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here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

(1) TITANIC (everything champion)
(2) L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (Critics' champion)
(3) PERFECT BLUE
(4) PRINCESS MONONOKE
(5) GOOD WILL HUNTING
(6) TASTE OF CHERRY
(7) HAPPY TOGETHER
(8) BOOGIE NIGHTS
(9) LOST HIGHWAY
(10) FUNNY GAMES
(11) JACKIE BROWN
(12) THE FIFTH ELEMENT
(13) THE GAME
(14) MEN IN BLACK
(15) FACE/OFF
(16) CON AIR

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1997 Bowl Round of 16 - Match #1

1997 Bowl Round of 16 - Match #2

1997 Bowl Round of 16 - Match #3

1997 Bowl Round of 16 - Match #4

1997 Bowl Round of 16 - Match #5

1997 Bowl Round of 16 - Match #6

1997 Bowl Round of 16 - Match #7

1997 Bowl Round of 16 - Match #8

1997 #MovieBowl Round of 16 results 

(16) Con Air def. (1) Titanic, 60-54
(8) Boogie Nights def. (9) Lost Highway, 48-43
(4) Princess Mononoke def. (13) The Game, 108-18
(12) The Fifth Element def. (5) Good Will Hunting, 113-26
(15) Face/Off def. (2) L.A. Confidential, 63-44
(10) Funny Games def. (7) Happy Together, 30-25
(14) Men in Black def. (3) Perfect Blue, 73-32
(11) Jackie Brown def. (6) Taste of Cherry, 70-7

1997 Quarterfinal #1

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@derek strong year, no doubt. Which ones were the hardest to cut?

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@elegansen Starship Troopers, Lost World, Gattaca, Austin Powers...

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@derek @elegansen derek using up his considerable good will reserves on cutting Starship Troopers

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@PalmeDork @elegansen Starship Troopers is a masterpiece, but what the fuck was I going to cut? Con Air maybe, but that's a bad trade

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@derek @elegansen the game, imo. or the fifth element

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@PalmeDork @elegansen I considered Fifth Element; I was never going to cut The Game lmao

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@derek you were saying that titanic is a lock but i wouldn't count out mononoke or the fifth element

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@prehensile I mean a lock for inclusion in the field; honestly I have no clue who's going to win lmao

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@derek oh! yeah this is a stacked field for sure

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@derek omg there's so much good stuff here but in my heart of hearts i am probably going to vote face/off over anything else

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@threeofswords the thing with Face/Off is that it kicks major ass

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@derek I don't think I know *anyone* who watched this original Austrian Funny Games 👀

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@derek (including me, I never saw the original despite famously liking the english remake)

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@touk I love Haneke was like "hmm I don't think enough Americans were punk'd by my dark formal prank"

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@derek an all-time great movie theater experience for me

as in, 80% of the audience hated it and you could just feel their seething

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@derek Well. My favorite movie (Fifth Element), and everything else is good except the horrible goddamned boat movie.

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@mdhughes boat movie's good when shit starts sinking

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@derek It's technically an amazing film, some of the actors are OK (Kate!). It's just I've seen it 3 times, with 3 different girls, and the plot was designed to drill a hole in my skull.

It's also important for non-movie reasons. Neil deGrasse Tyson's nitpicking of the astronomy led to his online nitpicking since.

Charles Pellegrino's Titanic nerdery led to Avatar being based on his antimatter rocket design.

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@mdhughes I don't know that we should be blaming Big Jim for NDT's science pedantry lmao

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@derek SOMEONE must pay. And he enabled it. Cameron attracts that kind of person to his entourage all the time.

here is the field for the 1997 #MovieBowl 

@mdhughes I blame nerd culture writ large

@derek I don't know how people feel about Titanic at this point

@derek that's an incredibly dumb thing but it appears to be true

@derek @Thomas GWH and Fifth Element give it a run for its money imo

@Thomas @derek this year is so hard, there's a confluence of Beloved Things and potentially Memeable Things, so who knows how this will go

@MmeLibertine @Thomas I went with Con Air because it's way shorter and way sillier (even if it's way more disreputable)

@Thomas @MmeLibertine I mean I have it in the finals too simply because it kicks ass

@derek @MmeLibertine Cage is SO GOOD in that flick but Travolta pulls off *playing* Nic Cage as well

@wolfie I don't have a read on what people think of Titanic!

@derek I may be skewed as I was a 13 year old girl when it came out and Leo was everything to most 13 year old girls, also I've lived in Southampton, the home of Titanic so it's still pretty relevant there lol

@derek hey! Please go back to #moviebowl tag. Splitting it is getting through my filters!

@scully I haven't abandoned the tag, I just fucked up and didn't notice until I was done lmao

@derek The Face/Off vs Con Air final is still on, I see. 👍🏻

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