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, and I can see an argument for Now, Voyager, but compared to the devastating Amour, and to Happiness, which had audience members literally fleeing the theater in discomfort, and me crying in the ladies' afterwards? Not even close.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is really upsetting to me to this day, and The Piccolo of Indomitable Spirit at the end there makes it worse, not better; in a different division, I might have voted for it, or for Europa Europa, containing as it does a chillingly bitchy performance from Julie Delpy.
But it's Stevie instead, and it's not close. Stevie is like Dear Zachary, at a lower level of intensity: not many people have seen it, but those who have take it with us. Hoop Dreams is a fantastic film that got jobbed by the Academy, and I've loved all of Steve James's work, but in Stevie, it's personal; James goes looking for the "Little Brother" of his college days, and what he finds is almost entirely discouraging about the cycle of abuse, among other things. It's not entirely hopeless, but the idea that some people just never had a chance, ever, is investigated thoroughly…and unfortunately, that idea holds up. I highly recommend it (and watching The Interrupters directly afterwards).
I don't think it climbs over Happiness or A Very Long Engagement, though, and that's okay. Let me and your fellow readers know whether Ran should run away with it in the comments.
Haneke Division: Vote for the THREE (3) harshest films.
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (57%, 115 Votes)
- Happiness (48%, 97 Votes)
- Amour (41%, 82 Votes)
- The Last Unicorn (19%, 38 Votes)
- Stevie (16%, 33 Votes)
- A Very Long Engagement (13%, 27 Votes)
- Europa Europa (8%, 17 Votes)
- Ran (8%, 16 Votes)
- Make Way for Tomorrow (5%, 10 Votes)
- Silent Running (5%, 10 Votes)
- Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (5%, 10 Votes)
- The Day of the Locust (4%, 8 Votes)
- Now, Voyager (4%, 8 Votes)
- Jezebel (2%, 4 Votes)
- Underground (0%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 201
Tags: A Very Long Engagement Amour Bette Davis but ya are Blanche ya are Cinemarch Madness Dear Zachary documentarian boyfriends Europa Europa Happiness Hoop Dreams Julie Delpy movies Now Voyager One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Steve James Stevie The Interrupters The Piccolo of Indomitable Spirit