THE FUTURE IS FILMIC EJACULATIONS: The ILX Film Poll (for 2018 viewings) Voting Thread - Ballots Due Friday June 21st

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Still hoping to catch up on some movies from last year that are now on streaming services or shiny discs, or haven't been released in your country yet? Sure, so have all of us. But let's think about the ones we did manage to watch, and see which we liked best!

Voting is now open for the ILX 2018 film poll: things that had a theatrical screening in 2018 are eligible.

Send ballots to i l x polls ter [at] g ma il [dot] c o m by June 21st

MAXIMUM 35 votes

MINIMUM 10 votes

Votes are weighted. Please send your lists with your TOP choice at the TOP, but do not number your choices. (It's a ballache for formatting.)

If you're voting for a non-English-speaking film that has a commonly-accepted English title, by all means include the original title in brackets, but type the English title first. (This also helps with tallying, and does not otherwise reflect the pollrunner's preferences.)

SIDE POLLS:

You can also vote for your top FIVE only-on-streaming or VOD or DVD films. These must have received their FIRST release in any territory via home media and in 2018. If it screened at film festivals or in a city that you don't live in, then it's not eligible.

(Yes, the rules are stricter for direct-to-LCD than for real films. If you have a strong opinion about this, it's probably wrong, but feel free to derail the thread with it anyway. Best-case scenario though, voters get an extra chance to rep something that folks might not have heard about, and we get some data to help decide whether we should remove the walls in the future.)


You can vote for up to your top TEN new-to-you older films seen in calendar 2018 - on a TV, via rep screenings or restorations or Fathom Events or TCM Presents revivals or w/e. This probably won't produce any results worth reporting, if people even do ballots, but it'll be fun if they do.


You can also vote for the FIVE worst new-release-somewhere films from 2018.


Side polls are not mandatory; ignore them totally if they don't seem like fun. Also don't overthink 'em if you do answer any of them.

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 18:45 (three months ago) link

Oh, yay!!!

And just a reminder that Josephine Decker's top-three worthy Madeline's Madeline should still be on MUBI in most territories.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:02 (three months ago) link

great job of picking the worst possible month for me.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:11 (three months ago) link

i've had Madeline's Madeline out of the library for 4-6 weeks and sooooooo don't wanna watch it.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:13 (three months ago) link

wow I actually came up with ten films!

don't mock my smock or i'll clean your clock (silby), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:18 (three months ago) link

Morbs I'm a tasteless idiot but Madeline's Madeline is the best movie I've ever seen imo

don't mock my smock or i'll clean your clock (silby), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:18 (three months ago) link

also it appears i'm moving next month, it seems, so i might as well give you ten now

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:29 (three months ago) link

Excellent! Made a list ages ago so I'll send it later this week.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:35 (three months ago) link

I made a list in early May but I may hang on to my ballot for 2-3 weeks in case I see a last few.

WmC, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:41 (three months ago) link

same as, Ive a list ready to go but a month gives me leeway to watch a few more films

. (Michael B), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:41 (three months ago) link

I'm more than happy to make the voting period shorter if people are raring to go

Madeline's Madeline should still be on MUBI in most territories

Also on Kanopy and Bezos Prime.

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:55 (three months ago) link

great job of picking the worst possible month for me.

I thought that was January February March April and May

or something, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:33 (three months ago) link

Good news anyway, i was half wondering whether we'd done this and I'd forgotten

or something, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:34 (three months ago) link

Haha I very much do not have a list ready to go, I don’t really keep track of the films I watch and 2018 was so long ago. If we’re gonna do “new to me” ballots I might actually start doing a viewing diary that I will then abandon after a month, sounds fun!

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:35 (three months ago) link

I saw Shoplifters today. That probably belongs in a top 35.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:35 (three months ago) link

How old is the new to you older films ballot criteria i.e.is it anything pre 2018?

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:38 (three months ago) link

That’s how I interpreted it

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:38 (three months ago) link

anything that you don't count as eligible for the main poll

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:40 (three months ago) link

exciting! have a list ready to go but happy to wait a bit

devvvine, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:42 (three months ago) link

WHAT IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE MAIN POLL?

Anything that screened in a cinema presentation in 2018.

What if I really liked a film that placed in 2016, but didn't screen in Europe until 2018?

Go ahead and vote for it. Feel free to campaign in this thread.

What if something only came out in Canada on DVD and in March 2019, but showed at film festivals in Bucharest and Hobart in 2018?

That little baby is eligible as heck, you go ahead and vote for it.

"Zama was high on my ballot this year but after seeing how low it placed I'm definitely voting for it again next year"

Vote early, vote often.

What if I really liked something that won last year, but didn't see it until January 2018?

Guess what: nobody outside of NYC or LA saw it in 2017, but they voted for it anyway. Don't pretend you live in NYC or LA for the sake of restricting your life choices.

Death Of Stalin didn't come out in the US until March 2018.

It got banned in Russia but screened illegally in straight-up commercial cinemas in 2018 anyway. Are you going to let the Ministry of Culture's officers decide what you can't vote for?

What if I saw the only existing nitrate print of a 1932 silent in a single museum screening in 2018? Is that eligible?

Yes, it's fucken eligible. You'll be throwing your vote away, but it's preferential ballots, so you still have 34 more, suck it USA and UK.

The Other Side Of The Wind isn't from 2018 per se and was completed for Netflix, but it did show at the Virginia Film Festival, so...

You can vote for it AS LONG AS you watched the whole thing in one go and didn't start googling on your phone to check what bits were filmed by who and when, and using what film stock, and what had that guy been in just before this, and oh this bit is good... now what was I looking up again?

36.15 code Père Noël came out in 1989 but didn't have a US release of any kind until one festival and a limited theatrical run for Christmas 2018, does that count?

I understand your trepidation, but honestly the question answers itself.

Paddington 2 didn't come out in the US until 2019 and I didn't see it until after the ILX pol-

A VOTE FOR THE BEAR FILM IS A VOTE FOR TRUTH.

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:50 (three months ago) link

Twin Peaks was especially ruled eligible last year because of one screening at MOMA but that didn't actually happen until January.

https://i.imgur.com/w2yIjRJ.jpg

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:53 (three months ago) link

Three and a half weeks isn't long enough for me to get my ballot together, can you extend it?

That has nothing to do with eligibility, and we're only running this late because a plurality of voters wanted to wait until mid-year. If I hear another word out of the back seat, I'm turning around at a week's voting.

I don't go to movies, but I have a REALLY big TV, and I liked that one doco on an app where the guy talked about sucking dick for Evian.

That's nice, dear.





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quelle sprocket damage (sic), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:57 (three months ago) link

Oh man thanks for reminding me to vote for zama and that twin peaks is a 2018 theatrical release. What a year for cinema

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 21:24 (three months ago) link

So did the five months mean Infinite Football got a wide release?

Frederik B, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 21:34 (three months ago) link

I’m wondering how to vote for Twin Peaks: The Return. It really feels to me like it’s from 2017. There were two spoiler threads that followed it as it was streamed that year, together comprising 10,000+ posts! I wish I had been a part of those threads, they are among my favorites on ILX ever, but I didn’t watch it until 2018 when it was released on dvd.

I don’t even know if it’s a film per se but it ranks near the very top of my favorite viewing experiences of this decade. I think I’m going to include it in my older films list, which is going to be hard to sort out since I watched a lot of older classic films for the first time last year

Dan S, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 01:03 (three months ago) link

I like your WHAT IS ELIGIBLE post upthread, sic!

Dan S, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 01:33 (three months ago) link

You can vote for it in both if that makes it easier

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 03:29 (three months ago) link

you Twin Peaks obsessives need a hosedown

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 03:36 (three months ago) link

lol

Dan S, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 03:39 (three months ago) link

thought about watching Coco before voting; too busy watching Twin Peaks

― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 21:22 (ten months ago)

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 04:29 (three months ago) link

:)

flappy bird, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 05:12 (three months ago) link

stopped after 8 episodes, haven't been back

I also know it's a fucking TV show from 2017

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 10:57 (three months ago) link

I will instead vote for a TV show from '72 that premiered in US theaters in 2018. Expand your horizons.

https://www.criterion.com/films/29400-eight-hours-don-t-make-a-day

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:00 (three months ago) link

Oh yeah, will definitely vote for Let the Sunshine In. And The Image Book.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:17 (three months ago) link

I saw that one at moma like 2 weeks after the tp screening, all in one go :-)

TV show from 1980 that got a rep release in 2018 in the states, but which I will not be voting for because it’s bloody impossible to see here: PERSONAL PROBLEMS

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:31 (three months ago) link

I will instead vote for a TV show from '72 that premiered in US theaters in 2018. Expand your horizons.

Restored version of Eight Hours.. first screened in the UK in April 2017.

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:32 (three months ago) link

I remember 2018...What a year.

clemenza, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:38 (three months ago) link

I cannot vote for The Image Book as it is a 2019 US release.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:49 (three months ago) link

"Loveless" is a '18 release, right?

. (Michael B), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 12:24 (three months ago) link

P sure it was

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 12:30 (three months ago) link

Yep

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 13:00 (three months ago) link

Another one of my top five favorites is on MUBI right now. Shireen Senos 'Nervous Translation' is great.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 15:37 (three months ago) link

y'all should watch this. one of my favourites from '18

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/sep/12/michael-inside-review-frank-berry-dafhyd-flynn

. (Michael B), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 16:04 (three months ago) link

So, Cold Water counts, right?

zama roma ding dong (Eric H.), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 16:06 (three months ago) link

yes

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 16:13 (three months ago) link

not for me, as i saw it in the mid '90s *polishes medal*

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 16:16 (three months ago) link

I hope to see the following on your ballots:

Claire’s Camera (Hong Sang-soon)
Zama (Lucrecia Martel)
Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis)
You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay)
First Reformed (Paul Schrader).
Museo (Alonso Ruizpalacios)
Burning (Lee Chang-dong)
Monrovia, Indiana (Frederick Wiseman)
Ava (Sadaf Foroughi)
Sollers Point (Matthew Porterfield)
1985 (Yen Tan)
Leave No Trace (Debra Granik)

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 16:20 (three months ago) link

I missed Monrovia when it played here... I wish there was a way to see Wiseman movies other than buying the DVDs from Zipporah. It'd be one thing if he had like 10 movies but how many are there... 40?

I'm voting for The Image Book even though I saw it in 2019 and I'm also voting for Let the Sunshine In even though I voted for it in the last poll. thanks for the Fassbinder reminder Morbs, I could only come up with 9 films last night, I will include that one (screened here last summer but I didn't see it until a couple weeks ago).

flappy bird, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 16:25 (three months ago) link

it is maybe more abstract than her previous films but there is so much to contemplate with it

Dan S, Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:53 (two months ago) link

Are ballots due by Friday or on Friday? I just found out I have to be on the road tomorrow so that only leaves Friday morning to squeeze in one more movie (probably Shoplifters].

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Thursday, 20 June 2019 02:03 (two months ago) link

I loved Shoplifters! thank you for reminding me to vote for it!

amazed you are all so all organized about your 2018 favorites. I feel like I will forget something and won't realize it until the results are rolled out

Dan S, Thursday, 20 June 2019 02:35 (two months ago) link

You should watch Shoplifters, so deadline is 19:00 PDT Friday / noon Saturday AEST / 3am Saturday BST.

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Thursday, 20 June 2019 03:00 (two months ago) link

7 o'clock pm california time friday, I will have my ballot in by then

Dan S, Thursday, 20 June 2019 03:09 (two months ago) link

Does ballot have to be weighted? Will it mess things up to have an unweightes or mixed ballot?

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 20 June 2019 15:02 (two months ago) link

'unweighted'

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 20 June 2019 15:02 (two months ago) link

Votes are weighted. Please send your lists with your TOP choice at the TOP, but do not number your choices. (It's a ballache for formatting.)

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Thursday, 20 June 2019 15:04 (two months ago) link

Yeah, saw that, thanks.

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 20 June 2019 15:06 (two months ago) link

ballot sent!

devvvine, Friday, 21 June 2019 15:17 (two months ago) link

just sent mine, too

Dan S, Friday, 21 June 2019 16:03 (two months ago) link

Gonna send after lunch.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 21 June 2019 16:03 (two months ago) link

sic, is AEST what i think it is? just tell me when (I can't do one before tonight)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 21 June 2019 16:11 (two months ago) link

Voted

Frederik B, Friday, 21 June 2019 21:13 (two months ago) link

tt and i have voted. no internet videos this time, although my ballot is as usual a lovely reduction of hers (with the same #1, which sic would be doing very well to exclude)

imago, Friday, 21 June 2019 23:03 (two months ago) link

excited to read that!

Dan S, Friday, 21 June 2019 23:06 (two months ago) link

I guess there are a couple more hours to vote? looking forward to seeing the results

Dan S, Friday, 21 June 2019 23:57 (two months ago) link

I have until noon tomw, is that it?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 22 June 2019 01:35 (two months ago) link

lol

Dan S, Saturday, 22 June 2019 02:05 (two months ago) link

OK, sent

no rewatching done

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 22 June 2019 02:35 (two months ago) link

Paddington 2 didn't come out in the US until 2019

untrue

dnw

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 22 June 2019 02:44 (two months ago) link

sorry to break any rules but I included something on my ballot that only had an opening in Hong Kong in 2018

but it appeared on the Criterion Channel and was so beautiful I had to vote for it

Dan S, Saturday, 22 June 2019 02:54 (two months ago) link

goddammit, I am now sending a revised ballot bcz I forgot two titles.

sic, you are a hardass

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 22 June 2019 02:56 (two months ago) link

sent!

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 22 June 2019 02:57 (two months ago) link

i voted paddington 2

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 22 June 2019 03:27 (two months ago) link

it's fucking great!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 22 June 2019 03:27 (two months ago) link

there are four ladies watching Fleabag in my living room so if anyone needs an extra hour or two, I’m going to start tallying but won’t get finished tonight

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Saturday, 22 June 2019 03:56 (two months ago) link

ALL VOTERS HAVE RECEIVED CONFIRMATION EMAILS. If you voted and haven't received an affirmation or a question, please submit again.

There will be no Best Streaming results, as only one ballot was received. Take that, The Future!

If anyone missed the vote and can get a MAIN ballot in by tomorrow afternoon, RUSH RUSH RUSH! I'll prepare the other side results before I get crunching on the tough numbers.

Everyone who voted Paddington 2 last year and didn't vote again for US release (2018, apologies for typo above): as long as you didn't use all 35 slots this year*, I should assume you want it slotted in, yeah?

* sorry, one prior bear voter who did use all slots

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Saturday, 22 June 2019 06:35 (two months ago) link

plz slot the elephant film on to everyone's ballots

devvvine, Saturday, 22 June 2019 06:44 (two months ago) link

(Any other last-minute additions can seriously be made to the bottom of anyone's ballot in the next 14 hours: no re-ordering available.)

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Saturday, 22 June 2019 06:52 (two months ago) link

there are four ladies watching Fleabag in my living room so if anyone needs an extra hour or two, I’m going to start tallying but won’t get finished tonight

― quelle sprocket damage (sic), Saturday, 22 June 2019 Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Get the ladies to do the count so you can get through an 8 hr Lav Diaz film. Live a little.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 22 June 2019 07:40 (two months ago) link

Do whatever it takes to give the bear more points.

Frederik B, Saturday, 22 June 2019 07:42 (two months ago) link

Not sure that you deserve it tbh :(

voting for bear film again next year. and year after that. we all need a bit of bear film to lighten up our lifes.

― Frederik B, Wednesday, July 25, 2018 4:54 PM (ten months ago)

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Saturday, 22 June 2019 08:01 (two months ago) link

voting for elephant film again next year. and year after that. we all need a bit of elephant film to ruin our lifes.

devvvine, Saturday, 22 June 2019 08:05 (two months ago) link

8 hour Diaz was 2017. 2018 Diaz was not good.

I forgot to vote for the bear this year :(

Frederik B, Saturday, 22 June 2019 09:34 (two months ago) link

It's okay, I already updated your ballot.

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Saturday, 22 June 2019 09:37 (two months ago) link

I did laugh because that 2018 Diaz film just got on mubi yesterday.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 22 June 2019 10:18 (two months ago) link

Thanks, sic!

Also, now that I think about it, the eight hour Diaz was 2016, it's just that I saw it in 2017. Sorry.

Frederik B, Saturday, 22 June 2019 12:20 (two months ago) link

Elephant film in lead for worst of this year

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 22 June 2019 13:36 (two months ago) link

Are we talking about an elephant sitting still or burtons dumbo

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Saturday, 22 June 2019 13:37 (two months ago) link

I’ve seen neither

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Saturday, 22 June 2019 13:37 (two months ago) link

i suspect we are both talking about the former

devvvine, Saturday, 22 June 2019 13:39 (two months ago) link

Oh I guess dumbo was this year? They’re really churning this waste out eh

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Saturday, 22 June 2019 13:39 (two months ago) link

TALLYING COMPLETE

I think I caught everything misspelled or missing half the title, but if not, it's on the voter.

Several films I was looking forward to finding images for have fallen outside the top 50.

If we were extending out to everything that needed two votes to qualify (ie 36 points), the lowest rank would be 72. The very lowest double-vote-receiver ranked at 88, with 14 points. The lowest triple-vote-receiver is at 83, with 33 points.

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Saturday, 22 June 2019 23:45 (two months ago) link

good job sic

johnny crunch, Sunday, 23 June 2019 00:17 (two months ago) link

thank you for everything sic. looking forward to this, bear film or no bear film.

flappy bird, Sunday, 23 June 2019 05:02 (two months ago) link

counterpoint: thank you only if it includes the bear film

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 23 June 2019 20:06 (two months ago) link

we gettin' rollout?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 24 June 2019 14:36 (two months ago) link

if i'd seen it time minding the gap, would've been very high on my ballot. beautiful film

devvvine, Sunday, 30 June 2019 20:08 (two months ago) link


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