Like many of you, I had no idea how strongly I felt about The Black Stallion until it was threatened. That’s not to say I wasn’t still rooting for the horse movie of my heart, Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken, which is still the greatest horse movie of all time no matter what this poll says, but wow, did I want Black Stallion to crush all the other comers!
It’s not to terribly surprising, though, right? The book itself is nearing 75 years old, and the movie is nearing 40 years old. It speaks to a really deep, powerful horse myth: the magical horse who bonds with one boy, and they survive together. (We’ll pretend the alien shit in the later books didn’t happen, ok? Ok.)
In the end, aren’t we all pretending, at least a little bit, to be Alec and the Black on the beach when we gallop our own horses?
Thank you to everyone who voted, that was a lot of fun. 🙂
We’re down to the Final Four. Every movie that made it to this round should hold its head high, because some really great movies went down in the previous rounds. That said, this can only get harder now, and this match in particular is a real heartbreaker.
National Velvet had an easy win over The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit, which might be the first time one of my own personal picks had such a resounding loss. Apparently no one else chants “Aspercel, Aspercel, when you’re sick it’ll make you well!” after opening their medicine cabinet.
First, a moderator note: the next two matches will be posted at 10:00 am EST on Saturday and Sunday. They’ll feature National Velvet versus Hidalgo and Black Beauty versus Seabiscuit. Each poll will be open for 24 hours, so make sure you get your vote in. (If you miss it and you REALLY want to vote, leave a comment before Monday at 10:00 am so I can take it into account.)
On Monday, we’ll do the two Final Four matches and then on Tuesday, March 31, we’ll have the final.
Secretariat versus Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken
This match pits one of the real nail-biters of Round 1 against the runaway winner of the other bracket.