Monday, June 7, 2010
MTV Movie Awards
The MTV Movie Awards are basically a waste of time and the worse big budget mainstream films get, the worse these awards get. I won't deny it; when I was an adolescent I used to find them fun but that was when movies were fun and stars were made such because they had talent and personality and things like that. Today's stars seem mostly to be kids involved in trends whose careers will die the moment their current franchise runs out. Nevertheless, Julian Stark from Movies and Other Things has been writing about the awards for some time now (sh'`s efficient like that), covering nominees, predicting winners (as if these awards, voted on by the fans, actually honour the true `best`of anything) and so forth. You can even check out her post-show coverage which is more in depth than it really needs to be. So, maybe because Jillian had them on my mind or maybe because nothing else was on, I watched the show. Here's a few notes on it:
The entire pre-show was basically an hour long ad for season two of Jersey Shore as all the cast members show up on the red carpet in limos (reminding me of Seth Meyers` joke on Weekend Update that all you need these days to be considered a celebrity is a pulse). Then the fat annoying one named Snooki co-hosts the event, which ends with a ten minute preview of the upcoming season. It's further proof of MTV`s desire to push popular culture as low as it possibly can before it disappears entirely.
Tom Cruise was funny in Tropic Thunder. He wasn't here playing the same character.
Host Aziz Ansari is not funny. Not in the least. I have no idea if he wrote any of this material or not but man was it painful. This guy is just a further signal of how stupid, witless and meaningless contemporary stand-up comedy is becoming. Remember when Chris Rock used to host MTV award shows? He was hilarious.
Speaking of Chris Rock, he seems to be the only of his four Grown Ups co-stars who knows that their award presentation speech isn't funny. Rob Schneider seems optimistic about it though.
P Diddy gets one of the show`s biggest and only laughs alongside Get Him to the Greek co-stars Jonah Hill and Russell Brand. Too bad it comes after the most tasteless as Hill compares the feud between Jacob-loving Twilight fans and Edward-loving Twilight fans to the war between Israel and Palestine. Real classy boys.
Katy Perry's songs have a way of getting under your skin. Props to her for actually singing as well.
Christina Aguilera is America`s best cover artist. Here's a girl who can actually sing but only pops up every couple of years when there is a trend to latch on to. First she thought she was Britany, then she thought she was black, then she thought she was Marilyn Monro and now she thinks she is Lady Gaga. My hopes of her ever doing something that is an honest reflection of herself quickly evaporates every time she releases a new album.
Amanda Seyfried won an award for Jennifer's Body. I didn`t think more than ten people saw that.
Rain won for Ninja Assassin. See above.
There`s more I could say but I don`t really care anymore. The show was pathetic. New Moon basically won everything to no one`s surprise; nothing was really funny or clever and the only person who actually won an award that was deserved on some sort of serious level was Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air. Until next year.