THE URBAN OSCARSFebruary 27, 2014
The Oscars are on Sunday, and while we’ll probably spend most of our time marveling at the red carpet train wrecks and awkward acceptance speeches – we thought we’d round up the films from the last year that we think deserve a shiny gold guy. Love them or hate them, here’s the UO contenders…
The return of the world’s most shameless man, Ron Burgundy. Any sequel which involves a 10 minute side-plot about a blind man and his pet shark, plus a fine selection of condoms named “the hooded guest”, surely has ‘Oscar’ written all over it.
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR
They bagged the Palme D’Or at Cannes but have somehow been largely ignored by the Oscar committee. We don’t get it, but this indie flick about two students – one a naïve high schooler, the other a worldly art college grad – paints love and sex in a turbulent and unforgettable light.
A tornado made of sharks? Whichever beautiful mind conjured up this concept should receive the lifetime achievement award (is there one? We can’t keep up). The execution didn’t disappoint either with all the perfect ingredients for a hammy sci-fi B-movie – Tara Reid, sharks tumbling into helicopters and the line, ‘we can’t just wait here for sharks to rain down on us’. Perfect.
Adapted from Irvine Welsh’s novel (the writer behind Trainspotting), Filth does exactly what it says on the tin. Ninety-seven minutes of sex, drugs, sex, some more sex, more drugs and a killer performance from James Mcavoy (not in that particular order). This film is in our top 10 “your life is a car crash” films of all time.
Like a Manhattan-era Woody Allen, Frances Ha made being lost, jobless and tragically close to your best friend all seem poignant and hilarious thanks to its acerbic one-liners and black-and-white cinematography. If you didn’t laugh, cry and question your own life choices while watching this – you’ve clearly never been in your twenties.
Steve Coogan, the understated comic genius of our generation. A man so submerged in his role, we’re 99% sure that Steve is no longer Steve, and in reality Alan Partridge is an actor playing the role of Steve Coogan. How’s that for a mind melt? Testament to these facts is Alpha Papa – a true Coogan classic. EAT MY CHEESE OSCARS.
Tipped as THE hipster movie of the year – Her sees cult hero Joaquin Phoenix fall in love with Apple’s recent iOS 1000 Siri update (joke). No but seriously, this movie has a lot to say about the modern fate of love, how we perceive it, and how to master romantic phone sex. Surely that deserves a shiny man prize.
A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD
If there were a category for best film title, this would be the clear winner. In fact, this film should win all categories for its unmerciful dedication to cliché plot lines. Explosions? Check. A disheveled Bruce Willis? Check. Possibly the most questionable catchphrase in film history? YIPPE KY-AY MOTHER RUSSIA. Check.
Bradley Cooper’s jerry curl and Christian Bale’s combover alone should win a drove of gold statues. But this slick black comedy from Silver Linings Playbook director, David O. Russell has all the stylings and memorable quips of a classic – the most memorable homage to ‘70s sleaze since Boogie Nights.
We might be in full swing of the ‘90s revival, but Sofia Coppola’s comeback nailed the early ‘00s. Oversized sunglasses, midriffs galore and sipping through a Starbucks straw – even Paris Hilton was down for being sent up in this glossy true tale of LA excess as told from the eyes of a group of tawdry teens.