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Cinemarch Madness: Wilder Division Poll
March 21, 2013 – 9:57 AM | 13 Comments
Cinemarch Madness: Wilder Division Poll

And we end the prelims on a doozy. So many worthwhile votes! So many multiple-nomination entries!
So, let's start with the popular contenders. Boys Don't Cry is almost flawless as a film; I can't think of …

Cinemarch Madness: Campion Division Poll
March 20, 2013 – 10:37 AM | 15 Comments
Cinemarch Madness: Campion Division Poll

 

It's funny, the clusters you get on a randomized list — and I don't mean Hereafter and The Sweet Hereafter both in the same flight. Here, it's films that, on a different day, might have …

Cinemarch Madness: Demme Division
March 19, 2013 – 9:41 AM | 9 Comments
Cinemarch Madness: Demme Division

The Demme Division presents a by-now-familiar Cinemarch Madness dilemma: what's your third vote? The Deer Hunter is so challenging, so visually dark it seems to have been filmed from inside a keg, Walken's face so …

Cinemarch Madness: Mathias Division Poll
March 18, 2013 – 1:46 PM | 5 Comments
Cinemarch Madness: Mathias Division Poll

Brutal draw; the only thing I can rule out is Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken, because I think it's a bit lightweight, but that's just me.
My votes? Precious and Capturing the Friedmans get honorable mentions, …

Cinemarch Madness: Haneke Division Poll
March 17, 2013 – 10:59 AM | 17 Comments
Cinemarch Madness: Haneke Division Poll

At last, a no-brainer. Granted, having seen a few others in the division might have made the choice more difficult, but as it is, I can eliminate both the Bette Davis flicks; I like them, …

Cinemarch Madness: Truffaut Division Poll
March 16, 2013 – 10:41 AM | 5 Comments
Cinemarch Madness: Truffaut Division Poll

Frankie, Frankie, Frankie. Ya killin' me here.
…Okay. I haven't seen Central Station, The Heiress, Judgment at Nuremberg, or Monster's Ball, so I won't vote for them.
That doesn't help much in terms of ruling things out, …

Cinemarch Madness: Jordan Division Poll
March 15, 2013 – 12:21 PM | 9 Comments
Cinemarch Madness: Jordan Division Poll

Two clear favorites here in the Jordan Division, just based on nominations-round name-checking: The Killing Fields and Saving Private Ryan. The first I endorse; the second I consider more of an action movie, and the …

Cinemarch Madness: Herman Division Poll
March 14, 2013 – 11:53 AM | 16 Comments
Cinemarch Madness: Herman Division Poll

The inevitable division in which I haven't seen much, alas. A very few words about the films I know, then, starting with Double Indemnity. I watched it for the first time recently (…I know, I …

Cinemarch Madness: Polley Division Poll
March 13, 2013 – 11:17 AM | 5 Comments
Cinemarch Madness: Polley Division Poll

Without double-checking the remaining divisions, I have to compare Polley to the NL East, where you've got one team contending and the rest pantsing around like the Bad News Bears.
Washington Nationals duty in this lineup …

Cinemarch Madness: De Palma Division Poll
March 12, 2013 – 10:09 AM | 17 Comments
Cinemarch Madness: De Palma Division Poll

Wow.
I don't know if Blow Out will do very well, but it's a great film with no hope for human beings — as well as 1) De Palma at his best at harnessing his intensities …