Alex P. Keaton Round 1: #16 v #17


Raising Arizona (#16) v. Blade Runner (#17)

The Perfect 'stache

Early work from the Coen brothers bringing over-the-top comedy to a level the 80s were just too young to fully fathom. The film only brought in a little over $22 million at release, but after more than 21 years of aging has become a fine wine, perhaps embodying one of the least talked about classic comedies of our generation. And I am convinced that the current TV series “My Name is Earl” is based of the life and image of Hi McDunnough.  This work has it all: baby snatching, ransom, blackmail, bounty hunters, policewoman-convict forbidden love, quintuplets, wife swapping, yodeling, diaper stealing, unfinished endings, grenade-explosion-gotcha-moments,…I think I just pooped myself a little bit.


If this were a competition for which movie had the longest periods of time without any dialog whatsoever, we’d already have crowned Blade Runner the Ultimate Grand Champion. In between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Mr. Ford wanted to deviate from his typecast character of cocky hardened space jockey to a deeper role of cocky hardened futuristic android hunter, and pulls off this drastic change of style beautifully. Adding to the unintentional comedy value of this piece, it is set in the far future of 2019, where flying cars and 700 story complexes saturate downtown LA. If this is our future in 11 years, we really need to start on that engineering right away. Though I was only 3 months in the womb when this movie came out, it shaped me as a man. If watching Indiana Solo shoot robots in film noir while tagging with a sexdroid and occasionally daydreaming about unicorns doesn’t excite you, then you simply do not have testicles.

The matchup should be our first highly contested vote, possibly ending friendships and imploding the entire bracket before it reaches its first month in existence, and it may all be in vain. After the brutal battle between these two, the one emerging will have to bring it’s “A” game, for the winner of the #1 Ghostbusters/#32 Ordinary People confrontation waits in the wings.

– #5


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