The wait is over and the Simple Minded Tournament of Film for 2016 begins now! Using our thorough and detailed analysis, we have narrowed down the field to the 64 movies that will take part in the Simple Minded Entertainment Tournament of Film 2016. So without further ado, here’s the bracket with seedings and 1st round match-ups broken down by category (action, comedy, drama and popcorn movies). The rules and the selection process for the tournament are also highlighted below. Let’s begin!
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- Elle Vs. 16. Chongqing Hot Pot
- Hacksaw Ridge Vs. 15. Goldstone
- Hell or High Water Vs. 14. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
- The Accountant Vs. 13. Snowden
- Udta Punjab Vs. 12. Inferno
- Operation Mekong (Mei Gong He Xing Dong) Vs. 11. Eye in the Sky
- Fan Vs. 10. A Violent Prosecutor (Geom-sa-oe-jeon)
- Cold War II (Hon Zin 2) Vs. 9. A Conspiracy of Faith (Flaskepost Fra P)
- La La Land Vs. 16. One Man and His Cow (La Vache)
- Toni Erdmann Vs. 15. Girl Asleep
- Hunt for the Wilderpeople Vs. 14. Don’t Think Twice
- Sing Street Vs. 13. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
- Sing Vs. 12. Luck-Key (Leokki)
- Kapoor & Sons Vs. 11. The Edge of Seventeen
- The Distinguished Citizen (El Ciudadano Ilustre) Vs. 10. The Nice Guys
- Hail, Caesar! Vs. 9. Captain Fantastic
- Manchester by the Sea Vs. 16. The Fundamentals of Caring
- Moonlight Vs. 15. Christine
- I, Daniel Blake Vs. 14. The First, The Last (Les Premiers Les Derniers)
- The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) Vs. 13. Silence
- Dangal Vs. 12. Nocturnal Animals
- Lion Vs. 11. Me Before You
- Aquarius Vs. 10. The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge)
- Hidden Figures Vs. 9. Neerja
POPCORN MOVIE BRACKET
- Zootopia Vs. 16. Shin Godzilla (Shin Gojira)
- Kubo and the Two Strings Vs. 15. X-Men: Apocalypse
- Arrival Vs. 14. Suicide Squad
- Moana Vs. 13. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- Captain America: Civil War Vs. 12. The Secret Life of Pets
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Vs. 11. Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa)
- Deadpool Vs. 10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- The Jungle Book Vs. 9. The Wailing (Goksung)
TOURNAMENT OF FILM RULES AND SELECTION INFORMATION
The Selection Process
– All films 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 films 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 films have the same point total, the films 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:
Cahiers Du Cinema Top Ten
IMDB Top Films List
Indiewire Top Films List
Rotten Tomatoes Top Films List
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.
Academy Awards (Oscars)
-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.
– 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.
LET THE TOURNAMENT BEGIN!