Poll: Robin Williams' Legacy of Cinematic Jewels

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Best 'Picaresque' Movie

The picaresque novel is a literary genre that can be summed up as "fictional autobiography" (or fictionalized). It depicts the adventures of a hero (generally a sympathetic outsider) whose fate primarily depends on his own wits but also on various encounters and strikes of luck, sometimes bad. Told in first person, there's no real plot, rather a series of disconnected episodes since the 'picaro' can't maintain a social status or hold a job for a long time. There's little character development personality-wise, as the essence of the "picaro" is to remain a picaro, it's the world around him that changes and its depiction always carries an element of satire that makes the story captivating and relevant. All the following movies present at least some, if not all, diverse characteristics of the 'picaresque' genre. Which of the following 'picaresque' movies is your favorite? After voting, you may discuss the list here

Words Can Hurt

Which of these movies quotes do you find the saddest? Some quotes may contain spoilers, I used the spoiler tag for the most obvious ones. Discuss here

Initials and Last Names (Movie Characters)

Too long, too embarrassing, even too gender-biased: for various reasons, some characters' first names are kept unknown from the general public so the characters are mainly identified by two initials plus their last name. Which of these memorable cinematic characters known by initials (at least two) is your favorite? P.S. After voting, you might discuss the list here

Summer in the Hamptons....

You just won a 2 to 3 week summer vacation to the Hamptons (Long Island, NY) - all expenses paid. Which one of these Hampton residents would you like to hang out with? Book your hotel room before it's too late!

The Hitchcockian Poll (Pt. I)

Which is your favorite 'Hitchcockian' film? These are some the many films that have been described as being inspired by or reminiscent of the suspense of Alfred Hitchcock. Discuss here

1982 Oscars - The Year of the Gender Switch

In Tootsie (1982), Dustin Hoffman played a man who learned the ordeal of being a woman trying to fit in a male-driven world. Inversely, in Victor Victoria (1982), Julie Andrews discovers the exhilaration of being a man even outside the realm of show-business, not without the strangest effect on a "manly man" who discovers the weird laws of attraction. Finally, in The World According to Garp (1982), John Lithgow plays a former hunky football athlete who became Roberta, a woman whose 'oddness' by Hollywood's then-standards go quickly unnoticed given how natural, empathetic and endearing she is. So the 1982 Oscar wasn't a "drag-race" but an interesting year that questioned for the first time the kind of stuff usually taken for granted: gender identity... and its share of insecurity, differences to be relativized (as if men and women were identical within their own gender) and point of convergences to be appreciated. The year is still the one with the most Oscar nominated performances based on 'cross-gender' performances (for lack of a better word) and not the way of Some Like It Hot (1959), these movies still hold up very well today and treated their subject with warmth, intelligence and humor. So, which of these "cross-gender" Oscar-nominated performances from 1982 is your favorite? After voting, you might discuss the list here

Split Two Faces Movie Poster

Which one is your favorite? Discuss here: http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000088/thread/236520116

Characters with Memory Loss

Which of these characters with memory loss is your favorite? Discuss the list here!

Favorite film featuring an amputee or amputation?

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Favourite Feature-Length Kenneth Branagh-Directed Film?

Kenneth Branagh is one of my favourite filmmakers, and he does the big three - writing, directing and acting. For this poll, I am going to look solely at his directorial filmography. Discuss here: http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000088/nest/224812868

The Best '90s Psychological Thriller

These films showed us characters suffering huge breakdowns and as a viewer, we were sucked right into their crumbling worlds along with them. Tense, provoking, mind-bending; these are the best psychological-thriller films of the 1990s. Which of these '90s psychological thrillers are you most likely to remember? After voting, you may discuss the poll here. Also Vote on Best Psychological Thriller >>> 2000s

Similar First and Final Movie Shot

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Finish the Quote with a Movie

Which quote continued on by a movie title do you find most amusing? After voting, please discuss here.

Robin Williams Character Quotes

Which quote(s) from this list of characters played by Robin Williams do you remember most? *This is just a portion of the many wonderful, dramatic, funny, truly unforgettable moments he gave us throughout his amazing career. discuss here

Best Film Adaptations Written by the Author (Part 2)

This is a list of film adaptations written by the author of the original source material. Which one is your favorite? Discuss Here!!! Note: No adaptations of visual media allowed, ruling out adaptations of short films and television shows as well as remakes or reboots. See Part I!

Most Unusual Character Names in Non-Fantastical Films

Which of these strange names of characters from otherwise "realistic" films (aka not fantasy, sci-fi or horror) is the weirdest? Discuss the list here Please note: no nicknames

Remembering Robin Williams, RIP.

Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died August 11, 2014 at 63 years old. From this list of his most famous movies, which is your favorite? Discuss your memories here.

Actors and Actresses Who Played Roles of Opposite Gender

Which of these characters who were played by actors and actresses of the opposite gender is your favorite? 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.