The Rorschach Awards Part 2: Category Winners

Last week, I announced my nominees for the Categories section of my Rorschach Awards.  With over 220 votes in, I now have your choices for each category as well as mine.  I’ll give reasons for my own choices below each category.

Most Original Nominees:

Django Unchained
Looper
Seven Psychopaths
Cabin in the Woods
Beasts of the Southern Wild

Your Pick:

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Django Unchained

My Pick:

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Cabin in the Woods

It’s true that the horror spoof genre has been covered many times in very different ways, but the true originality of Cabin in the Woods comes in the very premise itself.  I absolutely hate how formulaic movies tend to be, but there is absolutely nothing formulaic about this film aside from the obvious genre winks.  I can’t explain ANY of the originality I’m talking about without spoiling some of the best parts of the film, but all I can say is that if you’re even remotely a fan of Dark Comedy and/or Joss Whedon, you need to check this one out.

Funniest Movie of the Year Nominees:

Ted
21 Jump Street
Pitch Perfect
Cabin in the Woods
Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part II

Your Picks:

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Tie – Ted & 21 Jump Street

My Pick:

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Ted

I loved 21 Jump Street, but there’s a reason that I’ve now seen Ted four times since it came out this summer (More than any other 2012 release).  Part of that is because of how well it plays when you’re looking for something fun to watch with a group of friends, but the other part is just how damn funny it is.  Sure, there are some jokes that don’t land as well as others but Seth McFarlane keeps them coming so fast that you quickly forget about those.  I am very comfortable declaring it the Best Comedy of 2012.

Most Disappointing Nominees:

The Bourne Legacy
Prometheus
The Watch
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Your Pick:

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The Bourne Legacy

My Pick:

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Prometheus

Most Surprising Nominees:

21 Jump Street
Perks of Being a Wallflower
Pitch Perfect
End of Watch
Looper

I know a lot of people will disagree with this, but I’d like to reiterate that I’m not saying that Prometheus is the worst of each on, but that the amount of hype it generated for itself with an extremely effective marketing campaign and a huge level of excitement for Scott’s return to Science Fiction, it simply did not deliver on it’s potential from my point of view.  My biggest gripe would be that it asks far too many questions than it is able to answer; a flaw which I attribute to the fact that it was written by one of the head writers of the similarly confusing Lost.  If a sequel is attempted, I sincerely hope that Scott takes a serious look at what made the first two Alien films so great and take a little focus off of high philosophy.

Your Pick:

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21 Jump Street

My Pick:

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Pitch Perfect

Once again, I’m not saying that his is the best film in this list, just that it was the biggest surprise.  I’ll admit, I watched Glee for the 1st season and somewhat enjoyed it for it’s snappy script and mildly enjoyable characters.  Ever since the Second season though, either something clicked in my brain to make me hate it or the show itself started to legitimately go downhill.  In any case, Pitch Perfect seemed more or less like Glee: The Movie, so I had very low expectations.  Thanks to a likable cast and an extremely fun script by 30 rock writer Kay Cannon, I ended up having a great time and would highly recommend people giving it a chance.

Most Satisfying Nominees:

The Dark Knight Rises
Django Unchained
The Avengers
Skyfall
Cabin in the Woods

Your Pick:

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The Avengers

My Pick:

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The Dark Knight Rises

Yes, I know, it’s not as good as The Dark Knight.  That being said, I don’t think I’ve ever been as incredibly happy with a movie as I was after watching the 3 AM premier of The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX.  Part of that was admittedly sleep deprivation coupled with excessive caffeine, but for the most part I just really enjoyed how Nolan managed to increase the scope of his Batman franchise, ably handle a slew of new characters and give his fans the hard hitting conclusion the trilogy deserved.

Best Hero Nominees:

Batman – The Dark Knight Rises
James Bond – Skyfall
Rama – The Raid: Redemption
Tony Mendez – Argo
Django – Django Unchained

Your Pick:

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Batman – The Dark Knight Rises

My Pick:

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Django – Django Unchained

I love me some Batman and Bond, but neither quite knocked it out of the park in the fields of coolness and capability as Jamie Foxx did as Django.  Even though the film just came out less than a month ago, Django already feels like a classic Tarantino character, standing next to The Bride and Vincent and Jules.  The Fastest Gun in the South indeed (Hopefully not in every sense, for Broomhilde’s sake).

Best Villain Nominees:

Silva – Skyfall
Bane – The Dark Knight Rises
Donny (Giovanni Ribisi) – Ted
Calvin Candie – Django Unchained
Pitch – Rise of the Guardians

Your Pick:

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Silva – Skyfall

My Pick:

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Bane – The Dark Knight Rises

I hate to disagree with the voters once again, but I plain and simply LOVED Tom Hardy as Bane.  I’ll admit his voicebox made him somewhat hard to understand sometimes and he’s still no Joker, but the feeling of sheer power and control that I felt from Bane in scenes like his first fight with Batman contribute to some of the most memorable parts of the movie.  I for one felt that his voice was a big plus for his character’s imposing stature, coupled with some great lines i.e. “Do you feel in charge?”.  It certainly helps that his mask makes him look like an unmasked predator.

Best Romance Nominees:

Maria & Henry – The Impossible
Pat and Tiffany – Silver Linings Playbook
Charlie and Sam – Perks of being a Wallflower
Django & Broomhilde – Django Unchained
John & Lori – Ted

Your Pick (and Mine):

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Pat & Tiffany – Silver Linings Playbook

For once we’re in agreement!  Pat and Tiffany’s romance is a rocky one, to be sure, but in my eyes when it comes to movie romances every bump in the road makes the end destination all the sweeter.  Their relationship just feels so earnest and raw, and Lawrence and Cooper contribute some of the finest performances of their career to seal the deal.  I won’t spoil the ending, but the climactic scenes of their finally finding each other are some of the strongest feelings of connection between two characters I’ve seen in years.

Most Moving Nominees:

Les Miserables
Perks of Being a Wallflower
Life of Pi
The Impossible
Beasts of the Southern Wild

Your Pick:

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Les Miserables

My Pick:

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Perks of Being a Wallflower

My second pick for the most surprising category, Perks of Being a Wallflower hit home for me in a way that no other drama this year managed to do.  Some might consider it melodramatic or obsessively “indie” in its values, but Writer/Director Stephen Chbosky injects the kind of heart into his characters that’s rarely ever present in coming of age movies.  Add in dynamite performances from the three leads (Lehrman, Watson and Miller) and a progressively weighty plot and you end up with one of the strongest emotional connections for a film’s characters I’ve ever felt.

Prettiest Production Nominees:

The Avengers
Rise of the Guardians
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Prometheus
Life of Pi

Your Pick:

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Life of Pi

My Pick:

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Prometheus

Last but not least, we have my own “Visual Effects” category.  Life of Pi was gorgeous and Rise of the Guardians was the best looking animated film I’ve ever seen, but my hat goes off to the effects team behind Prometheus for providing the one aspect of the film that completely delivers on it’s expectations.  From sweeping planetary vistas to beautiful stellar cartography, Prometheus is host to an absolute visual orgy of blues, blacks and silvers.  It certainly doesn’t hurt the Prettiness factor that both Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba are in the movie…

Well, there you have them folks, both your choices and my choices for this year’s Rorschach Awards in the categories section.  Do you agree with my choices?  Disagree?  Let me know in the comments below and thanks for voting!

About r361n4

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9 Responses to The Rorschach Awards Part 2: Category Winners

  1. sati says:

    Glad to see Perks here, it moved me too! I can’t agree with Foxx, though for me he was such a miscast and the 3rd act of the movie was such a big drop in quality for me.

  2. I agree with Bane as your pick for best villain. Tom Hardy continues to blow me away with his great performances.

  3. Mark Hobin says:

    Great post. Must say I am happily surprised Les Misérables got “most moving.” I keep hearing people bad mouth the film. Guess a lot of people loved it after all.

    • r361n4 says:

      I think a lot of the bad mouthing has more to do with people disliking the musical format or the actors involved than the movie itself. If I were going by scenes alone, Hathaway’s I Dreamed a Dream would have been my pick

  4. Interesting to see you only agreed with the majority on one category. Think you’re better than us, do ya?! Huh? Seriously though, some great choices there, I think both your choices and the majority have got equally good reasons for winning. And yet more love for Pitch Perfect! I dismissed that as soon as I saw the trailer. I really need to stop doing that!

    • r361n4 says:

      Have you seen it yet?

      Also the majority of the ones I chose ended up coming in second place, so I at least agree with some of you 🙂 You’re just a very diversely opinioned bunch

      • Nah I haven’t managed to see it yet, it’s been edged out by other things I’ve wanted to see. I think it’s going to have to be a rental now, but it’s definitely one I’ll try and catch after the decent reviews it’s been getting.

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