven't had a chance to see those series yet.
 
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This is, perhaps, not yet complete; please feel free to offer suggestions.
 
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The films that make up this list all have two things in common: 1.) They all reflect or illustrate the basic principle of feminism, which, stated simply and famously, is that women are not doormats. These movies assert and celebrate that women have the right to self-determinism. 2.) These are all good films -- several are even excellent. I hope you enjoy this list, these films, and the spirited women they depict.
 
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In progress and in no particular order, at least not yet.