03/13/17: March Movie Madness, Round 1, Part 4
Welcome back to March Movie Madness! Our first matchups are in the books and here are the results:
#5 The Princess Bride defeats #12 Die Hard
#7 The Matrix defeats #10 Heat
#1 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind defeats #16 Up
#4 Mad Max: Fury Road defeats #13 The Wolf of Wall Street
Here is our next batch of movies to vote on. Descriptions of each below!
Say Anything…: Cameron Crowe’s directorial debut produces what may be the iconic filmmakers best film, and possibly shaped the coming of age story for years to come. Where many films struggle to accurately portray teenagers and young adults, Say Anything thrives, thanks to an incredible script from Crowe, and a great performance from leading man John Cusack. Cusack’s Lloyd Dobler is quirky, spastic, and a total dork, but he’s so endearing and feels real. If you haven’t seen it, watch it now, and you’ll finally get the iconic decleration of love with the boombox and Peter Gabriel. –Scott Tennant
Forrest Gump: Tom Hanks at his best (and that’s saying a lot). A coming of age story for one man, and all Baby Boomers on the way. A movie that ditches stereotypes of people with disabilities. A movie that glorifies the achievements of this country without ignoring the problems along the way. A tearjerker that will make you feel happy to be alive, and to long for a simpler time that admittedly was not so simple after all. A piece of Americana that does not glamorize or sugarcoat. –Joe Leonard
No Country for Old Men: Everyman welder Llewelyn Moss happens upon the remains of a drug-deal-gone-bad and walks away with several million dollars in a briefcase. That briefcase becomes a flame attracting some very interesting moths throughout the course of the film. No Country for Old Men does not have much of a score or a clear-cut moral resolution but the Coen Brothers’ mix of tension and dark humor make this crime drama my dark horse pick in the 00s bracket. Moss happens upon the remains of a drug-deal-gone-bad and walks away with several million dollars in a briefcase. That briefcase becomes a flame attracting some very interesting moths throughout the course of the film. No Country for Old Men does not have much of a score or a clear-cut moral resolution but the Coen Brothers’ mix of tension and dark humor make this crime drama my dark horse pick in the 00s bracket. –Jon Darling
12 Years a Slave: Probably the best movie that you’ve only seen once… and that’s okay. It’s very powerful stuff, and hard to stomach for the faint of heart; director Steve McQueen pulls no punches and doesn’t embellish anything for the sake of sensation. The movie is praised for it’s historical accuracy, but that’s not all. A wide and talented ensemble shows off their talents here with excellent displays all around, powered by the excellent writing and powerful direction from McQueen. –Scott Tennant It only gets better from here! Keep following The Critical Breakdown on Facebook for updates on the voting, as well as checking out our weekly podcast for even more great content!
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