Welcome ladies and gentleman to our first award ceremony at Movies Are Damn Good. Ten awards will be given out; some giveaways you might agree with, while and others may not. But remember kind folks, film is art, and art is subjective. If you disagree with my choices please leave your opinions in the comment section.
Let’s begins with director of the year.
The Avengers was a delicate franchise to build for Marvel, especially with comic book characters that were not A-listers like Superman, Spider-Man, X-Men and Batman. Each installment that was set in this new universe needed to succeed in keeping the interest of The Avengers flowing for over four years. As a huge comic book enthusiast, I prayed to Odin that the combined team would be handed over to someone who could tackle such an enormous project with love and care. My dreams came true when Marvel wisely choice Joss Whedon a man who was no stranger to the world of comics. Whedon took on the daunting task and succeeded. The Avengers became the highest grossing film this year, as well as the third highest grossing film of all time.
I’ve already mentioned the high risk invested by Marvel and how it succeeded, but how did The Avengers hold up as a film itself? Pretty damn well if you ask me. The Dark Knight was king of comic book movies since 2008, and for me, I felt The Avengers took the crown this year. The film looked amazing, there was genuinely funny moments at the right times and I’ve never witnessed so much action in this particular genre before. Characters like Captain America and Hulk were far more charismatic and badass over their own singe outings. At the end of the day, this was pure entertainment, I cared about the characters and I left wanting more. Bring on the sequel!
This Means War was directed by our much-loved McG. This flick took two rising stars (Tom Hardy & Chris Pine) and made them look like dog droppings smudged on carpet. Not for one moment did I believe these two would fight over Reese Witherspoon. You know what’s more believable? If Pine and Hardy hooked up instead. There, Oscar nominated film, plus less Witherspoon. Also, what was the deal with Pine’s character’s name in this film? FDR Foster. What kind of weird-ass name is that?
There’s a couple of reasons to watch Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master – for me, it was Joaquin Phoenix, who plays World War II veteran, Freddie Quell, a sufferer of post-traumatic stress disorder. He deals with this condition through destructive behavior. Like I said in my review, Phoenix emits a rare and truthful performance that’s powerful enough to snatch the Oscar up!
While I felt Silver Linings Playbook fell short at the end, Jennifer Lawrence was charming, funny, mysterious, cute and unpredictable all the way through, while bouncing along graciously with Bradley Cooper, who deserves a nod for his off-the-wall performance too.
While I was tempted to give this award to Roger Deakins for Skyfall, I couldn’t get over the beauty of the The Master as it perfectly captured the post-World War II era. Once the era is presented, you’re sucked right into it, thanks to the large format – 65mm that was used for 85% of the film, while the rest was shot in 35mm. I’d love to see a screening of the 70mm print just to see the awe-inspiring landscape shots.
Casino Royale was a refreshing and welcoming installment to the Bond franchise. Finally, someone was casted as James Bond who actually looked like he could kick some real ass. Following the thrilling Casino Royale was the dull Quantum of Solace. Royale introduced an exciting Bond, but didn’t push the character any further into that theory in Solace. I was worried Skyfall would be the same, but luckily it wasn’t. I found Skyfall to be clever with snappy and sometimes amusing dialogue that oozed conflicting chemistry between characters. We also got to see layers of the Bond character peeled back, while the treats felt real, and who could not forget the of the greatest written villain this year, Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem).
I recognize the talent of Adele, but I’m just not a fan of her music with the exception of her soundtrack for Skyfall. Adele and Bond blends wonderfully – like cheese and crackers. The track Skyfall is a catchy tune that I can imagine myself listening to with a glass of whisky in my hand…that’s if I drank of course.
You know what’s bullshit? These two friends who work for the CIA fighting each other over for this woman, that’s what’s bullshit. You know what’s also bullshit? The poster. It looks like Hardy and Pine are gonna shoot Witherspoon. I’ve used photoshop maybe twice, and I could do a better job. bullshit, all of it.
If you haven’t seen Killer Joe, you should, it’s good. But there’s one scene that will make you say ”what the fuck?!?”. If you don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading from here. There’s a scene in the film where Gina Gershon’s character, Sharla is smacked around by Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and is left bleeding on the ground. That’s not enough for ‘ol Joe as he places a chicken leg near his crotch and forces Shala to perform the act of fellatio on it, while Joe moans in excitement. The scene is quite disturbing, but the characters are so unlikable you don’t feel too bad for her! Finger-lickin’ good!