Claire Wolfe announced the 2005 Hardyville Freedom Film Festival winners in her very funny column this morning. Check out the results here. I joined Claire and Oliver Del Signore on this year’s panel of judges, and I thought readers of this blog might be interested in how I voted. My choices were determined by (1) quality of the movie; (2) best depiction of a freedom or anti-power message. Here are the categories and nominees, my choice in each category highlighted.
Tucker: The Man and His Dream
For me, this choice was a no-brainer. Oliver Stone’s JFK stands as the most compelling movie ever made about political power run amok, followed closely by Stone’s Nixon, which wasn’t nominated.
Wag the Dog
In any other year, I might have given the nod to the brilliant Wag the Dog. But c’mon! Team America is hands-down the funniest annihilation of power and politics ever filmed. And it’s done with puppets, fer crissakes!
A Clockwork Orange
Star Wars: Episode IV
I love Equilibrium. A Clockwork Orange remains a sentimental favorite of mine. And the original Star Wars movie...ya gotta adore it! But Serenity crushed the competition when I saw it on opening day this year. You can’t stop the signal, gang.
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Outlaw Josey Wales is just, well, the best of a good lot.
ANIMATED FEATURES/FAMILY FILMS
A Bug’s Life
A Little Princess
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Iron Giant
Gotta love superheroes, especially Randian ones.
The Manchurian Candidate
The Mark of Zorro
The Mouse that Roared
I love every film nominated in this category. Tough choice. But the Marx Brothers won my vote.
Burnt by the Sun
Life is Beautiful
Another difficult choice. The utter joy of Life is Beautiful, though, could not be dismissed.