The PETER TRAVERS TOP TEN LIST contest - 2011

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Re: The PETER TRAVERS TOP TEN LIST contest - 2011

Postby Okri » Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:06 pm

Why not?

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2. War Horse AND Tin tin
3. Drive
4. Moneyball
5. Hugo
6. The Tree of Life
7. A Separation
8. The Artist
9. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
10. Harry Potter and.....

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Re: The PETER TRAVERS TOP TEN LIST contest - 2011

Postby Bog » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:34 pm

Giving it an effort in honor of the Travatar

1. The Descendants
2. Moneyball
3. The Artist
4. Drive
5. Hugo
6. The Tree of Life
7. Midnight in Paris
8. The Help
9. Melancholia
10. 50/50 & Win Win

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Re: The PETER TRAVERS TOP TEN LIST contest - 2011

Postby Barrybrooks2011 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:42 pm

1. Drive
2. The Descendents
3. Midnight in Paris
4. Hugo
5. A Dangerous Method
6. Moneyball
7. Martha Marcy May Marlene
8. Tree of Life
9. Melancholia
10. Higher Ground

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Re: The PETER TRAVERS TOP TEN LIST contest - 2011

Postby Damien » Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:54 pm

1. The Descendants
2. Drive
3. The Tree of Life
4. Hugo
5. Melancholia
6. Moneyball
7. The Artist
8. Midnight In Paris
9. Martha Marcy May Marlene
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
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Re: The PETER TRAVERS TOP TEN LIST contest - 2011

Postby ksrymy » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:56 pm

1. The Descendants
2. Moneyball
3. The Artist
4. The Tree of Life
5. Drive
6. A Dangerous Method
7. War Horse
8. Melancholia
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
10. Midnight in Paris
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Re: The PETER TRAVERS TOP TEN LIST contest - 2011

Postby Sabin » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:41 pm

Hmmm...

1. The Descendants
2. The Artist
3. The Tree of Life
4. Moneyball
5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
6. Drive
7. War Horse
8. A Dangerous Method
9. Hugo
10. Midnight in Paris
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Re: The PETER TRAVERS TOP TEN LIST contest - 2011

Postby FilmFan720 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:36 pm

1. War Horse AND The Adventures of Tin Tin
2. The Artist
3. The Descendants
4. Moneyball
5. The Tree of Life
6. Drive
7. Hugo
8. Midnight in Paris
9. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
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Re: The PETER TRAVERS TOP TEN LIST contest - 2011

Postby Sonic Youth » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:28 pm

My submission:

1. The Artist
2. The Tree of Life
3. Drive
4. Moneyball
5. The Descendants
6. The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo
7. Hugo
8. Win Win
9. Melancholia
10. The Help

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Re: The PETER TRAVERS TOP TEN LIST contest - 2011

Postby Dien » Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:42 pm

Man, I was pretty off back in '09. At least I made "second runner-up".

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Re: The PETER TRAVERS TOP TEN LIST contest - 2011

Postby Dien » Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:05 am

My predictions:

1. The Descendants
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
3. The Artist / Hugo (tie)
4. War Horse
5. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
6. Moneyball
7. Drive
8. A Dangerous Method
9. Martha Marcy May Marlene
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows pt. 2

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Re: The PETER TRAVERS TOP TEN LIST contest - 2011

Postby rudeboy » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:50 am

Missed last year - I think - so getting in early too. As usual mostly guesswork on my part as I don't read this guy's reviews, although I did glance at the first few pages of reviews on the site and yep, this man is predictable! Still don't think I'll do very well here.

1. The Descendants
2. Drive
3. The Artist & Hugo (he always lumps something together, right…?)
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
5. War Horse
6. Harry Potter
7. The Help
8. A Dangerous Method
9. Melancholia
10. Midnight in Paris

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Re: The PETER TRAVERS TOP TEN LIST contest - 2011

Postby anonymous1980 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:06 am

I'm gonna get my Travers in early just so I could get a jump since I missed last year's contest. I may edit this before Travers release. The way I do it is I consider every film that gets a 3 and a half star and 4-star rating a contender for the list. Out of those, I eliminate most films that would make his list more interesting like a critically panned film that he liked or any indie/foreign films that are not Oscar contenders. And the rest is pure guess work.

My entry:

01. The Descendants
02. The Artist
03. Moneyball
04. Hugo
05. Midnight in Paris
06. The Tree of Life
07. Drive
08. A Separation
09. The Help
10. Martha Marcy May Marlene

I'm gambling with A Separation. Sonic, do we get extra points if any of us correctly predict if he'll place the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce (4 stars) in his list?

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Re: The PETER TRAVERS TOP TEN LIST contest - 2011

Postby Sonic Youth » Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:32 am

His list was released especially early last year, so I thought I'd get a jump start on it tonight. Don't delay!

Here are links to the threads of the contest in previous years if you'd like to get an idea of what this is like, or if you'd like to relive fond old memories.

2010

2009

2006

2005

Good luck to all!
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The PETER TRAVERS TOP TEN LIST contest - 2011

Postby Sonic Youth » Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:19 am

I have my Peter Travatar up, so that can only mean one thing. Time for the yearly PETER TRAVERS TOP TEN LIST contest.

Unfortunately, it won't be quite the same this year because some people have decided to not rejoin us after the change in servers. No rain Bard, no Eric, no Franz Ferdinand, no paperboy, and who knows if mashari will ever find us again if he decides to make his year-end appearence. On the other hand, we have a few new members, and I hope they participate with this yearly tradition, one that I believe is great fun (if I do say so myself).

The Peter Travers contest, which I started here I think 10 years ago, is really a statement disguised as a contest. The statement is, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine is the most unoriginal, unidiosyncratic, yet highly dependable film critic around, both in his writing style - it's not for nothing that he's "the most blurbed film critic", according to Wiki - and in his taste in films. He slightly defies convention by positioning his tastes moderately left-of-center, very much like a white, college-age male just discovering "cool" movies would. That's not a bad starting point, but Travers has never opened his tastes up from there. And what better way to expose his predictibility than to build a contest around it?

The object is simple. Just guess what his Top Ten list of the year will be. I will post his previous top ten lists as a refresher, but first here are the rules:


a). One (1) point is awarded for correctly guessing which films will be on his top ten list.

b). One (1) additional point is awarded for accurately guessing precisely where on the list a film will end up. (Total: two (2) points.)

c). One (1) more additional point is awarded for accurately gussing the number one film of the year. (Total: three (3) points)

d). Three (3) bonus points for accurately predicting which movies will result in a tie, if any. Remember, there may or may not be a tie this year. Travers is one of those critics that likes to put ties in his lists, so you may want to take that under consideration. That said, not every yearly list has ties, so predict at your own risk. (Accurately predicting that there will be no tie gets you zero (0) points. Nice try, but no.)

e). One (1) point is docked for every inaccurately predicted tie. This is to discourage contestants from predicting too many ties.

f). The poll is officially closed when his list is released, and it's authenticity has been verified to my satisfaction.

g). Anyone caught revising his or her list after Travers releases his list will be disqualified.

h). In the event of a first place tie, the completely arbitrary solution is: whoever has guessed more higher-ranking movies on the list wins. If there is still a tie, then the winners will agree to share the honor with grace and humility.

i). Sonic Youth is not prohibited from winning his own contest. (This rule has never been applied, and probably never will be.)

Hints:

a). Do not go by Travers' star ratings! He works with a star rating, but it's not to be used as a guage to guess his Top Ten list with. Every year, three-and-a-half star movies are given higher rankings than four star films, and sometimes four star films don't appear on the list at all. It's completely arbitrary, although I don't think a three star film has ever appeared on his list.

b). Don't go by my ballot. No, really. DON'T GO BY MY BALLOT! YOU'LL LOSE!

c). Here are his previous Top Ten lists:

2010
1. The Social Network
2. Inception
3. The King’s Speech
4. True Grit
5. The Kids Are All Right
6. 127 Hours
7. Black Swan
8. The Fighter
9. Winter’s Bone
10. Toy Story 3

2009
1. Precious
2. Up in the Air
3. The Hurt Locker
4. An Education
5. Up
6. Where the Wild Things Are
7. A Serious Man
8. District 9
9. (500) Days of Summer
10. The Messenger

2008
1 Milk
2 Slumdog Millionaire
3 The Dark Knight
4 Frost/Nixon
5 Wall-E
6 Revolutionary Road
7 The Visitor
8 Doubt
9 Rachel Getting Married
10 Man on Wire

2007
1 No Country for Old Men
2 Atonement
3 Into the Wild
4 Eastern Promises
5 Sweeney Todd
6 American Gangster
7 There Will Be Blood
8 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
9 I'm Not There
10 Knocked Up
(tie) Juno

2006
1 The Departed
2 Dreamgirls
3 (tie) Letters from Iwo Jima
(tie) Flags of our Fathers
4 Volver
5 Babel
6 United 93
7 The Queen
8 Borat
9 Little Miss Sunshine
10 A Prairie Home Companion

All his lists for RS from 1989 to 2005
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