Cinemarch Madness: The Finals
At last, the finals, after which I will probably post nothing but pictures of dwarf bunnies for a week. Heh.
Instead of addressing each film, I've listed the ten finalists in order — for me — of most devastating to least. I'm a little surprised myself that Dear Zachary isn't at the top, and it's the most memorable, but there is hope in it: the Bagbys; the filmmaker and the film themselves, as moving a eulogy as ever there was. Brandon and Grave do not give you even a little scrap to cling to, either of them. Lethal hatefulness, mendacity, lack of compassion in the first case; the inevitable and painful demise of children in the other.
The Brandon Teena Story
Grave of the Fireflies
Boys Don't Cry
The Deer Hunter
Requiem for a Dream
Dancer in the Dark
Any of the first six films is a worthwhile choice, I would say, as the bleakest film of all time; of the others, I haven't seen two, I think Requiem may rely too heavily on atmospheric shocks, and The Cove is legit awful and may well win here, but it didn't really stay with me like others did.
I hate asking y'all to pick just one. I hate asking myself. But that's baseball. Poll's open 'til Friday, April 5.
Cinemarch Madness Final. Vote for the bleakest film. Then go pet a kitten.
- Dear Zachary (21%, 55 Votes)
- Grave of the Fireflies (15%, 41 Votes)
- The Brandon Teena Story (11%, 29 Votes)
- Boys Don't Cry (11%, 28 Votes)
- Requiem for a Dream (10%, 27 Votes)
- The Deer Hunter (8%, 22 Votes)
- The Cove (7%, 19 Votes)
- Dancer in the Dark (6%, 16 Votes)
- United 93 (6%, 15 Votes)
- Hotel Rwanda (5%, 14 Votes)
Total Voters: 266
Tags: Boys Don't Cry Cinemarch Madness Dancer in the Dark Dear Zachary Hotel Rwanda movies Requiem for a Dream The Brandon Teena Story The Cove The Deer Hunter The Grave of the Fireflies United 93