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March Movie Madness

03/17/17: March Movie Madness Round 1, Part 6

Maximilian Rivera March 17, 2017
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By Scott Tennant | @Breakdown_Scott

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!

1980’s #7 Do the Right Thing vs. #10 The Breakfast Club
Do the Right Thing: Spike Lee manages to capture the vibe of living in a city in a time when we were supposed to be over racial issues. Artfully made and masterfully edited, to many this film is what they remember that time and place to be, even if it didn’t go down exactly that way. Left hand hate KO’ed by love, timely as it ever was. You the man. No, you the man. — Joe Leonard

​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

1990’s #5 Jurassic Park vs. #12 The Silence of the Lambs
Jurassic Park: With Jurassic Park, Steven Spielberg takes all the fun and terror of a 50’s monster movie, and mixes it with top-notch modern science fiction. With some of the most iconic scenes, a sense of humor, and some sincere storytelling, we’re taken on a joyride full of cloned dinosaurs that want to eat every person they can find. Not because they’re evil — but because eating tasty humans is just what dinosaurs -should- do. If you’re one of the 3 people on Earth who haven’t seen Jurassic Park, then our advice is to hold on to your butts — you’re in for a treat.     — 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
2000’s #2 The Dark Knight vs. #15 Big Fish
The Dark Knight: Not just a comic book movie, The Dark Knight is a crime thriller that just so happens to feature Batman and the Joker — which is how it should be. With stylish-yet-sincere style from Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight is probably best known for the show stealing performance of Heath Ledger. Rightfully so — Ledger redefined the character with his performance. Best of all, instead of leaving you in a moral grey ground, the film says that Batman isn’t your everyday superhero. He’s just a man, but he’s a man who will do what it takes to save his city. Even if that means taking the blame for the downbeat ending. A beautiful score and solid performances all around take The Dark Knight into movie fame, setting it miles ahead of other comic book affairs.  — Max Rivera

​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

2010’s #6 Nightcrawler vs. #11 Spotlight
Nightcrawler: If you are looking for compelling character study on an otherwise entirely unexplored topic that will creep you out in more ways then one, don’t miss Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler. Bubble Boy has come a long way and this movie is the perfectly vehicle to show Jake Gyllenhaal off as a serious actor with range. The movie is tightly paced and an excellent commentary on the mass media culture that infects our society. Visually dazzling, and brilliantly edited, Nightcrawler is hypnotic and builds around Gyllenhaal’s developing insanity as a the main character. He’s certainly a villain, but it’s hard not to root for him by the end. Make your own judgement call though.  — 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

 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.

Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.