008 – uwu Anime Boy (Round 1, Part 8)

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We’re back after a short hiatus, and let me tell you, this episode has everything. Dramatic readings! Our first wild card movie! Ill-advised usage of internet slang by a man in his thirties! Oh, and thoughtful considerations regarding trauma, faith, and the moving image.

CW: some saucy shit in the front, and Nazi shit in the back.

This week’s matchups:
Raging Bull v. Howl’s Moving Castle
Schindler’s List v. Winter Light

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007 – Our Boy, the Asshole (Round 1, Part 7)

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Derek and Michelle are back in town and ready to send two more movies to the second round. This time around, our intrepid hosts consider two of the best close-up movies of all time, a no-frills war picture from the 50s, and a movie that, frankly, shouldn’t even be on this list. Also, Michelle keeps her “mention Come and See” streak alive and Derek makes several embarrassing admissions regarding the classic movies he hasn’t seen yet.

This week’s matchups:
Once Upon a Time in America v. In the Name of the Father
Paths of Glory v. The Passion of Joan of Arc

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006 – The Place Where They Have Boats (Round 1, Part 6)

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Who’s ready to get deeply uncomfortable? What do the Bracket Gods have in store for us this time. Well, uh, cringe-inducing drama, the spectre of the Confederacy, and 21st century terror! Yeah, baby! But the movies are pretty good, and the breakdowns are too. Also Derek forgets the word “harbour,” so that’s pretty funny.

One note from the fact-checking desk: the disaster that 9/11 was a stand-in for in the Indian films mentioned was the 2008 26/11 Mumbai attacks, not the 2006 Mumbai train bombs as said by Michelle.

This week’s matchups:
The Hunt v. The General
Spirited Away v. A Wednesday

Holy moly, we have show notes!

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005 – I Suck and I Deserve the Guillotine (Round 1, Part 5)

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This one is weirdly suicide-heavy, so maybe know that going in?

Another podcast means another four contenders step up to the plate! Our long march to the finals continues as we take our first trip to India (and it is a doozy), talk about how cool Bogey is, and take sides in the eternal Keaton/Chaplin debate.

This week’s matchups:
3 Idiots v. Sherlock Jr.
Modern Times v. The Maltese Falcon

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004 – You’ve Infected Me with Your Michael (Round 1, Part 4)

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Well, we’re here, sports fans. We have to contend with who is possibly the biggest boil on cinema’s ass to date, and possibly of the whole bracket. But not before we screw up the names of fantasy dudes and silent film pioneers and generally just make a mess of things. But fear not, we gets some pretty good joke in there too! Four new cinematic combatants enter the cage, but only two can come out victorious on the long, long road to the finals.

This week’s matchups:
Unforgiven v. The Bridge on the River Kwai
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring v. Annie Hall

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003 – Dad Law (Round 1, Part 3)

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Onward and upward through the IMDb Top 250 bracket we go! Two reprehensible Hollywood leading men go head to head in the director’s chair, and Michelle continues the great podcasting tradition of Derek’s co-host cursing him out. Which of these movies deserved their Oscars? Which ones didn’t? The answers may shock and confound you!

This week’s matchups:
Braveheart v. Into the Wild
Cinema Paradiso v. Million Dollar Baby

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002 – The Big Gold Belt of Curse Words (Round 1, Part 2)

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Our intrepid bracketeers have returned to take on the next two matchups in the IMDb Top 250 tournament. Which classic film will hang its head in shame? Which kind of neo-noir is superior? How many times is Derek going to assert that a movie “fucks?” Listen and find out!

This week’s matchups:
L.A. Confidential vs. The Wolf of Wall Street
Paper Moon v. Seven

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001 – Knockoff Muppets (Round 1, Part 1)

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And they’re off! Michelle and Derek cover the first two matchups of the IMDb bracket’s first round. They also talk about movies from their childhood, Letterboxd pranksters, and that sexy sexy so-and-so Paul Newman.

This week’s matchups:
A Clockwork Orange v. Cool Hand Luke
Back to the Future v. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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000 – An Exercise in Podcast Hubris (Rules and Regulations)

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It all begins here. Michelle Arf and Derek Godin of Dim the House Lights have decided to take on the Herculean task of plugging the Internet Movie Database’s Top 250 films (plus six wild cards) into a single elimination bracket and finding out which one is the real middlebrow champion. In this inaugural episode, they lay out the rules of the tournament, talk about the eccentricities of the list itself, and parse their own biases.

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