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Variety vs Redundancy [VOTERS PLEASE READ AND COMMENT]
MegadethOfSuperman posted a topic in The CanonHey everybody, Over these past 128 episodes there has never been a definitive take on how to vote for a film that could be argued as having something similar in the canon. This is not about the merits of much debated films within the canon like Working Girl or Cannibal Holocaust, but rather about new entires and their potential place in the canon alongside a similar film. This is to say, should The Blair Witch Project be voted in despite Cannibal Holocaust already being in the canon? They're both found footage horror, but one is from the extremist Italian movement of the 70s and the other is a great low budget picture that's release and online discussion was something novel and important. Or something like Re-Animator existing alongside Evil Dead II. They're both horror comedies from the mid/late eighties that lean heavily on the gore. However, one is a rehash/sequel that shows what adding budget to a previous film and the progress of a director can do, while the other is a great example of cashing in on the name Lovecraft, B-pictures stealing the score from a more iconic film, and cutting a film down to a lean 90 minutes can make it highly effective. The Driver vs Le Samourai? Arguments can be made both ways. So here's the question: What if Return of the Living Dead was nominated? It is nearly identical in tone and approach to movies like Evil Dead II and Re-Animator. Is the canon a place for small distinctions to be made to justify a variety of films within a genre, or is one example enough? As it pertains to this most recent episode - is They Live the only sci-fi satire of fascism/totalitarianism we should put in the canon, or should Starship Troopers and Robocop be things we judge for entry as well? What do we do if we agree Robocop is better than Starship Troopers AND They Live? Should something be switched out or is this the bed we've made? I'm genuinely curious what folks think on the subject. Is the canon and endless list of films or is there a certain number to make a cut off? Should we allow any movie the majority of voters deem great? Should there only be one example for a message/genre/type of movie? Should we stop nominating movies that resemble ones we already have in the canon? I love a good versus episode, but what happens when an individual candidate is put up against what has already been canonized? Will I ever find true love? WHO KNOWS! But I'd love to get a discussion going. Thanks for reading and hopefully for chiming in, MegadethOfSuperman