There have been many comments, spanning a number of posts, relating to the notion that the winning films represent the most mundane, ordinary, lowest-common-denominator taste in movies.
Since this is a significant (and emotional) topic, I thought it deserved its own post.
I assert that, were this a contest with thousands of participants forming an accurate representation of the general movie-watching public, the above statement would be a hard one with which to argue.
But this contest has only 18 participants, none of whom would I describe as mundane, ordinary, ignorant, culturally lacking or lowest-common denominator. Far, far from it. What's cool as hell to me is that the people participating in this contest have actually seen a lot of these movies. With a different group of friends, I'd have had to put Tommy Boy and Scary Movie 3 in there just so they'd have something to vote for.
As I said in the last post's comments, the following "classics" won their first-round match-ups:
His Girl Friday
Bringing Up Baby
Some Like it Hot
It's a Mad... World
It Happened One Night
Life of Brian
That's more than half of the winners. If only lowest-common denominator movies got picked, what's that say about the flicks above?