Movie March Madness Announcement + Bracket

I’ve been waiting to announce this project for a while and I’m excited about it. This year we are trying something new. For those of you that aren’t into sports, and college basketball in particular, every March there is a 64 team tournament at the end of the season. Whoever comes out on top is crowned champion. It is a ton of fun, full of upsets, great games, and Cinderella stories. I thought it would be pretty cool to take that concept and apply it to movies. So over the last several weeks myself and several of the other Police Entertainment Network contributors came up with 64 of what we consider to be the best movies of all time. It was a difficult task, but I like how it came out. Not everyone will agree with our choices, but narrowing down every movie ever made pretty much guarantees movies that people love will be left off. I don’t even agree with some of the choices on the final list. We are also all in our 20s, so a lot of the movie skew a little newer, though we did throw in some classics. We also tried to mix in as many genres as we could. In order to include as many different movies as possible, only one movie from any trilogy/series/saga was included. Overall it isn’t perfect, but it is really, really good.

After coming up with the 64 movies, I then had to figure out how to seed them. Rather than just arbitrarily and subjectively deciding where we wanted to seed them, I decided on a way that was a little less biased. For each movie, I took the Rotten Tomatoes Score, the Rotten Tomatoes audience score, the IMDB score, and the Metacritic score and averaged them together. Those with the highest scores are the higher seeds and I went down the list from there. This, again, was not a perfect system and overrated some movies (Rear Window and Casablanca as  number 1 seeds was questionable to me) and underrated others (Jaws as a number 7, Die Hard as an 11, and Gangs of New York as a 16 notably). But hey, the same thing happens in the basketball tournament as well. It does lead to some incredibly interesting matchups and I have no idea who is going to win this thing.

Speaking of which, here is how it is gonna work: Starting March 1st, I will release a post full of polls that will allow all our readers to pick which movies they think should advance to the second round. This post will be open for about 5 days before I end the voting for that round. I will then take a day or two to review, then do the same thing for round 2 and so on until we have a winner.

So, let me know what you think of this project and the bracket. If the bracket is too small to see, it should expand if you click on it. Be sure to come back at the beginning of March to get your votes in. If you haven’t already, like us on Facebook (Police Entertainment Network) and Twitter (@copswatchmovies) so you don’t miss any of the voting. If you leave a comment on this post, or the Facebook page, with who you think will win, and you’re correct, I’ll think of some sort of prize (no, it won’t be money).