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PEE Poll: Battle Of The Studios
Warner Bros.   -2 (11.1%)
MGM/United Artists   -0 (0%)
20th Century Fox   -5 (27.8%)
Paramount   -3 (16.7%)
Universal   -2 (11.1%)
New Line Cinema   -2 (11.1%)
Miramax   -1 (5.6%)
Disney/Touchstone   -1 (5.6%)
Columbia/Tri-Star   -1 (5.6%)
Dreamworks   -1 (5.6%)
Total Members Voted: 18


DOOP Secretary
« on: 11-09-2003 18:26 »

Out of these ten major movie studios, which do you think has produced some of the best movies, and is therefore the pick of the Studios?

1) Warner Bros: Gave us Looney Toons, The Matrix Trilogy, Harry Potter, Dirty Harry, Lethal Weapon, and more.

2) MGM/UA: Gave us Gone With The Wind, the Bond movies, Bowling For Columbine, The Usual Suspects, Rocky, Annie Hall, and more.

3) 20th Century Fox: Gave us Star Wars, The Sound Of Music, X-Men, the Alien movies, Titanic, Predator, Commando and more.

4) Paramount: Gave us Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, Indiana Jones, Star Trek Movies, Jackass, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, True Lies and more.

5) Universal: Gave us American Pie, Animal House, Back To The Future, Breakfast Club, Jaws, Meet The Parents, The Land Before Time, and more.

6) New Line Cinema: Gave us Lord Of The Rings, Austin Powers, Magnolia, American History X, The Wedding Singer, and more.

7) Miramax: Gave us Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, The Kevin Smith movies, Good Will Hunting, The Importance Of Being Earnest, and more.

8) Disney/Touchstone: Gave us Fantasia, Snow White, Toy Story, Beauty & The Beast, The Lion King, Tarzan, Freaky Friday, The Herbie movies, Con Air, Gone In 60 Seconds, Pearl Harbor, and more.

9) Columbia/Tri-Star: Gave us Ghostbusters, Spiderman, Men In Black, XXX, Charlies Angels, Bad Boys, and more.

10) Dreamworks: Shrek, The Peacemaker, American Beauty, Deep Impact, AI, Almost Famous, Road Trip, Gladiator, Minority Report and more.

So, considering the legacy of each studio, which do you think has made the greatest contribution to movie history?  The movies here are examples of the work they've produced, and each has it's own stand-outs and it's own turkeys.

Obviously there are omissions from this list (as a Brit, I wanted to include Film Four) however, ten choices is only what we have - so I went with the ten most popular.

Bending Unit
« Reply #1 on: 11-09-2003 18:33 »
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I'll go for DreamWorks. Even though the logo is a bit crappy in general their films are good - usually well above average. I would have gone for Pathé, though, if it was there. Go groovy arty euro films!

Since DreamWorks was only founded a few years it hasn't got much of a legacy, although the people behind it have made a lot of films previously between them. I have a hatred of 20th century fox for some reason...

Urban Legend
« Reply #2 on: 11-09-2003 18:39 »
« Last Edit on: 11-09-2003 18:39 »

Of course I'm gonna vote FOX because I'm a complete Star Wars whore. Plus I like the X-men movies and Indiana Jones movies. The TV station however I've grown to hate (except for The Simpsons).

Starship Captain
« Reply #3 on: 11-09-2003 18:40 »

I went with Disney/Touchstone since most of my favorite films came from them.  I still love kids movies.  :D   However, I would probably include Miramax in that Disney bubble too, since Disney DOES own them (though Miramax is allowed to operate independently most of the time; Disney just takes their profits).

Urban Legend
« Reply #4 on: 11-09-2003 18:41 »
« Last Edit on: 11-09-2003 18:41 »

Hm, either Universal or Disney. Lion King is one of my favorite all-time movies, but overall, Universal is better.   :)

Originally posted by Newhook_1:
The TV station however I've grown to hate (except for The Simpsons and Futurama).


DOOP Secretary
« Reply #5 on: 11-09-2003 18:44 »

I went with Fox, I'm a big Star Wars nut, and loved the Alien movies (except Alien 3), as well as X-Men too.
PCC Fred

Space Pope
« Reply #6 on: 11-09-2003 19:15 »

I'm gonna have to be totally predictable and vote for Paramount.  On the movie side it has the Star Trek movies, on the TV side it has... er... Star Trek.

Urban Legend
« Reply #7 on: 11-09-2003 19:30 »

I'm voting for Columbia/Tristar, for the sole reason of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I might've picked New Line, but that would've been just for LOTR, and in the long run, I like "Holy Grail" more.  :)

Bending Unit
« Reply #8 on: 11-09-2003 19:40 »
« Last Edit on: 11-09-2003 19:40 »

Fox - for all reasons already given and also for Fox Searchlight (the independant arm of Fox).

Starship Captain
« Reply #9 on: 11-09-2003 21:38 »

I gave my vote to Paramount, because they gave us Star Trek, the original series, and six great movies and part of a seventh, with the original cast.  Oh, yeah, and dvd box sets next year of the original series.  Ohh baby, I can't wait.(Rubs hands gleefully)

« Reply #10 on: 11-09-2003 22:47 »

Are these the legacies of the studios or their current condition. Fox in the Studio Era is much different then Fox today. With all of the mergers it is hard to differentiate.

Mirimax is Disney,
New Line is Time Warner
Columbia/Tri-Star is Sony
I think MGM/UA is Time Warner now, if not they have their film libraries. 

A bunch of the examples you gave are just distribution, they barely had any effect on the product of the work,

I like DreamWorks, sort of like United Artists in a more modern time. Not part of a conglomerate.

Here is a link where you see an outdated list  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/cool/giants/

Urban Legend
« Reply #11 on: 11-09-2003 22:54 »

whichever one that is willing to hire me shall be my favorite.

DOOP Secretary
« Reply #12 on: 11-09-2003 22:57 »
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@Musca: Noted. 

I went with the studios which we associate with the movies (ie: it's their logo before the credits).  Like the music industry, multi-nationals and conglomerates make the studios (and labels) pretty meaningless, really.

Even though I voted for Fox, I like the idea of Dreamworks (like UA in the early days, as you say), and they've got off to good start with their production credits, and put out some good movies.

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #13 on: 11-10-2003 07:46 »

I couldn't make up my mind, and no one had voted for Warner Bros. yet.  I felt the studio that gave us Looney Tunes, The Matrix, the first 2 Batman movies, The Iron Giant, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Superman, Casablanca, Amadeus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Shawshank Redemption deserved at least one vote, so there you go.  It would have been nice to have the option for Troma (The Toxic Avenger, Cannibal: The Musical, Sgt. Kabkiman: NYPD) or Artisan (The Blair Witch Project, Resivoir Dogs, Cecil B. Demented) though.

Also, I like DreamWorks (you have to love any studio that's existed for 5 years and already has 3 Best Picture Oscars under it's belt).  Universal's films topped the list of my favourite movies in grade 10 (The Breakfast Club, MST3K: The Movie, 12 Monkeys, Army of Darkness, Midnight Run).  Fox has the best logo in the buisness, defined the Sci-Fi movie with Star Wars, and defined the modern action film with Die Hard.  Disney gave us some of the best animation ever.  Paramount gave us a string of sheer brilliance during the 70s (Rosemary's Baby, The Godfather, Harold & Maude, Marathon Man, Chinatown...) and more recently has given us the South Park movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Airplane! and The Naked Gun movies.  MGM/UA has great movies in it's library (especially after they bought Orion's stock) and puts out great special edition DVDs (and they had the guts to let Frank Zappa make a movie for them!).  Miramax gave us Quentin Tarintino and Kevin Smith.  New Line deservs credit solely for beleiving in Peter Jackson so much they financed three films in one go (if he screwed up FotR, they'd be stuck with two more movies no one wants to see).  And Columbia has Stir Crazy, Punch-Drunk Love, Taxi Driver, Monty Python and The Holy Grail, Ghostbusters, Adaptation, Panic Room, Snatch, and Men in Black, so I'll forgive the the Charlie's Angels series and their SuperBit DVD series (Screw great picture!  I have a 13" TV!  I want some special features!).

DOOP Ubersecretary
« Reply #14 on: 11-10-2003 16:19 »

Ah hell, I love them all equally, like yin and yang....

...except with ten studios.

Urban Legend
« Reply #15 on: 11-10-2003 16:31 »

It's hard to choose. I'm quite suprised all the good movies are spread out over so many studios. I'm going to go with Paramount, however. (Largely for Star Trek and Indy  :D).
Slurm Guy

Starship Captain
« Reply #16 on: 11-10-2003 16:44 »

Twentieth Century Fox, just because of Star Wars and X-Men. Oh, then there's Independence Day.

Urban Legend
« Reply #17 on: 11-10-2003 18:35 »

Hmm I really don't know. I mean there are other studios I like Manga entertainment, ADV, Metrodome (Donnie Darko) adn companies like bfi that have released all the Kurosawa classics. As such I don't think I'll vote for these Hollywood giants.

DOOP Secretary
« Reply #18 on: 11-10-2003 18:37 »

I go with Warner Bros because The Matrix is one of the films.

Rectum Favourist
Urban Legend
« Reply #19 on: 11-10-2003 19:21 »

New Line Cinema have a terrible habit of bringing out quality DVDs which I time and again feel utterly compelled to part ways with my feeble few English pounds for.

So they get my vote.

Bending Unit
« Reply #20 on: 11-10-2003 20:54 »

The Warner Brothers can blow me and Dreamworks can blow it out thier ass... Fox can do no wrong.
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