Cinemarch Madness: Intro and Nomination Round
Greetings, friends and cinephiles, and welcome to Cinemarch Madness: the TN bracket that crowns the most heartbreaking film of all time.
The idea began years ago, at a bar that doesn't exist anymore, with a scribbled napkin list Scrapper and Couch Baron and I could never quite recreate, thanks to a discussion about Breaking the Waves and the idea of those movies that you feel lucky to have survived — the beautiful, awful movies you will never ever watch again. The ones that you love but that leave you drenched. "Difficult," let's call them.
Over the years it's gone through various names and interations. "The No Hope Film Festival"; "The NC Double The Dosage"; "Two Movies Enter, The Will To Live Leaves."
Enough already. It's time to pick a "winner." But we need your help.
Right now, I need your nominations — the films you consider the saddest or bleakest of all time, so I can cross-check it against my list and see if I overlooked any obvious entries. Please keep it to five (5) per comment; it's more digestible that way. (Yes, you can re-comment.)
"I don't know where to start/what you're looking for!" Fair enough. I don't either, that's why I'm sending it to committee. Hee. Here's the "I" entries from the list so far, for context:
Ice Storm, The
Indian Runner, The
In the Company of Men
Challenging subject matter, an ending (or non-ending) that makes you queasy, an utter lack of faith in humanity, unrequited love, ravages of age…when I say it's a tough watch, I don't mean stuff like a seventh Transformers sequel that's just straight-up bad. This may be a pornography/"I know it when I see it" thing, but that's why we spitball it now, before finalizing the list.
Foreign-language and docu noms both welcome. We may have to do a separate documentary bracket, but I'll jump off that bridge when I get to it.
Feel free to make your case for a non-obvious nomination in the comments. I didn't think of Vincent and Theo as that dark, but a friend argued it onto the list; he didn't think One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was that bleak, but I insisted. I've ixnayed and then re-added Casablanca four times.
Once I have a master list, you'll have a chance to choose the final 64.
Questions? Ask them. Stalking horses? Nominate them. Want a crack at writing up the match-ups? You got it; when the final bracket is set, I'll definitely need some help. And by all means forward/RT/solicit suggestions from friends and FB. You've got 'til the end of the week. Let's do this.
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