HAPPY MONDAY. Today we’re bringing you the blogosphere’s favourite medium: Comparative Listicles! “XXX Sports Thing as XXX Pop Culture Thing” has never been in more demand, just check any website. And since last November’s delightful 7OT slugfest with LSU has been airing with some regularity on TV lately, the writing was clear on the wall.
OVERTIME 1: FACE OFF
This is a careful, balanced story of two equally-matched enemies feeling each other out. There’s a sense of the building inevitable clash further down the road, and also you’re pretty sure everyone’s on drugs.
QUOTABLE: Isn’t this religious, ah yes. The eternal battle between good and evil, saint and sinners... but you’re still not having any FUN!
OVERTIME 2: ADAPTATION
A slow, meandering story that not many could pull off. An intense study in the dichotomy of close siblings caught up in the ugly mechanisms of a riotous industry. You never know when someone’s hallucinating or not.
- QUOTABLE: [delighted] I got shot. Isn’t that fucked up?
OVERTIME 3: CON AIR
Ambitions, sweeping, and just dousing things with burning jet fuel with careless abandon. I bet you didn’t think we’d ever get out of this one.
QUOTABLE: Well, Baby-O, it’s not exactly mai-thais and yatzee out here but... let’s do it!
OVERTIME 4: NATIONAL TREASURE
When a group of people want to taste the sweet freedom and victory that their forbears glowingly railed about in the old days, they’ll go to any lengths. Including bringing along that one dude who constantly talks about The Hangover.
QUOTABLE: You know, Thomas Edison tried and failed nearly 2,000 times to develop the carbonized cotton-thread filament for the incandescent light bulb.
OVERTIME 5: THE ROCK
A meek and mild-mannered man of science suddenly gets vaulted into a situation where he’s saving the world. And of course he easily transitions to megapowerful superhero with nerves of steel. Just the usual Saturday night stuff for Jimbo’s squad.
QUOTABLE: [sarcastically to Mason] You know, I like history too, and maybe when this is all over you and I can stop by the souvenir shop together but right now I just... I just wanna find some rockets!
OVERTIME 6: BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS
Manic, depraved, and immortal. You don’t think there’s any way he’ll survive the next few hours, and yet he continues to come out ahead when by all rights he should be a corpse floating in a bayou somewhere.
QUOTABLE: Everything I take is prescription - except for the heroin.
OVERTIME 7: RAISING ARIZONA
Sweeping, iconic, and masterful. Full of brief moments frozen in time and recalled with great fondness. Our hero may not have been perfect, but he came through all right in the end, and a better man for it. You’ll laugh until you cry. Then you’ll talk about it for the rest of your life.
- QUOTABLE: There’s what’s right, and there’s what’s right, and never the twain shall meet.