“OMG. Was that liek teh most boringest oscars evar? #smh”
So, the Oscars are over and over the past week, we all had to sit through a barrage of tweets and facebook updates containing witticisms and regurgitated jokes about the Academy. Lots of tired “what the hell was she wearing” quips and “Kirk Douglas is going to give me nightmares”. A lot of received opinions flew about the travesty of having 10 Best Picture nominees while other screeds were posted about the injustice of Christopher Nolan’s exclusion from the Best Director category.
“Ok, someone needs to tell Melissa Leo that the Queen wants her doily back. ROFLMAO!!!1 #fashionpolice”
The one thing that struck me about all of this digital “yammering on” is the common knowledge we all have about the politics of the Academy. Whether it’s true or not, we’re all aware of the idea that Denzel Washington won Best Actor for Training Day as a consolation for not winning for Malcolm X. We all have the same thoughts about Judi Dench winning for Shakespeare in Love when she should have won for Mrs. Brown, and the same goes for Whoopi in Ghost when she obviously should have won for The Color Purple. And with all of these notions in mind, none of us are surprised that The King’s Speech nabbed Best Picture. Why? Because we all assume that the Academy is full of a bunch of stuffy, conservative voters who haven’t an eye for diversity or innovation.
“RT @fauxpundit: Look, all I know is Nolan MADE Inception. ‘Nuff said. #INJUSTICE”
Yet, we revere the Academy. It’s still the gold standard; there is nothing more prestigious than receiving an Academy Award. Think really hard. Are your favorite movies Best Picture material? My favorite moment at the Oscars was when Spielberg said that the nine films that don’t nab the Best Picture Oscar joins the ranks of movies like Citizen Kane, The Grapes of Wrath and Raging Bull. And I have to say, that when a movie speaks to you, that should mean a lot more than whether a large mass of people deem it “important” or “best” or even “most representative of the year.”
“Toy Story 3? That’s not even real animation! It’s done by COMPUTERS, people! COMPUTERS! Why, back when I was 12 in 1940… #imolderthandirt”
My favorite film of 2010 is Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and you can’t disagree with me because it is my favorite. And if you didn’t like it, you can bite my ass. LMAO!!!!1one :)
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
Before you start accusing me of being irreverent or snide, let me say that I really mean it when I say that Scott Pilgrim spoke…SCREAMED to me in a way that no other film has. There are certain qualities about it that speak to me on a level that I know few of my friends share.
1) It’s got total Asian geek cred.
Bryan Lee O’Malley, hapa nerd king that he is, nails so much of what makes the nerdy 90′s so nostalgic. Knives Chau, played so hilariously by Ellen Wong, is one of the coolest characters in the film. If only it retained some of the more Asian things in the books. The use of the word “fobby” always cracked me up, but I can understand why a white director would feel uncomfortable with putting that in his film.
2) It’s got total queer cred.
Not only do we see the “gay best friend”, but we see his polyamorous ways. We also explore some fluid sexuality from other characters, as well. While it angered a lot of gay people, it excited me to see more gay characters in popular culture that weren’t Will nor Jack from Will and Grace.
3) The music frickin’ rocks.
From the opening credits to the end, you get the sense that the people behind the creation of this film really understand indie rock. None of this “American Idiot” crap, nor is it the polished sound of “High School Musical”. Seriously, the first song, along with the Stan Brakhage drawn-on-film credits, gave me major chills.
4) Video games!
I’m a big time gamer and it’s nice to see a movie embrace video games and not just the video game aesthetic. Every familiar sound effect, visual or homage made my fingertips tingle. One reviewer referred to the effect as “Pavlovian”…as if it were a bad thing. If this means anything to you, the movie opens with the first notes of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for the Super Nintendo.
It’s the first mainstream movie I’ve seen, aimed at the action film set, that addresses loneliness, fidelity and self-respect in a way that is both mature and refreshing. The first time I saw the film, I was sitting in a theater with my friend’s twelve year old son, Kyle. During an artfully done break up scene, he turned to me and said, “It totally feels like that, too.”
It’s also the first time, in a mainstream film aimed at the general movie going set, I’ve seen such an unlikeable lead character learn the he is totally and holistically responsible for the emotions of the people around him, platonically or not. It’s one thing to have a movie that touches the right nostalgic spots on you, or pushes the right buttons that hearken back to a more immature time. But to sneak very mature themes into the weave is something for which I have to give Edgar Wright and Bryan Lee O’Malley credit.
Again, this is purely my pick for the best movie of 2010, with runners up being Trash Humpers, I Am Love, and Mary and Max. If I had to pick my favorite films every year for any list, you’d see movies like Muriel’s Wedding, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Mulholland Drive, Babe: Pig in the City, Eve and the Fire Horse, Inglourious Basterds and Synecdoche, New York.
“You’d pick Babe: Pig in the City over American Beauty for Best Picture? That’s a movie about a freakin’ PIG! #jejuneobservation”
What was YOUR favorite film of 2010?