For years, teen Boggy held the Netflix queue hostage, moving the rest of the family's selections around like chess pieces on a board, or deleting them as heartlessly as toppling pawns. Then he magnanimously created the Boggy Movie Tournament, and a meta game was born. The playing field is finally open. The competition is fierce. You'll never recommend another movie without asking yourself, "But, is it a winner?"

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Winner?

by Beth
It wasn't the most graceful win, I'll admit that, but a winner is a winner in this cutthroat game, and dammit I'm going to bask in my glory.

Boggy and I tied in the last round, ridiculously, with The Time Traveler's Wife and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. The former is a pedestrian, albeit serviceable, interpretation of a not very good novel; the latter is a message-heavy slip of a movie (a waste of Frances McDormand's talent and Lee Pace's good looks). The choices were grim because Gene was out of town when we started the nomination process, and it turns out that when Gene is not there we all stupidly refuse to play our A games. Gene is the cornerstone of this tournament. He is the competitor that we try to impress, even if we can't beat him. Apparently we need him here to keep ourselves out of the gutter.

The run-off movies were:
Beth -- Entre Les Murs (The Class)
Boggy -- The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

Putting aside for the moment that Lydia broke the rules by voting for Tangled (which we happened to see in the theater that day), Prince Caspian was a mess -- a couple of hours of horrible child acting and bloodless beheadings on LOTR-sized battle fields. My choice, Entre Les Murs, at least provoked some thoughtful arguments about whether the teacher was an idealist who had failed to reach his students, or a patronizing union drone, punching the clock. I deserved to win, and I'm loading up the Netflix cue, baby.

Lydia's illegal vote for...Tangled?

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