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?"

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Nominations for Round Fourteen

[Editor's Note: Despite the fact that the last post was in July, we have been watching movies almost every night. The tabs above (Nominees and Winners, and Curated Movies) are updated and current, even though the blog posts aren't.]

Without further ado, here is Eric's summary of Nomination Round Fourteen:

Lydia's nomination: Alpha and Omega

Sigh.  If I'm going to do this I might as well do it properly. 

Hayden Panettiere plays Kate, a natural-born Alpha wolf who is friends with Humphrey (Justin Long), an Omega wolf.  In case you're unfamiliar with wolf hierarchies, Alpha wolves hunt and conduct wolfy politics while Omega wolves play around and diffuse any conflicts between Alpha wolves.  That's true! Don't even bother Googling it!  Kate is supposed to marry Garth (affectionately nicknamed Barf by the Omegas) and unite two warring wolf tribes.  Unfortunately, in a long and decidedly painful scene in which wolves howl (i.e. do a song and dance number) at the moon, it is revealed that Garth is impotent.  Or he can't howl right.  Or maybe he's gay. It's kind of unclear.  Anyway, Humphrey and Whatshername get kidnapped and relocated to repopulate another part of Canada. (You only need two wolves to repopulate. Do! Not! Google!)  With the help of two ducks they find their way home and teach Dennis Hopper that it's okay for Alphas and Omegas to be in love.  Many questions remain unanswered, especially why Lydia chose this movie.

 The Uncanny Valley: now in animal!

Wait, Christina Ricci was in this? 

Eric's nomination: The Town

Ben Affleck is an Omega bank robber who falls in love with one of his Alpha hostages. You think I'm joking. 

The film was meh. Overwhelmingly meh.  A burning, all-consuming, blinding singularity of meh. 

 We have found a solution to our Maria problem.

Sally's nomination: Grizzly Man                  

"Jewel, yoo mast NEVAH leesten to this."
"I know, Werner. I'm never going to."
And yoo mast NEVAH look at the photos I've seen at the coroner's office."

 ... It's Mithtuh Chocolate!


John's nomination: Das Boot

I fell asleep pretty early in this movie and slept through the entire middle part.  The story I saw was about a bunch of people shipping out in a submarine and then coming home okay and getting the snot arbitrarily bombed out of them in the harbor by our allies.


Beth's nomination: Little Otik

Or, what Sally thinks childbirth is like.  This movie deserved to win.  The only flaw with it was that it was too long.  When you're adapting a fairy tale, make it short and sweet, or add plotlines and characters.  Say, a horse. Who likes to do his job a lot.  Named Maximus.  

 I'm sorry, Sally, but if this guy isn't funny, I don't know what funny is anymore.

Gene's nomination: Source Code

Jake Gyllenhall time-travels to try to stop a bomber.  Except for some reason a movie exec really didn't want it to be "time travel," so Jake is actually reliving the last eight minutes of brain activity from a dead man.  Somehow he can learn things the dead man had no way of knowing.  And he can change the past and live out the dead man's life.  But it isn't time travel!

 Captain Colleen Goodwin and Dr. Rutledge browse Reddit during their coffee break.