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The Summer Film Awards

THE “Best Adaptation of a Really Old Story” AWARD

WINNER: Aladdin
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Still from Aladdin

I was absolutely convinced I had watched this movie before. I know I watched The Return of Jafar a lot since that was my brother’s favourite movie, and I probably saw a lot of the Aladdin tv series, leading me to believe that I had watched the original movie as well. But I didn’t and I couldn’t be more glad, ’cause I was able to enjoy this the same way my nine year old brother was. Classic Disney, beautiful songs, and quite funny. (Thank you Robin Williams.)

RUNNER UPS:

Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah, which I enjoyed a whole lot more than most people and Kenneth Brannagh‘s Cinderella, which I enjoyed a whole lot less than most people. And then there was Pasolini‘s Medea, with a ravishing Maria Callas. The overall film felt a little too fairy tale for me though.

THE “Best Helen Mirren” AWARD

WINNER: Helen Mirren (in The Hundred-Foot Journey)
Helen Mirren in The Hundred-Foot Journey

Helen Mirren in The Hundred-Foot Journey

Of course Helen Mirren deserves her own category. And I might have chosen a controversial winner, but when I look deep into my soul, I just have to acknowledge the fact that I like The Hundred-Foot Journey better than The Queen. #SorryNotSorry

RUNNER UPS:

The actual winner of this category is the NT Live production of Mirren‘s performance as Queen Elizabeth in The Audience. But that’s a play, so I decided it couldn’t win. Maybe it was because I saw The Audience before I saw The Queen, that I wasn’t as impressed with the movie, even though her performance is impeccable. I also saw her in The Woman in Gold, which is a fine movie, but overall a little bland.

THE “Best Movie Featuring WWII” AWARD

WINNER: aTONEMENT
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Keira Knightley and James McAvoy in Atonement

I try to not watch movies when they’re based on a book that I know I would like. That’s one of the main reasons I still hadn’t seen Atonement, but two weeks ago I finally caved and saw the movie. Even though we’re not often put in the middle of the war, it has completely infiltrated every day life in the second ‘act’.  One of the most impressive tracking shots in recent history and Vanessa Redgrave delivering a twist on par with the ending of Life of Pi, need I say more?

Also, I want Saoirse Ronan‘s resume and that green dress.

RUNNER UPS:

Both Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie put out movies set during the second world war, last year. I watched both last month and found out that I actually love them more than the critics do. The ocean sequence in Unbroken was beautiful, and I have to admit, I really loved Shia LaBeouf in Fury. I don’t really understand how these two movies didn’t perform better during the latest awards season.

THE “Classic I should have watched twenty years ago” AWARD

WINNER: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard in Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

When I was done reading the book, I figured it was about time to watch the movie. Which was weird at first, ’cause I had always envisioned Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s version of Capote as the narrator of the book, and not a slick George Peppard. Paul Varjak was able to change my mind rather quickly though. But I really hate the ending. Why Hollywood?

RUNNER UPS:

Toy Story, Singin’ in the Rain and … Citizen Kane. Yes, I’m ashamed too.

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