Sorry guys, no movies this week! Aside from having family over, and me being busy with the comic and my daily errands, this was a rather lackluster week at the movies. Just Rio 2 and that... whatever Son of God is. I think I'll just watch the animated one out of imaginary obligation since I saw the original and liked it okay. Not enough to be hyped for a sequel, tho. That was a story told in one sitting, that didn't need any further plot. But that's the game the Blue folks play, I suppose. There's also a new Paulina García movie I didn't realize it premiered until just now -- she starred in the sensational Gloria last year, and if you've read my Top 10 films of 2013 entry, you know I'm a big fan of hers. I'll check out both movies during the week or whenever I find some time to see them.
But there must be something going on, right? Last but not least(ish), MTV
will put a parody silly cap on 2013 with their annual Movie Awards
, which will be tomorrow! So for fun's sake, let's quickly run down the nominees. And if anything, they should be somewhat less predictable than the previous Oscars, so why not.
I have no idea about Divergent and her Beatrice Prior character, so I won't be talking about that. But still, we're just a couple of years away from The Twilight Years -- things have changed ever since. Likewise for Veronica Mars, also nominated here. Benedict Cumberbatch's kinda popular right now, and he's here for Star Trek, but I don't know if his character's that memorable. So it's about Katniss and Loki. Katniss may have the money behind her, but I'll go with Loki because he's one with a core, palpable fanbase. The fact that some kids managed to get in the same avant premiere of Only Lovers Left Alive I went speaks volumes of Hiddleston's popularity -- he's making teenagers watch Jarmusch!I go with: Loki, Thor: The Dark World.But probably: Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. BEST HERO.
What's the difference here? I mean it's Hero, not "Hero-ine" -- no female performers here, why? Could've used some extra love for Sandra Bullock and Gravity, but alas. Channing Tatum's getting an award of his own, so I'll leave him out for fairness' sake; Martin Freeman's a bit minimized in Desolation of Smaug -- when it's his turn to show up, it's all about Smaug, honestly. So it's about the literal superheroes. Thor, Superman or Iron Man. I'll go with the movie I liked best -- although it's the best because it's part of a series Robert Downey Jr.'s made very much his.I go with: Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man 3.But probably: Chris Hemsworth, Thor: The Dark World. BEST CAMEO.
MTV's taking some major stances here -- when is the Academy gonna acknowledge the importance of CAMEOS to the film industry? Haven't seen Anchorman 2, but I think it's between Kanye and This is the End's Rihanna cameo. They're the biggest names here. Not to mention, she's performing, so that helps. Joan Rivers and Robert De Niro sure were nice, but it's MTV. Can't comment on Tinamy.I go with: Rihanna, This is the End.But probably: Kanye West, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION.
So, best makeup and hairstyling. I imagine they'll follow the Oscars' footsteps -- and wasn't that Jared Leto guy from that band, 30 Seconds to Mars? Let's.I go with: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club.But probably: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club. BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE.
Again, haven't seen We're The Millers or Ride Along. But honestly I don't think they're players here -- not in the face of Jonah Hill or Melissa McCarthy. Their roles were big and very well loved across audiences and critics. I'll go with Jonah since I honestly felt his performance in Wolf was good enough to back-up his Moneyball nomination a few years ago. He was something in the making. Wouldn't be mad if McCarthy wins, tho. Knoxville's a local here, true, but I think he's been better before.I go with: Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street.But probably: Melissa McCarthy, The Heat. BEST MUSICAL MOMENT.
I... don't really remember any of the nominees save for one. And I didn't see Identity Thief either. But the one I remember was pretty good! REDEEMING, you might even say!I go with: Backstreet Boys, This is the End.But probably: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle. BEST VILLAIN.
At last, a category in which I've seen all the movies. Star Trek and Hunger Games might be popular with the kids and all, but you know what they miss? The one-liner. The one phrase they can quote from here to eternity. Your "Why so serious?", "Say hello to my little friend!", "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse"; and last year no other character, villain or not, had a phrase as memorably dellivered as Barkhad Abdi's "I'm your captain now". Not only he hijacks a boat, but he hijacks the movie away from major movie star Tom Hanks! And if anything, he's a newcomer, so it'd be a nice way to greet him into Hollywood -- not that an Oscar nod for your first movie wasn't already a super warm welcome. If not, then I'll go with the most gasp-inducing villain the year had.I go with: Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips.But probably: Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave. #WTF MOMENT.
Hashtags, wtf! Leonardo DiCaprio AS A WHOLE was a pretty big wtf in Wolf of Wall Street, but by hour three you were already accostumed to his lude-filled antics. Same thing goes for Jackass. Channing Tatum in This is the End was pretty surprising, but I don't know if WTF. I'll go with the legitimate WTF moment here, because... fuck.I go with: Cameron Diaz, The Counselor.But probably: Channing Tatum, This is the End. BEST KISS.
I would go with Spring Breakers but Selena Gomez wasn't in that scene, so I don't know about that. American Hustle's a likely choice, but... I'll go with the one from The Spectacular Now because both Shailene and Miles shine together. They were a fantastic couple -- as proven by their intimately anticipated kisses. Don Jon's possible, too, but they're not terribly likeable characters.I go with: Shailene Woodley & Miles Teller, The Spectacular Now.But probably: Jennifer Lawrence & Amy Adams, American Hustle. BEST FIGHT.
Not having seen two of the nominees here sure makes things difficult, but I'll go with The Hobbits, here -- that movie's made of nothing but great action scene after great action scene, so let's go with one most people can affirm was pretty good. But overall, these nominees feel a bit like... meh. If MTV could summon Harmony Korine, why not bring Wong Kar-Wai and The Grandmaster too? There were some sick fights over there. Or the final fight in Star Trek. Dunno.I go with: The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.But probably: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. BEST SHIRTLESS PERFORMANCE.
To say that Chris Hemsworth had a "shirtless performance" is to say that you could use your car as a house. I mean, it's technically true, but it's barely so -- like that's not the point. He's shirtless in that one, rather nothing scene. Haven't seen That Awkward Moment, and I don't imagine Jennifer Aniston was Kate Winslet-ing it in We're the Millers, so let's award somebody that could honestly say his share of shirtless performance was around the double-digits percent.I go with: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street.But probably: Chris Hemsworth: Thor: The Dark World. BEST ON-SCREEN DUO.
They've already announced a special tribute for Paul Walker at the show, but I can see them giving him the same award he got with Vin Diesel over eleven, twelve years ago -- whenever it was the first Fast and the Furious was nominated. The Wolf and the Buyers Club guys make for sound candidates on paper, but I think they'll celebrate the car loving duo one last time. That said, between Wolf and Buyers... man, that's a tough choice. They're both equally great -- but since I've already given my top tier predictions to each of the Wolf guys, I'll go with Buyers here.I go with: Vin Diesel & Paul Walker, Fast & Furious 6.But probably: Matthew McConaughey & Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club. BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE.
This sort of categories are often more wrong than right -- Michael B. Jordan's been around for some time. At least to me, Fruitvale Station's wasn't even his breakthrough movie -- I noticed him first on Chronicle back in 2012. I think that'll give him a bit of an edge, too -- not to mention that he's an undeniable lead in his film. It's all about him and his loved ones. Margot Robbie was pretty good, but it takes you a bit of time to remember her role in Wolf. And the rest of the category's peppered with fine, but rather indie-ish comedies -- save for We're the Millers, a movie that feels that maybe it should've been up for Movie of the Year given how big it's presence's been so far. Maybe they'll find it some love here.I go with: Will Pouter, We're the Millers.
But probably: Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station. BEST SCARED-AS-S**T PERFORMANCE.
I don't know if Brad Pitt's performance in World War Z qualifies as scared-as-s**t, but it was fine I think. For the most part. Ditto Chastain. And it's so nice to see Ethan Hawke nominated here! If only because that brings me some Before Midnight memories. Yeah, didn't see The Purge, but I'll pretend his nomination's for the Linklater film -- even if that's super not scared-as-s**t. That said, there was one pretty good horror movie last year, with a pretty good lead performance... so let's keep it real here.I go with: Vera Farmiga, The Conjuring.But probably: Brad Pitt, World War Z. BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE.
Now that we're dealing with categories that have an easy Oscar translation, I'll drop prognostications over my own wishes -- although I'll keep my guesses at the "but probably" bit. That said, it's interesting that we're mixing leads and supporting roles here, because it kinda makes it really, REALLY hard for me to choose a winner here. Sandra Bullock for Gravity, a movie that I wish was far more represented here, or Lupita Nyong'o, one of my favorite victories from last year's Oscars. J-Law seems poised to win, but... dunno. Maybe I'm overthinking this. It's MTV, yeah, I know. But Sandra Bullock had a phenomenal 2013 with Gravity and The Heat -- not to mention that the Cuarón adrift-in-space voyage made some handsome money and was something to truly experience in 3D and such. Maybe the fact it's a Movie's Movie (like 12 Years is, but I digress) will help her here. She also won a, um, Career Acheivement award right after winning the Oscar for The Blind Side, so she's not entirely out of the MTV picture. Chalk this one as both guess and wish.I go with: Sandra Bullock, Gravity.But probably: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. BEST MALE PERFORMANCE.
Where the Oscars fail time and time again, the MTV Awards will repair somewhat. Leo's something to behold in Wolf of Wall Street. That said, if they had the balls (or rather, taste) to go for 12 Years a Slave instead of whatever more teen-oriented movie they could nominate for Best Picture (I was predicting a Frozen nod, you know), maybe Chiwetel Ejiofor's not that far behind. Not to mention that the MTV awards, generally speaking, don't like to have repeat winners (so hey, that's something the Cannes Film Festival and the MTV Movie Awards have in common!); meaning they could find some love for Leo somewhere else, and give 12 Years a win here. Although they nominated Schindler's List for Best Picture back in the day just to let it go empty-handed... mh. Failing Chiwetel, there's McC, though -- but just like Leo, he's got plenty of places to be rewarded. And oh yeah there's that Catching Fire kid and Cooper for Hustle too. I suppose they're likelier, in the end.I go with: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street.But probably: Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. MOVIE OF THE YEAR.
So I predicted they'd nominate Iron Man 3, Frozen, Gravity, American Hustle and Catching Fire. Two out of five ain't bad. In any case, this should be one for Hunger Games, finally winning the award after the original fell under the Twihards. Made the most money, has Jennifer Lawrence, it's actiony but with a love triangle, it's based on a series of teen books. Looks like a current MTV winner to me. That said, I'll go with my overall favorite here, if only because I feel that would be like... a genuinely great change of pace. To go from Wedding Crashers to Pirates of the Caribbean to Transformers to the Twilight years to The Avengers... to this.I go with: 12 Years a Slave.
But probably: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
And there we have it. Although Gravity's barely nominated here, I honestly hope they take a sudden turn and reward Steve McQueen's film here, if only, just like those teenagers sneaking into a Jim Jarmusch film for Tom Hiddleston alone; to make the younger audiences pay attention to his filmography. Hunger, Shame, and now 12 Years a Slave -- all of them unflinching, sobering and showcasing powerfully performed cases of humanity going through personal extremes. Sounds like a lot to beg to the MTV audience, ... but in any case, they could do a lot worse than Hunger Games. At least it's not The Host.
To end this thing, tho... bummed there's no Pacific Rim here either. I didn't like the movie, but it certainly it didn't deserve the cold shoulder it got throughout the season. Oh well. Best of luck!