The Summer Film Awards

We have now gotten to the point at which these categories will be even more arbitrarily decided than usual. I still have nine movies to go through and they have very little in common, but there’s no way I’m leaving one out, so bear with me.

THE “Somehow related to Food” AWARD

WINNER: Chef
Emjay Anthony and Jon Favreau in Chef

Emjay Anthony and Jon Favreau in Chef

As far as I’m concerned, Jon Favreau is way better off making movies like Chef than producing superhero movies. Chef might not be groundbreaking, but it’s a spicy comedy that brings something else to the table (excuse the puns). He cast himself in the perfect role, and the father-son relationship is the heart of the story. I wonder what his Junglebook will be like.

RUNNER UPS:

Woody Allen‘s early comedy Bananas, in which Allen himself becomes president of a Banana Republic. It has absolutely nothing to do with food, except for the title, and a funny scene in which Allen goes to the local grocery store to buy tons of food for the rebels. I can’t properly explain what this movie is about, it’s simply too absurd. Just watch it.

And then there’s this little movie that I watched again over the summer, in which the humans are shark food.  My little brother actually wanted to see it, and I’m a cool sister, so we watched Jaws together. And it was awesome.

And then there’s F.C. De Kampioenen. Unless you’re Flemish you will have no idea what I’m talking about, but it’s a follow up movie from a very popular tv series here. It’s really bad. Really bad. But I’m still going to watch the sequel. And oh yeah, the food connection: dagschotel. Don’t ask.

THE “Best Movie with a Number in the Title” AWARD

Another low point when it comes to creating categories. I can only apologize.

WINNER: Zéro de Conduite (Zero for Conduct)
Still from Zéro de conduite

Still from Zéro de conduite

This 40 minute long feature from Jean Vigo heavily influenced La Nouvelle Vague and Truffaut‘s Les 400 Coups in particular. For that alone I want to praise it. The children get up to all sorts of funny business, and the teachers at the boarding school are made a fool of. This was made in 1933, and that alone blows my mind. His short À Propos de Nice, is equally subversive, and a must-see. I’ve only watched two of his works, but unfortunately that means that I’m already halfway through his filmography. I can only imagine the legacy he would have left behind if he hadn’t died so soon.

RUNNER UP:

5 Flights Up with Diane KeatonMorgan Freeman and Cynthia Nixon. Very low-stakes, but Keaton and Freeman together on the screen is a gift. I can see this story working very well as a play.

THE “Best Movie Featuring a Dead Person” AWARD

WINNER: SOUTHPAW
Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams in Southpaw

Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams in Southpaw

* Spoiler Alert *

This is a cop out, and once again, I apologize. But the dead Rachel McAdams does briefly appear during the ending, and I just really want to talk about Southpaw.

Southpaw was highly anticipated, but not well received. I think most of that is due to Harvey Weinstein‘s claims he was going to get Gyllenhaal his Oscar, and the critics realizing that this movie wasn’t actually going to do that. I’m still not so sure about that, but I might be biased ’cause I’m totally in love with Jake Gyllenhaal. He was great in the movie, I cried three times watching it, and Oona Laurence is going to be really big someday.

RUNNER UPS:

Ghostbusters, which unfortunately I wasn’t a big fan of, and Peter Jackson‘s The Lovely Bones. Rachel Weisz, Susan SarandonSaoirse Ronan, and a completely unrecognizable Stanley Tucci. Saoirse Ronan is way too talented, and I can’t deal with it.


That’s it. I hope someone enjoyed the read, I am certainly enjoying writing again.

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