Sunday, September 05, 2010

Battle of the Aughts Round 2 - Spike Lee vs. Spike Lee

Note: Happy-Go-Lucky, which received the most votes out of any non-winner last round, returns to fill out an odd number of winners.

Punch-Drunk Love (9)
In the Mood For Love (6)

Dancer in the Dark (8)
Pulse (2)

Mulholland Drive (8)
The New World (4)

Dogville (8)
Jackass Number Two (1)

Up (10)
Flight of the Red Balloon (1)

No Country For Old Men (12)
American Psycho (1)

Memento (10)
Primer (2)

American Splendor (5)
8 Women (4)

Kill Bill vol. 2 (10)
Almost Famous (4)

I'm Not There (5)
A Prairie Home Companion (3)

Spirited Away (8)
Y tu mamá también (4)

Pan's Labyrinth (7)
No Direction Home (3)

Ratatouille (5)
Sideways (4)

The Royal Tenenbaums (9)
Amélie (3)

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (7)
The Beat That My Heart Skipped (0)

WALL*E (8)
Before Sunset (3)

25th Hour (5)
Before Sunset (4)

Children of Men (8)
The Dark Knight (3)

There Will Be Blood (11)
Zodiac (2)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (8)
Beau Travail (1)

Inglourious Basterds (9)
Time Out (1)

Yi Yi (4)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (3)

28 Days Later/Happy-Go-Lucky (tie - 4 each)


Paul C. said...

I also like the Up / Flight of the Red Balloon matchup. Like it's a theme or something. And the TWBB/ZODIAC battle is a toughie.

I'm a little more ambivalent about MULHOLLAND DR.'s matchups thusfar. It's good that the movie that's been riding the greased rail to victory in all of the other 2000s polls so far is getting some real competition. Yet the idea of it knocking out THE NEW WORLD, which really deserves to win this thing, sort of saddens me. Come on everybody, buck the trend, vote for Malick, etc.


Steve C. said...

I'm just as bummed that Jackass Number Two isn't going to survive this round as I am amazed that it got to the second round at all. FUCK ART, LET'S DANCE.

Steve C. said...

Also: Sorry Paul, but I gotta say Mulholland on that one. (Then again, I'd say Mulholland on any matchup that didn't involve Adam Sandler in a ridiculous blue suit.)

Paul C. said...


At the same time, you can take comfort in the idea that if JACKASS PART DOS is gonna get trounced, at least its vanquisher will be a masterpiece. Whereas my hopes for THE SON last round went down the drain as soon as I saw it was up against THE DARK KNIGHT, a movie I liked a lot but which isn't the equal of the Dardennes' masterpiece.

Bemis said...

Yeah, the TWBB/Zodiac one is brutal, which is why I enjoy the tournament format - when presented with two essentially perfect movies (the same is true of The New World/Mulholland Drive), you have to really think about where your cinematic loyalties ultimately lie. Unfortunately, a film like The Son is going to suffer by being less seen, although I've been skipping pairings where I haven't seen one of the films (by the varying numbers on polls, it looks like other voters might be as well).

Paul C. said...

My thoughts re: voting on pairings wherein I've only seen one of films is that I'll go ahead and cast a vote when I feel strongly about the one I've seen. If I don't really care whether the one I've seen beats the one I haven't, I'm most likely going to abstain. Thankfully, as the round progresses, that will happen with greater infrequency.