Movie Madness Intro: The Miller 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 overall number one movie to grade out the highest is George Miller’s phenomenal Mad Max: Fury Road from 2015. Will it be able to win the Miller Region and make it to the Final Four? Or do you think there is another film that could pull the upset and beat Fury Road?

Fincher Region     Jenkins Region     Coen Region

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

“In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search of her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.”

Director: George Miller

Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

 Boyhood (2014)

“The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.”

Director: Richard Linklater

Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke

The Irishman (2019)

“A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.”

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

“The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.”

Director: Wes Anderson

Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric

12 Years a Slave (2013)

“In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.”

Director: Steve McQueen

Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

“A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.”

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt

Whiplash (2014)

“A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.”

Director: Damien Chazelle

Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist

Take Shelter (2011)

“Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.”

Director: Jeff Nichols

Writer: Jeff Nichols

Stars: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham

Gravity (2013)

“Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident leaves them stranded in space.”

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Writers: Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón

Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

True Grit (2010)

“A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father’s murderer.”

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld

The Favourite (2018)

“In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.”

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Writers: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

Stars: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz

Phantom Thread (2017)

“Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.”

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson

Stars: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville

Eighth Grade (2018)

“An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth-grade year before leaving to start high school.”

Director: Bo Burnham

Writer: Bo Burnham

Stars: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson

Before Midnight (2013)

“We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.”

Director: Richard Linklater

Writers: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick

La La Land (2016)

“While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.”

Director: Damien Chazelle

Writer: Damien Chazelle

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt

Horror Vote In Winner

The Wailing (2016)

“Soon after a stranger arrives in a little village, a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman, drawn into the incident, is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.”

Director: Hong-jin Na

Writers: Hong-jin Na, Hong-jin Na

Stars: Jun Kunimura, Jung-min Hwang, Do-won Kwak

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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