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head to head tourney - Joel & Ethan Coen vs. the HTF


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#1 of 270 SteveGon

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Posted December 18 2002 - 04:05 PM

Inspired by the loss of The Accidental Tourist (one of the best films of the eighties) to what is in my opinion, the merely average Coen effort O Brother, Where Art Thou? in my tourney with Vickie, I became curious as to how the Coen oeuvre would stack up against a select group of HTF favorites.

So we now have Joel & Ethan Coen vs. the HTF! Posted Image

The tournament is now over. Go away. Posted Image


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    [*][*]Barton Fink[*]The Big Lebowski[*]Blood Simple[*]Fargo[*]The Hudsucker Proxy[*]The Man Who Wasn't There[*]Miller's Crossing[*]O Brother, Where Art Thou?[*]Raising Arizona



HTF Favorites

    [*]A Clockwork Orange - Ric Bagoly**[*]The Godfather - Gabe D[*]The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - John Dhein[*]Manhattan - Brian Lawrence[*]Pulp Fiction - Cary T**[*]Sullivan's Travels - Agee Bassett**[*]Taxi Driver - Brook K*[*]The Thing (1982) - Andy Olivera*[*]The Third Man - SteveGon*


#2 of 270 Brian Lawrence

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Posted December 18 2002 - 04:14 PM

Well as we already know what happened when my favorite film Accidental Tourist went up against the Coens, I'll have to go with my #2 film of alltime "Manhattan"

#3 of 270 Agee Bassett

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Posted December 18 2002 - 04:48 PM

The source of many of their pastiches, Sturges' brilliant Sullivan's Travels, should be as fitting an opponent as any picked in this thread. Consider it nominated. Posted Image
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#4 of 270 Brook K

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Posted December 18 2002 - 05:11 PM

I guess I'll throw out my fav, Taxi Driver

But I am a "hardcore Coen's aficionado" so you aren't likely to agree with most of my votes in this one. I'd vote 6 Coen movies over Manhattan and 5 or 6 over The Third Man. I wouldn't vote any over Sullivan's Travels, I'm an even more hardcore Preston Sturges aficionado.
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#5 of 270 Agee Bassett

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Posted December 18 2002 - 05:20 PM

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I wouldn't vote any over Sullivan's Travels, I'm an even more hardcore Preston Sturges aficionado.

I can state unequivocally that I am certainly in complete sympathy with this sentiment. Posted Image

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#6 of 270 SteveGon

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Posted December 18 2002 - 05:22 PM

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I'd vote 6 Coen movies over Manhattan and 5 or 6 over The Third Man.
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I wouldn't vote any over Sullivan's Travels, I'm an even more hardcore Preston Sturges aficionado.

Okay, I'll cut ya some slack for that one. Posted Image

Nice picks, guys! This should be an interesting tourney.

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#7 of 270 Ric Bagoly

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Posted December 18 2002 - 05:53 PM

A Clockwork Orange
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#8 of 270 Cary T

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Posted December 18 2002 - 06:18 PM

I know my all-time favorite will never stand a chance against even the weakest of the Coen's. So I respond with my #2 favorite; Pulp Fiction

#9 of 270 Andy Olivera

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Posted December 18 2002 - 09:48 PM

The Thing (1982)

Don't laugh; it's been doing well around here, lately...Posted Image
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#10 of 270 Gabe D

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Posted December 19 2002 - 12:03 AM

The Godfather

#11 of 270 Dheiner

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Posted December 19 2002 - 12:33 AM

OK, My favorite currently is The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Let's see how the Coens do against THAT!!!
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#12 of 270 Brian Kissinger

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Posted December 19 2002 - 12:38 AM

Steve, i dare you to start out with Lebowski vs Third Man.
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#13 of 270 chris_m_white

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Posted December 19 2002 - 01:01 AM

I'll nominate...

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#14 of 270 SteveGon

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Posted December 19 2002 - 01:20 AM

Okay, we have our list!

Before we start, a few rules:

This isn't a "best film" tourney, just vote for the film you prefer.
I'll be voting as well.
You cannot vote in the bracket in which your pick is competing.
Matchups will be selected alphabetically.

If you didn't make it into the tourney, but would like to compete, I could be persuaded to run a sequel. Posted Image Let me know.

Be back in a few with the first matchup...

#15 of 270 SteveGon

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Posted December 19 2002 - 01:23 AM

And here we go!

Can Ric's pick whip up some of the old ultra-violence on the Coens?

Round 1 - Bracket 1

Barton Fink vs. A Clockwork Orange



Excluded from voting this match: Ric Bagoly

Remember: you're voting for the film you prefer.

My vote goes to A Clockwork Orange.

A tough choice as I love the gloriously surreal BF, but I like ACO just a bit more.

#16 of 270 Paul Richardson

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Posted December 19 2002 - 01:27 AM

I vote for A Clockwork Orange

Best thing about Barton Fink is the joke about it on "The Simpsons."

#17 of 270 Angelo.M

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Posted December 19 2002 - 01:41 AM


clockwork orange


#18 of 270 Gabe D

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Posted December 19 2002 - 01:57 AM

There is only one Coen movie I would pick ahead of ACO. Although I really love Barton Fink, it isn't the one.

A Clockwork Orange

#19 of 270 Lew Crippen

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Posted December 19 2002 - 02:03 AM

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If you didn't make it into the tourney, but would like to compete, I could be persuaded to run a sequel.
This implies that only the nine with noms can vote.

Regardless of any ability to vote, I agree with Brook and Agee as to Sturges vis-à-vis the Coens.

I’m in the like the brother’s films very much, but I’m not a hard-core fan (perhaps excepting Fargo). I do also love ‘O Brother’, but the nod to Sturges in this one does not mean that it’s in the same class.
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#20 of 270 Lew Crippen

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Posted December 19 2002 - 02:05 AM

And presuming that the voting is open:

A Clockwork Orange—some think that this is one of Kubrick’s best, while others think it one of his weaker efforts. Either way, it’s no contest.
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