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nihilance
07-03-2007, 04:00 AM
tournament motherlink (http://www.606studios.com/bendisboard/showthread.php?t=116979)

An interesting match up. Cronenberg's adaptation vs Zwigoff and Clowes' extrapolation. Which is the better comic film?

Bill?
07-03-2007, 06:31 AM
Ghost World. even Aragorn stepping on a guy's neck can't beat Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson AND Steve Buscemi.

ERNIE_E
07-03-2007, 06:33 AM
Ghost World is just a perfect indy flick from a perfect indy comic. And I really dug A History of Violence but the type of story that Ghost World was just something needed on film.

Blake Sims
07-03-2007, 06:34 AM
I really didnt like A History Of Violence all that much.

Bandit Chimera
07-03-2007, 06:36 AM
i'll go with history of violence....i liked that movie way better. it might just be because its fresher in my mind but i honestly really dug that movie. Hell i didn't even know it was a comic movie until i sat down to watch it either.

Patton
07-03-2007, 06:37 AM
This one's gonna be close.

Brian Defferding
07-03-2007, 06:38 AM
A History of Violence's scenes with William Hurt ruined it for me - it seemed to quick, too rushed, wasn't as visceral as the book. While I understand the movie explored the psychology of violence a little bit more with how it effects the family and his marriage, in the end I identified with Ghost World more.

Matt Jay
07-03-2007, 06:40 AM
A History of Violence's scenes with William Hurt ruined it for me - it seemed to quick, too rushed, wasn't as visceral as the book. While I understand the movie explored the psychology of violence a little bit more with how it effects the family and his marriage, in the end I identified with Ghost World more.

I never read either of the books, but I thought William Hurt did a great job. He stole the (admittedly all too brief) scene.

Brian Defferding
07-03-2007, 06:44 AM
I never read either of the books, but I thought William Hurt did a great job. He stole the (admittedly all too brief) scene.

I think William Hurt's acting was great too, I just think those scenes were almost an afterthought.

Patton
07-03-2007, 06:47 AM
I think William Hurt's acting was great too, I just think those scenes were almost an afterthought.
They must have been because somehow I didn't even remember them.

Akira
07-03-2007, 07:12 AM
History Of Violence was an incredible movie. Ghost World had Thora Birch, Bob Balaban and Steve Buchemi. This is tough, but I'll give it to Violence because I liked the story more.

YouStayClassy
07-03-2007, 09:15 AM
I gotta go Ghost World.

(akaRyanHoffman)
07-03-2007, 09:18 AM
Y'know, not a huge Clowes fan, but I like Ghost World quite a bit. On the other hand, I'm a huge Cronenberg fan, but thought A History of Violence was some great ideas in a so-so movie. It had it's moments, though.

Ryan F
07-03-2007, 09:20 AM
Ghost World is one of my favorite movies.

A History of Violence is a solid, understated thriller, but it's grossly overrated from my perspective.

Come on, Ghost World!

Master Jack Rabbitt
07-03-2007, 09:22 AM
Ghost World

Jef UK
07-03-2007, 09:36 AM
Ghost World is an infinitely superior movie.

A History of Violence was predictable and the action scenes, while well-performed, were silly. Comic book silly. I don't get the love for this one.

nihilance
07-05-2007, 06:17 AM
This one is neck and neck folks. Less than a day left on the poll.

Brian Defferding
07-05-2007, 06:30 AM
*roots for Ghost World*

Kefky
07-05-2007, 07:07 AM
Glad I got my vote in before the poll was closed. :)

Adrian B AWESOME
07-05-2007, 07:21 AM
I voted Ghost World, but love both of these films equally.

The winner of this should be the winner of the tournament.

Matt Jay
07-05-2007, 07:26 AM
I voted Ghost World, but love both of these films equally.

The winner of this should be the winner of the tournament.

Over American Splendor? Blasphemy.

dEnny!
07-05-2007, 11:40 AM
This is a close one.

Dan McLellan
07-05-2007, 11:43 AM
I love me A History of Violence. It has almost nothing to do with the comic though haha. Still the better film so I'm voting for it.

Kefky
07-05-2007, 11:47 AM
C'mon, Ghost World! :mad:

Jacob Lyon Goddard
07-05-2007, 12:22 PM
i actually had to go back and check which one i voted for

Master Jack Rabbitt
07-05-2007, 12:25 PM
i actually had to go back and check which one i voted for

Same here.

The Dean
07-05-2007, 02:01 PM
I'm pulling* for Scarlett & Ghostworld...





*Not that kind of pulling. Perv.

Jacob Lyon Goddard
07-05-2007, 02:39 PM
Same here.

nice to see a fairly even match-up

Patton
07-05-2007, 02:41 PM
nice to see a fairly even match-up

I predict X2 vs. Batman Begins will be a very close race as well.

andrew french
07-05-2007, 02:46 PM
woo woo, ghost world.

Master Jack Rabbitt
07-05-2007, 02:48 PM
nice to see a fairly even match-up

It sure is.

Corey
07-05-2007, 02:48 PM
Come on, Ghost World!

Mylazycat
07-05-2007, 03:01 PM
Go, Ghost World! You can do it, baby!

Jacob Lyon Goddard
07-05-2007, 03:02 PM
i'm surprised Ghost World is doing so well
History of Violence has violence!
and sex!

Adrian B AWESOME
07-05-2007, 05:18 PM
I'll say it: The film version of Ghost World is superior to the comic version.

Same with History, but that's painfully obvious.

nihilance
07-05-2007, 05:33 PM
Less than 12 hours left and the spread is still only 4 votes. I didn't expect the rivalry to remain so close all the way up to the wire.

Master Jack Rabbitt
07-05-2007, 05:49 PM
Go Ghost World!

Jef UK
07-05-2007, 05:53 PM
The wrong movie is going to win this.

Dan McLellan
07-05-2007, 05:58 PM
The wrong movie is going to win this.

Eh they're both great. A History of Violence just had more meat on it. More to think and talk about. Ghost World is fantastic though.

nihilance
07-06-2007, 03:56 AM
Eh they're both great. A History of Violence just had more meat on it. More to think and talk about. Ghost World is fantastic though.

I don't agree. I hadn't watched HoV yet for various reasons and watched it just two nights ago before voting in this poll. I was really surprised how shallow it was and how little story and character development there was. Sure there were a couple decent quick action scenes and the pussy son going nuts on the bully was good, plus Maria Bello was smoking hot in the sex scenes...but ultimately there was a surprising LACK of meat in HoV.

Ghost World was disappointing to me because it diverged SO much from the original book...but it was still a great film that I enjoyed a lot. It really deserves to go to the next round. It should really be between Ghost World and American Splendor to see which goes into the final four.

Sam Johnson
07-06-2007, 04:22 AM
I thought Ghost World was nowhere near as good as people say it is, especially compared with the book. Perfectly enjoyable, but it didn't really do anything new and was a little trite. My vote went to HoV.

dEnny!
07-06-2007, 06:12 AM
By far the closest vote.

SteveZegers
07-06-2007, 06:15 AM
I really liked A History of Violence, maybe because I went in with no idea what to expect. I saw Ghost World after it had been out for a while, and hearing how great it was... maybe it just didn't live up to that. And no creepy face melty Ed Harris.

Brian Defferding
07-06-2007, 06:18 AM
Wow, by 2 votes!

Ryan F
07-06-2007, 06:42 AM
By far the closest vote.

and the most disappointing!

ERNIE_E
07-06-2007, 06:44 AM
YYYARRRRGHHHH. Bummer.

dEnny!
07-06-2007, 07:31 AM
I really liked A History of Violence, maybe because I went in with no idea what to expect. I saw Ghost World after it had been out for a while, and hearing how great it was... maybe it just didn't live up to that. And no creepy face melty Ed Harris.

I felt History of Violence was not better than Road to Perdition or Ghost World. All three of these movies were different from the source material in many ways, but the latter stand well on their own as good movies. A History of Violence was a bit of a disappointment for me considering the director and cast. I was expecting to it enjoy it as much as the other two and I didn't.

Jef UK
07-06-2007, 07:52 AM
Eh they're both great. A History of Violence just had more meat on it. More to think and talk about. Ghost World is fantastic though.

I don't think a History of Violence is great by any means. I found it predictable and shallow.

SteveZegers
07-06-2007, 08:14 AM
I felt History of Violence was not better than Road to Perdition or Ghost World. All three of these movies were different from the source material in many ways, but the latter stand well on their own as good movies. A History of Violence was a bit of a disappointment for me considering the director and cast. I was expecting to it enjoy it as much as the other two and I didn't.

I haven't read any of the books, so I'm just going on the movies.

Master Jack Rabbitt
07-06-2007, 09:20 AM
:cry:

Dan McLellan
07-06-2007, 09:22 AM
I don't think a History of Violence is great by any means. I found it predictable and shallow.

Ah but so much subtext and thematic material! Every moment was about duality, identity, america's history, family. Everything had so many meanings.

nihilance
07-06-2007, 09:31 AM
Ah but so much subtext and thematic material! Every moment was about duality, identity, america's history, family. Everything had so many meanings.

It seemed pretty by the numbers with those themes to me. Not very deep at all. Very creepy and realistic use of gore though.

Jacob Lyon Goddard
07-06-2007, 10:56 AM
if it was a question of which was adapted to screen better, it would have been History without a doubt

i prefered Ghost World the comic, for it's focus on the Enid/Josh relationship, and it did a better johb of showing that Enid was a horrible human being

the History of Violence comic is one of the worst comics i've ever read, and i held of on seeing the movie for a good long while because of it