Directors SteveGon's "Favorite Movies from His DVD Collection" Tournament

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  1. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Time for me to jump on the "DVD collection tourney" bandwagon!

    From the 800 or so titles currently in my collection, I've come up with a master list of 64 films. These run the gamut from the classic to the obscure, from the guilty pleasure (check out the "R" titles) to the even more obscure. These are the movies I can watch over and over and not get tired of - they may not be relevatory or ground-breaking films, but I think they all have something to offer. Knock Resident Evil all you want, I still say it's a snappy little film! :p)

    Anyway, the master list has little in the way of the usual tourney favs - no Godfather or Lord of the Rings, no Vertigo or Mulholland Dr. I enjoy and admire these movies, but they're not favorites. I have included a list of eight wildcard films featuring the better-known titles from my favorites queue - these will show up later in the tourney. And my favorite film of all, The Third Man, will show up at the very end to do battle with the tourney winner.

    Boy, I sure hope Bill McA participates in this sucker (otherwise I'm screwed). [​IMG]


    The List

    Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
    The Accidental Tourist
    Akira Kurosawa's Dreams
    Angels & Insects
    Babe: Pig in the City
    Black Robe
    Champagne for Caesar
    Chicken Run
    City of Lost Children
    Cockfighter
    Contact
    Creature from the Black Lagoon
    Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
    Dersu Uzala
    The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
    Enter the Dragon
    Escape from New York
    Fat City
    Fingers
    Frenzy
    Gettysburg
    The Gods Must Be Crazy
    Grand Hotel
    Immortal Beloved
    Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring
    Jude
    Kiki's Delivery Service
    Kiss Me Deadly
    Knightriders
    Lair of the White Worm
    Little Odessa
    Lost Horizon
    Mad Dog and Glory
    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
    The Man in the White Suit
    Men With Guns
    Miami Blues
    Midnight Run
    Mishima
    My Man Godfrey
    Mystery Train
    The Ninth Configuration
    Nothing Sacred
    Odd Man Out
    Of Mice and Men (1939)
    Once Were Warriors
    One False Move
    Only Angels Have Wings
    Paths of Glory
    The Producers
    Quatermass and the Pit
    Raising Arizona
    Re-Animator
    Resident Evil
    Return of the Living Dead 3
    Rhapsody in August
    Runaway Train
    Sorcerer
    The Sweet Hereafter
    Targets
    The Tall Guy
    The Train
    Wings of Desire
    X2: X-Men United


    Wild Cards

    A.I.
    Aguirre: The Wrath of God
    Amelie
    Dawn of the Dead
    The Road Warrior
    Robocop
    Sullivan's Travels
    Three Colors: Red


    Showdown

    The Third Man
     
  2. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Without further ado:

    Round 1 - Bracket 1

    The "zombies and babes" matchup:

    Resident Evil vs. Return of the Living Dead 3


    Round 1 - Bracket 2


    The "on the rails" matchup:

    The Train vs. Runaway Train


    Round 1 - Bracket 3


    Kurosawa takes on Kurosawa:

    Rhapsody in August vs. Akira Kurosawa's Dreams


    Round 1 - Bracket 4


    The "familial tragedy" matchup:

    Jude vs. Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring
     
  3. Walter Kittel

    Walter Kittel Producer

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    Some pretty solid choices in there, Steve. Looking forward to this one.

    BTW, I enjoy Resident Evil quite a bit as well. In terms of what it attempts to accomplish, I find it to be an enjoyable and well crafted film.

    - Walter.
     
  4. Walter Kittel

    Walter Kittel Producer

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    Resident Evil
    Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

    - Walter.
     
  5. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    abstain
     
  6. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Comments:

    Resident Evil and Return of the Living Dead 3 are admittedly guilty pleasures, but I also think they're pretty good genre offerings considering one is based on a video game and the other is the third in a series. Not much else to say on these.

    The Train is a gritty World War II actioner helmed by John Frankenheimer. I am intrigued by the quandary that drives the action: is art, as a cultural asset, worth sacrificing your life for?

    Runaway Train stars Eric Roberts and Jon Voight as escaped cons who end up on, as you can probably guess, a runaway train. Voight is particularly good as the vicious lifer who isn't so stupid that he can't see the futility of his actions and existence.

    Rhapsody in August and Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, both twilight offerings from the great Japanese director, aren't generally considered to be among his better works. I think their appeal to me lies in their reflective nature which gives one a glimpse into the mind of a filmmaker near the end of his life.

    Jude is awfully depressing, but I like the protagonist's refusal to give up in the face of adversity. I admire his unwillingness to trade his love and intellectual drive for faith-based comfort - a rare thing to see in a film these days.

    Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring is simply a great film. And there's always Emmanuelle. Yummy.
     
  7. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Quadruple Abstain
     
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    Resident Evil
    Runaway Train
    b/o an unfilmed screenplay by Akira Kurosawa
    Akira Kurosawa's Dreams
    Jude
    - I didn't realize that Jude was out on DVD!
     
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    Mike Hutman Supporting Actor

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    Resident Evil
     
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    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    The Train - both are excellent

    abstain on the rest
     
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    Agee Bassett Supporting Actor

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    I'll abstain on the one bracket I could have voted on: The Train vs. Runaway Train, if only for the fact that it's been too long since I last viewed The Train to be able to give a fair assessment.
     
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    The Train
     
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    abstain, The Train is the only one of the 8 I've seen.
     
  14. Arman

    Arman Screenwriter

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    Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring easily
     
  15. Justin_S

    Justin_S Producer

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    Return of the Living Dead 3- One of my absolute favorite zombie films, and quite underrated. I love RE as well, but not as much.

    Runaway Train

    Abstain

    Abstain
     
  16. Zen Butler

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    Resident Evil
    Abstain (no The Train, loved Runaway Train)
    Rhapsody in August
    Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring
     
  17. Brian Kissinger

    Brian Kissinger Screenwriter

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    Hello Gonzo,

    This should be an interesting bout after bout of abstains for me. But, I can offer a vote on one bracket. No big surprise in which it is either.

    Return of the Living Dead 3 gets the nod here. I liked Resident Evil as well, but I still think it gathers an awful lot of undue praise around these parts. I mean it's no Hell Comes to Frogtown.

    I should run one of these just so you could abstain at all my "crap." [​IMG]
     
  18. Dome Vongvises

    Dome Vongvises Lead Actor

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    abstain all the way.
     
  19. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    My votes:

    Return of the Living Dead 3 - A tossup.
    The Train - Tough one.
    Akira Kurosawa's Dreams
    Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring - Kinda tough.
     
  20. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Resident Evil wins 4 - 3.
    The Train wins 3 - 2.
    Akira Kurosawa's Dreams wins 4 - 1.
    Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring wins 3 - 1.


    Round 1 - Bracket 5

    The "underbelly of America" matchup:

    Cockfighter vs. Fat City


    Round 1 - Bracket 6


    The um, "on the run" matchup:

    Chicken Run vs. Midnight Run


    Round 1 - Bracket 7


    The "bad General!" matchup:

    Gettysburg vs Paths of Glory


    Round 1 - Bracket 8


    The "showbuisness is damn funny" matchup:

    The Producers vs. The Tall Guy
     

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