Not perhaps quite as exciting as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, the Best in Show at the Crufts Dog Show or the Gurner of the Year. Nevertheless, we have a clear and very worthy winner of the most undislikeable film poll.
It was all a fairly preposterous notion. Consult the hive mind for their least dislikeable films (about 400 were suggested) and then allow vetos on films that were disliked (about 170 classic films bit the dust). One thing rapidly became clear. Cinematic consensus is conspicuous by its absence. One man’s Heat is another man’s Arsenic (and old lace).
First the thumbs down.
Interestingly, all these films got thumbs up for some of you and thumbs down from others: Mulholland Drive, The Third man, Braindead, When Harry met Sally, Brazil and Mon Oncle.
These fine films also got the bum’s rush: Cal, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Airplane, Jules et Jim, Rogue One, Misery, Rocky Balboa, The Matrix, Mad Max 2, Days of Thunder, The Big Blue.
Rocky IV, Life is Beautiful, Home Alone 3 all took a battering and had several thumbs down.
But the most controversial film was Kes. Loach’s 1969 tale of a working class boy and his falcon was as divisive as My name is Daniel Blake. Some loved it, however that was beyond the ken of others. He is a seriously marmite director.
So what did our voters like?
Vintage British comedy remains as popular as ever. French cinema made a healthy showing, particularly Truffaut. The oldest film was Horse Feathers; the most modern Boyhood and The Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
Grosse Pointe Blank, Toy Story, The Railway Children, The Lavender Hill Mob, Bugsy Malone, Raising Arizona, Unforgiven, Kung Fu Hustle, Badlands, The Incredibles , Mon Oncle, Infernal Affairs, Still Walking, Braindead, Harvey, Modern Times. Foul Play, The Lives of Others, The White Ribbon, The Untouchables, Paths of Glory, The 400 Blows, Boyhood, Au Revoir Les Enfants, Kind Hearts and Cornets, Midnight run, Radio days, Billy Liar, Dr Strangelove, Paris Texas, When Harry Met Sally, White Heat, Heat, The Searchers, Moon, The 39 Steps, Badlands, Horse Feathers, Grosse Pointe Blank, LA Confidential, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Wood Job, Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, A room for Romeo Brass
Brazil , Last of the Mohicans ,Trading Places ,“If…” ,The Sting , Breakfast at Tiffany’s Fargo, Night of the Hunter , Team America: World Police
A Matter Of Life And Death, Jean de Florette/Manon des Sources, Big Wednesday, Mulholland Drive, Chinatown, The Third Man
And finally, a magnificent seven votes and not one thumb down for Bill Forsyth’s Local Hero from 1983.
It was nominated by Jack the Biscuit . And it just romped its way to success.
A low-key, understated, poignant Scottish drama-comedy. I don’t think too many of the AW audience will be walking out.
Thanks to everyone who voted and nominated films in the original thread.
Must dash now! The wonderful My life as a courgette is showing at our Bio Reflexen, our charming local fleapit at lunchtime. Don’t want to miss that!