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The Geek Life: For Your Consideration
Over here Academy Voters
By Robert T. Trate
November 30, 2011
The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is happening in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life asks “For Your Consideration”.
About ten years ago, I had my first job in Los Angeles. It was nothing glamorous, but I did get a chance to rub elbows with a few celebrities, play some golf, and more importantly sit down and have dinks with them. The chance to sit in a casual atmosphere and ask celebrities about long forgotten projects is always fun. You get some real truths and great stories you’ll never hear on a commentary track. Yes, I’m bragging and digressing. My time in LA carried me over the holiday season and I encountered for the first time ever “For Your Consideration”. This is not the movie by Christopher Guest, but an ad campaign by the studios to get nominations and wins for award season.
Yes, you read that right. The Hollywood Studios spend even more money advertising their films on bill boards, in magazines and more recently (to save money) on websites. “For Your Consideration” is their ploy to win over industry professionals’ votes. It’s not something you are going to see in the rurals of Ohio or Pennsylvania. In LA, however, they are starting to pop up everywhere. A few Oscar seasons ago my old boss mailed me a Variety to tell me about a few jobs that were opening up. Inside I saw a “For Your Consideration” that I never expected to see. It was for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. New Line was asking that Andy Serkis get nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Gollum. This was a nomination I’m sure many Geeks would agree with. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy would clean up the following year, but I still admire New Line for going all out in support of the film (already a huge cash cow) and one of their stars. With that in mind The Geek Life proudly offers the voters of the SAG Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Golden Globes a “For Your Consideration” of my own*.
A hero is only as good as its villain. This is probably why the last Superman movie had so many problems. Hiddleston makes the villain so good that we almost (almost) prefer him to the hero.
It was a shock and surprise that this story about a Lizard named Rango was a good as it was. The animation alone proved that Pixar isn’t the only game in town.
The cuts in this film make Hanna the action hero she really is. The only thing second to that is the music, which propels this story like bullets from a machine gun.
To some, he was the guy who played Doctor Who. To others he is “my Doctor”. Tennant goes against type and portrays a sniveling snake of man who may or may not do the right thing to save the day. If “the ladies” of Hollywood can get nominated for playing prostitutes then why can’t a British Sci-Fi hero get nominated for playing a dead beat loser?
Were they puppets? Were they CGI? Were they just guys in suits? The answer was all three and you’ll never know when, what, or where in this fantastic film.
The Vanishing on 7th Street
If there were ever two people that should do the new Twilight Zone movie it is Jaswinski and Anderson. Their spin on this tale was both refreshing and horrific as there was no way to predict how it would end. This is an incredibly refreshing film in a time where we have seen it all.
Christophe Beck brings back the Muppets with his self aware show tunes reminding us how great it is to love these characters.
If you are a fan of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, you have undoubtedly heard of this film. Miike and Tengan practically double the amount of Samurai and deliver full fledged characters as well. The writing and directing are superb making it at least worthy of a Best Foreign Film nimination.
Brit Marling and Mike Cahill should really clean up for all their work in front of and behind the camera. This story could have gone in numerous directions but, like all great science fiction, it keeps it close to the human experience.
Attack the Block
The story itself is tired: aliens invade. Joe Cornish spins it in a whole new direction with a story and effects that are both exhilarating and truly horrifying.
The Adventures of Tintin
The buzz from overseas is that The Adventures of Tintin is incredible. Spielberg and Jackson may have just succeeded on a whole other level with this style of film making. If the film is as good as the Brits say it is then why not a Best Picture nomination?
*I am aware that we are about to move into Oscar Season and genre films (like those on Mania) rarely get noticed.
Robert is currently building Optimus Prime out of KRE-O bricks as he is watching the White Chapel (review coming soon) TV series from the BBC. With all that going he is still writing two other weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.