Miami Quadrant Reflections (Round of 64)

The big news was of course that Facebook yanked the rug out from under me when – after only 8 total matches of a scheduled 67 – it eliminated the poll question option, which is honestly the reason I went through all this trouble to make a bracket and run the tournament. Oh well. So now I’m doing a lot more work than I wanted for a small percentage of the audience I had. Again, oh well. On to the games.

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I was worried that my first #1 seed was going to go down in the opening round, but thankfully Frequency pulled out a 1-vote victory to Unforgiven, a trendy upset pick in this second (first) round. That and The Big Lebowski were the only two lower seeds to win, which isn’t totally unexpected. I seeded the movies based on how much I liked them, not how popular they are. And I like some weird stuff.

The surprise (to me) of the first (second) round was that Requiem for a Dream lost to The Prestige. I loved both movies (obviously), so I’m not upset. But I am surprised there wasn’t more fanfare for Requiem. Maybe it was the Chris Nolan factor. Or maybe it was just too damn depressing.

But the one that hurt was O Brother Where Art Thou’s loss to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in the battle of long movie titles. A few people had that movie in their Final Four and beyond (sorry, Norine). Also in bad shape is my dear old ma, who picked Unforgiven to get to the championship game. Oh well. Don’t crumble up your brackets just yet. Anything can happen (unless you lose your championship movie in this round too. Then you can start to crumble stuff). Good luck to all in the next quadrant, which will begin again tomorrow.

Yeah, well that's just like...eh, your opinion, man.

Yeah, well that’s just like…eh, your opinion, man.

First Four Reflections

Well, nothing too surprising happened with the First Four. I guess the big controversy I heard was about why Jaws had to play a “play-in” game. Well, for some silly reason, the NCAA has decided to have play-in games between 11 seeds and 13 seeds, rather than just having 8 teams fighting for the last four 16 seeds. And all that is really just a smoke screen to say that yes, maybe I don’t like “One of the 25 best movies ever made” as much as the rest of the world. And didn’t VCU make it to the Final Four a few years back as a play-in? Anyway, I don’t feel so bad. You can’t make me.

Also, I was glad to see Babe actually get a tournament victory. It’s a cute enough movie that probably wouldn’t have even been in the tournament if I hadn’t needed to add a category like “Best Animal Movie” to make 31 genres. And I’m glad somebody actually voted for Das Boot. It probably didn’t deserve to beat out Lethal Weapon, but it didn’t deserve to be shut out either.

OK, there’s really not much else to say about these four matches. Sorry about the buzz-saw you ran into, Wreck-It Ralph. Maybe you’ll get a better seed next year.

"We named the dog Indiana!"

“We named the dog Indiana!”