2020 Shelter in Place Alphabet Movie Draft - BONUS ROUNDS

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a global shelter in place order remains in effect. Unfortunately, while you have your home, your family, pets, plants, kitchen, and all the amenities, you forgot to stock movies for entertainment. Due to a surge of internet use overwhelming the bandwidth and making internet streaming unreliable, you decided to order your favorite 20 movies for delivery.

Little did you know, your neighbors also forgot movies, and need their own set. Amazon has modified their ordering policy to only allow 1 movie per alphabet letter. Therefore, we shall have a draft to settle this civilly. Unfortunately, you only have the funds for 20 films…choose wisely!

  • There will be 20 total rounds, and each list will include your favorite 20 letters with a single option for movie titles beginning with number(s) as well.
  • You may draft letters in any order, just no repeat letters/number picks.
  • “A”, “an”, and “the” do not count as a first letter, and the next word begins the title.
  • For films that have different international titles, either version may be chosen, however, additional titles are off the board.
  • Official title disputes will be settled by the imbd.com film page, please provide a link.
  • All movies must have been released in theaters. No made-for-TV, no Netflix, no Amazon, etc. Too many of those films just aren't available for everyone to view and it's hard to expect people to vote for a bunch of obscure films no one (except you) has seen. You cannot pick a trilogy as one selection. Each movie is stand-alone. In addition, you cannot pick a "director's cut" or other version of a movie if someone else has already selected a different version. You can pick a remake, however. NO PORN.
  • I am the commissioner. Registration, draft order, rule changes (if any), and any disputes/questions will be handled by me. VF21 and Jespher will provide assistance as needed, and I appreciate mod help and guidance as needed. Thanks!
  • There is a time limit of 24 hours between picks. This becomes really important because of the worldwide distribution of our members. When you make your pick, it is up to you to send a PM (start a conversation) with the next person to draft so they know they're up. I will try to keep the board updated as quickly as possible. If the 24 hours expire, the pick goes to the next person. The missed pick may be made up, but only until your next pick comes around. At that point, the missed pick is forfeited. If you think you might be unable to post your pick in a timely manner, you can send it to another member of the board to post for you. It is then their responsibility to notify the person who is on deck. Make sure you check the lists of selected movies. If you pick a movie that has already been taken, your pick is forfeited. I reserve the right to replace any participant who misses more than two rounds. In the event that happens, the new person will be allowed to make catch-up selections to catch him/her up with everyone else.
  • The draft will be NON-SERPENTINE. This means if you get #6 in the first round, you will have #6 in each subsequent round.
  • No trades are allowed. Once you have selected a movie, it's yours for all eternity.
  • EMBEDDING: Do not embed the full movie, even if you find it somewhere. In the past the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB.com) has served as the common source for information about movies so a link to them will suffice.
  • After the completion of 20 rounds, we will conduct the playoffs with Kingsfans.com members voting in each round until an ultimate winner is determined.
Bonus Round!

The pandemic continues…The stimulus check has finally cleared, and after bills, back taxes, and expenses you find a few extra funds for more movies. To complete your collection, you need 7 more films, one per letter. Fortunately, guidelines have loosened some!

Bonus Round Rules:
  1. Alphabetic pick may include first or last letter of any word in the title, including the number pick.
  2. Fill in letters may be made in any order, and do not need to be alphabetical.
  3. The draft order will remain, without change. Nice job so far all!
  4. Other predetermined rules remain for eligibility, although some TV would be nice, let’s stick with the original rules here.
  5. Please update earlier pick pages with your favorite awesome content to sell your pick and describe your preference for it. I have included links to the selection page and will use this for final rankings/playoffs.

Due to popular demand, and to drive my brother nuts, the draft continues with a Bonus Bonus Round! Three picks more to make it an even 30 films.

Bonus Bonus Round Rules:
  1. Fill in picks may be made in any order, and do not need to be alphabetical. You may choose movies with the same letter as desired
  2. No copies of previous picks. Original remakes are eligible, but no dice selecting a previous selection to add to your island.
  3. The draft order will remain, without change. Nice job so far all!
  4. Please send a PM to the next drafter following each pick.
  5. Any film available to rent/watch is fair game this time. Netflix, made for TV Rankin and Bass, etc. Go nuts!
  6. One film per choice please, no series, seasons of TV shows, etc. Try to keep this to feature films.
  7. Please update earlier pick pages with your favorite awesome content to sell your pick and describe your preference for it. I have included links to the selection page and will use this for final rankings/playoffs.
  8. I'll pencil Black Panther in for Mr. S£im Citrus :).
  9. foxfire wants me to pencil in the Rankin and Bass Hobbit for him too...
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Thanks Mr. S£im Citrus for randomization. Here is the draft order:
  1. KainLear & Turgenev
  2. Capt. Factorial
  3. Jack Jack
  4. Löwenherz
  5. Padrino
  6. Warhawk
  7. VF21 & Mr. S£im Citrus
  8. foxfire
  9. LoungeLizard
  10. Jespher
  11. Sluggah
  12. bajaden

1. C =
2. T = Terminator
3. D = The Dark Knight
4. P = Parasite
5. I = Invasion of the Body Snatchers
6. A = Amelie
7. H = Hodejegerne [Headhunters]
8. E = Edge of Tomorrow
9. G = The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
10. L = L.A. Confidential
11. M = The Matrix
12. N = North by Northwest
13. R =
Rear Window
14. B = Black Swan
15. F = Fargo
16. K = The Killer
17. O = One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
18. S = Seven Samurai
19. W = The Witch
20. Q =
A Quiet Place
Bonus Round! - Turgenev
21. # =
13 Assassins
22. V = Venus
23. Y = Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
24. U = The Bourne Ultimatum
25. X = Climax
26. J = Jumanji
27. Z = Dogtown and Z-Boys
Bonus Bonus Round - Anything Goes
28. C =
29. H = Her
30. A = Apollo 11

Capt. Factorial
1. S =
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
2. A = Arrival
3. G = Ghostbusters
4. R = The Royal Tenenbaums
5. M = The Martian
6. H = The Hunt for Red October
7. E = Ex Machina
8. O = O Brother Where Art Thou
9. I = Ikiru
10. B = Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
11. F = The Fall
12. # = 12 Monkeys
13. D =
Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
14. K = King of California
15. U = Until the End of the World
16. W = Winter's Bone
17. P = The Prestige
18. L = Lars and the Real Girl
19. T = True Grit
20. C =
Cleo from 5 to 7
Bonus Round!
21. Q =
Galaxy Quest
22. Z = The Wizard of Oz
23. V = Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
24. J =
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
25. N = The Thin Man
26. Y = A Scanner Darkly
27. X = Equinox Flower
Bonus Bonus Round - Anything Goes
28. W =
The Wedding Singer
29. S = Scrooged
30. L = Limelight

Jack Jack
1. # =
3 Ninjas
2. A = Avengers: Endgame
3. B = Batman Begins
4. C = City Slickers
5. D = Doctor Strange
6. E = Edward Scissorhands
7. F = Fly Away Home
8. G = The Great Race
9. H = Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
10. I = Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
11. J = Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
12. K=
Kick Ass
13. L = The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Extended Edition
14. M = Mystery Men
15. N = The Neverending Story
16. O = The Outsiders
17. P = The Party
18. Q = Quiz Show
19. R = Raising Arizona
20. S = Serenity
Bonus Round!
21. T =
22. U = UHF
23. V = Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
24. W =
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
25. X = XXX
26. Y = How to Train Your Dragon
27. Z = Zathura: A Space Adventure
Bonus Bonus Round - Anything Goes
28. S =
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
29. M = Les Miserables
30. C = The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
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1. B =
Back to the Future
2. F = Fight Club
3. M = Mad Max: Fury Road
4. E = Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
5. L = Lost in Translation
6. N = National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
7. G = The Grand Budapest Hotel
8. W = The Wolf of Wall Street
9. R = Rashomon
10. # = 12 Angry Men
11. K = Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
12. H = High Fidelity
13. U =
14. S = Shakespeare in Love
15. P = Princess Mononoke
16. C = Charade
17. J = Jerry Maguire
18. Y = Yojimbo
19. D = District 9
20. T = Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Bonus Round!
21. Q =
22. V = V for Vendetta
23. O = Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
24. X =
X-Men: Days of Future Past
25. Z = Zombieland: Double Tap
26. I =
The Iron Giant
27. A = Alita: Battle Angel
Bonus Bonus Round - Anything Goes
28. S =
29. B = The Big Short
30. S = Swingers

1. B =
Blade Runner
2. T = The Thing
3. H = Heat
4. G = Glengarry Glen Ross
5. J = Jaws
6. K = Knives Out
7. D = Do the Right Thing
8. V = Vertigo
9. N = No Country For Old Men
10. I = In Bruges
11. M = Mulholland Dr
12. Z = Zodiac
13. O = Once Upon a Time in the West
14. C = Children of Men
15. A = The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
16. P = Punch Drunk Love
17. W = The Wild Bunch
18. E = Escape from New York
19. L = The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
20. S = Sicario
Bonus Round!
21. U =
Under the Skin
22. F = The Fugitive
23. R = Ran
24. Y = You Were Never Really Here
25. # = 28 Days Later
26. Q = The Quiet Earth
27. X = Fantastic Mr. Fox
Bonus Bonus Round - Anything Goes
28. M =
Midnight Run
29. D = Deadwood: The Movie
30. T = There Will Be Blood

1. R =
Raiders of the Lost Ark
2. A = Aliens
3. F = Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
4. D = Die Hard
5. P = Pulp Fiction
6. T = True Lies
7. C = Captain America: The Winter Soldier
8. I = The Incredibles
9. G = The Godfather
10. B = Blade Runner 2049
11. M = My Cousin Vinny
12. S =
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
13. L = Logan
14. N = The Negotiator
15. J = Juno
16. W = The Warriors
17. E = Elf
18. H = Hellboy
19. K = Koya No Yojimbo
20. Z = Zoolander
Bonus Round!
X = Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
22. O = Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
23. V = Ford V Ferrari
24. Q = Quantum of Solace
25. Y = Guardians of the Galaxy
26. # = Iron Man 2
27. U = Avengers: Age of Ultron
Bonus Bonus Round - Anything Goes
28. J =
John Wick
29. G = Gravity
30. L = The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Extended Edition
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1. P =
The Princess Bride
2. Y = Young Frankenstein
3. E = E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
4. M =
5. # = 2001: A Space Odyssey
6. H = High Noon
7. A = Amadeus
8. S = The Shining
9. K = Kill Bill Vol. 2
10. B = Being There
11. F = The Fisher King
12. R = RED
13. L = The Longest Day
14. D = Dirty Dancing
15. J = Jurassic World
16. I = Independence Day
17. C = Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
18. G =
Groundhog Day
19. T = The Thing from Another World
20. O = The Others
Mr. S£im Citrus - Bonus Round!
21. W =
Avengers: Infinity War
22. N = Captain Marvel
23. V = Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
24. Q = He Qi Dao
25. U = Shao Lin San Shi Liu Fang
26. X = Fang Shi Yu yu Hong Xiguan
27. Z = Da Zui Xia
Bonus Bonus Round - Anything Goes
28. B = Black Panther (In Pen...)
29. A =
Ant-Man and the Wasp
30. H = Harlem Nights

1. G =
2. M = Monty Python and the Holy Grail
3. O = Ocean’s 11
4. S =
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
5. R = Robin Hood: Men in Tights
6. B = Braveheart
7. A = Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
8. D = Dumb and Dumber
9. # = 127 Hours
10. I = I Am Sam
11. H = Happy Gilmore
12. K =
King Kong
13. L = Labyrinth
14. P = Pure Luck
15. E = Enter the Dragon
16. W = Willow
17. T = Tommy Boy
18. C =
Captain Ron
19. J = The Jerk
20. U = Undercover Blues
Bonus Round!
21. N =
22. Y = The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
23. X = The X-Files
24. F = Fool's Gold
25. V = Virtuosity
26. Z = Twilight Zone: The Movie
27. Q = John Q
Bonus Bonus Round - Anything Goes
28. H =
The Hobbit
29. F = The Flight of Dragons
30. L = The Last Unicorn

1. W =
What We Do In The Shadows
2. J = Jurassic Park
3. I = Inception
4. C = Caddyshack
5. G = Gladiator
6. F = Forrest Gump
7. K = The Karate Kid
8. P = Point Break
9. B = Big
10. # = 10 Things I Hate About You
11. U = The Usual Suspects
12. R =
Remember the Titans
13. T = Tombstone
14. S = Stand By Me
15. H = The Hangover
16. D = The Departed
17. L = The LEGO Movie
18. M =
Mrs. Doubtfire
19. E = Enemy of the State
20. A = Aspen Extreme
Bonus Round!
21. N =
The Greatest Showman
22. Y = Catch Me If You Can
23. O = Rise of the Planet of the Apes
24. Z = Zombieland
25. X = Rumble in the Bronx
26. V = Venom
27. Q = Vision Quest
Bonus Bonus Round - Anything Goes
28. R =
29. G = The Great Outdoors
30. R = Rocky IV
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1. M =
2. B = The Big Lebowski
3. T= Top Gun
4. D =
Dead Poets Society
5. F = The Fifth Element
6. S = The Shawshank Redemption
7. P = Powder
8. X = X-Men: First Class
9. A = Airplane!
10. O = Office Space
11. G = Good Will Hunting
12. W =
The War
13. L = Leon: The Professional
14. N = The Name of the Rose
15. C = The Crow
16. R = The Rock
17. I = It Might Get Loud
18. H =
High Plains Drifter
19. U = Up
20. E = Equilibrium
Bonus Round!
21. Y =
Ordinary People
22. V = A History of Violence
23. K = Kubo and the Two Strings
24. # = Lethal Weapon 2
25. Z = Zero Dark Thirty
26. Q = All Quiet on the Western Front
27. J = The Jungle Book
Bonus Bonus Round - Anything Goes
28. S =
Stranger Than Fiction
29. L = The Life of Pi
30. B = Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

1. A =
2. B = The Breakfast Club
3. C = Close Encounters of the Third Kind
4. D =
5. E = Easy A
6. F = A Few Good Men
7. G = The Goonies
8. H = Home Alone
9. I = Interstellar
10. J = JoJo Rabbit
11. K = Kill Bill Vol. 1
12. L =
Lethal Weapon
13. M = Miller's Crossing
14. N = The Nice Guys
15. O = Out of Sight
16. P = Predator
17. Q = Quigley Down Under
18. R = Romancing the Stone
19. S =
The Social Network
20. T = Titanic
Bonus Round!
21. U =
The Untouchables
22. V = Valkyrie
23. W = Whiplash
24. X = X2: X-Men United
25. Y = You Can Count on Me
26. Z = Zero Effect
27. # = 3:10 to Yuma
Bonus Bonus Round - Anything Goes
28. A =
Almost Famous
29. B = Beverly Hills Cop
30. C = Clue

1. A =
2. B = A Beautiful Mind
3. C = Chinatown
4. D = Deadpool
5. E = Eastern Promises
6. F = Five Easy Pieces
7. G = Gone Girl
8. H = Hostiles
9. I = Interview with the Vampire
10. J = Jersey Boys
11. K = The Killing Fields
12. L =
Last of the Dogmen
13. M = Midnight Express
14. N = No Way Out
15. O = The Outlaw Josey Wales
16. P = The Pelican Brief
17. Q = Quick Change
18. R =
19. S = Scent of a Woman
20. T = Tears of the Sun
Bonus Round!
21. U =
Used Cars
22. V = Valley of the Saints
23. W = White Men Can't Jump
24. X = XIII the Conspiracy
25. Y = The Year of Living Dangerously
26. Z = The Mask of Zorro
27. # = The 13th Warrior
Bonus Bonus Round - Anything Goes
28. B =
The Bridge on the River Kwai
29. D = Dead Calm
30. G = The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
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I voted back when I had a little extra time and was coming here more regularly and also before I realized that the vote might mean I was going to be asked directly to join later. :p

I think I'm going to skip it this time. If you need someone to make it a certain number feel free to PM me.
Sorry folks I'm going to have to bow out of this one. Not because I don't like the format, I just have a lot going on right now with family health issues and extra work deadlines to meet for the summer. I will be following your selections and jumping in to comment when I can though. :)
I also sent a PM to bajaden to check interest. I think 12 is a good number of drafters. If we only have 11, we could also do a Joker pick. Thoughts?
I sent a PM to Mr. Slim Citrus to randomize the 11 participants this morning. For now, lets do a Joker pick as the 12th draft spot. If anyone has interest, they can take over the joker slot.
Bajaden got back to me today. He is interested and can have the Joker pick. Looks like KainLear is on the clock. Please send PMs to the next drafter.

Thanks for the randomizing Mr. Slim Citrus!
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Alright, I'll start with the movie I've just recently revisited and has been in my mind as an inspiration for my own writing...

Casablanca (1942)

Michael Curtiz
Julius J. Epstein (screenplay), Philip G. Epstein (screenplay)
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

Do I need to explain this pick? Almost every frame of the movie is an icon. Bogart's and Bergman's performances are so subtle yet nuanced and complex. Propaganda yet it's only served as the by-product of the principal action and plotline. The understated romance is both visually beautiful and emotionally moving.

Winner of 1943 16th Academy Awards Best Picture, Director, Screenplay
and nominated for Best Actor (Humphrey Bogart), Supporting Actor (Claude Rains), B&W Cinematography, Editing, and Scoring of a Dramatic Picture.


Capt. Factorial

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things
Staff member
To fill my "S" column in the alphabetical movie draft, I select:

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Written and directed by George Lucas

Starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness

Like Casablanca in the first slot, I don't think this film needs much explanation. This was the very first film that my parents and I taped off of TV using our brand new Betamax. We didn't really even understand how it worked. We sat through the movie in complete silence to make sure that when we played it back, our voices weren't on the video! And in terms of space adventure (as opposed to true sci-fi) I think it is still, and will remain the gold standard. Not only did Lucas pave the way for the special effects blockbusters of today, but he did it with imagination and style and an incredibly tight screenplay.

And then there's the opening hook: "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away", the epic John Williams music as the crawl runs up the screen, the pan to Tattooine, and suddenly the space battle introduced from behind as the small rebel ship is dwarfed by the Star Destroyer that seems to pass by overhead forever, highlighting the hopelessness of Leia's cause in the opening minute. Sheer brilliance.

Great, kid! Don't get cocky!
All right, standard G3 rules in that I won’t be repeating any films I’ve taken in previous drafts. That’s 50 movies crossed off my draft board right from the word go (Had three duplicates last time for you math wizards and Cap).

Even still, my wishlist is fairly loaded at each letter, particularly the one I’m starting with, where three of my top ten along with several other favorites are lumped.

Strategically, that should mean I could wait on this grouping and target more thinly populated letters, or so you’d think. But it would seem I too am a 9-year-old boy, Jack Jack, just one of an earlier decade, and I can’t go a fourth time through one of these things without tapping my favorite movie from my childhood

B is for ...

Back to the Future (1985)

I literally have no memory of a time in my life when I didn’t love Back to the Future.

My wedding cake topper was a bride and groom standing outside a DeLorean.

October 21st, 2015 will forever be “the future” to me even if it’s now almost 5 years in the past.

1.21GW + 88mph = epic awesomeness. Johnny B. Goode = most rockin’ song ever. Flux Capacitor. Lightning Bolt. Clock Tower. Where we’re going we don’t need roads!

Really is astounding it took me so long to jump on this one. I mean sure, I can say after countless viewings, there is some 80s movie trope creakiness, and the played-for-laughs unintentional oedipus subplot has never not been awkward.

All the same, even 35 years later, this hits on all summer blockbuster cinematic cylinders: it’s both wildly thrilling and funny, dialogue is witty and natural, set-ups lead to superb payoffs, score is exceptional, dozens of “attention-to-detail” Easter eggs for repeat viewings, and Lloyd and Fox have such great chemistry you forget to wonder why a 70-year-old mad scientist and a 16-year-old skateboarder are best friends.

Through the years as I’ve explored more and more films, and my favorite movies list has shuffled dramaticlly, Back to the Future has managed to be a mainstay. That’s largely because, while I love several more complex, evocative, and frankly superior films, including a few in the B grouping, I’m not always in the mood for one of those.

I am however, always in the mood for Back to the Future.

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