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Cinemarch Madness: Waterston Division Semifinal

Submitted by on March 28, 2013 – 9:03 AM2 Comments

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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 (17%, 82 Votes)
  • United 93 (15%, 73 Votes)
  • American History X (13%, 66 Votes)
  • Leaving Las Vegas (12%, 61 Votes)
  • Schindler's List (11%, 54 Votes)
  • Precious (9%, 46 Votes)
  • The Killing Fields (9%, 44 Votes)
  • The Sweet Hereafter (8%, 40 Votes)
  • The Accused (5%, 27 Votes)

Total Voters: 262

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(Confused? Aren’t we all. Heh. But the Cinemarch Madness FAQ is here, and you can find the complete semifinal-polls list over here.)




  • Lily P. says:

    If it were up to me, United 93 would take the whole damn thing. It is the very definition of “glad I saw it, never ever ever want to see it again.”

  • Jen S 1.0 says:

    Had to go with Leaving Las Vegas. Is there a better, bleaker portrait of a man getting what he wants and how that should never have happened?

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