GOODFELLAS vs. GLENGARRY GLENROSS
I love the separate threads for separate verdicts.
I love the films being evaluated by a committee now instead of an individual. That's the real key to the greatness of these verdicts and I wish it had been possible to do it sooner. The resurrection policy is a perfect attempt to keep classic films from falling away due to some shakey judgement, (which happened the moment Clerks defeated Pulp Fiction.)
Even before it got down to 16, the brackets were victimized by a corrupt justice system which choked out some of the inarguable classics of the 90's. (Silence of the Lambs, Pulp Fiction and a pair of Fincher films - Se7en, Fight Club - that should be on anybody's Top 20).
So now you have to consider the personal bias of the judges when handing out cases. I'm looking at the great contrarians of the board, FLYmeatwad and lotr-sam0711, whose wonderful and insightful opinions often conflict with general thinking. (Good luck, Out of Sight.) Along the same lines, Best Wishes to all you Malick fans if I get handed The Thin Red Line.
I can take the remaining films and fill out the chart to the end right now, but that goes against what the brackets are all about. With that in mind, I rewatched Goodfellas (always a pleasure), and looked at Glengarry GlenRoss for the 1st time in 15 years. It's a lot better than I remembered. My memory of the film was a rather dull 1st half (except for Baldwin's classic but overly-mannered cameo) and an exciting 2nd half. This time I liked the pre-crime half much more, almost as much as the aftermath. Biggest complaint... Lemmon's sad sack routine seemed really thick on the page, with the direction (the lights go out as the subway roars by) and in the performance. His house visit was badly handled melodrama.
So, GGGR was a much better experience than I remembered. But - and I've seen this quote used in a few recent verdicts - it should never have gone this deep into the brackets.
And against Goodfellas... come on.
I'm still up to debate, and I love a persuasive argument. My mind isn't locked down tight with no budging, because I love a well-thought out counterpoint. (The recent Election bashing has been especially eye-opening). But I want my associates (and the courtroom) to know where I stand on this matter.
I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.