Due to Brad's whining, I'm posting these an hour and a half early.
And then there were eight.
The Godard region is the only one that held to form, pitting #1 Citizen Kane vs. #2 On the Waterfront. Thin Wells vs. Thin Brando. Too bad we couldn't have had Touch of Evil vs. Don Juan DeMarco as well, just to have the hefty versions of the two duke it out too. Seventh-seeded Mockingbird continues to make its improbable run, the lowest seed in the history of Movie Madness to make the Elite Eight. It'll go up against Godfather II, after Michael Corleone did what all good mob sons do and took out his father. In the Fellini, Scarlett discovered that while tomorrow may be another day, for her it'll be a day to nurse the wounds given to her by Jake LaMotta. And finally, even though the crowd was rooting for a Jack vs. Jack regional final, it wasn't meant to be as Rick Blaine held on to beat the lobotomized but still scrappy Randle Patrick McMurphy. We'll see if Rick can hold off Jake Gittes next round.
Updated standings. 1st round/2nd round/3rd round/Total after 3 rounds.
Jen: 21/22/28/71 (Casablanca)
Looney: 22/26/20/68 (On the Waterfront)
Brad: 25/18/20/63 (To Kill a Mockingbird)
O'Tim: 26/22/12/60 (American Graffiti)
Paticus: 27/20/12/59 (Godfather)
Schadenfreude: 26/20/12/58 (Casablanca)
Nat: 20/22/16/58 (To Kill a Mockingbird)
Paula: 27/16/12/55 (Chinatown)
Fez: 23/16/12/51 (Godfather)
Don: 21/16/12/49 (Citizen Kane)
Lucy: 27/14/4/45 (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
Caley Adams: 19/14/8/41 (Star Wars)
Jackson: 23/14/4/41 (The Graduate)
Sylvia: 18/14/8/40 (Casablanca)
Joe the Troll: 23/12/4/39 (Casablanca)
Ravenous: 23/12/4/39 (Citizen Kane)
Venessa: 21/14/4/39 (Gone With the Wind)
Eden: 23/14/0/37 (Gone With the Wind)
Arleen: 18/12/4/34 (M*A*S*H)
Lady Strathconn: 22/12/0/34 (Godfather)
Emma: 17/12/4/33 (To Kill a Mockingbird)
Jeff Adams: 19/12/0/31 (Star Wars)
With a stunning 28-point third-round tally (that's seven out of eight correct), Jen has vaulted into the lead a full three points ahead of Looney. O'Tim's slide is only beginning, as both of his final two movies have bowed out. Kudos to him for picking two comedies -- it took as much guts as it did silliness. Brad slid into the third slot by getting the entire right side of the bracket correct, and still has three of his final four alive. And while Schadenfreude lost two of his final four, his most important two are still alive. Also notable are Nat, who has managed to steadily climb up the ranks, and Paula, who could ride her champion pick Chinatown right to the top.