Vote Your Heart: And your head too, if you like. Everybody gets three votes in NPR's Best Movies of 2008 poll.
OK, so it should be plain by now that the not-so-serious surveys we're doing here on Monkey See are a kind of sideshow, for our amusement and for yours.
The main attraction? That would be it, right over there. The real deal. NPR's first-ever Best Movies audience poll — where you, not the critics, write the Top 10 list.
How we picked the short list, after the jump...
Some background on the nominees: We canvassed NPR's film writers about their favorites, and we ran the numbers at Metacritic: Any 2008 release with a Metascore of 75 or higher, plus anything you saw bearing a (Recommended) tag here at NPR.org, should be on the list of nominees.
Why the 75-or-better cutoff? Well, more than 575 films, foreign and domestic, reported U.S. box-office figures to Exhibitor Relations in 2008, so we figured we'd better narrow things down a little.
Everyone's invited to vote, no registration required. And because we know it might be hard to choose between Wall-E and I Served the King of England, well, good news — you don't have to. Everybody gets three votes, so your favorite foreign flick needn't go begging just because you were bowled over by The Dark Knight.
So click away. If you need a refresher about a title you think you've seen but can't quite place, check our Movie Reviews archive — we've covered a lot of these titles since last January.
Enjoy. We'll unveil the results of this main Best Movies poll on Jan. 2, so check back then to see which movies the NPR community thinks are worthy of a slot in the Top 10.
And of course we'll keep it up with the other polls every day, here on the blog — the serious ones, and the less-than, too.