Cinemarch Madness: Ku Division Poll
The randomizer giveth, the randomizer taketh away. What it giveth here in the Ku division is two presumptive favorites, Breaking the Waves and Requiem for a Dream, plus a Gary Oldman joint and some embattled raccoons. Oy. On the "plus" side, this is perhaps the only poll without a Holocaust entry. So en…joy? That? [face-plants into cake pan of gin]
…Right, sorry. So: Requiem and Nil get two of my votes, but the last one's a tough one. Breaking the Waves is not on the table for me. I get it; you should totally vote for it; it will top the poll handily; I do not care for Emily Watson's performance and it did not have the same effect on me that it has on other people. I enjoyed Ju Dou and I've Loved You So Long but wasn't laid flat by either one, and Notes on a Scandal is more thought-provoking than desolating. River's Edge is creepy, but indie-ishly dated, and for those of you who don't get Crispin Glover, this is him at his absolute most ungettable. Chinatown is dark and uncomfortable, but not out of bounds for the genre.
That leaves Mysterious Skin, H&J, and Thirteen. I can't take Araki seriously, and liked the performances in Thirteen more than the movie itself, so: Hilary & Jackie. I can't quite explain why I find that film so exhausting; I think it hits some sort of sibling-injustice funny bone right on the point, somehow. Watson is brilliantly horrible.
I think it's Requiem and Waves for sure, probably Skin as the third slot. Now go lie down.
Ku Division: Vote for the THREE (3) harshest films.
- Requiem For A Dream (72%, 171 Votes)
- Breaking The Waves (33%, 80 Votes)
- Thirteen (31%, 73 Votes)
- Chinatown (15%, 36 Votes)
- Hilary and Jackie (13%, 32 Votes)
- Mysterious Skin (13%, 31 Votes)
- Jude (13%, 30 Votes)
- Notes On A Scandal (12%, 28 Votes)
- Nil By Mouth (10%, 23 Votes)
- River's Edge (9%, 21 Votes)
- I've Loved You So Long (8%, 18 Votes)
- Beautiful Boy (6%, 14 Votes)
- Stuart: A Life Backwards (5%, 12 Votes)
- Ju Dou (4%, 9 Votes)
- Pom Poko (1%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 239
Tags: Breaking the Waves Chinatown Cinemarch Madness Emily Watson Gary Oldman Gregg Araki Hilary & Jackie I've Loved You So Long Ju Dou movies Mysterious Skin Nil by Mouth Notes on a Scandal random sibling cruelty Requiem for a Dream River's Edge Shawn Ku