The old adage is just as true of awards shows as it is of movies: bigger does not mean better. The Oscars might get all the press, they might have all the prestige, but that doesn’t mean they’re superior to all other movie awards. Case in point: this year, the Spirit Awards, the Oscars’ indie alternative, the Elizabeth to the Academy’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, honored all sorts of outstanding movies that barely even garnered a mention on the big show. Does that mean those films were inferior? Nope; it means the Oscars were. Here are five films that prove the Spirits Awards’ are better than the Oscars.
What’s up with actors doing double duty in the movies this Fall? First it was George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Daniel Craig and now Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in two films that couldn’t be more different. In the scattered, disconnected mess that is the PREMIUM RUSH trailer, I gather he plays some kind of fixed gear fanatic, the kind of guy you meet at a party and all he can talk about is how his bike is fixed in one gear all the time and doesn’t have brakes! (The kind of guy, btw, one meets all too often living in Brooklyn.) But Gordon-Levitt doesn’t play your average bike messenger; He’s more like a bike messenger superhero, his super power being delivering packages by taking the most dangerous, complicated and taxi-clogged routes. According to the movie, bike messengers treat all their deliveries like ticking time bombs, barreling through streets, tire-hopping off moving vehicles and skidding to sudden stops. It looks like Gordon-Levitt gets hit by a car, like, four times in this trailer. All while trying to save a cute girl (aka Cho Chan from HARRY POTTER) from a crime she didn’t mean to commit! What a stud!