Movie Madness Intro: The Fincher 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.

David Fincher’s biographical drama about the birth of Facebook is the number one seed for this region. The Social Network looks to win this region and make it to the Final Four. Think that will happen or is there another film you would like to see win this region?

Miller Region     Jenkins Region     Coen Region

The Social Network (2010)

“As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.”

Director: David Fincher

Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake

A Separation (2011)

“A married couple is faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease.”

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Writer: Asghar Farhadi

Stars: Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat

Parasite (2019)

“All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take a peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and get entangled in an unexpected incident.”

Director: Bong Joon Ho

Writers: Bong Joon Ho

Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo

Roma (2018)

“A year in the life of a middle-class family’s maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.”

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Writer: Alfonso Cuarón

Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey

Dunkirk (2017)

“Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.”

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan

Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance


Hereditary (2018)

“A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.”

Director: Ari Aster

Writer: Ari Aster

Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne

The Handmaiden (2016)

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.”

Director: Chan-wook Park

Writers: Sarah Waters, Seo-kyeong Jeong 

Stars: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Cho

Burning (2018)

“Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood, who asks him to look after her cat while she’s on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.”

Director: Chang-dong Lee

Writers: Jungmi Oh, Chang-dong Lee

Stars: Ah-in Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jun

Logan (2017)

“In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.”

Director: James Mangold

Writers: James Mangold, Scott Frank

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen

Lady Bird (2017)

“In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.”

Director: Greta Gerwig

Writer: Greta Gerwig

Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

Carol (2015)

“An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.”

Director: Todd Haynes

Writers: Phyllis Nagy

Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

“Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.”

Director: Martin Scorsese

Writers: Terence Winter

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie

Spotlight (2015)

“The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.”

Director: Tom McCarthy

Writers: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy

Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams

The Farewell (2019)

“A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.”

Director: Lulu Wang

Writer: Lulu Wang

Stars: Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo

You Were Never Really Here (2017)

“A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe’s nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.”

Director: Lynne Ramsay

Writers: Lynne Ramsay

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov

Family Vote In Winner

The Lego Movie (2014)

“An ordinary LEGO construction worker, thought to be the prophesied as “special”, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the LEGO universe into eternal stasis.”

Directors: Christopher Miller, Phil Lord

Writers: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Stars: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks

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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