Miscellaneous Awards–The 2020 Flickmetic Movie Awards
Jus’ givin’ out some random stuff.
Award season is fun to milk so I figured it would be good to show some affection to other aspects of filmmaking. Now, this is not as in-depth as the Oscars with technical awards, because honestly that’s not much fun for me. Instead, here is a curated list of things that actually matter to me. I hope you enjoy.
The Best Character
Given to the best character that had their debut in 2020.
Winner: Mebh Óg MacTíre from Wolfwalkers.
Mebh is able to live her life as a wolf in the forest while her human body sleeps. She is a member of the titular Wolfwalkers tribe and she is both silly and serious. She is compassionate yet filled with rage towards those who are trying to do her kind wrong. It was really simple to be empathetic towards her cause because she’s written and voiced so well.
The Best Soundtrack
Given to the movie with the best music–original score or licensed songs.
Winner: Last and First Men.
With music written by Jóhann Jóhannsson and Yair Elazor, with performances from such talent as Hildur Guðnadóttir, the soundtrack for Last and First Men is a masterclass in minimalist, atmospheric sound. I was destined to love this score because I’m a huge fan of the late Jóhannsson in particular, but I constantly listen to Guðnadóttir’s Chernobyl soundtrack these days as well.
The Best Dialogue in a Movie
Given to the film that has the best spoken words between its characters. This is not necessarily the best script in general.
Winner: The Gentlemen.
When Guy Ritchie is on his dialogue is sharp and witty. While it’s not the absolute best display of his writing prowess, The Gentlemen is a welcome return for Ritchie.
This Movie Should Have Been a Documentary
Given to the fictional film that possesses a central idea that I would have liked to have seen explored in a documentary. This doesn’t mean that the film itself is bad as it is.
Winner: The Hunt.
We live in a deeply polarized world and The Hunt tries to be commentary on that. Given its fictional framework that it has to work within, it can’t explore that to the level that is required. You would basically need Jonathan Haidt in here to do so. With that said, I actually quite enjoyed The Hunt so I don’t want it to disappear–I would just like to see the central idea detailed more elaborately.
The Most Important Film That I’ve Seen This Year
Given to the film that I think breaks barriers in some shape or form, or at the very least gave us something that should be remembered for years to come.
Winner: The Social Dilemma.
You have to keep in mind that I can only judge based on the films I’ve seen. Perhaps there are more important documentaries in the sense that they are covering life-or-death situations, but we live in the age of social media and this is a compelling watch for those who want to see the dark underbelly.
As I said in my review, I’m pretty familiar with a lot of the material covered–but I still strongly urge those with less time on their hands to seek this one out.
The Flick With the Best Title
Don’t judge a movie by its title? Nah, I think I will. This is the best title of the year.
Winner: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.
This is because the full, original title is Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. I mean, it follows the formula of the first but the overly long title still works. Even the shortened version is silly and appealing.
The Dumbest Character This Year
Seriously man/woman, this all could have been avoided if you weren’t such an idiot. But here’s an award for your troubles.
Winner: Kayako Saeki from The Grudge.
Scary Japanese ghost girls are cool
and kind of sexy but I have never been able to buy into the ghost from The Grudge. Why? Because the sound it makes is so stupid. When I created this award I thought I’d give it to a character who made terrible life choices and made their whole existence more unbearable then it had to be, but the only answer can really be the stupid gurgling ghost.
I Wouldn’t Want to Live There
To the movie that has the place that I definitely wouldn’t want to live in. So basically, the opposite of Pandora from Avatar.
Winner: The house in You Should Have Left.
I only watched You Should Have Left because I saw it compared to the brilliant House of Leaves novel from Mark Z. Danielewski. It has elements of a labyrinthine house but the movie itself is mediocre. However, this isn’t about the quality of the movie–it’s about a place I wouldn’t want to live. I wouldn’t want to wander into the basement when I just needed to get to the bathroom. That’s how things get messy.
The Director to Look Out For
Given to the director who impressed me so much that even though I had never heard of them before now, I am actively going to seek out their future work. This doesn’t mean that they are the best director of the year.
Winner: Miranda July.
Miranda July has an established career with a few directing jobs under her belt and a ton of writing jobs. I, on the other hand, have not experienced any of those jobs until this year with Kajillionaire. She has become a name to watch in my eyes. Sorry I’m late to the party.
The Best Premise of the Year
It doesn’t have to be a good movie, but this award goes to the movie with the best plot description.
Winner: The Vast of Night.
The Vast of Night is about a weird frequency that appears one night on the radio in a small town. Maybe that doesn’t seem neat to you–and I’m not saying it’s totally original–but I’m incredibly creeped out by weird things on the radio late at night. It’s something personal to me. By the way, The Vast of Night is a great indie sci-fi flick on top of that.
The Most Incredible Single Shot/Frame of the Year
Perhaps the rest of the flick is a dumpster fire, perhaps it is not–this award goes to the movie with my favourite single shot of the year. Put this on the wall and frame it.
Winner: Get Duked!
There is plenty of gorgeous photography of landscapes, interiors, exteriors, etc. Hell, Get Duked! has a bunch of them as well. Generally I am a sucker for wide-angle shots of the environment–such as of the Scottish Highlands in Get Duked!, any number of scenes from Nomadland or anything Andrei Tarkovsky wanted to film–but nothing drew me in more than this deceptively clever shot of the three protagonists.
Why do I love it? It follows a cheesy–in a good way, I love this movie–advertisement and does so much to establish who these teenagers are. The dimly lit room and the way the phones act as most of the light, the uninterested faces, the background–it all creates a great first impression.
Most Overrated Movie
The award that is going to get me punched in the face. What movie is not necessarily bad, but overrated?
Winner: Never Rarely Sometimes Always.
I wouldn’t say that I fiercely hate it but I certainly didn’t like it. I found it awfully simplistic, boring some of the time and the girls never connected with me or with each other. It has some good scenes, but given the reception, it’s the definition of overrated… at least according to the critics. The fans on Rotten Tomatoes agree with me. Actually, they’re harsher.
Most Underrated Movie
For the movie that I feel has been given a hard time when it isn’t deserved. Let’s end this article on a positive note.
Winner: Wonder Woman 1984.
If you would have told me at the beginning of 2020 that Wonder Woman 1984 would be underrated, I wouldn’t have believed you. Sigh, but here we are. I wrote a review about it which you should go read to better understand my feelings.
It’s underrated because the reception is rather middling and whenever I go anywhere I see people taking a poo on it. The conversation around it mixed with the drop on Rotten Tomatoes are what make it my pick. Perhaps there are movies that were rated more severely that were still enjoyable, but this deserves more affection than it is getting.
He thought Sonic the Hedgehog was underrated until I pointed out that it has surprisingly good reception on the internet.