03/15/17: March Movie Madness Round 1, Part 5
Welcome back to March Movie Madness! Here are the results from our last batch:
#2 The Shining defeats #15 Say Anything…
#9 Forrest Gump defeats #8 Fight Club
#11 No Country for Old Men defeats #6 Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
#14 12 Years a Slave defeats #3 Her
Here is our next batch of movies to vote on. We’re halfway done with the first round. Descriptions of each below!
Raiders of the Lost Ark: What possibly can be said about Indiana Jones at this point that hasn’t already been said by it’s millions of adoring fans, successful and ongoing film series, and the numerous awards it has won? Harrison Ford is awesome here; every bit as cool as he needs to be, but also smart and cunning. His first trek here is the ultimate adventure film, that dozens of others have tried to emulate. Some have been good, but none can stand up to the legend himself. — Scott Tennant
Se7en: It’s rare that these number-replacing-a-letter-in-a-title productions end up being anything worthwhile (looking at you Fant4stic), but David Fincher’s Se7en is not only worthwhile, but helped put the director on the map and set him up for greatness. Crime mysteries have been commonplace since the noir days in the 1940’s, so for a movie like Se7en to come around and turn the genre on it’s head is really saying something. One of film history’s greatest endings give Se7en some staying power, but it’s impossible to ignore the creepy atmosphere that Fincher sets up utilizing color grading and fearless visuals. The performances of young Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, and the particularly haunting Kevin Spacey are all top notch and their delivery helps the story pack a huge punch, and stay with you for awhile. — Scott Tennant
Almost Famous: Personally, I can’t think of a better coming of age film than Almost Famous. While set in the 70s, the characters could be you, your friends, and anybody you’ve ever wanted to impress. If anything, what makes Almost Famous so great is that the protagonist is just kind of a nerd, as he should be. Memorable characters, quotes, and songs make this film such a hit. I would say this is Cameron Crowe’s finest work, and a piece that is rife with emotion from start to finish. Once you see this film, Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” will always bring a smile to your face (and make you want to sing at the top of your lungs, too). Almost Famous tours concepts like love, friendship, growing up, and betrayal, and invites you to join it on the ride. On top of that, Kate Hudson does a thing with her hand while saying “You are home,” that is next level. — Max Rivera
The King’s Speech:Take one part period piece, one part personal story overcoming adversity, throw in a good old-fashioned British bromance, and add in dashes of splendid costumes, set design, and stirring music, and you get Best Picture winner The King’s Speech. A true story about overcoming obstacles, personal growth, and facing fear head on that really is inspirational, all thanks to the marvelous performances from it’s leading trio (Colin Firth, Geoffery Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter). These three propel the film to great heights and help the film ooze with style in it’s historical setting. — Scott Tennant
Thanks for participating! Keep your eyes on The Critical Breakdown for the next few weeks and help us narrow it down to the grand champion. And make sure to subscribe to our podcast for more from the podcast boys, every Tuesday.