4.03.2013

Elite Eight



All right readers! It's time to reveal the winners of round 1 and see who moved on to the Sports Movie Elite 8. Then it will be time to move on to some all-new matchups to determine who moves on to the final four! You ready? Brace yourselves guys...this one is gonna be LONG since we have to cover the last round, as well as the next.


ROUND 1 RESULTS:

HOOSIERS VS. SANDLOT. 
WINNER: HOOSIERS! Hoosiers CRUSHED Sandlot. Poor Sandlot, you'll always be my favorite!

No Ham, Hoosiers did.


CHARIOTS OF FIRE VS. EIGHT MEN OUT. 
WINNER: CHARIOTS OF FIRE! Chariots barely edged out Eight Men Out! This was one of the closer matchups.

just keep running and you'll make it to the next round! even if you run into this...



FIELD OF DREAMS VS. THE KARATE KID. 
WINNER: FIELD OF DREAMS! Like Hoosiers, this number one seed absolutely killed its competition.

More chores for you Daniel-san.

RAGING BULL VS. PRIDE OF THE YANKEES. 
WINNER: PRIDE OF THE YANKEES! This was definitely one I thought would be much closer, but Yankees pulled off the upset with ease.

Today he considers himself the luckiest man....

ROCKY VS. SPACE JAM. 
WINNER: ROCKY! Poor cult classic Space Jam never stood a chance against this heavyweight and was completely rolled over. Not even Michael Jordan's special drink could have helped them overtake the champ.

Too late to be making bargains now Charles!

RUDY VS. MONEYBALL.
WINNER: MONEYBALL! This was the most exciting matchup of the night as Moneyball came out with the win by one single vote!

Wait a minute....wait a minute. We won???

Meanwhile, poor Rudy is over there like hey Elite Eight! Did I get in?

CINDERELLA MAN VS. REMEMBER THE TITANS.
WINNER: CINDERELLA MAN. I was kind of surprised this one wouldn't be closer because I know a lot of people obsessed with Remember the Titans, but Cinderella Man rightfully won this one by a landslide.

Sorry Ryan Gosling, not even your incredible dancing skills could help the Titans advance.

THE FIGHTER VS. THE NATURAL.
WINNER: THE NATURAL. This one was a pretty close battle as well...but The Natural came away with the victory in the end.


That thunderous left punch was no match for...


So here's a look at the updated bracket and now let's get voting on the next round!



ROUND 2. This time we'll hear what the critics have to say!



Hoosiers vs. Chariots of Fire
Roger Ebert says of Hoosiers "It's a movie that is all heart."
Reel Views agrees and says "Basketball movies don't get any better."

Of Chariots of Fire, Time Magazine wrote "Like every element in this picture, the actors look right; they seem to emerge from the past, instead of being pasted onto it, as so many characters in historical movies seem to be."

Roger Ebert gave it 4 stars, and Reel Views said "Appreciation of this picture doesn't demand a love of sports, merely an understanding of human nature."




Field of Dreams vs. Pride of the Yankees -
Variety said Field of Dreams "sustains a dreamy mood in which the idea of baseball is distilled to its purest essence: a game that stands for unsullied innocence in a cruel, imperfect world."
Roger Ebert adds "Field of Dreams will not appeal to grinches and grouches and realists. It is a delicate movie, a fragile construction of one goofy fantasy after another. But it has the courage to be about exactly what it promises."

Pride of the Yankees has an impressive 92% on Rotten Tomatoes! Variety says "For baseball and non-baseball fan alike, this sentimental, romantic saga of the NY kid who rose to the baseball heights and later met such a tragic end is well worth seeing."

New York Times says, "As a simple, moving story with an ironic heart-tug at the end, it serves as a fitting memorial to the real Lou, who called himself the luckiest man alive."






ROCKY VS. MONEYBALL

Roger Ebert said of Rocky "A description of it would sound like a cliche from beginning to end. But Rocky isn't about a story, it's about a hero. And it's inhabited with supreme confidence by a star." Rocky also boasts a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The newest newcomer to the group, Moneyball boasts some terrific accolades including a BP nomination and a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. The New Yorker said it was "One of the most soulful of baseball movies -- it confronts the anguish of a very tough game."

The New York Observer says
"This is a subtle, elegant and altogether triumphant film about a subject I thought I was tired of, told with an artistry and freshness that is positively thrilling."






CINDERELLA MAN VS. THE NATURAL

New York Observer said of Cinderella Man that "The thing that ultimately makes it a classic in the pantheon of American movies is the way it reveals something about the idealism, strength, grace and grit of the American Dream."
Rolling Stone agreed and claimed that "Not only is Cinderella Man Howard's best movie, it is also his most personal and deeply felt."

Reel Views says The Natural is "Arguably the best baseball movie ever made."
Gene Siskel said "Being a baseball fan involves repeatedly experiencing exquisite pain and exquisite joy. Well, there's a lot of both in The Natural."



So which ones will get your votes? Return to find out the winners on Friday and see who makes it to the FINAL FOUR!!

4 comments:

Sarah said...

This is pretty fun! These were some tough match-ups. I like Cinderella Man...but the fight scenes are just too darned violent for my tastes!

Johanna said...

These were so tough! I went with who I thought would win, not necessarily my heart. And the reasons they are good are so different. Chariots of Fire versus Hoosiers? The one is such an example of winning for ourselves versus others and the other is David and Goliath and a coach's redemption.

I cry "Foul" on having to choose between some of these!!!!

Amelia said...

I wish I could vote for the Ryan Gosling gif! hahaha

courtney wightman said...

^^^^^^ what amelia said.