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Our Favorite Crazy Votes in the Sight & Sound Greatest Film Poll

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire August 16, 2012 at 11:25AM

I mean I love the movie and all, but really? "Anvil! The Story of Anvil?"
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"Anvil! The Story of Anvil."
"Anvil! The Story of Anvil."

Sight & Sound Magazine finally put the complete results of their 2012 Greatest Films Poll online, allowing us the opportunity to pour over every single ballot and then loudly and obnoxiously judge them. For instance: "Die Hard" didn't get a single vote out of 800 critics but Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd" got two? C'mon folks. I know movies are subjective, I know opinions are subjective, but some things are clear-cut: "Die Hard" is better than "Sweeney Todd." 

Kidding aside, I'm not really upset about any of the results, but I do love studying them. And I love seeing the crazy movies (*coughSweeneyToddcough*) that wind up on people's lists. Just yesterday I wrote about Maria Montez and Arnold Schwarzenegger and perfect filmic appositeness, so while I call these votes "crazy" I say that with love: I think it's fantastic when critics throw caution, consensus, taste, and reputation to the wind to pick a movie they admire regardless of what others thinks. If these ten critics are nuts, then I salute their insanity.

To repeat: all of these movies received votes as one of the ten greatest films ever made. I swear I'm not kidding. And, seriously: "Die Hard" didn't get one vote. Neither did "Ghostbusters." We may need to start a petition before the 2022 poll.

Movies That (Shockingly) Received At Least One Vote in Sight & Sound's Greatest Films Poll

"Anvil! The Story of Anvil" - Diane Negra, Head of Film Studies, University College Dublin

"Dead or Alive 2: Birds" - Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Film Critic, MUBI

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" - Li Hongyu, Journalist and Editor

"Hitman" - Slavoj Zizek, Philosopher and Cultural Critic

"Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" - Diane Negra, Head of Film Studies, University College Dublin

"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" - Mark Sinker, Writer/Editor

"The Rainmaker" - Martial Pisani, Critic, Independencia

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" - Rob White, Editor, Film Quarterly

"A Serbian Film" - Karen Oughton, Visiting Lecturer, Freelance Film Journalist

"Zoolander" - Fernando E. Juan Lima, Film Critic, El Amante; Charles Whitehouse, Film Critic

Read more from Sight & Sound's 2012 Poll.

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