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

the 1997 bracket challenge is live! test your predictive mettle against the other film dorks of the fediverse! challonge.com/xqjc1xki

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

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1997 Quarterfinal #2

1997 Quarterfinal #3

1997 Quarterfinal #4

1997 #MovieBowl Quarterfinal results 

(16) Con Air def. (8) Boogie Nights, 90-60
(12) The Fifth Element def. (4) Princess Mononoke, 192-166
(15) Face/Off def. (10) Funny Games, 114-21
(14) Men in Black def. (11) Jackie Brown, 108-66

1997 Semifinal #1

1997 Semifinal #2

1997 #MovieBowl Semifinal results 

(12) The Fifth Element def. (16) Con Air, 205-27
(14)Men in Black def. (15) Face/Off, 138-62

1997 CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Congratulations to The Fifth Element on winning the 1997 , defeating Men in Black by a score of 197-55

the results of the 1997 bracket challenge are as follows:
🥇 @hex and Challonge user "5th wins" (28 points)
🥈 @Juju and @c0debabe (27 points)
🥉 Challonge user "Weird Assumptions" (26 points)

where the fuck is the supposed weeb power of the fediverse if it can't close a fucking 10-vote gap

come on you fuckin weebs put your back into it

@derek I absolutely not see a men in black top 2 coming even a little bit

@threeofswords neither did I, I thought it was a pretty good movie people remembered fondly, not a silver medalist lmao

@derek @threeofswords my best explanation is that it's quintessential to the experience of being alive in 1997. It's a movie that couldn't really exist for very many years in either direction

@Alexis @derek I think if only one had made it this far, it might be doing better. As it happened the round was kind of a referendum on Cage vs sci fi comedy.

Yelling about results 

@derek *scrolls through the list* HOW THE FUCK DID PERFECT BLUE GET ELIMINATED BY MEN IN BLACK?!

Yelling about results 

@paulference lots of wild shit has happened in this

Yelling about results 

@derek There was the definite Nicholas Cage contingent, yeah. But I can't be mad about The 5th Element squeaking by Mononoke. I think there's not enough said about how 5th Element layered it's scenes for multiple characters in multiple locations.

@derek why would it come down to this

how can I choose between my beloved children

@derek i can't believe i have to vote men in black as the film of the year bc i would rather perish than see luc besson win (i know he's going to and i'm seething)

@threeofswords @derek I went with MiB too, I feel it's slightly more rewatchable!

@derek sake, I completely missed this. anyway, let's never speak of it again

@derek Man it's a heartbreak to have these two matched so early.

@thegibson @derek Whereas two truly shitty Nicolas Cage films get high ratings? Wat?

@jens @thegibson none of the shitty Nic Cage movies were released in 1997, only differing levels of sick nasty

@derek Even the weebs know The Fifth Element was the best movie of '97

@derek perfect blue lost against men in black … that was already a dark omen

@derek @TheGibson 5th Element did NOT come out in 1997 you shut yo—oh my god it did.

@derek there's gonna be so many busted brackets in the morning

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