TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2020 – Introduction

Welcome to the 2020 Simple Minded Entertainment Tournament Of Film!  A bit late, but we actually got it done.  Here’s the seeding and 1st round match-ups for the Tournament of Film, broken down by category (action, comedy, drama and popcorn movies).  The rules and the selection process for the tournament are also highlighted below.

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ACTION BRACKET

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  1. Promising Young Woman Vs. 16. The Tax Collector
  2. The Gentlemen Vs. 15. Calm With Horses
  3. Bad Boys For Life Vs. 14. The Hunt
  4. Da 5 Bloods Vs. 13. Escape From Pretoria
  5. The Eight Hundred (Ba Bai) Vs. 12. AK Vs. AK
  6. Caught In Time (Chu Bao) Vs. 11. Greyhound
  7. Riders Of Justice (Retfærdighedens Ryttere) Vs. 10. Malang
  8. The Heist Of The Century (El Robo Del Siglo) Vs. 9. Blow The Man Down

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COMEDY BRACKET

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  1. Emma. Vs. 16. Bill & Ted Face The Music
  2. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Vs. 15. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga
  3. Palm Springs Vs. 14. Dating Amber
  4. Warm Hug (Wen Nuan De Bao Bao) Vs. 13. The Prom
  5. Tolo Tolo Vs. 12. Happiest Season
  6. Bath Buddy (Mu Yu Zhi Wang) Vs. 11. Uncle Frank
  7. Bye Bye Morons (Adieu Les Cons) Vs. 10. This Town
  8. Low Season Vs. 9. Rams

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DRAMA BRACKET

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  1. Another Round (Druk) Vs. 16. The Dig
  2. Nomadland Vs. 15. Judas And The Black Messiah
  3. Minari Vs. 14. Berlin Alexanderplatz
  4. The Trial Of The Chicago 7 Vs. 13. One Second (Yi Miao Zhong)
  5. The Father Vs. 12. The Banker
  6. Never Rarely Sometimes Always Vs. 11. Eeb Allay Ooo!
  7. Mank Vs. 10. Sound Of Metal
  8. Josep Vs. 9. Babyteeth

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POPCORN MOVIE BRACKET

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  1. Soul Vs. 16. Color Out Of Space
  2. The Invisible Man Vs. 15. Freaky
  3. Onward Vs. 14. Sputnik
  4. Wolfwalkers Vs. 13. Little Vampire (Petit Vampire)
  5. Tenet Vs. 12. Greenland
  6. Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior Vs. 11. The New Mutants
  7. Birds Of Prey Vs. 10. Wonder Woman 1984
  8. Possessor Vs. 9. Demon Slayer:  Mugen Train (Kimetsu No Yaiba:  Mugen Ressha-Hen)

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For more information on the process and the rules of the Tournament of Film, please continue reading.

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TOURNAMENT OF FILM RULES AND SELECTION INFORMATION

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The Selection Process

– All movies that had their initial theatrical release in any country for the Tournament year are eligible.  Made for TV movies and films that didn’t get a theatrical release are also eligible as long as they premiered on TV in the Tournament year.

– The movies are seeded in the tournament according to their point totals.  The film with the highest point total in each category is the only automatic entry.  All other films are chosen by the committee and placed into any appropriate category and seeded based on point total.

– In situations where movies have the same point total, the movies with equal point totals are seeded at the discretion of the committee using original home country ranking, number of appearances on lists and other factors.

– The following sources were used to give the films their point totals:

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CRITIC’S LISTS

Cahiers Du Cinema Top Ten

IMDB Top Films List (10,000 Votes Minimum)

Indiewire Top Films List

Rotten Tomatoes Top Films List

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BOX OFFICE

The box office charts for the following countries (and others) are used when available:  USA, Worldwide, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.  All box office data from Box Office Mojo or Wikipedia.  Domestic-made movies in the top 25 of their home country box office are eligible to receive the box office points for their respective country/region.

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AWARDS

AACTA

Academy Awards (Oscars)

BAFTA

Cesar

Donatello

Euro

Filmfare

Golden Globes

Goya

Grand Bell

Guldbragge

Independent Spirit

Margritte

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-A number 1 position is worth 25 points, a number 2 position is worth 24 points, etc, etc, a number 25 position is worth 1 point.

– A best picture win is worth 25 points while a nomination for best picture without winning is worth 10 points.

– The films were broken into four separate categories:  1) Action/Adventure/Thriller/Suspense, 2) Comedy/Musical, 3) Drama/Crime/War/Experimental, 4) Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror/Epics/Popcorn Movies

– Films can be moved between categories as we see fit.  Different films can fall into two or more categories, so we try our best to make sure each film gets the fairest shot possible to be in the tournament.

– When all the point totals are added up, we rank the films in each category according to their score.

–  The top film in each category/bracket earns an automatic berth in the tournament.

–  The rest of the selections are determined by us and a high score doesn’t guarantee selection.  We try to have at least one film from each of the following regions in each bracket:  1) Europe, 2) South Asia/Oceania/India, 3) Mainland/Northern Asia, 4) Middle East/Eastern Europe/Africa, 5) Latin America and 6) North America

–  Films can be moved from one category to another to satisfy geographic requirements and at our own discretion.

– There are four wild card spots available in the bracket – at our discretion.

– The final bracket for the Tournament of Film includes 64 films in 4 sections with 16 films each.

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TOURNAMENT RULES

– Films are judged in relation to one another.  When judging the films one can only look at what is on the screen and the differences between only the 2 films being compared.

– All previous work from directors, writers, and actors should be ignored.  Unless the film is a shot by shot remake or a blatant rip off of a previous film, only what is on the screen matters.

– One cannot make references to other films or to other works.  Pretend that these are the only two films in the world and you can only choose one to survive for future generations.

– THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS IS WHAT’S ON THE SCREEN.  FORGET THE TOTAL BODY OF WORK OF THOSE INVOLVED.  FORGET EVERYTHING ELSE THAT YOU KNOW AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT YOU HAVE EVER READ, SEEN, OR HEARD!  ONLY JUDGE THE TWO FILMS AT HAND.

– The films must be judged objectively in the following categories:  1) Acting, 2) Writing/Dialogue, 3) Cinematography, 4) Production Design/Visuals, 5) Sound/Music, 6) Editing/Pacing, 7) Story/Meaning, 8) Directing, 9) Time Management, 10) Lastability 11) A Film’s Goal

– For each category, one film will be superior to the other.  Only one tie is allowed per match-up.  The top film in each category gets two points and a tie results in 1 point per film.  After the films are judged in all categories, the points are added up and the film with the top score moves on.  In case of a tie, which means one of the categories was scored as a tie.  The tie in that category must be broken and a superior film should be chosen for that category.

– How each category should be judged:

1) Acting – The performance of the ensemble as a whole in telling the story

2) Writing/Dialogue – Does the dialogue and actions of the characters help move the story forward toward the ultimate goal of the film.

3) Cinematography – The way the action and the surroundings in the film are captured to move the story along.

4) Production Design/Visuals – The way the movie looks from costumes, to buildings, to the characters themselves.

5) Sound/Music – The quality of the sound and music in the film as it relates to telling the story.

6) Editing/Pacing – The transitions and speed of the movie and how it pushes the story forward.

7) Story/Meaning – What is the film trying to tell us and does it capture our attention.

8) Directing – How the entire film comes together.

9) Time Management – Is the film too short, too long, or just right.  Call it the “Goldilocks Variable”.

10) Lastability – How well will this film stand the test of time.  Ten years from now, will you still feel the same way about this film.  It’s hard to determine with a new film so it’s best to ask yourself, “Of these two movies, which one would I rather see again.”

11) A Film’s Goal – A comedy seeks to make you laugh, a tragedy seeks to make you sad, a horror movie seeks to scare you.  How well does the movie accomplish what it sets out to accomplish.

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