Time for a New Award Show?

Awards show is notorious for movies as “art.” It’s rare to find a film that is a good movie that wins any kind of award. TV has almost the same sordid past. Most things that are mainstream hits are ignored by the academies. The Golden Globe nominations prove this prejudice still exists.
The biggest problem with the movie nominations and this happens a lot. I have not seen or care to see but one of the movies on the list. Unfortunately Silver Linings Playbook is not playing near. The other issues are that, at the nominations, the movies had not even been released. These are mostly docudramas that screw up what really happened for entertainment value. Forget Lincoln, I’d rather watch Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black 3. In fact, the only movies I have seen are those in the animated category (and this year they are all good competition!).
The Golden Globes are usually not completely against the grain with their television selections. In fact Katey Sagal won Best Actress in a Drama in 2011 for her work in Sons of Anarchy. But the rest of the cast and show gets snubbed. Like The Walking Dead, when it is nominated, it is for technical awards. Charlie Hunnam and Kim Coates have been snubbed just as much as Jon Bernthal was for his work on Season 2 of TWD. The two supporting actors have been ignored for any kind award for the work on their respective shows, and Hunnam can’t catch the attention of the votes even though he is a brilliant actor.
Instead we see shows like American Horror story get around the rules, by submitting as a miniseries though it is an actual TV show. Unlike the Emmy’, it only pulled one nomination in the major categories. There is also a few other odd ball nominations including Connie Britton in Nashville. Laurie Holden and Katey Sagal both kick her ass.
So I have decided to make my own awards and requirements that are the best of TV and movies as good TV and movies. Stay tuned for my take on what deserves an award.

Men in Black Suit Up…Again

Often franchises sputter and die, especially when a long period of times elapses. Case in point: Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. But several franchises continue to bring in and excite viewers each time.  Men in Black III had a prickly production process, but it opened in first place opening weekend knocking The Avengers out of the top spot. While the total gross, isn’t quite yet enough to pay for the film, it was a much better movie than many anticipated.

Some of the best elements from the franchise are featured in this foray. Agent J is back wise cracking his way through fights with aliens. Danny Elfman’s bewitching score adds the perfect atmosphere. K is more sullen than ever. The variety in alien design is fresh and fun. And, as usual, several celebrities are outed as aliens (of course Lady Gaga is an alien!).

In this particular outing, Agent J has become obsessed with K’s sullenness which has grown more ever present with the death of Z. His desire to learn how K has become the man he is today is cut short by the breakout of a violent alien that K had captured. Boris the Animal decides to rectify the situation by traveling back in time to kill K before the agent can capture Boris and take off his arm. With J being the only person who remembers K, he travels back time to take down Boris the animal. There he meets the young version of K, and J gets insight into K’s past.

The time travel aspect lends a humor and freshness to the jokes and designs. Everything from the technology, to the clothing, to the aliens is designed in the ‘60s area without being garish. A look back at the ancient equipment, especially the nueralizer, proved for good humor as well as unique challenges for J. This different world helps keep the franchise from recycling too much old material.

Joining Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones is Josh Brolin as a young K. Brolin captures Jones in a very believable way. In fact his multifaceted version of K is a refreshing aspect to the sully character. Through the story and the acting, the audience is taking through the same journey through K’s past that J does. But K is not the only person whose history is explored. J’s story gets emotional depth that the character has been lacking throughout the franchise.

Like the sequel, this third installment lacked the charm of the first movie.  It’s not that the novelty has worn out per se. But the second movie tried too hard to add more action and this movie tried to out-emotion the previous installments. This subtle change in tone affects the sequels in a profound way leaving audience wanting a little bit more.

The casting is strong though I was quite surprised when I found out that I hadn’t been watching Tim Curry for 106 minutes. Jemaine Clement has down the surly Curry voice and the make-up made recognizing any face impossible. Bill Harder’s guest role was fabulous as guest start Any Warhol, and I would have loved to know a little more about his character. I was also thrown for a curve with Michal Stuhlbarg’s Griffin. I was convinced the prophetic character was played by Alias’ David Weisman. Stuhlbarg’s Griffin has the same quirky sweetness that Weisman’s Marshall had. He was dorky but lovable.

Overall, MIBIII adds depth to the franchise and gives the viewer insight into the characters. This humorous adventure into the world of the Men in Black should delight fans of all ages.

Josh Brolin as a young Agent K with Will Smith’s Agent J