Oh, the Things I Could Have Named This Smackdown!!!
(Revisit Round 1, Round 2, the Intermission, Round 3A and Round 3B)
At last, we make it to the Finals!!! =D Our two contenders have battled bravely to make it this far, and they have made it because one is really, truly good (despite Marlon Brando's best efforts to sink it) and the other represents everything in terms of sincerity and artistry that I aspire to when I blog (and gives Don "The Dragon" Wilson top billing).
But before I ask you to cast your vote, I must bring out one last surprise . . .
It may have occurred to the especially cultured cinephiles among you (*Cough*Christopher*Cough*) that there were at least two movies made on location in the Philippines that didn't make either the "Apocalypse Now Sixteen" nor any of the mini face-offs I threw in for spice. Perhaps you thought I had forgotten about them, or (Gasp!) didn't know about them to begin with. Nothing could be further from the truth!
To make this my most epic tournament bracket ever, I now give you not one, not two, but three movies as the Wildcard contender for the Shredded Cheddar Smackdown crown . . .
The Missing in Action Trilogy!!!
I almost added something like "Chuck Norris FTW" to the caption, but I didn't want unfairly to influence anyone's vote. =P
As I'm sure Noel and Eegahlnc already know--and Christopher might have absorbed through osmosis--Missing in Action 2 was actually filmed in Mexico, not the Philippines, and strictly doesn't belong in this smackdown. And I did consider having only the first and third movies here. But then I asked myself what my brother Cue Card Boy (the family Chuck Norris fan) would do . . . and I knew I had to grant it that special dispensation. I wish I could include a witty Chuck Norris joke here as well, but my talent with words does not extend so far.
Thanks to everyone who has participated in the most embarrassingly fulfilling blog series I have ever done: Angie, Christopher, Darwin and Mrs. Darwin, Eegahlnc, Entropy, Noel, Stilwell, and Sully! Thanks also to anyone stumbling upon the smackdown for the very first time and audaciously seizing this last chance to vote, too! ;-)
And remember that after you vote for Apocalypse Now, Bloodfist or the Missing in Action trilogy, remember to claim your entry in the updated 2013 Rafflecopter . . .
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Image Sources: a) Apocalypse Now poster, b) Bloodfist DVD, c) Missing in Action poster, d) Missing in Action 2: The Beginning poster, e) Braddock: Missing in Action III poster