It wasn’t the hardest PGA to predict — most contest entries had 9 out of 10. But there were some who got a perfect score of 10! And they were:

Wade Roberts
Erik Anderson
Chris Uszler
David Long
Jacob Burns
Alex Mogil
Ian Rice
Dion Blackler
Simone Fabriziani
Thomas Conroy
Andrew Dean
Dane Marvin
Dave Law
Matt Zucker
Eran Itzkovitch
Blake B
Ian Rice
Bryan Wier
Noosha Moin
Joao Garcia
rocky langsy
Casey Oakes
Eric Petillo
Joey Dunn
Ryan Aguirre

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  • Danemychal

    I can’t believe I actually picked Skyfall. Finally, I aced something.

  • robert (Karl)

    I didn’t know this website has a member of tea party and support teasing about write in english how if the same unitated states adolescents write the language very well. And say united states and not America because America is the continent not a country

  • Your English is fine, Karl. Tell us where you’re from and challenge any one of us to write in your language. Few Americans will be able to.

    Do me a favor, please, and save me the trouble of fixing your ID every time you comment?

    Why not let Silvano or Memphis speak for you? Cool names.

    (Bryce, let’s tone down the harsh insults, ok? Thanks.)

  • karl

    I swear that Sasha Stone is all day checking her website, but I’m wrong. And what do you do all day? watching movies? Must be a good life, I feel a little bit envy, but anyway…What is your favourite film? My favourite film is Crimes and Misdemeanors of Woody Allen.
    I’d like be a filmmaker but haven’t any kind of support and if I could make a movie I would have Marion Cotillard as the star. Just I hope she be nominated for Rust and Bone to the Academy Awards, really don’t comprehend why don’t nominee in critics group when she gave a wonderful performance. The last year don’t understand how ignore Tilda Swinton and Olivia Colman.
    Why is your favourite film of the 2012 and performances? My favourite films of 2012 was Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, From Up on Poppy Hill, Rust and Bone, Cesare deve morire, No, Sister, The Master, Anna Karenina, The Rabbi’s Cat.
    And Performances I choose: Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone), Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt), Nina Hoss (Barbara), Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy), Jude Law (Anna Karenina), Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina), Lea Seydoux (Sister), Judi Dench (Skyfall), Andrea Riseborough (Shadow Dancer), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)

  • karl

    Thanks to share your best of cinema with users, thanks!!!

  • karl

    These last comment is dedicated to you Ryan if you don’t understand. I was asking you for your best of cinema but if you don’t reply don’t do it, thanks anyway. Better get out

  • karl

    And when I say better get out I write for myself. I explain to everybody understand.
    Ok, I know this is silly, bye.

  • karl, don’t go!

    tonight I have other things demanding my attention, but I can give you a rough list of my top 25 favorite movies in English, ok?

    1. Life of Pi
    2. Lincoln
    3. Zero Dark Thirty
    4. The Master
    5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    6. Argo
    7. Moonrise Kingdom
    8. Middle of Nowhere
    9. The Dark Knight Rises
    10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    11. Cloud Atlas
    12. Wuthering Heights
    13. Looper
    14. Killing Them Softly
    15. End of Watch
    16. Magic Mike
    17. The Grey
    18. Killer Joe
    19. Anna Karenina
    20. The Avengers
    21. Take this Waltz
    22. Skyfall
    23. Arbitrage
    24. Jeff Who Lives at Home
    25. Prometheus

    I worry than I haven’t been able to see enough international movies this year to make a meaningful list. but I’ll try in a minute.

  • I haven’t seen Amour, Tabu, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. Rust and Bone, The Hunt and many others.

    but the international films that mean the most to me so far are these:

    Berberian Sound Studio
    Oslo 31 August
    Holy Motors
    A Royal Affair
    Sleep Tight
    Sleepless Night

  • ok gang, time to ease up on Karl.

    he didn’t know it was a problem to use more than one ID but, now that he understands, his opinion is as welcome as anyone else’s, alright?

  • Oh good. I thought I was going to kick the bucket before I read your list, Ryan. Now I’m only half dead. lol Can’t wait until the whole list gets a thread so we can’t rip your favorites to shreds. lol j/k I’m assuming there’s a worst of list too. And I’m guessing there’s some spaghetti sauce on it. 🙂 *waits impatiently*

    btw, I think Roger Ebert tried to FYC Wallis on twitter earlier today around lunchtime. Maybe the older folks haven’t adjusted to the shifted Oscar schedule. I think we’re going to wind up with a mess on our hands nomination morning.

  • I don’t think I’ll have a worst list.
    Safe to assume if a movie doesn’t show up in my Top 50 then I’m not too fond of it.

    But I will say — ray of sunshine — everything in my top 12 or 15 is a Grade-A first-class in my eyes. and nothing below #30 is less than a B. All the way to #50 are movies that I’d say were B or C+

    Django was around 22-23 a couple days ago. It’s slipped to something like 28 now. I had time to think about it and feeling emboldened to be tougher on it.

    Shreds of cred I have left:
    Inglourious Basterds B+
    Kill Bill 1 & 2, B+ B
    Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Reservoir Dogs? A+ A+ A

  • Tero Heikkinen

    I should probably try my Top 25 too, but I also should exclude non-English films, because we have this problem everywhere in the world – we just have not seen enough non-English films yet. But maybe I should wait for ZDT before I do that. That is one of 6 films on Ryan’s list that I have not seen yet, and I also understand that Ryan’s list is not the definitive one yet.

  • The reason I endeavored to try something so comprehensive is because I’ve just about filled in all the gaps of everything that I’m likely to like. I didn’t see That’s My Boy, for example, and probably never will.

    I didn’t include any documentaries because I think that’s too apples and oranges. Animation, ok, no problem, because I can fairly compare narrative fiction films of any style.

    Plus, the more ways I can think to justify other lists — top international, top documentaries — the more space is available to name more narrative titles.

  • karl

    Wow, never thought I would achieve attract so many people for a comment of best of, this is the most popular time that I felt, I’m crying

  • Tero Heikkinen

    “Shreds of cred I have left:
    Inglourious Basterds B+
    Kill Bill 1 & 2, B+ B
    Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Reservoir Dogs? A+ A+ A”

    So conveniently you left out something 😀

    I’ll do 1-10 scale.

    Pulp Fiction 10
    Reservoir Dogs 10
    Kill Bill vol. 1 & 2 8
    Inglourious Basterds 8
    Jackie Brown 7
    Death Proof 3

    I expect Django Unchained to get at least 7 from me. Will tell you tomorrow.

  • ok, I’ll do numerical scores — (but under protest)

    Pulp Fiction 10
    Reservoir Dogs 9.5
    Kill Bill v1 8.5
    Kill Bill v2 8
    Inglourious Basterds 8.5
    Jackie Brown 10
    Death Proof 5
    Django Unchained ~7

    (on my scale of 1-10 the only movies that I’d score below 4 would be various levels of unwatchable. If a movie is nothing except ‘usually in focus’ then that’s a 1.)

  • karl

    My best films of new millenium

    2000: dancer in the dark (lars von trier)
    2001: the other (alejandro amenábar)
    2002: The Hours (Stephen Daldry)
    2003: Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
    2004: Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
    2005: Match Point (Woody Allen)
    2006: Volver (Pedro Almodóvar)
    2007: Atonement (Joe Wright)
    2008: Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh)
    2009: A Prophet (Jacques Audiard)
    2010: Agora (Alejandro Amenábar)
    2011: A Separation (Ashgar Farahdi)
    2012: I don’t know yet

    And yours….

  • The Japanese Viewer

    (“karl”) “I’d like be a filmmaker but haven’t any kind. . . . . . , Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master). . .”

    Karl, thanks a lot for sharing the story of your life. : ) Quite melting and heartfelt indeed.

    Kudos to all the winners. If my mem serves, I got only the eight of them right – the blunder being I picked The Dark Knight Rises over Skyfall, and The Master over Moonrise Kingdom for the Top 10 list. (Correct me if I am wrong about Skyfall and Moonrise Kingdom as part of the list.)

  • Oh me too…

    Pulp Fiction 10
    Kill Bill 10
    Django Unchained 9.5
    Jackie Brown 8
    Reservior Dogs 9
    Death Proof 7
    Inglorious Basterds 5

    I know putting JB ahead of RD doesn’t seem to make sense if I gave RD a higher score. I think RD is a better movie, but I like JB better. As far as IB being last, I didn’t like the Melanie Laurent storyline at all. I think DP and DU have the same problem in that QT lets his protagonists do bad things that he would punish his villains for. So at some point you feel uneasy rooting for the “good guy”. With DU, Tarantino seems to think that no matter what, the slave owners deserve everything they get because they’re slave owners. They can’t possibly have redeeming qualities or differing levels of evil. They’re slave owners, end of story. 100% evil.

  • Tero Heikkinen

    Same here, Ryan. The unwatchable Death Proof gets a 3 because it is technically better than The Three Stooges which is a 2. Had the latter been out of focus or some shit like that, it would’ve been a 1. Of course we like stars everywhere in the world.

    I couldn’t resist:

    Jules: So, tell me again about Basic Instinct?
    Vincent: Okay, what you wanna know?
    Jules: It’s uncut in Amsterdam, right?
    Vincent: Yeah, it’s uncut, but it ain’t a hundred percent legal for kids. I mean, you can’t just walk into a theater, without an ID, and start watching the film. You’re supposed to be of certain age to watch it.
    Jules: And Eyes Wide Shut?
    Vincent: Yeah. It breaks down like this: it’s uncut for the rest of the world, but for our version they added furniture and random people digitally to prevent us from seeing tits and ass, but, if you travel to Europe, it’s legal to show it there. It’s still illegal to show it in theaters here, but that doesn’t really matter ’cause… get a load of this: if you go to the nearest Target, it’s legal to buy an Unrated DVD of it. I mean, well, in Amsterdam you’ll see it in theaters.
    Jules: I’m going, that’s all there is to it, I’m fuckin’ going.
    Vincent: Yeah, baby, you’d dig it the most.

    Vincent: But you know what the funniest thing about Europe is?
    Jules: What?
    Vincent: It’s the little differences. I mean they got the same shitty movies over there that they got here, but it’s just… just there it’s a little different.
    Jules: Examples?
    Vincent: All right, well, you can be a 12-year-old and walk into a movie theater in Finland to see Deliverance. And I don’t mean a cut Bambi version, I’m talking about ‘squeal like a pig’ and shit. And in Sweden, Borat is suitable for all ages… You know how they rate, uh, movies in Paris?
    Jules: They don’t give them school grades?
    Vincent: No, man, they got the metric system, they wouldn’t know what the fuck a C minus is.
    Jules: How’d they rate them?
    Vincent: They rate them with numbers.
    Jules: Haha, numbers. How’d they rate music?
    Vincent: Well, music the same way, but they call it La Musique.
    Jules: La Musique. How they rate a book?
    Vincent: I dunno, I never read a book review… But you know how many stars they can give to a movie in Holland instead of four?
    Jules: What?
    Vincent: Five stars.
    Jules: Goddamn.
    Vincent: I’ve seen ’em do it, man. They fuckin’ throw them stars all over the page.

  • Dave L

    Well done, team! It was looking like a tough year to call – suddenly things are starting to seem more clear. Not.

  • Tero, that was great fun. One of your best efforts in a style that you keep refining. LOL cleverness, and you know how resistant I am to laughing out loud.

    Jack, I have a response to what you wrote to explain my easy trick for ranking movies (for one thing, I don’t try to imagine that I’m putting them in order of value — just in order of current pleasure they give me at a moment in time).

    My ranking slide around all the time. year to year and even day to day. it’s 3 a.m. and I’m too sleepy now to describe coherently how I was able to organize my list . I’ll be back in the morning to explain.

  • Tero Heikkinen

    Thanks, I had fun with it too.

    There’s an idea for a blog: “what if **** were film fanatics?”. Then you could do Frodo and Sam, Hannibal and Clarice etc etc.

  • DBibby

    Woohoo! (re: comp). Now replace Skyfall for Amour and we have our ten nominees (I know, I know, 10 is highly unlikely, I just don’t want to take any off the best pic list).

    I’m interested to hear how you rank films, Ryan. I’m similar in that most films I see I would rank 7(0) or above. To me a 5/10 is thinking it was pretty bad, though I know for others that’s an OK rating. Perhaps we’re just too nice to rate films? 😉

  • Jack Traven II

    In case you mean me, thanks for your response, Ryan. I just saw it here in this thread – by pure chance. And I thought my post to be too long, too convoluted and too out of place so that no one would consider reading (all of it) it. 🙂

  • steve50

    “There’s an idea for a blog: “what if **** were film fanatics?”. ”

    Let us know if you start one, Tero. It’s a great idea and I’d love to participate!

    On ranking movies, for years I used to assign a 1-10 rating and kept them all the way back to the beginning of time. I tried something a couple of years ago – I erased all the “grades” and re-ranked. You would be surprised how fluid your likes can be. To me it’s more realistic.

    Some films you outgrow while others you grow into. When I compare current rankings to those numerical values assigned in the 60s and 70s, plus the foreign films and classics that I finally got around to, especially silents, it shows just how much some movies have become more valuable.

    Now, I only measure impact – no numbers – because what’s important is how I feel about something now, not how I felt about it yesterday or last year. That was only important then, not now. I guess that is the main attraction of the Sight and Sound decade survey (and the AFI lists, if they continue to revisit what they have already done). It would be interesting to see AMPAS do something similar (they could make up for a lot of oversights that way).

  • PJ

    Argh. Dumb TDKR and Master. Good riddens!

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