Sunday, 3 January 2010

2001: Reviewing the Techs

Univarn remarked a few days ago in a podcast that 2001 was the beginning of the battle between two franchises – The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. I happen to like both, but I don’t really think it’s fair to compare the latter to the former. Other than the two blockbuster hits, 2001 was filled with some goodies. So, on to another year in the decade I’m looking at the technical categories.
                   
Original Song
“May It Be” from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
“If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters’ Inc
“Come What May” from Moulin Rouge
I didn’t see Pearl Harbour so I can’t make Faith Hill’s “There You’ll Be” eligible. The Mad Hatter did say that I didn’t miss anything, but the song was fine. Schmaltzy, but fine. I wasn’t too keen on the song from Monsters’ Inc. It was good, but I didn’t see it as a winner. We all know about the controversy with song rules not allowing “Come What May” to be eligible. Enya’s “May It Be” was my favourite of the year.
                                     
Original Score
A Beautiful Mind
Gosford Park
Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
The Others
              
Visual Effects

Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
Moulin Rouge
Of course Moulin Rouge was not really that technical in the ostensible way, but it was something of a visual delight – which is why it ends up here. Harry Potter had some cool special effects but of course nothing could conquer The Lord of the Rings. Enough said.
            
Sound Effects
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
Memento
Moulin Rouge
Shrek
Planet of the Apes
                          
Art Direction

Gosford Park
Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
Moulin Rouge
Planet of the Apes
The Lord of the Rings trumps again here with Moulin Rouge as a close runner-up. Both films had some effective and sometimes outlandish set designs and both made them work to success. Gosford Park’s art direction was a little more subtle but no less impressive. Is Harry Potter a head-scratcher for you? I hope not. I’m not explaining it.
                 
Costume Design
Gosford Park
Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone
Legally Blonde
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
Moulin Rouge
What a five. Legally Blonde isn’t in my top 3, but you have to admit Reese Witherspoon looked good in pink. The Lord of the Rings trumps here, but Gosford Park had some realistic, lived in and original costumes. Moulin Rouge is next.
              
Cinematography

Gosford Park
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
Moulin Rouge
Mulholland Drive
The Others
Gosford Park wins here, easily. Camera movement here was just so effective, and of course it was. It was an Altman flick. The Lord of the Rings and Moulin Rouge battle it out for second and third respectively. The Others and Mulholland Drive both had formidable cinematography
                 

Editing
Gosford Park
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
Memento

Moulin Rouge
The Others
          
PS. In case something momentous happens today on the blogosphere, I won't be here. I'm banning myself [just for today]. School opens tomorrow, I have to do some reading. Joy.

3 comments:

Univarn said...

I still think Enya's May it Be is an absolutely great song, even when removed of the context of Lord of the Rings. It's a shame Come What May didn't qualify, as I think it's the best song of that year. I agree on the Monsters Inc. Song, oh well :).

joe burns said...

Moulin Rouge pretty much sweeps most of these categories for me.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

univarn may it be is awesome. still haunts me.

joe aaah, so you're a moulin rouge! fan. i can't fault you on that.