Shedding no tears over chick flick picks

Dear readers,

We cherish you.


Melinda Mawdsley and Rachel Sauer

When features writer Rachel Sauer and I committed to this Chick Flick March Madness bracket, we hoped you would respond and make this project your own. Have you ever! It’s been fantastic to connect with you in this fun, informal way.

Some brackets were dropped off at our offices. Some brackets arrived via the mail in metallic envelopes with decorative stamps. Some brackets came with personal notes about our movie selections and your experience filling out the bracket.

For example, Ruth from Rifle let us know she filled out the bracket with her adult daughters on their way to a wedding in Las Vegas. They loved that the mix was cross-generational but wondered why we didn’t include several other movies such as “Mama Mia,” “French Kiss” and “A Walk to Remember.”

Ruth and her daughters made this project theirs. Thank you, Ruth!

Chick flicks are emotional, subjective things. Everyone has a favorite. Let us know what yours are because this bracket challenge isn’t over yet.

Get your original brackets to us by Friday, March 22, to be entered into the random prize drawing for movie gift cards and a gift basket from Seasons to Follow (612 Main St.,

Enter as many times as you want, but all entries must be original brackets.

The Chick Flick March Madness bracket will be printed in the Monday, March 18, daily paper to give you another chance to fill it out and enter the drawing.

The brackets can be mailed to us or dropped by our offices, 734 S. Seventh St. (Again, the deadline is Friday, March 22.)

The drawing winner will be announced in the Friday, April 5, Out & About, along with our chick flick champions.

Now, on to some interesting information from Week 1 when you, the readers, declared some movies such as “Dirty Dancing” and “Sound of Music” far superior than others, but surprised us with your majority support for “The American President,” “Moonstruck” and “The Notebook.”

For example, Linda from Grand Junction loves “The Notebook” so much she didn’t bother to fill out the rest of the bracket. She put stars next to “The Notebook,” highlighted those stars, wrote the movie title in the champion box and mailed it in.

Thanks, Linda!

Lynn from Grand Junction had so much fun filling out the bracket she enclosed a handwritten card letting us know the bracket gave her husband some reminders ...

Here’s to you, Lynn! (And to everyone else who loves chick flicks.)

And here are the Week 1 reader winners based on the brackets we received by Wednesday, March 13. These first-round winners are listed according to bracket order with seed number, percentage of votes received, and their second round match-up. Every movie in the bracket got at least five votes.

■ (1) “The Sound of Music” — 90 percent vs. (9) “The Little Mermaid” — 67 percent

■ (12) “While You Were Sleeping” — 60 percent vs, (4) “You’ve Got Mail” — 90 percent

■ (11) “The American President” — 79 percent vs. (3) “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” — 91 percent

■ (7) “Wedding Date” — 59 percent vs. (2) “Pride & Prejudice” — 78 percent

■ (1) “Dirty Dancing” — 93 percent vs. (8) “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” — 60 percent

■ (12) “Something’s Gotta Give” — 63 percent vs. (13) “Overboard” — 61 percent

■ (6) “Indiscreet” and (11) “Twilight” TIED — 50 percent vs. (3) “A Room with a View” — 76 percent

■ (10) “That Touch of Mink” — 70 percent vs. (2) “When Harry Met Sally” — 81 percent

■ (1) “Sleepless in Seattle” — 90 percent vs. (8) “Jane Eyre” — 63 percent

■ (12) “Moonstruck” — 76 percent vs. (4) “Sixteen Candles” — 76 percent

■ (6) “My Fair Lady” — 87 percent vs. (3) “The Philadelphia Story” — 90 percent

■ (7) “Leap Year” — 51 percent vs. (2) “Pretty Woman” — 89 percent

■ (1) “An Affair to Remember” — 71 percent vs. (8) “The Princess Bride” — 82 percent

■ (5) “Must Love Dogs” — 79 percent vs. (4) “Hope Floats” — 78 percent

■ (6) “Sweet Home Alabama” — 76 percent vs. (3) “The Notebook” — 83 percent

■ (10) “Some Kind of Wonderful” — 59 percent vs. (2) “Beauty and the Beast” — 64 percent

(For more about how Rachel and I voted and why we disagreed — A LOT — in the first round, visit our free Breakfast for Dinner blog at


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