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george kaplan

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With Brook's blessing
I am embarking on a blatant rip-off of his earlier Criterion tournament. However, I prefer to think of it as an homage to his great idea
and while Brook and I have some Criterion titles in common, our collections are still very different, and mine is much smaller than his, so this should be a different enough tournament.

I only have 32 Criterions, and I’ll match em up randomly. Up first:

Diabolique vs. Silence of the Lambs
 

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George, it's not a rip-off, it's a reimagining


Silence of the Lambs (it's funnier)
 

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abstain (#1 ... more to come? I don't think George has enough real great films in his Criterion colections
j/k both are great films (?), I just have'nt seen Diabolique yet)
 

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Silence of the Lambs - but aside from the great commentary on the Criterion, I prefer the MGM SE.
 

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Silence of the Lambs wins.

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Closely Watched Trains vs. Hard Boiled
 

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Hard Boiled

I don't know whats more surprising. George owning foreign language films or Brook owning a Godzilla flick.
 

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The same time as Do the Right Thing.
 

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Hard-Boiled (Closely Watched Trains is good as well)

I've liked Godzilla since I was a kid and my cousin used to shoot at me with his Shogun Warrior Godzilla. But growing up with G in the ultra campy 70's movies I've always been more attracted to the comedic aspects. G2000 was near perfect in that regard and I had much more fun with it than the early 90's attempts at more serious Godzilla movies that just came off as even cheezier. I'm probably one of the few G fans that really likes those late 60's movies with the little kid and baby Godzilla. Maybe my favorite Godzilla scene is when Big G teaches little G to breath fire by jumping on his tail.
 

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Hard Boiled wins.

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The 39 Steps vs. The Seventh Seal
 

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The Seventh Seal
 

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