Thursday, August 03, 2006

What's Better? Days of Wine & Roses/Night of the Living Dead?




Now here's a pair of heavy hitters. On one side there is Jack Lemmon at his peak, Lee Remick, Jack Klugman, direction by Blake Edwards, music (which one an Oscar, I think) by Henry Mancini. Social importance! Actorly moments.

On the other side, we have perhaps the best zombie film ever made. Mmmmm...zombies.

Did Todd say two things with no business being compared? Well, let's compare them..."What's Better?": Days of Wine and Roses or Night of the Living Dead?

9 comments:

M. Leary said...

"Days of Wine and Roses," no contest. I am a fan of the degenerate alcoholic genre (Lost Weekend, Leaving Las Vegas, Opening Night, Rooster Cogburn), and this is one of the best.

If you had pitted it against Dawn of the Dead, it would have been a far more difficult choice.

Darrel Manson said...

I'm with Leary -- this is no contest. Those who would pick Living Dead over Wine and Roses are just trying to skew your game -- disregard their votes.

Darrel Manson said...

by the way, can I vote now for Days over Insider?

Kenneth R. Morefield said...

Darrel:

Usually I shuffle the winners at random, so assuming DoW&R were to win, it might not necessarily go up against The Insider in the semi-finals. If it does, I can always use your absentee vote as a tie-breaker.

bethr said...

Is "neither" a choice? No? Then I'm out of this round--mostly because I haven't seen either flick.

T.C. Truffin said...

Not knowing a participant in "What's Better" is no reason not to vote. In fact, I'd say that making snap judgements on things you know nothing about is at least half the fun of the WhatsBetter ethos. Not that I'm a whatsbetter purist or anything.

That said,

Give me the Dead!

T.C. Truffin said...

Oh, I have seen Night of the Living Dead, FWIW.

Doug said...

Edwards once had talent, and a good '60s social issue film is better than anything Stanley Kramer ever made, but the fact is...zombies rule! Night of the Living Dead is one of the most efficient, trend-setting, and truly independent films ever made, with its own brand of social commentary to boot. Not for the kiddies, but it's a serious cinematic live wire with a spark we're still feeling.

John said...

Lemmon is a genius. Give me Roses!