I haven't been giving Woody Allen enough love in this bracket, his films are always good and enjoyable but never enough to get by other more interesting movies. Another Woman was an amazing discovery. A lot of the Allen movies I've watched for this bracket I'd heard of, at least by name, but I had not immediately realized that this was one of Allen's works and was pleasantly surprised by its quality. Comparisons to Bergman might apply but I am not familiar enough with Ingmar's work to make that correlation. What I do know, is that Another Woman is a fantastic film. Very much a Woody Allen film but with heavier themes and a more serious tone. Rowlands is strong as always and the fact that Allen himself isn't in the film allows it to have its own life outside of the neurotic Allen persona. I really found this movie exciting and fascinating and hope that more people get to see it.
John Carpenter's The Thing is incredible. With its gorgeous wide-framed cinematography, perhaps the greatest creature effects ever portrayed on screen and the scenes of immense tension and excitement, this movie is the definition of a great creature feature. Endlessly emulated by so many other films it is a landmark of horror film history. I rewatched it for the bracket and it held up on a second viewing.
Both films are really fantastic but Another Woman
gets my vote.
I have no idea how my fellow bracketeers will vote on this one but I will be happy either way.