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Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote in annual Hotard Huddle March Madness Bracket thus far. Before I get into how I am determining the winner of the bracket, full results on all voting will be available below. Before diving into the results the 8 Movies still standing, here is a quick reminder of the 4 regions…

  • Region 1: 1970s
  • Region 2: 1980s
  • Region 3: 1990s
  • Region 4: 2000s

Region 1: 1970s
Final Matchup:

1. The Godfather v 2. Star Wars: A New Hope

I certainly nailed the pulse on 1970s movies with the top 4 seeds reaching the Sweet 16 in Region 1. The final matchup features what is the best movie ever made in my opinion with The Godfather against the beginning one of the best series of all time and certainly one of the most popular. The heights Star Wars has reached in the realm of pop culture is ungodly.

Nothing surprised me very much about the results of Region 1, except one thing. That thing was the discrepancy between The Godfather and The Godfather Part II. Based on conversations with people, I find more people enjoy Part II more. But that wasn’t the case here.

One of the most intriguing matchups was how close the 5 v 12 was with Jaws and Halloween. That is two movies I love very much and have loved since I was a young child. It was nice to see those two getting some respect both scoring relatively well.

Full Results and Ranking of the Bracket :

The Godfather – 57 points (17 votes)
Star Wars: A New Hope – 44 points (16 votes)
The Godfather Part II – 31 points (13 votes)
Rocky – 22 points (12 votes)
Jaws – 19 points (7 votes)
Halloween – 16 points (6 votes)
Alien – 12 points (7 votes)
Bad News Bears – 8 points (4 votes)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – 6 points (2 votes)
Monty Python – 5 points (3 votes)
Taxi Driver – 5 points (2 votes)
The Warriors – 5 points (2 votes)
Apocalypse Now – 4 points (2 votes)
The Exorcist – 4 points (2 votes)
A Clockwork Orange – 1 point (1 vote)
Dirty Harry – 0 points (0 votes)

Region 2: 1980s
Final Matchup:

8. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back v 6. Back to the Future

I definitely underestimated The Empire Strikes Back in this one. I did not have a good pulse on the 80s. Emotionally speaking, it is my favorite decade in terms of movies. I tried to rank all these brackets based on how I thought voting would go. Objectively speaking, it wasn’t good. Although many of these movies scored more than 20 points and the bottom bracket was incredibly close, Empire Strikes Back was an absolute buzzsaw in the bracket.

The biggest surprise of the bracket for me was Top Gun not obtaining more votes. LIKE WHAT!?! Have you seen the fucking movie? It offended me a little bit. I definitely thought with the resurgence of Cobra Kai that Karate Kid would get more even though it did get a respectable amount of votes and points.


Full Results and Ranking of the Bracket :

Empire Strikes Back – 57 points (16 votes)
The Breakfast Club – 38 points (13 votes)
The Goonies – 28 points (11 votes)
Back to the Future – 28 points (11 votes)
The Karate Kid – 24 points (14 votes)
Indiana Jones ROTLA – 24 points (9 votes)
Scarface – 23 points (8 votes)
Top Gun – 19 points (8 votes)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – 17 points (9 votes)
Dead Poets Society – 10 points (4 votes)
Die Hard – 9 points (5 votes)
Stand By Me – 2 points (2 votes)
Sixteen Candles – 2 points (1 vote)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High – 1 point (1 vote)
Lean on Me – 0 points (0 votes)
St. Elmo’s Fire – 0 points (0 votes)

Region 3: 1990s
Final Matchup:

9. Toy Story v 2. Forrest Gump

My 90s bracket was all over the fucking place, period. The Sweet 16 was comprised of the 2, 4, 9 and 14 seeds. Considering the age of people who voted, I started getting messages and texts when I released the 90s bracket and then the 00s bracket of how hard the voting was. It definitely showed a wide variety of love for the movies of those two decades.

My three biggest takeaways from the 90s was Toy Story beating out The Lion King. Despite voting for The Lion King myself, I’m not mad at it. Woody is easily one of my 3 favorite Disney characters of all time. Tom Hanks v Tom Hanks in the elite 8. If that doesn’t scream 90s, I don’t know what does.

The second is how well the sports movies scored. Happy Gilmore, The Mighty Ducks and The Sandlot all did well.

The third takeaway from the bracket is Adam Sandler’s two best movies. I talked about this on a recent episode of my podcast that most people’s top 2 Adam Sandler movies are Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. I won’t say we ended the debate here, but the bracket played into that sentiment because how close those movies scored.

Full Results and Ranking of the Bracket :

Forrest Gump – 54 points (23 votes)
Toy Story – 48 points (16 votes)
Goodfellas – 46 points (17 votes)
The Lion King – 38 points (14 votes)
The Sandlot – 37 points (23 votes)
The Mighty Ducks – 36 points (12 votes)
The Shawshank Redemption – 35 points (13 votes)
Pulp Fiction – 28 points (11 votes)
Fight Club – 22 points (11 votes)
Titanic – 22 points (6 votes)
Billy Madison – 21 points (8 votes)
Good Will Hunting – 20 points (9 votes)
Happy Gilmore – 20 points (6 votes)
Sev7n – 15 points (7 votes)
Tommy Boy – 6 points (3 votes)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape – 4 points (1 vote)

Region 4: 2000s
Final Matchup:

1. Training Day v 10. The Dark Knight

Another classic case of underestimating a brilliant movie. People still apparently love the second installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Rightfully so.

Although this bracket didn’t get nearly as much love as the 90s (again, know your audience), one thing remained certain. It was a wide spectrum of voting. The voting was very similar to the 80s. There one buzzsaw in the bracket followed by a strong secondary group with parity.

Full Results and Ranking of the Bracket :

The Dark Knight – 51 points (17 votes)
Training Day – 32 points (11 votes)
Remember the Titans – 25 points (9 votes)
Superbad – 24 points (13 votes)
Gladiator – 19 points (8 votes)
The Departed – 17 points (7 votes) – I’d like to say fuck you and the horses you rode in on for this one
Step Brothers – 15 points (9 votes)
Anchorman – 15 points (6 votes)
The Pursuit of Happyness – 12 points (4 votes)
Cast Away – 12 points (4 votes)
40 Year Old Virgin – 12 points (3 votes)
American Gangster – 9 points (4 votes)
Wedding Crashers – 8 points (4 votes)
Napoleon Dynamite – 6 points (2 votes)
The Replacements – 4 points (3 votes)
Dodgeball – 0 points (0 votes)

VOTING ON THE ELITE 8

Same principle as before, let’s find out how much you really love these movies. There are 8 movies remaining and I am asking you to rank them in the order from best to worst. Time to enjoy some bitterness of doing that.

  • The Godfather v Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Empire Strikes Back v Back to the Future
  • Toy Story v Forrest Gump
  • Training Day v The Dark Knight

My personal vote:
1. The Godfather
2. Forrest Gump
3. The Dark Knight
4. Training Day
5. Toy Story
6. A New Hope
7. Back to the Future
8. Empire Strikes Back

My Favorite Scene or Quote from the Elite 8

The Godfather – “Leave the Gun. Take the Cannoli.”

Forrest Gump – “You ain’t got no legs, Lt. Dan.”

The Dark Knight – “Now I’m Always Smiling.”

Training Day – “King Kong Ain’t Got Shit on Me!”

Toy Story – “You uncultured swine.”

A New Hope – “Of course I know him…he’s me.”

Back to the Future – “Hey McFly!?!”

Empire Strikes Back – “I Am Your Father.”

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