Piper over at the Lazy Eye Theatre has had a little “meme” going for about a week now, and Evan and I at MZ have been tagged no less than three times, so we thought we’d better do it.

The rules are simple: If you could pick twelve flicks to be shown at the New Beverly Cinema (a popular “revival” theater), what would they be? In more detail, it goes like this:

1) Choose 12 Films to be featured. They could be random selections or part of a greater theme. Whatever you want.

2) Explain why you chose the films.

3) Link back to Lazy Eye Theatre so I can have hundreds of links and I can take those links and spread them all out on the bed and then roll around in them.

4) The people selected then have to turn around and select 5 more people.

Anyhoo, Evan and I were thinking, since there are two of us, that opens up a world of “gimmicks” for our choices. Long-time readers may remember a debate we had on the site back in March…it went pretty well, all things considered, so we thought we’d try it again. But this time, rather than sling words, we’re going to sling movies. The rules go something like this:

  1. The first person picks a pair of films for the first night that he thinks makes a point.
  2. Person # 2 picks a pair of films for the second night that somehow undermine Person # 1’s point.
  3. Person # 1 picks a pair of films for the third night that somehow undermine Person # 2’s choices.
  4. Etc.

Confused? Yeah, Evan was too, when I tried to explain it to him. (I thought it was pretty straightforward…) But lucky for you, you only have to read the debate, not participate in it. Here we go…

Being a sporting man, I chose to give Evan first pick.

Night the first. Evan says…

They Can Do Drama!

Films where comedians prove they have significant dramatic range. Whodathunk? My picks are…

Night the second. Luke says…

Dramatic skill means nothing if you’re not relevant to begin with.

Imagine a world without these two films. Not hard, is it?

Night the third. Evan says…

Obscure pre-1980 sci-fi literary connections trump your picks.

Both The Last Man On Earth and What Dreams May Come are based on books by Richard Matheson, and A Scanner Darkly was written in 1977 by Phillip K. Dick, and stars Woody Harrelson, who also stars in Semi-Pro.

Nigth the fourth. Luke says…

Yeah, maybe, but sci-fi is never any fun…

…A pair of fantasy flicks for you. One to satisfy your need for the living dead, and the other to satisfy your need for rotoscoping. And both more fun than either of those.

Night the fifth. Evan says…

Too bad you’ve picked the worst from both directors. Why not turn back the clock a few years for each and showcase some real animation?

Night the sixth. Luke says…

…Because I’d rather showcase fake animation.

“Fake,” meaning, in this case, “bargain basement CG” and “live action that happens to look like animation.” Plus, this way we get to end the week on a couple of fun ones…and we’ll need it after two Bakshi/Burton nights.

Okay…that’s a wrap. Now I just have to tag five blogs (trying, of course, to tag people who haven’t participated yet). I pick…

  1. 353 Review
  2. Movies et. al.
  3. Final Girl
  4. Doodad Kind of Town
  5. The Evening of Kent (which isn’t actually a “film blog,” but I’ve been reading his stuff, and he’s awesome, but there’s nowhere on his site to comment, so I’ll say it here: I love you, Kent!)

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