Furry Movie Award Watch: August 2012
Okay, that’s enough of that, then. On to the column.
crossie’s Current Best Guesses
|Academy Award for Best Animated Feature||Annie for Best Animated Feature|
|Winner||Rise of the Guardians||Rise of the Guardians|
The Rabbi’s Cat
The Secret World of Arrietty
From Up on Poppy Hill
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Pirates! A Band of Misfits
The Secret World of Arrietty
Blame it on Bloody Disgusting: The secret origin of Furry Movie Award Watch
A little over a year ago, I was feeling in horror movie kind of mood, so instead of doing the obvious thing and watching a horror movie, I decided to read about them on the Internet. BloodyDisgusting.com was number one on Google’s search list for “horror movies” at the time, so that’s where I went.
I browsed the archives, and an article wormed its way into my mind. It was about the movie Black Swan, which is a horror movie about a wereswan. Okay, so the wereswan thing is all in Princess Amidala’s head, and it is not about a ballerina transforming into a swan and pecking people to death when the moon is full – which is a movie I would totally pay money to see – but it did beat out The Howling III: The Marsupials for best transformation into a werecreature by a ballerina while onstage. The DVD packaging says it is not a horror movie, but a “psychosexual thriller,” which I believe is a genre that can be defined as “a horror movie that was nominated for Best Picture.”
Jaws is definitely my favorite psychosexual thriller.
So, Black Swan was nominated for Best Picture, which inspired BloodyDisgusting.com to write a snub article. If horror’s fans can respect their genre enough to say, “Look, Academy, you done us wrong,” and say The Bride of Frankenstein is a better movie than The Great Ziegfield
(it totally is, by the way), then it makes it a bit easier for outsiders to respect the genre.
Horror fans respect their genre, and demand respect for their genre, because they know it deserves respect. Same thing for fantasy fans, or science fiction fans, or all those comic book fans who know The Dark Knight was the Best Picture of 2008, and are hoping this year the Academy rectifies the situation with at least a nomination for The Dark Knight Rises. Most genre fandoms want recognition for their genres, not themselves.
How I spent my summer vacation: From horror to the Western, but still furry
Earlier this month, I made my annual visit to the old Western town of Creede, Colorado. It gets to call itself an “old Western town” because it is the place where Robert Ford, the guy who shot Jesse James, was himself shot.
Creede was one site of filming for the upcoming The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp, directed by Gore Verbinski – and if that pairing of actor and director doesn’t remind you of anything, what are you doing reading this column?
I wish I had been a couple months earlier, when the shoot was taking place. Yes, it would have been cool to see Johnny Depp (and a local store proudly displayed a picture of Depp walking down the thoroughfare), but I really wanted to see the director, Gore Verbinski. I doubt I would be able to talk to the guy, but I could at least shout something stereotypical like, “I’m you’re biggest fan!” at him. Because I am.
And if I somehow got to actually say something to him, since this is a fantasy, after all, the one thing I’d make sure to tell him was that, though it was great that you got Best Animated Feature, really, the Academy ripped him off. Rango should have been a Best Picture nominee, plain and simple, with a complementary Best Director nomination for Verbinski, of course.
I think that’s something he needs to know. His movie has a fan, and that fan thinks his movie deserves more respect than what it got.
Then, since this is a fantasy, I would pitch him my Rango sequel revolving around Angelique the secretary fox in the background and he would be all like, “Let’s do it!” and I would become a rich and famous Hollywood writer and I’m getting off point.