Wednesday, June 30, 2010

World Cup of Cinema update: The Quarterfinals

Well, that was interesting. Besides a disheartening loss by the USA (Manos: the Hands of Fate) against Ghana (Cobra Verde), the Round of 16 went more or less as expected, with all but one of the Group Winners (sorry, USA) advancing. For the curious, here’s how the quarterfinals are looking for this weekend:

July 2
Netherlands (Soldier of Orange) vs. Brazil (Elite Squad)
Uruguay (The Pope’s Toilet) vs. Ghana (Cobra Verde)

July 3
Argentina (The Official Story) vs. Germany (In a Year of 13 Moons)
Paraguay (Paraguayan Hammock) vs. Spain (Blood Wedding)

I must say, it’s been an impressive showing so far for the South American teams, with all five making the Round of 16 and four of those advancing to the quarterfinals. I don’t expect them all to win this weekend, but Brazil’s still the team to beat in this tournament, Argentina’s looking pretty tough, and Uruguay will get a chance avenge the USA’s honor against the Ghanaian squad. Also, should Paraguay pull off the upset against Spain, does anyone know where I might rustle up a copy of Paraguayan Hammock)? Thanks buds.

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