Well, the final four is set and there are a couple of surprises.
As I would have guessed, Alfred Hitchcock continued his dominance of the Classic Hollywood bracket, soundly defeating Howard Hawks, 38-11.
And Akira Kurosawa easily dispatched Stanley Kubrick, 29-16, in the Art House Favorites bracket.
Of course, as Erik Beck of the Boston Becks pointed out, different seeding would likely have given us entirely different results.
The other two brackets resulted in mild upsets, at least in terms of the early Vegas betting line. Woody Allen edged Martin Scorsese by a single vote, 26-25, to win the Modern Era bracket. I confess, as a Woody Allen fan, I'm not unhappy about the result. Just mildly surprised.
In the Silent Era bracket, D.W. Griffith defeated one of my personal favorites, the always popular Buster Keaton, 24-22—and right after the Great Stone Face's birthday, at that! Personally, I didn't think Griffith had a chance. But if you've read my posts about him, you know I've come to the conclusion that Griffith belongs on the Mt. Rushmore of film directors, The Birth of a Nation notwithstanding.
All that aside, it's time for the Final Four matchups:
Alfred Hitchcock versus D.W. Griffith
Akira Kurosawa versus Woody Allen
You have until Sunday, October 23, to cast your vote.