Movie Madness Intro: The Jenkins 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 so you can see if your pick made the field of 64.

2016’s Moonlight is the number one seed of the Jenkins region. The film won Academy Awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali). DO you think this number one seed will make it through to the Final Four or would you like to see another film from this region make it?

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Moonlight (2016)

“A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.”

Director: Barry Jenkins

Writers: Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney

Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes

Get Out (2017)

“A young African-American visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.”

Director: Jordan Peele

Writer: Jordan Peele

Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

“Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.”

Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey

Writers: Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman

Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld

Marriage Story (2019)

“Noah Baumbach’s incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.”

Director: Noah Baumbach

Writer: Noah Baumbach

Stars: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Greer

Toy Story 3 (2010)

“The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it’s up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned and to return home.”

Director: Lee Unkrich

Writers: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack

First Reformed (2017)

“A minister of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns, and a tormented past.”

Director: Paul Schrader

Writer: Paul Schrader

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer

Under the Skin (2013)

“A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.”

Director: Jonathan Glazer

Writers: Walter Campbell, Jonathan Glazer

Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay

Gone Girl (2014)

“With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.”

Director: David Fincher

Writers: Gillian Flynn

Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris

Drive (2011)

A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor in this action drama.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

Writers: Hossein Amini

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston

Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood (2019)

“A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.”

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Writer: Quentin Tarantino

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

Frances Ha (2012)

“A New York woman (who doesn’t really have an apartment) apprentices for a dance company (though she’s not really a dancer) and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as the possibility of realizing them dwindles.”

Director: Noah Baumbach

Writers: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig

Stars: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver

The Tree of Life (2011)

“The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents’ conflicting teachings.”

Director: Terrence Malick

Writer: Terrence Malick

Stars: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

The Florida Project (2017)

“Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.”

Director: Sean Baker

Writers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch

Stars: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe

Hell or High Water (2016)

A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas.

Director: David Mackenzie

Writer: Taylor Sheridan

Stars: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges

Oscar Vote In Winner

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

“A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.”

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Writers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone

Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton

Sci-fi/Action Vote In Winner

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

“A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years.”

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Writers: Hampton Fancher, Michael Green

Stars: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas

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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