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Summer 2011- The Poncho Marks of Achievement Awarding Contribution to Film in a Way that Isn’t Ignorable (PMAACFWII)

Summer 2011 came and went quickly this year. And nowhere was it more obvious than in theaters. Sequels and 3D took us by storm, but not everything connected with its intended audience. So without further ado, I present the first annual Poncho Marks of Achievement Awarding Contribution to Film in a Way that Isn’t Ignorable (PMAACFWII)!

This summer, a few things stood out. Many actors had not one, but two films in the multiplexes. Listed Below are the Double Dippers of the Summer:
-Olivia Wilde (The Change-Up, Cowboys & Aliens)
-Jason Bateman (The Change-Up, Horrible Bosses)
-Ryan Reynolds (The Change-Up, Green Lantern)
-Rose Bryne (X-Men: First Class, Bridesmaids)
-Colin Farrell (Fright Night, Horrible Bosses)
-Jennifer Lawrence (The Beaver, X-Men: First Class)
-Anton Yelchin (The Beaver, Fright Night)
-Justin Timberlake (Bad Teacher, Friends with Benefits)
-Owen Wilson (Cars 2, Midnight in Paris)
-Ken Jeong (The Hangover Part II, Zookeeper)
-Emma Stone (The Help, Crazy, Stupid, Love.)
But of all the actors with two movies in theaters, one actor (who isn’t even A-list…yet) managed to be in two big films. The Double Dipper of the Summer goes to Tyrese Gibson!

Tyrese Gibson

With Fast Five, he kicked off the summer with Vin Diesel and the Rock. A few months later he popped up in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Combined, the films have grossed more than $500 million domestically. Now if that’s not a wake up call to Hollywood to cast him in more stuff, I don’t know what is.

Some genres really brought it home this past Summer. Comedy really knocked it out of the park this time. Horror films were almost non-existent and the superhero genre began to show fatigue. So far, 3 comedies have grossed over $200 million worldwide, with Horrible Bosses likely to join those ranks soon. Not one of the comic book movies achieved $200 domestically. After huge hits like Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and The Dark Knight all grossing far above that, you see audiences are beginning to tire of subpar comic book movies.

This Summer’s awards for films are listed below:
Best Comic book/action film: Captain America: The First Avenger
Best Comedy: Bridesmaids
Best Sci/Fi: Super 8
Best Drama: The Help
Best Sequel: Fast Five

Worst Comic book/action film: Thor
Worst Comedy/Drama: Larry Crowne
Worst Sci/Fi: Cowboys & Aliens
Worst Sequel: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Some films this summer had surprises. One had a cameo of ’90s pop band, one had an actor completely steal a movie out for under its cast, while a couple even began to get a little Oscar buzz. The ones that generated Oscar buzz both happen to have Emma Stone in them. Crazy, Stupid, Love. and The Help were both heaped with praise, with the latter quickly becoming the Oscar movie of the summer. After seeing The Help, I’d be shocked and disappointed if award season didn’t shine favorably on the three lead women (Stone, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer). Others thought Steve Carrell and Ryan Gosling were superb in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Though I would agree that both men were well above my expectations, time will tell if they get recognized during award season.

Now, everyone has his or her own way of looking back on the summer. The best and the worst films are always a given. But does anyone really go beyond that and add some flavor? Well I have, here are my awards for the summer that are more than the usual stuff.

Scene Stealer: Ryan Gosling- Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Honorable Mention: Leslie Mann’s figure in The Change-Up. Why they thought it would be a good idea to make CGI boobies, I’ll never know. It completely cheapened the film. It’s one more step towards Hentai and replacing actors all together.

Yummy (Most Attractive Cast): Bridesmaids– Are you kidding me?! Rose Byrne, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, the whole cast is hot as hell! Looks and talent every one of them.

My Eyes are Bleeding (Best 3D): Captain America: The First Avenger (Post-conversion)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (filmed with 3D cameras)

To Hell with that Garbage (This is awarded to a movie I’d rather get knocked out than watch): Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Honorable Mention: Cars 2. This looks like the first time Pixar did a movie just for the money. And the first Cars was crap to begin with. Pixar let me down by even thinking of making this.

You Lost Me at Hello (the big stinker of the Summer): Thor. This movie made me hate myself, and Marvel, and the whole cast. Had Kat Dennings not been in it, I would have led a riot against this clunker.

Failure at Life (a movie that failed at every possible avenue to be a terrible, headache of crappy filmmaking): Cowboys & Aliens

The Cubs fan (an award for a movie that won’t be a hit, but you hope for it anyway): The Change-Up. It wasn’t a well-made movie, but I really enjoyed it none the less.
Honorable Mention: Captain America to outgross Thor. Thor got better reviews and was released early in the summer before superhero fatigue set it.

Clint as Dirty Harry

Where was Clint Eastwood (movie that most needing Clint Eastwood to be profitable)?: Priest. It’s a western after all. Even a cameo could have made up for that lackluster climax.

There you have it, my summer recap and the winners for the first ever PMAACFWII. Until next year…


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