Poll: The Palmetto State Movies

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They Called Him Mister Poitier.

Sidney Poitier, the actor whom Morgan Freeman referred to as his "own heaven", just passed away... and it's a terrible loss for Cinema. He was one of the first African-American actors to be given truly substantial leading roles, to win an Oscar for one of them, to play characters who were beyond all the archetypes related to his ethnic background. Still, there was more in Poitier's characters, it wasn't just the experience of a Black man confronted to prejudices, but also a man of integrity, who carried his heritage with pride but always willing to prove that it takes more than a pigmentation to define him. Now, every movie lover is aware of the trailblazing symbol that Mr. Poitier incarnated and his sad passing is an opportunity to salute the record of all African-American or minority actresses and actors in Hollywood, for which he was the ultimate inspiration... as well as the epitome of class, charisma and gentleness. One can't ignore the legacy of Poitier, one of the last of AFI's Legends, and through this poll, let's celebrate ten of his most famous movie roles. Which one is your personal favorite? After voting, you might discuss the list here

Which Killer Song Playlist Best Sells the Movie?

A killer song playlist can increase financial fortunes and the public perceptions of just about any movie. Sometimes, the album begets the movie rather than the film spawning the soundtrack. Although at times, it maybe unclear whether the songs or the film is the dominant force that drives the success of the other. Regardless, the created synergy between the two is unmistakable. Thus, the transformative effect of a film's songs can be instrumental in making a bad movie good, a good movie great and a great movie phenomenal. Which of these select multi-platinum English-language music albums* best elevates the commercial success of the movie, while musically helping to tell the film's visually depicted and scripted story? * Answer pool limited to albums certified with three million or more combined digital downloads, record, compact disc or taped album U.S. sales, but excludes those relating to musician biopics & concert documentaries. Sources: USA Diamond, Platinum, Gold Album Certification, Billboard - Soundtrack Chart Rankings, Wikipedia - Best Selling Sountracks Discuss the topic here.

TIFF Award Winners that Became Oscar Nominees and Winners (1981-2015)

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? Discuss here

TIFF — Best People's Choice Award Winner (1978-1999)

Which of these films that won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) from 1978 to 1999 is the best? Discuss the poll here TIFF — Best People's Choice Award Winner >> 2000-Present

Seminal Films for Baby Boomers

If you happen to have been born between 1946 and 1964 or thereabouts (and if not, you'll just have to pretend :-) ), then you should recall many if not all of these films. Which title do you recall most fondly? Which film perhaps even influenced you in some way in a time when social values, political views, music taste, sexual prejudices, drug use, race relations, respect for state authority, women's rights and so many other entrenched views were being questioned without quite knowing what this would lead to. Limiting the list: To keep this list faintly manageable, it ranges from the early sixties which saw the first boomers in their teens (so no Rebel Without a Cause (1955) or West Side Story (1961)), to the mid seventies before subject matter turned to mid-life crisis (Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), The Big Chill (1983), Field of Dreams (1989)) and post Vietnam coping (Apocalypse Now (1979), Coming Home (1978), The Deer Hunter (1978)). (based loosely on Oliver Stone's list "Iconic Films for the Boomer Generation" http://goo.gl/G8OqjS) Discuss here

Rolling Stones Songs in Films

Various Rolling Stones songs have been used in many film soundtracks. Which of these is your favorite? (Whether it be your favorite Stones song, or your favorite use of one in the film--please don't just vote for your favorite film on the list though!) Discuss here

Big Name, Big Budget, Big Time, Big Movies

All movie fans like big movies, which of these select feature films with "big" in the title made the biggest impression on you? Discuss the topic here.

Favorite Thanksgiving Movie

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It marks the beginning of the winter holiday season, which leads to Christmas and the New Year. Thanksgiving is such a big holiday that sometimes whole movies or significant scenes are centered on that theme. Which of these Thanksgiving movies do you like the most? Discuss the poll here

Remembering William Hurt

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Movie Images to Put You in Autumn Mood

Autumn isn't a season we generally embrace as enthusiastically as spring or summer (even winter whose beginning announces Christmas and New Year's Eve parties). And for all its melancholic aspect, there's something emotionally riveting in that unique palette of gold, beige and sepia tones, in the fragile, beautiful foliage and the unpredictable, capricious weather. Indeed, autumn can be a time for reflection and introspection, a time of lucidity and nostalgia, perhaps the most appropriate time for life-changing experiences. So, celebrating the First Days of Autumn, here are a series of images representing in a way or another the season without evoking school, Halloween or Thanksgiving (not visually anyway). Which of these movie images puts you in "Autumn Mood" the most effectively? After voting, you may discuss the list here

Best Use of a 60's Song in a Later Film?

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Most Iconic Movie Posters of the 80s

Which one of these Movie posters from the decade of the 1980s is your favorite? Discuss Here in the IMDb Community Forums

Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Franchises

Only six media franchises have achieved the rare feat of securing all four crown jewels of the entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Which media franchise that has all four crown jewels of the entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony is most deserving? Discuss the topic here.

Best Score Winners of the 1950s

Which of these films of the 1950s, that won the Academy Award for Best Music, do you think has the best score? Discuss here

R.I.P. Diahann Carroll

Hollywood has lost a legend today, October 4th, 2019. Beloved Tony Award winning singer and Oscar nominated actress, Diahann Carroll, passed away from complications related to cancer. Diahann, who was first diagnosed and treated back in 1997 with cancer, and was free of the disease a scant 9 weeks later, sadly had it return this year. Condolences go out to all her family and friends. Diahann's story is a long one and we will not go into it here, but we recommend that you use the link above and read her biography page. She, as we all know, was heavily involved in both movies and television in a career that spanned 7 Decades. There are many memorable moments and roles that we all love dearly. So which one of her performances in these titles was your favorite? P.S. You may want to visit her star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7005 Hollywood Blvd., if you are ever in Southern California. She was honored April 3, 1990 for her Recording Career. Please leave your kind thoughts about Diahann here.

Best Nostalgic Film

"Yesterday... all my troubles seemed so far away... With the sad passing of Gloria Katz, writer of American Graffiti (1973) and the release of Alfonso Cuarón's much anticipated Roma (2018), an autobiographical film based on his childhood in Mexico City, let's have a look on all these times of happiness and/or melancholy where nostalgia was brought to the silver screen. The following fictionalized autobiographies, coming-of-age stories or lighthearted dramas may not all be based on the director's or a writer's early years... but they all have one thing in common: they convey a warm, sad, dreamy or bittersweet feeling of nostalgia either from the narrative or the way the characters (no gangsters included) reminisce about their sweet old memories. And the nostalgia can be so powerful that viewers might feel nostalgic about times or places they didn't even know. Which of these nostalgic films is your favorite? After voting, you might discuss the list here

Glenn Close and the Oscar

Miss Close is in the company of many other great film stars who never won an Oscar for acting. But what film should Glenn Close have won an Oscar for? Discuss here.

The United States of Movies

Recently Entertainment Weekly magazine made a list of the single films that best captured the spirit and and story of each US state. Since there are 51 films on the list (including Washington DC) the most popular 35 are listed below. Vote for your favorite film and then you will know which US state you should be living in! Discuss the list here Movies that didn't make the top 35 cut: True Grit (Arkansas), The Ice Storm (Connecticut), Breaking Away (Indiana), Coal Miner's Daughter (Kentucky), Hairspray (Maryland), In the Heat of the Night (Mississippi), Nebraska (Nebraska), Our Town (New Hampshire), Gas, Food Lodging (New Mexico), Junebug (North Carolina), Three Faces West (North Dakota), Oklahoma! (Oklahoma), Nashville (Tennessee), Giant (Texas), Shenandoah (Virginia), October Sky (West Virginia)

Classic Cult Comedies

They're funny. Their ratings (higher than 7.0) indicate that their comedic effects were intentional. And put together, they have more followers over the world than a bikini snap from Kim Kardashian... or as many. You guessed it (especially if you read the title) these are the classic cult comedies and the question might surprise you... not. Which of these classic cult comedies is your personal favorite? After voting, discuss the list here

Sibling Oscar nominees.

Who is your favorite team of Oscar-nominated siblings? Discuss the list here