Nightcrawler (2014) vs. Zodiac (2007)

Nightcrawler (2014) vs. Zodiac (2007)If we’ve learned anything over the years from movies about journalists, reporters and TV newspeople, it’s that theirs is a world of ethical and psychological pitfalls. One day, you’re an upstanding citizen doing your job, investigating and helping keep the public apprised of current events, and then, suddenly you’re Kirk Douglas in Ace in the Hole (1951), deliberately manipulating your story to create and prolong the media circus surrounding it. Or you’re Philip Seymour Hoffman [more]

Gone Girl (2014) vs. Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Gone Girl (2014) vs. Gone Baby Gone (2007)It wasn’t so long ago that Ben Affleck was among the easiest punchlines in Hollywood: A wooden, one-note actor with horrendous taste in projects, a consistent provider of gossip fodder, and the co-winner of a screenwriting Oscar that few believed he actually deserved. But then, in 2007, he made the second-wisest move of his career (just behind ditching J-Lo and settling down with J-Garn): He turned his focus to further developing his behind-the-camera talents, choosing [more]

Fargo vs. True Detective

Fargo vs. True DetectiveWhat will be the water cooler topic of the coming years? If you work in my office, then Fantasy Football is, as always, the obvious answer. (Seriously, people, if it’s such a great sport, why do you need to gin it up with fantasies? But I digress.) In terms of episodic TV, the pickings are growing steadily slimmer, with Breaking Bad a brilliant but fading memory, Mad Men with but a half-season remaining, and Game [more]

Breaking Bad vs. The Sopranos

Breaking Bad vs. The SopranosCritics and audiences seem to agree in large numbers that the greatest continuing one-hour series ever to air on American television is either the recently departed masterwork Breaking Bad or the groundbreaking show that aired in the previous decade, The Sopranos. Both are gruelingly suspenseful and violent neo-noir crime stories interwoven with searing family drama, intense action and bizarre black comedy. Between them they've garnered numerous Emmy awards for their incredible casts, directors and [more]

Foxcatcher (2014) vs. Win Win (2011)

Foxcatcher (2014) vs. Win Win (2011)Maybe it's just me, but I wrestled a bit as a kid and saw more than enough of my coach without ever moving in with him. I'll tell you right now, if that's what cost me a shot at having my life blown up on the big screen for the world to enjoy, I'm okay with it, especially after seeing how messed up the protagonists in these two indie projects turn [more]

The Fault In Our Stars (2014) vs. The Spectacular Now (2013)

The Fault In Our Stars (2014) vs. The Spectacular Now (2013)You fell in love with her in The Descendants (2011), and then you blinked, and suddenly Shailene Woodley was everywhere. Just in the past nine months alone, she’s been in two horribly titled romances made from best-selling young-adult novels, both adapted, in fact, by the same writing team, best known for previous Smackdown challenger (500) Days of Summer starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was also the star of 50/50, which shares a theme with... Well, I’m getting ahead [more]

(Super) Men of Steel

(Super) Men of SteelWhile he's not necessarily the world's singularly favorite (or only) superhero any more, Superman still maintains a strong pull on the audience's loyalty. Many brave actors have tried on the tights and cape over the years. Please vote for the man who was the superest of the Supermen in our poll. We've set it up so you can vote several times if you want to vote for more than [more]

Her (2013) vs. Lost in Translation (2003)

Her (2013) vs. Lost in Translation (2003)We here at Smackdown have a soft spot in our hearts for movies about lonely, alienated mopes. This may or may not have something to do with some of us here in Smackland being lonely, alienated mopes, but in any case, we’re all about the Mopelecore movies, and when they’re about how the mopes learn to get out of their mopey shells and embrace the wonders of the world around them, even more so. And [more]

American Hustle (2013) vs. The Informant (2009)

American Hustle (2013) vs. The Informant (2009)Who doesn’t love Matt Damon and Christian Bale? (Okay, probably this guy doesn’t love Bale so much, and Minnie Driver still might be holding a grudge against Damon…But just go with me on this…) And who doesn’t love when big stars like Matt Damon and Christian Bale ugly themselves up with bad hairpieces and weight gains and cheesy facial hair for a scruffy little indie role? And who doesn’t love period offbeat indie comedies based on true stories [more]

Dallas Buyers Club (2013) vs. Philadelphia (1993)

Dallas Buyers Club (2013) vs. Philadelphia (1993)As the anniversary of the release of Philadelphia approaches, let’s take a moment to consider just what the apparent requirements were for a major studio to be bold enough to make a movie about homosexuality and AIDS back in 1993: Both leads had to be played by huge stars, and the villain played by one of our most beloved character actors. The director had to have come off an enormous smash that had just swept [more]

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