Movie Madness Intro: The Coen Region

In March, ScreenAge Wasteland will have its first annual Movie Madness tournament to determine the greatest movie of the 2010s.

Similar to the NCAA March Madness tournament that starts with 64 teams and ends with one winner standing tall, SAW is going to have 64 of the best movies from the past decade battle it out.

The great thing is you, the wasteoids, will be able to help determine the winner by voting in the matchups!

Each region is named after the director of the number one seed from that region. You will have to check back on March 1, 2020, to see what the matchups are for each region. The movies were picked by an intricate scoring system in order to get the best of the best films from this past decade with minimal opinions or bias involved. The top four movies to grade out the highest are your four number one seeds and region leaders. Also, there was a limit of only two films per director. Lastly, the vote in winners will be marked at the bottom so you can see if your pick made the field of 64.

The story about a down on his luck folk singer from the Coen Brothers brings home the number seed from this region. Do you think Inside Llewyn Davis can hang on to win it’s region or is there film from this group you would like to see move on to the Final Four?

Miller Region     Fincher Region     Jenkins Region

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

“A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.”

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Stars: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

“In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.”

Director: Luca Guadagnino

Writers: James Ivory

Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg

Arrival (2016)

“A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.”

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Writers: Eric Heisserer

Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Inside Out (2015)

“After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.”

Directors: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen

Writers: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen

Stars: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black

It Follows (2014)

“A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.”

Director: David Robert Mitchell

Writer: David Robert Mitchell

Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi

Black Swan (2010)

“A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.”

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Writers: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz

Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

“A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.”

Director: Kenneth Lonergan

Writer: Kenneth Lonergan

Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

Inception (2010)

“A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.”

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page

Holy Motors (2012)

“From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar.”

Director: Leos Carax

Writer: Leos Carax

Stars: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes

Her (2013)

“In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.”

Director: Spike Jonze

Writer: Spike Jonze

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson

The Master (2012)

“A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future – until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.”

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson

Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams

Winter’s Bone (2010)

“An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.”

Director: Debra Granik

Writers: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

“A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.”

Director: Wes Anderson

Writers: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola

Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis

Shoplifters (2018)

“A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.”

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda

Writers: Hirokazu Koreeda, Hirokazu Koreeda

Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki

1917 (2019)

“April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.”

Director: Sam Mendes

Writers: Sam Mendes, Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Stars: Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays

Comic Book Vote In Winner

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

“As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.”

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely

Stars: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson

What do you think of the films in this region? Have any predictions for which film will make it to the Final Four from this group of films?

Author: Vincent Kane

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