The Summer Film Awards

THE “Female Centric Comedy” AWARD

WINNER: Trainwreck
Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in Trainwreck

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in Trainwreck

Trainwreck is an ok movie, but Amy Schumer is the real gift here. She’s the kind of person I want to see on the big screen. The movie gets praised for being feminist, which I won’t deny, but the main storyline is actually pretty generic. Boy meets girl. One of them fucks up. Sad montage. Spoiler alert: they get back together. That being said, Amy is the kind of person that wouldn’t usually be the main character of a romantic comedy. It’s funny and smart, it features Tilda Swinton and I can’t wait for whatever Schumer and JLaw got cooking.


Whenever Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig team up, I’m there. Spy is silly, outlandish and over the top, but it’s really funny. Not so funny: Hot Pursuit. I have wondered if my dislike for that movie has anything to do with the fact that the main characters are female. Do I have higher standards when it comes to female driven stories? I’m not sure.

THE “Amazingly Good Looking” AWARD

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Oh look, it’s a tie. Darren Aronofsky‘s strange but stunning The Fountain, is one of the weirdest cinematic experiences I’ve had, and immediately reminded me of The Tree of Life. Plus Rachel Weisz is amazing. Amazing.

And then there’s Tom Ford‘s directorial debut, which is incredibly stylized, and features Colin Firth and Julianne Moore in very interesting roles. The way that the cinematography reflects the way George sees the world around him, is beautifully done. I can’t wait for his sophomore feature, Nocturnal Animals, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams.

I’ve been to Paris, and it’s definitely not as romantic as Woody Allen presents it in Midnight in Paris. His establishing shots, the magic of the city after midnight and the sentimental undertones make me forget all about my own first impressions of Paris, which weren’t that great. This movie makes me want to give it another chance.

Like Atonement, I wanted to read the book first, but like Atonement, I finally caved and saw Life of Pi. WOW. I was blown away. I don’t understand how Ang Lee directed this movie, as well as movies like Sense and SensibilityBrokeback Mountain and Hulk. A magical adventure, a beautiful CGI tiger, and an amazingly ambiguous ending.

THE “Romantic Comedy with a Twist” AWARD

WINNER: Begin Again
Keira Knightley in Begin Again

Keira Knightley in Begin Again

I loved Once. I was lucky enough to also see the musical in London, but John Carney‘s movie has a special place in my heart. Begin Again is a more high profile, and uplifting version of the story and I absolutely love it. I have been listening to the soundtrack for days now, and I’m still amazed that this is Keira Knightley‘s actual voice. There’s an amazing guitar solo by Hailee Steinfeld (which may or may not be actually her), and the ending, much like Once‘s does not rely on a typical ‘getting back together kiss.’ Mark Ruffalo is a dream, and James Corden is a sweetheart, and I won’t apologize for loving this movie.


The utterly charming What If, with Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. I have to applaud Radcliffe for his Post Potter career choices. They haven’t been very high profile, but he’s always able to showcase a different side of him.

Noah Baumbach‘s While We’re Young, also starring Adam Driver. And of course Ted, which is basically a love story between Seth Macfarlane en Mark Wahlbergh. Right?

THE “Most Dysfunctional relationship” AWARD

WINNER: De Rouille et d’Os (Rust and Bone)
Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard in De Rouille et d'Os (Rust and Bone)

Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard in De Rouille et d’Os (Rust and Bone)

Alain and Stéphanie have a weird and complicated relationship. They’re both ‘saving’ each other, Stéphanie is dealing with a disability that is new to her, and Alain is basicly a fuck up trying to get his life together. This is a story that could easily be sentimental and appeal to the pathos, but it doesn’t. The only exception would be the scene near the end which puts Alain’s son in danger and miraculously seems to solve everyone’s problems. Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard are magnificent.


The Disappearance of Eleonor Rigby: Him & Her. I watched both versions in one sitting, and both Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy are captivating and are able to carry their own versions of the story. Viola Davis has amazing chemistry with Chastain and their scenes are a highlight in the female version.

The Magnificent Cuckold (Il magnifico cornuto), is a movie you probably have never heard of (18 people have marked is as watched on letterboxd). It came out in 1964 and was directed by Antonio Pietrangeli, loosely based on a construvist play by Belgian author Fernand Crommelynck. The main character cheats on his wife, and from that point is plagued by visions of his wife being unfaithful to him. It’s a bit uneven, but worth checking out. 



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