Tuesday, April 9, 2013

You Vote, or You Sleep with the Fishes

It’s just two weeks until Guelph Movie Club Episode 4: The Godfather (that's Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.--note the change in start time due to the length of the movie).

But now it’s your chance to go the mattresses for your favourite movie for Episode 5. We've put together a short list for the May GMC movie from the nominations you submitted at last month's Back to the Future screening, and your vote determines which one gets shown. Like we did last month, we’ll be announcing the movie for Episode 5 just before we show The Godfather. Here they are:
You can vote for which movie you'd like to see in May by taking this GMC poll (Ignore the "New Message" Ad at the top of the poll screen; just choose a movie, click Submit, and you're done!):

May the best movie win!

A few notes on the poll: You don't have to have a Facebook account to vote from a computer, although you will need one to vote from a mobile device. (If you're on a mobile device without a Facebook account, you can mail in your vote to bruce [at] bookshelf.ca. Next month we'll move to a poll utility that doesn't require you to log in on computers or mobile devices.) If you are taking the online poll
, just choose a movie and click Submit. You can only vote for one movie, and you can only vote once. Voting will close Thursday, April 18th at 11:30 p.m. Oh, and don't forget to think about what movie you'd like to see at the June GMC showing, because in addition to announcing the winning movie for May at the Godfather screening, we'll also be taking your nominations for the June movie.

Never heard of Guelph Movie Club? Follow along starting with our first blog entry.

Last time, a few of us met up early (and stayed late) for a drink at the eBar and Green Room to chat about movies. We’d love to have you join us.

Till then, see you at the movies,

- Danny W.

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  1. Clearly the only choice here is Gremlins.

    Some might argue that it is a movie to be watched at Christmas, and I would normally be one of them, but I missed my opportunity to watch it then, so May seems as good a time as any.

    There are many lessons to be learned by this film, like responsibility, care for others, and the ability to tell time without the use of a clock.

    The most important lesson to learn however, is to make your movie genre very clear since your video rentals go down when someone needs to look through the family, comedy, sci-fi and horror section to find your film.

    If you thought Gremlins was about a boy and his cute, cuddly Mogwai, you'd be wrong. This film is about a sensitive quiet being that turns into a bad-ass when his home and family are messed with. Think Taken, but with a two foot tall furry adorable Gizmo in the role of Liam Neeson.

    Vote Gremlins... every time!

  2. Sigh.

    The Internet can be a dark and frightening place, friends. Clearly, Raiders of the Lost Ark is the only choice. The Only Choice.

    A literal modern classic, Raiders is about love and heroics and faith. And Nazi monkeys. And snakes. I hate snakes.

    Raiders is what going to the movies should be. It's about being a kid, dreaming of adventure. It's escapism in its purest, most beautiful form.

    Clearly, Raiders is the only choice.

  3. Although I quite like Gremlins and Raiders, and you both have good points, I have to disagree since Breakfast Club is the clear choice here.

    Perhaps I love it for nostalgic reasons, maybe I just want to be able to talk along to the screen since I've seen it 50 times, maybe I love Judd Nelson - yes, all true.

    Apart from it being the quintessential John Hughes 80's flick with key 80's players - Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Emelio Estevez, Molly Ringwald people! - it's just plain old good.

    It has a star-crossed lovers story, sandwiches made of sugar and Captain Crunch, and teenagers from different cliques reaching out to make new friends. (Yep, that's my criteria for a good movie.) And although they all started with judgements of one another, in the end the teens decide that they learned something: "What we found out is each of us is a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal".

    Pick it. You won't be disappointed.

  4. You like the nostalgia of seeing some of your favorite actors and actresses when they were just starting out young in The Breakfast Club? Then you'll LOVE the nostalgia of seeing Sean Astin, Josh Brolin and Corey Feldman in Goonies.

    How about that sweeping story of adventure and mystery that Indiana goes on? Nothing compares to the thrill of a group of kids exploring a hidden cave in the great search for lost, pirate booty.

    Like the non-CGI, all-practical costumes, puppets and effects of Gremlins? Plenty of that awaits the Goonies, as well. Not an ounce of CGI in this story!

    Goonies has got it all folks. It encapsulates all of the great aspects of these other movies, and when it came out we were kids watching kids on an epic adventure on the big screen. I don't know about you, but I related to the characters enough that I imagined I was the one on that quest for pirate gold. Tell me you didn't do the same.

    Vote Goonies, folks. Vote Goonies...for the children.

    1. The page screwed up and my original post was lost the first time I went to post this, but I wanted to follow through anyways. Even if it's after the poll was over.