Look, let's face it, we all love an internet fight. It's the American pastime, the sport of kings, and the game of life.
The point is, it would be sad if we let the fighting die down after Serenity beat Empire Strikes Back in our March Movie Madness poll. To keep things spicy and send you out into the weekend mad, here are 10 films that are better than either March Movie Madness Top Two Contender. Our one and only goal in making this list? Bar fights.
Great visuals. Great plots. Great pedigree. And it shows us that Juno grows up to be an architect. Good stuff!
9. A Clockwork Orange
I hate this film. I find it grubby, nihilistic, and smug. But even I have to admit it's a great movie. It knows the points that it's trying to make about society, and it communicates them well. And along the way it's full of some of the most disturbingly iconic scenes that cinema has to offer.
8. Children of Men
Dynamite performances, and original premise, incredible visuals, and subversive political commentary. Children of Men takes us into an eerily familiar world and lets us learn the rules as the characters decide to live by them or break them. It's a stylish film that treats its audience with respect.
Dying is easy. Comedy is hard. Heartwarming wordless comedy about a robot is pretty much impossible, which makes the achievement that much more incredible. WALL-E goes unnoticed because it's a kids' film, but it's the best kind of kids' film - a film in which the creators don't need to use the shock of 'adult situations' to keep things interesting.
6. Batman (1989)
Batman, as a concept, has come and gone over the years and been re-interpreted many times. This movie, however, is the first modern movies that decided to reinterpret it seriously. Although Batman is treated with deserved incredulity by the characters in the movie, the movie doesn't turn and wink at the audience. The brooding, freakish performance by Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne and the scenery-chewing of Jack Nicholson define a world that's cartoonish, but not too silly.
5. Young Frankenstein
I believe the relative ease of death and comedy was stated before in this review. Well, this film combines them both. It's not just a spoof, it's an incredible spoof. And Madeline Kahn's famous rendition of "Oh, sweet mystery of life at last I've found you," should be a ringtone.
There are plenty of films about evil corporations and evil machines, and they have managed to be scary. This movie manages to also make them sad. This is one of the few movies that has the guts to let its hero feel sad and scared about what's being done to him - a rare occurence in any 'fight the man' film. The technology and the dystopia don't overwhelm the emotion in this one.
3. The Iron Giant
Oh, just try to get through it without crying like a baby. Try.
This is a fantastic movie with a bit of everything. It's a mystery. It's a scary movie. It's a sci-fi atmospheric drama. It even slips some social commentary in there with the way The Company treats its employees. Not only did it scare the crap out of everyone, it gave us a whole new female hero archetype.
1. Blade Runner
Director's cut, final cut, even theater cut; it doesn't matter. This is a thirty-year-old movie that looks like it could have been made yesterday. The cinematography, the effects, the performances, the costumes, the style, the dialog - it all works. Forget about the technological advances that have been made in the last thirty years - think of the advances made in any thirty years. No movie from the 1940s could be played to a 1970s audience without them knowing. No movie from the 1960s could play to an unknowing nineties crowd. This is an actual timeless movie.