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 is of course divided between Sophie's Choice, and its horrible, beautiful end; and Grave of the Fireflies and its horrible, beautiful everything. Both films got repeated nominations and both films should proceed to the semis untouched.
The rest, you get a "maybe next year" feeling. Elephant is strikingly done, and I may vote for it, but it might not go dark enough. Away from Her and Elah I would characterize as sad, but not hopeless. Life Is Beautiful and Ethan Frome want to go there, think they go there, but LIB I found obnoxious and EF is marred (and on paper as well) by on-the-nose imagery and self-seriousness.
I would describe There Will Be Blood as stern stuff, but not bleak in the way I'm talking about. (It's interesting, what got nominated from the Anderson oeuvre. With the caveat that, generally, his stuff isn't my thing, I'd call TWBB his most complete — but not as dark as Magnolia, or Boogie Nights, which I hate but does achieve some tonal success.)
Sherrybaby…yeah, that's pretty hard shit. I don't think it'll do much, because like five people saw it, but I may throw that a vote, though it'll have a tough time competing with Once Were Warriors.
My votes: Sophie's, Fireflies, and Elephant, what the hell. Your third semifinalist is Elah or LIB, I think.
Polley Division: Vote for the THREE (3) harshest films.
- Sophie's Choice (71%, 166 Votes)
- Grave of the Fireflies (41%, 96 Votes)
- Life Is Beautiful (28%, 65 Votes)
- Away from Her (23%, 53 Votes)
- There Will Be Blood (19%, 45 Votes)
- Sherrybaby (18%, 43 Votes)
- Once Were Warriors (14%, 34 Votes)
- Ethan Frome (10%, 23 Votes)
- Elephant (10%, 23 Votes)
- In the Valley of Elah (7%, 16 Votes)
- Like Crazy (3%, 6 Votes)
- Stella (3%, 6 Votes)
- North Face (2%, 5 Votes)
- Rojo Amanacer (1%, 3 Votes)
- Sunrise (1%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 235
Tags: Away from Her Boogie Nights Cinemarch Madness Elephant Ethan Frome In the Valley of Elah Life Is Beautiful Magnolia movies Once Were Warriors Paul Thomas Anderson Sarah Polley Sherrybaby Sophie's Choice The Grave of the Fireflies There Will Be Blood