Cinemarch Madness: George Division Poll
From the looks of the nominations thread, the George Divison belongs to Hotel Rwanda, Pan's Labyrinth, and Where the Red Fern Grows. We saw valid cases made for all; I haven't watched any of these, though, so I won't vote for them — or for Kramer vs. Kramer (downbeat, great gritty era light, but not enough, even with that playground sequence) or Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola's clinical eye can alienate, but tends to stop short of harrowing).
Salo…tough one. (On every level.) Having not seen it either, I wonder if that one's straddling (…sorry) an In the Realm of the Senses line between "this is a reflection of the/a human condition that is extraordinarily hard to take" and "this is an exercise in hard-to-take-ness."
And I might have thrown The Wedding Banquet a vote if it had started out in another division. Not here, because it's in with Kids, a film whose eponymous little personality disorders haunt me to this day (and the sex scene; and her cab ride; and the claustrophobia of Telly's mother's apartment), and They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, which brings you along into the exhaustion and disorientation of the characters, and the grime of hopelessness and sour moral relativism that covers everything, so effectively that it doesn't even need the kicker…but what a kicker it is. (And with a soupcon of…well, just Google Gig Young.) (…Iiiii know.)
The third slot is a tough one once again; I could go Ice Storm. Kevin Kline looking both hopefully and hopelessly into the back seat at his son had me choking in the theater, and Adam Hann-Byrd is flawless (and his scenes beyond disquieting) as Sandy.
But instead, I think it's The Vanishing. (Not this one.) You know what's coming. You know Rex's ruin is inevitable, and you know its nature; the sadness of the emotional situation fights with a physiological and phobic response to its arithmetic. It's stayed with me ever since. (On a side note, if you…well, "liked" is maybe not the thing with these, but if you "thought well of" The Vanishing, give Epitafios a try, if only so that someone, anyone else has seen it and can talk about it with me. And also if you're like, "Sleeping? Hate it!" because yeee-iiiiiikes.)
George Division: Vote for the THREE (3) harshest films.
- Hotel Rwanda (51%, 154 Votes)
- Kids (44%, 132 Votes)
- Pan's Labryinth (40%, 120 Votes)
- Where the Red Fern Grows (25%, 75 Votes)
- The Ice Storm (25%, 75 Votes)
- They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (19%, 57 Votes)
- The Vanishing (Dutch ver.) (16%, 48 Votes)
- Kramer vs. Kramer (11%, 32 Votes)
- Lost in Translation (8%, 24 Votes)
- Salo (4%, 13 Votes)
- Ratcatcher (3%, 10 Votes)
- Mean Creek (2%, 7 Votes)
- The Wedding Banquet (1%, 4 Votes)
- The Wages of Fear (1%, 3 Votes)
- Kanal (1%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 301
Tags: Adam Hann-Byrd Cinemarch Madness Epitafios Gig Young Hotel Rwanda In the Realm of the Senses Kevin Kline kids Kramer vs. Kramer Lost in Translation movies Pan's Labyrinth Salo Sofia Coppola Terry George The Ice Storm The Vanishing (Eur) The Wedding Banquet They Shoot Horses Don't They? Where the Red Fern Grows