The Millennial Movie Challenge: Final Four

MMC Final Four

(AS ALWAYS: If you want to skip right to the voting, just scroll down.  We won’t judge.  We’ll just egg your house later)

Millennial Movie Challenge: Elite 8 Results

Life is full of surprises, like the time Peyton Manning decided to forgo throwing the ball more than 15 yards downfield.  But when it comes to the movies that shaped your passage from childhood to adultery adultdom, apparently we all can agree on top notch quality.  Without further ado, your Millennial Movie Challenge Final Four contenders!

(1) Saving Private Ryan

  • Cargo Pants regional champion
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Top Billing: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Ed Burns (and an early Vin Diesel!)
  • Box Office: $481,840,909
  • Movie titles in France and Germany: Il faut sauver le soldat Ryan and Der Soldat James Ryan
  • Awards other than The 500’s: Oscar winner for Best Director (Spielberg), Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Sound Effects Editing, and Film Editing
  • Intangibles:
  1. Somehow lost to Shakespeare in Love for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.  The greatest American travesty that has never been rectified until the 2000 election.
  2. Was the last moment pre-911 that the entire country was united in one cause: We All Hate Upham
  3. Spawned a month long running joke by Bill Simmons and Sal “The Cuz” Iacono when BS offhandedly commented the following which somehow became the 2013 movie The Lone Survivor’s ad campaign quote

Lone Survivor Saving Private Ryan

(2)  Independence Day

  • Napster regional champion
  • Release Year: 1996
  • Top Billing: Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman
  • Box Office: $817,400,891
  • Movie title in France and Germany: Independence Day: Le jour de la riposte and Independence Day
  • Awards other than The 500’s: Oscar winner for Best Visual Effects; MTV Movie Award winner for Best Kiss (Will Smith and Vivica A. Fox)
  • Intangibles:
  1. Able to pull off the 15 minute blow up every city in America sequence before the “CGI/Transformers/Christopher Nolan Let’s Blow Up Every City” era we now live in
  2. Book end to Jeff Goldblum’s pinnacle starting 3 years earlier with Jurassic Park
  3. On the Mt. Rushmore for Best Movie Speeches with Pacino’s “Every Inch”, Kenneth Branagh’s “St. Crispin’s Day“, and Gibson’s Braveheart as well as a top 5 Best Presidential Speeches Ever

Just kidding…

(3) Wedding Crashers

  • N64 regional champion
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Top Billing: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Christopher Walken
  • Box Office: $285,176,741
  • Movie titles in France and Germany: Serial noceurs and Die Hochzeits-Crasher
  • Awards other than The 500’s: MTV Movie Award winner for Best Movie, On-Screen Team (Vaughn and Wilson), and Breakthrough Performance (Isla Fisher); no Oscar noms
  • Intangibles:
  1. Was our first introduction to Bradley Cooper and biggest winner out of this movie for building a better movie career than Vaughn and Wilson since 2005
  2. Rachel McAdams
  3. 2000s nominee for “Most Awkward Scene to Watch With Your Parents” if (for some reason) you saw this in the theaters with your parents instead of just buying tickets to the PG13 Fantastic Four and sneaking into the R flick
  4. “Motor Boating son of a bitch” & “she was my first Asian”
  5. Rachel McAdams
  6. The Will Ferrell cameo

(3) 10 Things I Hate About You

  • TRL regional champion
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Top Billing:  Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Larisa Oleynik
  • Box Office: $53,478,166
  • Movie titles in France and Germany: 10 bonnes raisons de te larguer and 10 Dinge, die ich an Dir hasse
  • Awards other than The 500’s: Nominated for 7 Nick Teen Choice awards; no Oscar noms
  • Intangibles:
  1. Based off the Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew and probably the best Shakespeare movie adaptation ever
  2. Introduced us to Heath Ledger and Jospeh Gordon-Levitt before they were Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (and even a Gabrielle “I Never Age!” Union sighting!)
  3. Highly underrated soundtrack featuring F.N.T. by Semisonic (yes, that Semisonic that did “Closing Time”) and Ledger’s memorable “You’re Just Too Good To Be True” scene
  4. Gave us this wonderful moment that sums up 82% of daughter-father relationships

10 Things Pregnant

And finally, 10 Things was set and predominantly filmed in Seattle, Washington, one of America’s top 5 city (Chicago, Denver, LA/SF/SD (tie), and DC being the other 4).

Which brings us to our halftime ode to your Super Bowl XLVIII Champions: The Seattle Seahawks!  Congratulations to Seattle, Russell Wilson, the Legion of Boom, the 12th Men and Women, and everyone else associated with the Seahawks Franchise, the Pacific Northwest, and not Pete Carroll.  Take us to the voting Mr. Mode! (Fast forward to 0:45)

Voting Ends at 12pm Eastern on Tuesday 4 February 2014!!!!

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