Movie Madness #1
Hello hello, haven’t written in awhile. I’ve been swamped with school and work but I think I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!
As some of you know, my husband and I are addicted to good films. We were both film majors last year until we switched.
So I will attempt to put up a movie each week, maybe more, that I think you should check out!
The Darwin Awards– This comedic film starring Joseph Fiennes and Winona Ryder is the directors remake of several darwin awards.
For those of you who don’t know, the Darwin Awards have been around since the mid-1980s and are named after Charles Darwin. The award is given out to someone who kills himself or renders himself sterile in a particularly “stupid/accidental” fashion. They are also awarded for (and this sounds a little morbid/sad) “doing a service to Humanity by removing themselves from the gene pool”.
There are 5 criteria that must be met in order to receive a Darwin Award. Nominee must be dead or sterile, have ridiculously stupid judgement, have been the cause of own’s demise, capable of sound judgment, and the event must be verified.
Here’s a few examples of awards recipients:
-One man was killed in 1994 by a coke machine toppling over on him after his hand got stuck trying to steal a soda out from the drop slot.
-In 1993, a police officer tried to show a coworker how another officer had killed himself the week before. During the reenactment he accidentally shot himself in the exact same way and died in a car crash driving himself to the hospital.
-Finally, earlier this year, a man in Italy driving a brand new Red Porsche Cayenne drove onto a set of train tracks as the bars were coming down. He couldn’t make it across and sat there for a minute confused as to what to do (according to onlookers). He finally got out of the car and started running….towards the train. Apparently he was screaming and waving his arms about shouting about how he wanted to save his car. The owner was killed and the Porsche received very little damage.
The movie recreates/investigates some of those awards in a documentary style. It’s not a big-award winning movie, but it was entertaining and thoughtful and the acting was well-done. It was shown at the Sundance film awards also, I believe but don’t quote me on that.
If you’ve got Netflix, the movie is on the Watch Instantly panel which is where I saw it. So, enjoy!