Cinemarch Madness: Waterston Division Semifinal
A slightly easier division than previous ones for me to vote in, but a tougher one to predict, Waterston could just as easily have been called the Man's Inhumanity to Man Flight — but because Schindler's List is about one man's courageous humanity in the face of unimaginable evil, I can't vote for it here.
The Accused is also out, thanks to my inability to suspend my Jodie Foster disbelief; American History X I don't think I remember well enough, and what I do remember explains why it's here, but I don't recall being sapped of all hope afterwards, so I won't punch that one's ticket either.
Killing Fields and Sweet Hereafter both make worthwhile choices, but lean in my opinion more to the sad/bittersweet than to the truly bleak. Precious is juuuust a bit hokey, and Leaving relies in the end on just a couple of scenes…we're hair-splitting here, I guess, but in the end, none of these can touch Grave of the Fireflies's nightmarish feel and creeping dread. And United 93 reunites us with our 9/11 dead for just a little while…and then they're gone again. And it's a plane crash. I was physically exhausted at the end.
Grave may get through; 93 won't, Accused and Precious probably won't, and other than that I have absolutely no clue. I'll call it for Schindler's and Hereafter.
Waterston Division: Vote for the TWO (2) harshest films.
- Grave of the Fireflies (31%, 82 Votes)
- United 93 (28%, 73 Votes)
- American History X (25%, 66 Votes)
- Leaving Las Vegas (23%, 61 Votes)
- Schindler's List (21%, 54 Votes)
- Precious (18%, 46 Votes)
- The Killing Fields (17%, 44 Votes)
- The Sweet Hereafter (15%, 40 Votes)
- The Accused (10%, 27 Votes)
Total Voters: 262
Tags: American History X Cinemarch Madness Jodie Foster Leaving Las Vegas movies Precious Sam Waterston Schindler's List The Accused The Grave of the Fireflies The Killing Fields The Sweet Hereafter United 93