Slavoj Zizek's Greatest Films Poll ballot

Via Fimoculous, here's the critics poll ballot from Slavoj Zizek in Sight and Sound's 2012 Greatest Films Poll. It's no surprise that Zizek's is the only vote for 2007's Hitman, starring Timothy Olyphant, in the entire critic's poll. And I haven't seen it myself, so my surprise could be a bit of snobbish presumption. Still...

Browsing the entire list of films that received at least one vote is a fun exercise. The list has a reputation for skewing towards movies with narrow appeal, so what seemed to me to be more recent populist entries leapt out at me:

  • Anchorman
  • The Artist
  • Avatar
  • Back to the Future
  • Bambi
  • Borat
  • The Breakfast Club
  • The Departed
  • Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Gran Torino
  • Inglorious Bastards
  • Kill Bill
  • The King's Speech
  • Minority Report
  • Pirates of the Caribbean III: At World's End
  • Precious
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • The Social Network
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Up
  • Wall-E
  • Zodiac

To take this poll to the next level, the BFI could tweak their website so you could look at any movie and see how often it ranked in the top 10, 20, 50 movies among only those critics who had actually seen it. As the years go by, and despite increased average life expectancies and the number of classics that stream online, it becomes harder and harder for critics to have seen as large a percentage of the the entire film canon.