03/17/17: March Movie Madness Round 1, Part 6
Welcome back to March Movie Madness! Here are the results from our last batch:
#13 Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark defeats #4 Ghostbusters
#1 The Shawshank Redemption defeats #16 Se7en
#3 The Departed defeats #14 Almost Famous
#8 Room defeats #9 The King’s Speech
Here is our next batch of movies to vote on. Things are really heating up here! Descriptions of each below!
The Breakfast Club:No matter who you are, The Breakfast Club is designed to appeal to you. We all faced SOME adversity in high school, after all, and this film has a character archetype that you identify with. We’re introduced to a nerd, a jock, a prep, a reject, and a juvenile delinquent, and we watch as they grow from strangers to friends. Sure, it carries the hijinks you expect from an 80s teen film, but the group therapy session takes this film to a new height. If the raw emotions displayed as each actor takes us through their own story doesn’t get you right in the gut, I’m not sure why you’re even watching movies. While all the other Brat Pack films are fun, The Breakfast Club is everything you could want from a teen film. — Max Rivera
The Silence of the Lambs: “Well Clarice, have the lambs stopped screaming?”. An iconic performance from a legendary actor as Hannibal Lector, possibly the greatest villain of all time, make The Silence of the Lambs a non-stop thrill ride that you wish you could stop watching but just can’t look away. The back and forth between Hopkins and Jodie Foster makes for a taut, hypnotic thriller that toes the line between true horror and crime thriller. — Scott Tennant
Big Fish:Tim Burton’s vision doesn’t always strike a chord, but in Big Fish, the fantasy/family/romance mashup, Burton’s signature aesthetic suited a brilliant script and an outstanding ensemble cast to make a heart-warming, fantastical film that is charming and beautiful. Sequences of this movie are so unique and beautiful it’s hard for them not to be memorable. The ending delivers on the emotional buildup in an immensely satisfying way and give the movie it’s lasting impression. One not to miss. — Scott Tennant
Spotlight: Rarely does a film of this calibur come out, deliver it’s mesage, while also demonstrating some of the highest calibur of film making of the decade. The movie is one of the rare films that truly has no weakness. The cinematography is not flashy with extreme long takes or visual effects, but it serves the purpose well without getting in the way. The editing and pacing are top notch and drive the film in the absence of an action plot. The writing is a triumph; a seemingly slow but touchy subject matter are treated with maturity and poise and everything else around the movie serve to build the delivery of the story. It’s a tough movie to recommend and some were surprised it won Best Picture, but once you start watching it, the excellence of the film on display keeps you watching. — Scott Tennant
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