Archive | March, 2013

Fabulous Costume Movie Madness Tournament of Champions: THE CHAMPIONSHIP

31 Mar

When last we met, we were voting in the semi-finals. All that is over now. The Lord of the Rings beheaded Marie Antoinette, taking 66.67% of the vote, and Moulin Rouge has sunk Titanic with 70.59% of the vote.

Now these two giants go up against each other.

This is it.

This is the final poll.

Voting ends at midnight on April 3rd.

You have until then.

Don’t let me down.



Fabulous Costume Movie Madness Tournament of Champions: THE SEMI-FINALS

25 Mar

semi finals

Oh my gosh. We’re nearing the end of the Fabulous Costume Movie Madness Tournament of Champions, people. This is the semi-finals,  the regional championships, the penultimate vote, the almost-end-of-the-tournament! Four competitors are left in two polls that will determine which two entries compete for the title of Most Faublousest Costume Movie Of All Time*. What film is going to win? I DON’T KNOW AND IT IS DRIVING ME CRAZY.


In the interest of upping the suspense of which Mr. Wonka and I are so fond, from now on all the poll results will be hidden until the polls close. So, without further ado, let’s see who won and get to voting!

Polls close Thursday, March 28th, at midnight.

Odd Number Region

The Award-Heavy Tearjerking Historical Drama Division’s champion, Titanic, handily defeated the Dark Horse Division’s surprise champion, Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance, carrying 71.43% of the vote . That brings it into competition with Moulin Rouge!, from the Glitter Division!, which defeated Ye Ren Faire Divisione Champione Elizabeth R by a slightly lesser margin of 63.64% . Now the two blockbusters face off against each other. One was the most expensive movie ever at the time of its release; the other had Ewan McGregor singing “Your Song.” Cinematic history has a place for both of them, but our tournament does not.

Even Number Region

Proving the truth of its name, the champion of the Pirates and Panniers Are An Unfair Advantage Division, Marie Antoinette, swept aside the Jane Austen Division winner, Pride and Prejudice, with a clean 75% of the vote. Apparently Mr. Darcy’s 10,000 a year can’t buy him votes. Marie Antoinette will go head-to-head (…hah!) against the fiercely competitive Lord of the Rings trilogy, which won the Fantasy division as handily as it collected 58.33% over Bright Star of the She Makes Her Own Clothes Division. Sorry, ladies. Better luck next time.

*championship title is a work in progress

Fabulous Costume Movie Madness Tournament of Champions: The Elite Eight

21 Mar

This is where the bracket gets tricky, and also more fun–the Division Champions go up against each other in bloody, feathery, well-tailored head-to-head combat! I’m not entirely sure why the top-seeded divisions go up against the lowest seeded divisions first, but mr. biscuit assures me this is how March Madness is done and I have no reason to disbelieve him. Seems a little unfair, but if there’s one thing dance is about, it’s judgement. So we’re going with it.

I’m all tingly with anticipation. Get to voting! You have until midnight on Saturday, 3/23.

(I) Award-Heavy Tearjerking Historical Drama Division VS (VIII) Dark Horse Division

(II) Pirates and Panniers are an Unfair Advantage Division VS (VII) Jane Austen Division

(V) Ye Ren Faire Divisione VS (IV) Glitter Division!

(VI) She Makes Her Own Clothes Division VS (III) Fantasy Division

Polls remain open through midnight on Saturday, March 23.

Fabulous Costume Movie Madness Tournament of Champions: Results Sweet Sixteen

21 Mar

Announcing your Division Champions! The results are getting tighter as the competition really heats up (with some exceptions. Sorry, Labyrinth) and I admit to being at a total loss as to what movie will come out on top. I’m stoked to find out, though.

A quick word on our tiebreaker: the tie-breaking poll ended in a tie, because you all like to see me twitch. But! I realized I had neglected to close the original poll, wherein Razzle Dazzle had just barely edged out 3:10 to Yuma, and will therefore advance to the next round. Sorry, Christian Bale. You’re still my imaginary boyfriend.

I. Award-Heavy Tearjerking Historical Drama Division

WINNER: Titanic
Costumes by Deborah Lynn Scot
Oscar won, Bafta nom
IMDB user rating: 7.6

II Pirates and Paniers are an Unfair Advantage Division

WINNER: Marie Antoinette
Costumes by  Milena Canonero
CDG nom, Oscar won, Bafta nom
IMDB user rating: 6.3

III Fantasy Division

WINNER: The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Costumes by Ngila Dickson and Richard Taylor
CDG (1 won, 1 nom), Oscar (1 won, 1 nom), Bafta (1 won, 2 nom)
IMDB user rating: 8.8

IV Glitter Division!
WINNER: Moulin Rouge!
Costumes by Catherine Martin, Angus Strathie
Oscar won, Bafta nom
IMDB user rating: 7.6

V Ye Ren Faire Divisione

WINNER: Elizabeth R
Costumes by Elizabeth Waller
Emmy won
IMDB user rating: 8.8

VI She Makes Her Own Clothes Division

WINNER: Bright Star
Costumes by Janet Patterson
Oscar nom, Bafta nom
IMDB user rating: 6.9

VII Jane Austen Division

WINNER: Pride and Prejudice
Costumes by Dinah Collin
Emmy won, Bafta nom
IMDB user rating: 9.1

VIII Dark Horse Division

WINNER: Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance
Costumes by Ariane Weiss
Australian Film Institute nom
IMDB user rating: 6.3

And now, on to the Elite Eight!

Fabulous Costume Movie Madness Tournament of Champions: We Have A Tie

20 Mar

Time for a lightning round! You have until midnight tonight to vote in this poll. Elite Eight voting will start tomorrow.

Fabulous Costume Movie Madness Tournament of Champions: Sweet Sixteen Voting

16 Mar


Also known as the Division Finals, this is the last round of intra-division voting. Had I filled out a bracket for betting purposes, I would have lost a jillion dollars by this point, so I’m glad I didn’t. Without further ado, the polls!

Voting will continue through midnight on March 20th.

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Fabulous Costume Movie Madness Tournament of Champions: Results Round One

16 Mar

The results are in! The response to the first round of voting was great, the competition was fierce, the post was long. The results have been tabulated (by computers, not by me), and I’m half ecstatic, half despondent, half flabbergasted to announce the winners of the first round!

I admit to being completely floored by some of the results (Labyrinth over Priscilla? Really?), but let it never be said I didn’t accept the results with some measure of grace. Winning entries will go on to the Sweet Sixteen in the next post. Losers will go off to cry alone, or in some cases to polish their Oscars with their tears. And I, for the most part, will refrain from waxing dramatic  about those match-ups where democracy failed to live up to my expectations.

Thank you to everybody who voted! Look for the next round to go up soon!

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