Cinemarch Madness: Wilder Division Poll
And we end the prelims on a doozy. So many worthwhile votes! So many multiple-nomination entries!
So, let's start with the popular contenders. Boys Don't Cry is almost flawless as a film; I can't think of a foot any of the actors puts wrong. The sexual assault is hideous. Sevigny got robbed by the Academy. It gets through easily, and Hilary Swank joins the CM Poster Girl sweepstakes.
Brokeback, also robbed by Oscar, is so mournful throughout, and that much sadder now that Heath Ledger is gone. The shirt, the postcard… In this draw, though, I may not vote for it. Something about the endurance of the great love gives it a top note of hope, and it's actually a poppy-fields movie for me; I always watch it when it's on cable. But I think it gets through as well.
Many people mentioned The Fox and the Hound, too; I haven't seen it, but an animal(s)-in-peril film is a good bet, and this is likely our third semifinalist from the Wilder division…
…unless enough people have seen Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about His Father. It's more an experience than a movie, Dear Zachary; it's a scrapbook, it's a keening wail, it's group therapy and a love letter to warrior parents. It's funny; I always forget that. Mr. S and I spent a good 15 minutes the other night trying to explain to Little Three why it's such a impressive document — without spoiling it, or making him avoid it like the plague — and it seriously was like a prisoners-of-war reunion, talking about it. I strongly, strongly recommend it, and we are here for you afterwards, I promise, but either way, understand that if it doesn't get enough votes, I may bye it through anyway just on GPs. It's that good.
Moving on to the "might have a chance in another division but not here" contenders, we have Ace in the Hole, a fantastic and underrated film whose bleakness is likely too subtle (and/or stylish) to contend here; Frozen River, visually and tonally frigid and the performance Melissa Leo should have won for, but nobody really saw it and that's just how it is sometimes with the Academy; Gummo (all I remember is the cat and no thank you); Monster (ugly, but not quite dark enough for this flight); and Heavenly Creatures, a spot-on rendition of how Girl World can go south on you in a hurry that's also witty and relatable enough that it's probably not going to chart.
Happy just to be nominated: Incendies (powerful, good gotcha on the one hand; nobody saw it and an irritating performance from one of the leads on the other); Naked (I hear y'all, but, while I liked the movie, it came off more tricksy to me than brutal); Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (still rage-making, but you can't unknow that the Three are out now); and Repulsion (his real-life story aside, I don't think a lot of Polanski's work — much of which is quite good, or at least striking — is terribly well known).
…What the hell: I'll vote Boys, Zachary, and River.
Wilder Division: Vote for the THREE (3) harshest films.
- Boys Don't Cry (74%, 163 Votes)
- Dear Zachary (49%, 108 Votes)
- Brokeback Mountain (43%, 94 Votes)
- The Fox and the Hound (28%, 61 Votes)
- Heavenly Creatures (20%, 45 Votes)
- Monster (11%, 25 Votes)
- Frozen River (10%, 21 Votes)
- Paradise Lost (7%, 16 Votes)
- Naked (5%, 12 Votes)
- Gummo (5%, 11 Votes)
- Incendies (4%, 8 Votes)
- Repulsion (3%, 7 Votes)
- Suicide Kings (2%, 5 Votes)
- Ace in the Hole (1%, 3 Votes)
- In a Lonely Place (0%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 220
Tags: Ace in the Hole Billy Wilder Boys Don't Cry Brokeback Mountain Cinemarch Madness Dear Zachary friends Froze Frozen River Girl World Gummo Heavenly Creatures Hilary Swank Incendies manipulative use of pets in film and TV Melissa Leo Monster movies Mr. Stupidhead Naked Paradise Lost poppy-fields movies Repulsion Roman Polanski The Fox and the Hound