Dec 15

The Freaky Trigger Movie Poll 2015

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49220cac244db“Hi I am Kevin Costner, star of Waterworld and The Postman, but in this instance from the poorly German Dubbed Version of Swing Vote, here to sell to you the concept of the FreakyTrigger Movie Poll 2015. I have been drafted in (though Draft Day is a different movie) because everything I do is insanely popular: they still do the Waterworld Stunt Show at Universal Studios Tour. And there is a suggestion that this new intiative may not be popular at all. Well Swing Vote was all about voting and elections and so is this nonsense so it made sense a few minutes ago.

Can I go now, my gills are getting itchy.”

Thanks Kevin, and nice hat.

For the first time ever, in a democratisating way, we are running a FILMS POLL. We’ve never done one before because the sense was that generally the FT readership gave less than a stuff about movies, but what kind of reason is that? We should put this to the test with a real actual call for submissions. More importantly if we are only going to get five or six entries, your vote will really really count. Thumbs up or thumbs down, but pull your finger out.

The rules are the same as all of the other FT polls. year. Vote for UP TO 20 titles IN ORDER and send your vote to ftfilmpoll DOT gmail DOT com. As long as the film was properly released in cinemas (VOD / Multi-Platform) 2015 somewhere it will be counted (obscure film fest releases may or may not make the cut but they probably won’t make the chart if only you saw them*). I might tap you up for a write up or some words if your choice makes the list, so consider your responses. And if you only saw five films this year and still want to vote for Jupiter Ascending then do so.

I think it has been an interesting year for movies, and I’ll have no trouble identifying twenty great films, and there are loads I am catching up with over the next fortnight, as should you! Its better than Turkey with the family. Feel free also to use the comments to query methodology, remind people of a film that came out in January, question every aspect of this project… Votes will close on 11.59pm GMT on 31st December 2015

So remember:
– The order of your top 20 is important! Your #1 will be allocated more points than #20.
– If you can’t think of 20 films then 10 or 14 or 1 is just fine.

And see you for the rundown in January.

*Cos to qualify at lest two people have to nominate it.


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    Tim on 18 Dec 2015 #

    A lot of last year’s Oscar contenders were only released in the UK in 2015. Assume we can still choose Selma, Birdman, Inherent Vice etc.?

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    Mark M on 19 Dec 2015 #

    Hooray! This, however few of us vote, will be a good thing. And I’ll also take the opportunity to welcome the fact that you are doing (apparently) regular writing about films again, Pete.

    Re1: Since we’re not Oscar voters, clearly yes. Pete’s already said the films just had to have a 2015 release of some kind. Both my personal rule, and actually that of most publications I’ve ever written for, has been cinema releases 1 Jan to 31 Dec. I consider any British critics who put The Revenant etc in their 2015 lists to be, frankly, pricks. In the spirit of which, my list will include at least two films I saw in 2014 but weren’t available to a non-festival/special screening audience until this year.

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    Pete Baran on 19 Dec 2015 #

    Yes, if I really think you are stretching a point I may get back to you to check, but if you think you can justify it as a release then do so (one of mine will be a festival pick but has opened in much of the world not the UK – but the Jan-Mar award crowd should be fair game).

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    I’ve got Inherent Vice to watch today.

    My gut feeling, though, is that it’ll be to me what A Whiter Shade of Pale was to Popular.

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    Ewan on 25 Dec 2015 #

    I won’t be nominating it, but I do think Jupiter Ascending may be the most underrated film of the year. At the very least, it has Eddie Redmayne’s finest performance.

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    Pete Baran on 26 Dec 2015 #

    No spoilers, but to be included something needs at least two people nominating it, and Jupiter Ascending already has one…

    Also the closing date has been extended to the end of the 2nd January, because you could in theory watch a film up to Midnight and then want to do your list and run out of time…

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    Alba on 27 Dec 2015 #

    I would just like to point out that ftfilmpoll.gmail.com is not a valid email address.

  8. 8
    Pete Baran on 28 Dec 2015 #

    It is an extra security intelligence test because we have been having so much trouble with spambots.

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