First of all, thanks again to everyone who made the 2010 Topps Experiment a huge success. I couldn't have done it without your generosity.
Another big thanks needs to go out to everyone who entered the doubles giveaway contest. Let me take a moment to reflect on your under-the-radar film recommendations before revealing the big winner.
Your suggestions were all great. All things being equal, I'd rather watch a mostly unnoticed movie than a summer blockbuster crap-o-rama, and I can't wait to get to some of your favorites.
A quick recap:
Scotland, PA: Never heard of it. As a Macbeth reimagining, it seems better than that Men of Respect garbage my British Authors teacher made us watch in 10th grade.
SLC Punk: Heard of it, never saw it.
The Straight Story: Own it, watched it a few weeks ago. Take two minutes to watch the "grabber" scene. The last lines right at the end are used at my house on a daily basis now.
FUBAR: Never heard of it, need to check it out.
11:14: Own it, haven't watched it yet. It's on what I like to call, "The Pile." Screening soon.
Russian Ark: Heard of it, really want to see it. I am always intrigued my cinematographic trickery, and this one-long-take movie seems right up my alley. Similar technique was used by Hitchcock in Rope, DePalma in Snake Eyes, and many other examples I can't think of right now.
Grave of the Fireflies: Own it, watched it years ago.
Help!: Have seen parts of it, not too interested, even though I love the Beatles.
Restless Natives: Never heard of it, somewhat intrigued.
Man on Wire: Watched it as a library rental last year. AMAZING! Love the use of Erik Saite's Gymnopedie No. 1.
The Godfather of Green Bay: Heard of it, sounds interesting in a Wisconsin-y way, like Chump Change.
Clown House: Never heard of it, but now need to have a Clown House/Shakes the Clown mini maraton around Halloween this year.
The Limits of Control: Ashamed I haven't heard of this, seeing as it's a Jarmusch film.
Oh, and the winner after a 3x ramdomization...
Congratulations, Jonathan, your cards will be in the mail this week.