The college movie Oscars

The Oscars are behind us, and wow, what a ride. We at BlogDailyHerald’s unofficial Academy, however, noticed a disconnect between the people with whom we were watching and the show — none had seen the majority of the nominees. While this didn’t matter for categories like “Best Documentary Short,” people were saltier than Skewers’ horrible pita chips over Boyhood‘s loss, if they had yet to see Birdman. Therefore, we decided to create our own Academy Awards featuring college-themed films: because everyone loves a good college movie. The nominated films and our predictions are as follows…

Best Picture

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Nominees:

21 & Over
22 Jump Street
Accepted
Animal House
Legally Blonde
Neighbors
Old School
Pitch Perfect
Social Network

Verdict:

There are lots of worthy movies in the running for best college movie of all time, but one movie clearly stands head and shoulders above the pack. The case for the others: 21 & Over features Miles Teller at his most charismatic; 22 Jump Street makes us cry with laughter upon each viewing; Accepted’s premise is hilarious and well-executed; Legally Blonde, though technically a law school movie, features the smartest lead character and tons of memorable moments (bend and snap anyone?); Neighbors has Rogen’s schlub up against Efron’s ultimate bro; Old School makes Will Ferrell streak through the quad and it invented “earmuffs”; Pitch Perfect has Fat Amy; and, the Social Network nearly won Best Picture at the (real) Oscars. All these films owe a great deal, however, to Animal House: the OG of university films. Upon rewatching, this movie feels like it could have been made within the last decade, and the toga party scene still stands as the best-ever party scene (besides maybe Project X). Eminently quotable quotes, impossible to replicate performances, and memorable hijinks, all add up to make Animal House the gold standard of college movies, and very deserving of the Best Picture Oscar.

Winner: Animal House

Runner-Up: Legally Blonde

Best Actor

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Nominees:

Miles Teller – 21 & Over
Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum – 22 Jump Street
Justin Long – Accepted
Nick Cannon – Drumline
Adam Sandler – Waterboy

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What to do this week: February 19 – 21

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Thursday, February 19:

If you caught Sunday night’s episode of Girls, you’ll remember that the show introduced a new character named Mimi Rose Howard, who went to RISD and graduated with a BFA in Sculpture. If this reference whet your appetite for gallery-hopping at the neighborhood art school, you’re in luck! Thursday is packed with back-to-back openings. May you meet many young artists who go by “a woman’s name and a man’s name with a flower stuck in the middle of it.”

Event: Apparel Department Opening Reception
Location: Woods-Gerry House, 62 Prospect St.
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

This exhibition will showcase the work of RISD’s Apparel undergraduates: consider it the Providence version of Fashion Week.

Event: ‘2015 RISD Faculty Biennial’ opening reception
Location: RISD Museum, 224 Benefit St.
Time: 7 – 9:00 p.m.

RISD’s version of the Whitney Biennial, this show highlights new work by the artists and designers who teach at RISD. The museum guarantees a show as diverse as RISD’s course catalog, boasting apparel, textiles, painting, printmaking, ceramics, glass, sculpture, illustration, photography, jewelry, metal-smithing, graphic design, industrial design, architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, film, animation, digital media, furniture, and more.

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This week at the Avon: Only Oscar-worthy allowed

The Avon is still feeling the Oscars excitement, so they’ve brought back two films that picked up a combined four Academy Awards.

12 Years a Slave is back, for those of you who missed it the first time around. Having won Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay, the film has done pretty well for itself. I have to admit that the promise of tears, fear, and depression kept me away before, but I’m committing to finally watching 12 Years this week.

Who doesn’t love watching Joaquin Phoenix being weird (in real life or fictionally)? Her is everyone’s new favorite love story which explores the increasingly relevant idea of alienation in an overly technological society and the question of whether artificial intelligence will always be so artificial. It is better summarized, though, as a man falling for Siri, our beloved alumna.

12 Years a Slave is playing at 1 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. daily, with Her playing at 3:40PM and 8:55 p.m. Don’t miss out on either one. Oh, and if you haven’t already, please watch this amazing video of kids acting out all the Oscar nominees. My personal favorite: The Wolf of Wall Street spoof, but I have to say the baby Joaquin does a pretty stellar job.


The 86th Annual Academy Awards: #suckit, you know what I mean?

If you read the title of this post and didn’t get the hilarious reference, you obviously did not watch last night’s Oscars. But you’re in luck, because we are more than willing to prioritize watching the rich, beautiful, and famous be recognized for their world-changing achievements in movies over our own ever-growing reading. Here is a quick recap of the highlights of the evening:

The Fashion:

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Based on thorough online investigation, it appears that no celebrity other than Kelly Osbourne appeared on the red carpet with an umbrella, nor was any rain apparent during pre-show red carpet footage. All of which begs the question, was it even raining or was this an actual fashion decision?

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We’re live blogging the 86th Academy Awards!

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Just because you’re holed up in a Rock carrell or freezing in the Scili basement doesn’t mean you can’t know what’s happening at the 86th annual Academy Awards. Check out our coverage beginning at 8 p.m.!

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The 2014 Oscar-viewer’s guide to movies you haven’t seen

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The Academy Awards are this Sunday and it is basically all anyone I am talking about. Anyone who is anyone knows that the Oscars are the most important social event of the season. Good Oscar-viewing parties include copious amounts of food, lots of discussion of fashion, attendees who take the awards not only seriously, but personally, and ballots for these attendees to invest in with not only their hearts, but also their money. Basically a combination of my three favorite things: judgment, competition, and strong but ultimately pointless opinions.

The only problem with this otherwise perfect evening can be the fact that, unless you are my father (hand to God this man does not work), chances are you have not seen every single film with a best picture nomination this season. This is a problem not because you missed the opportunity to see a potential new classic but because, come Sunday night, there will be times when you will have to go full minutes without spewing passionately held beliefs and will actually have to listen to those of others. The remedy to the problem is, of course, making shit up. But how can you make shit up about a movie you haven’t seen? What if you embarrass yourself and make some long-winded speech about how you just don’t care about seeing wolves in movies since The Grey came out only to have someone explain that the Wolf of Wall Street wasn’t about real wolves?  Welcome to “The 2014 Oscar-Viewer’s Guide to Movies You Haven’t Seen.”

Note: These are not synopses of the films because Wikipedia exists. These are quotes commonly spewed by people who have seen these movies that, when repeated, will create the illusion that you saw them as well.

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