I wasn't reluctant to go in, but there was no way I expected what I got. It certainly didn't have anything to do with a director reputation. I couldn't've named a single other film by the director, although I have seen, and did like, Huckabees.
I'm surprised it's not shot digitally, and when I said grainy, I don't know exactly what I meant - I suppose I was referring to the look the film creates that's totally it's own. It certainly wasn't a downloaded copy, although again, it may have been a poor DVD transfer.
I suppose the difficult thing in relation to posting a verdict is two-fold. One, I honestly don't know which one to put through. Either of those could eventually easily go on to win the bracket, and that isn't something I've felt in my previous rounds viewing. Secondly, I don't want to post a verdict, and then have a landslide that way. Except I suppose that's a little foolish, especially seeing as I've made clear that I loved both films.
Ok, give me a few hours. I'll mull it over, and post something final soon.