Movie Madness 2016 begins!

Top ten lists, right? They’re a bit dull, a bit overplayed, and if we’re honest, they save all the fun for one big push at the end of the year. I’ve been trying to figure out for a little while now how I can talk about things like movies and games throughout the year, without resorting to just writing a quick review of everything I watch or play. Especially in the case of movies, since working at a cinema, I get an opportunity to watch a lot of them. So, I’ve come up with something I want to try out throughout this year. I call it Movie Madness.

There’s a thing in sport, specifically basketball I think, but my sports knowledge goes no further than professional wrestling, so don’t crucify me if I’m wrong. It’s called March Madness, and as far as I am aware, it’s where they seed teams into brackets to play off against each other, whittling down from 64 to 32 to 16 and so forth until there is a winner.

Movie Madness borrows this simple concept. In it, I have taken sixteen of my most anticipated films from the upcoming year. I was tempted to do thirty two, but that was honestly a much larger endeavour, and sixty four was right out, no matter what Paul McCartney has to say on the matter.

So, here’s the deal. Sixteen films, released throughout the year from The Hateful Eight (January8th) through to Assassin’s Creed (December 30th). I’ve bracketed them according to genre, rather than some sort of seeding process I don’t quite understand… I told you I was bad at this sport thing!

Sound complicated? It admittedly sort of is! But here’s a visual representation to help you (and me!) out. Click the image for a full size version:

movie madness 2016

See? Pretty simple! Just as an example, to simplify things further, here’s how it works. Creed and The Hateful Eight will go up against each other. The winner of that battle will go up against the winner of The Witch against The Conjuring 2. And so on until we whittle down from sixteen films to eight, to four, and to two.

Admittedly, the genre conceit doesn’t really last much beyond the first round. Hell, The Witch against Hail, Caesar! is a possible semi-final, and the winner of that could end up going through to fight Suicide Squad or Star Trek Beyond. But I figure this is a more fun way of breaking this up through the year, and there’s always room at the end if I want to write a more traditional top ten list to incorporate surprises, or films that I loved that didn’t quite make it out of the opening round (I could see Rogue One and Star Trek Beyond making a top ten, but there can only be one winner here!)

And that’s how it’s going to play out. Every time I’ve seen two of the films in any given round, I’ll write up the post and decide the winner, updating the chart as necessary until the final commences in early January next year. Should be fun! Welcome to Movie Madness!

For clarity’s sake, here’s a breakdown of the first round battles:

Creed (January 15th) vs. The Hateful Eight (January 8th)

The Witch (March 11th) vs. The Conjuring 2 (June 17th)

Hail, Caesar! (March 4th) vs. The Nice Guys (May 20th)

High-Rise (March 18th) vs. Green Room (May 13th)

Captain America: Civil War (April 29th) vs. Suicide Squad (August 5th)

Midnight Special (April 8th) vs. The Purge: Election Year (July 15th)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 18th) vs. Assassin’s Creed (December 30th)

Star Trek Beyond (July 22nd) vs. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16th)

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