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[User Picture]From: max1975 Date: May 20th, 2006 - 05:35 am (Link)
Another factor might be the nature of memory. For someone to have made my list, they needed to have made a lasting impression on me. For example, I remember thinking Milla Jovovich was insanely hot in 5th Element, and pretty damn hot in that five minutes (and ten seconds I kept rewinding) of that zombie flick. But I don't have the time or resources to go back and watch every movie with a hot girl in it just to take your poll. So I look up Milla on the web and, well, the pictures just aren't doing that much for me. So Milla doesn't make my list.

Also Thandie Newton. I remember her being the hottest girl in the world when I watched MI:2, and the sole reason I don't regret losing those two hours of my life. But then I saw her a few times on when I accidentally watched ER, and while I can't pick out any particular reason, she just wasn't hot there.

So my list is composed of people who maintain an actively hot presence in my mind, Meg left out because I did actually see her being not hot (and am still very upset about that). Making me fall in love with them is a definite advantage.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 20th, 2006 - 02:05 pm (Link)
See, that's the thing that I find weird. For me, when I made my list, at least the top 10, people needed to have a current hot pressence. As opposed to only being hot in my memory. That would have made it way too hard. I would have had to include Audrey Hepburn, for instance. As a good example, because of this I ended up leaving certain people that I'm totally hot for off the list because they just weren't "around" for me in the last year. Key in point: Dominique Swain (who I maintain is mindblowingly hot, but just basically did nothing the last couple of years), Taryn Manning (who actually was in Hustle & Flow last year, but I haven't bothered to watch it yet), Jennifer Love Hewitt (who at least has a show, but I've never watched it), Sunrise Adams (gorgeous porn star, retired), Alicia Keys (crazy hot, but no album last year... if I had done it for 2005 instead of 2006, she'd totally be there), Ashanti (same thing), Halle Berry (only a voice actress last year).

Like I said before. My requirements certainly aren't requirements for everyone. I just don't see how anyone could do it otherwise. That's what I'm seeking to understand. In the last year HBC was in Corpse Bride, and Wallace & Grommet, neither of which she actually appears in, and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, in which I found her distinctly NOT HOT.

[User Picture]From: max1975 Date: May 20th, 2006 - 05:12 pm (Link)
I think definitions of "current" differ. If I had to go by people who I'd seen being hot this week I'm stuck with Katherine McPhee and that girl who plays Veronica Mars. That doesn't make for much of a list. Also, I don't wanna vote for a flash in the pan, because there are so many such flashes whose names i don't even remember at this point.

I didn't see Charlie and the Chocolate factory, nor any other evidence of any diminishing hotness on Helena's part, so nothing to knock her out of the top spot. Looking at pics on the web, I see that she looks kinda tired and haggard, but she looked that way in Hamlet 20 years ago, during her hottest parts of the movie. She was also wearing this big shapeless sackcloth kinda thing. Helena's hotness is not skin-deep.

Now, I do think she'd be hotter if she stopped hanging out with Tim Burton, who seems to really enjoy uglying her up...
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 21st, 2006 - 03:38 pm (Link)
eh, I guess I felt that it was more or less general knowledge that a "most            2006" list generally covered the last year in terms of recentness. But given the results that I saw, maybe not. In any case, of the "top 10," the only one that hasn't been proven to not be flash in the pan at this point is probably Kiera Knightley, and I'm pretty sure that given a nother year (she's got a few films on the horizon) she'll be fairly cemented in the popular culture.

That said, if a flash in the pan can't be hot, what can they be? We're not talking the Oscars here. I would think that you could be the sexiest in terms of raw sex appeal for a moment without it meaning you have to be meaningful on some other level or lasting way. Which is not to say of course that lasting sex appeal over the ages can't move you up on the list.
[User Picture]From: max1975 Date: May 21st, 2006 - 05:58 pm (Link)
Sure a flash in the pan can be hot, but that doesn't mean i'll notice she exists. Like I've got no clue who scarlet johansson is. All I know is that she was naked on the cover of some magazine with keira knightley and some dude. Obviously I'm out of the mainstream on this one, since she took first place, but I'm just wondering how the hell everyone else seems to know who she is, and if they'll remember her a year from now.

Um. I don't know if I actually have any point here, and I need to save battery.

I think maybe my point is we perceive things on different scales. Pop culture is not a particular area of interest for me. I mean, it's not like I can avoid it, but I don't really pay any more attention to it than I have to. So to me, Keira Knightley is still the Hot New Star, and Scarlet hasn't done enough to even show up in my reality as more than a name and a picture in which I'm annoyed at her for sitting in front of parts of Keira that I'd like to see.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 21st, 2006 - 06:15 pm (Link)
yeah, you're just way to far outside of the mainstream here. Scarlett is pretty much this year's It Girl, she's been around for the alst several though and is widely considered to be about the most successful actress in a generation. She's far more established than Kiera, having done a string of critically acclaimed films (several of which were Oscar winners or contenders). Anyway, aside from the silly movie choices I mentioned under her picture she also actually starred in:

Ghost World
The Horse Whisperer
The Girl with a Pearl Earring
Lost in Translation

Oh, and she's wicked fucking hot.
[User Picture]From: max1975 Date: May 21st, 2006 - 06:36 pm (Link)
Ha. I haven't seen a single one of those movies. Though I think maybe I read five words about Ghost World that made me want to see it at some point.

But while they may be critically acclaimed, was any of those a huge megahit like PIrates of the Carribean that it would have taken the slightest amount of effort to avoid?

I think the real key is you take the time to read magazines and websites and whatnot that keep you up to date. I don't think most people (at least in this sample) really do that, almost certainly not to the same degree. I'm willing to admit you're right about scarlett being huge, and I might think she's hot had I actually seen any of her movies, but how do I know there's not some other girl who's just as huge and even hotter in some other set of movies that I haven't seen?
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 21st, 2006 - 06:47 pm (Link)
actually, Lost in Translation was that big... you just live in a hole. Now it's not an action movie, so its lower grossing. But it was a $4million picture that made $44million (domestic) as opposed to Pirates being $130million and making $300million (domestic). Anyway, 11x budget is pretty phenomenal for a non hollywood straight drama.

In all seriousness, it astounds me that you could have possibly not heard of it. The others sure. But that one was an absolutely massively huge movie.
[User Picture]From: max1975 Date: May 21st, 2006 - 07:27 pm (Link)
Oh, I heard of it. I even know what it's about. I just haven't seen it. 11x budget is great, they should be very happy with themselves. But it's not the kind of thing that's going to force itself into my consciousness. ("Steve! We have to go see pirates of the carribean! It's got a guy from Lord of the Rings in it!" is the way things force their way into my consciousness these days, since I don't have to ever watch commercials anymore).

There are a zillion movies every year, and people who aren't pop culture junkies only ever see a small set of them. That probably has as almost as much to do with the variations in these lists as differences in taste. Or rather, taste in movies/TV shows is as relevant as taste in women.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 21st, 2006 - 08:36 pm (Link)
There are a zillion movies every year, and people who aren't pop culture junkies only ever see a small set of them. That probably has as almost as much to do with the variations in these lists as differences in taste. Or rather, taste in movies/TV shows is as relevant as taste in women.


Absolutely. I totally agree. I'm just saying that your barometer of normalness is way off. Hence your knowing Kiera (who really is quite less famous) over Scarlett. I mean for HOVA's sake, you voted for Natashia Williams, who's while I acknowledge is hot, her biggest claim to fame is being on a TV show in syndication at 4am that only 14 people nationwide ever watched. I mean, serious, in some markets she probably lost to Ron Popeil. Does that make her less sexy, probably not, but I say she's much more of a flash in the pan than say Scarlett is. (more like a glimmer in the pan, she never did anything that amounted to causing an actual flash)

Honestly, HBC is probably in that area as well. Quite naturally in order to get the most votes you're going to have to be popular. Famous. HBC has honestly never really risen above being a B-Lister, while everyone in the top 10 except for maybe Milla is clearly a current A-Lister. And Milla has certainly flirted with the A-List at points in the past. (So has HBC, but I'd say she's never really busted over the hump in any communal culture altering way). I'd say that the entire concept of these sorts of lists is nothing but an exercise in pop culture, which obviously is why I did it in the first place.
[User Picture]From: max1975 Date: May 21st, 2006 - 09:32 pm (Link)
See, your mistake is thinking I care how far out of the mainstream I am, when I've already made it perfectly clear how much crack I think they're all on.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 21st, 2006 - 09:39 pm (Link)
not at all... I totally see that you don't care. Its just at some point one need to recognize oneself as the odd man out and come to terms with that. The way I do with politics for instance. I realized I'm the weird one, I just tend to believe that it makes me better than all of the rest of you.
[User Picture]From: max1975 Date: May 21st, 2006 - 09:52 pm (Link)
Yes, that's exactly how I feel.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 21st, 2006 - 09:57 pm (Link)
well, not exactly... See, I'm basically at terms with the fact that the world will not recognize my genius in my lifetime. I simply make sure that there is a record of my genius so that future generations can marvel at how before my time I truly was. You on the other hand seem to kind of implore people to come around to your way of thinking. You really seem to think that people will eventually find HBC attractive or She Spies to not be ... well... bad. Stuff like that.

Oh and also... I'm right and you're wrong... so uh... :-P Pbbbbbt.... or something.
From: max1975 Date: May 22nd, 2006 - 02:04 am (Link)
[User Picture]From: max1975 Date: May 20th, 2006 - 07:59 pm (Link)
Here's my list in order:

1. helena bonham carter
2. naomi watts
3. sasha cohen
4. clair danes
5. eliza dushku
7. julia stiles
7. natashia williams
8. summer glau
9. christina ricci
10. xang xiu
 

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