I wanted to do a little something extra special as wrap party for our very enjoyable and well attended 20 episode fifth season of Hit Me With Your Best Shot. So imma give out awards since awards are what we love best. The episode I liked reading everyone's takes on the most were -- can I say all? -- the Jamie Travis short films since I never get to hear opinions on those (or any short films really) and Under the Skin as it needs to be spoken of and contemplated. And by as many people as possible. Spread the good word.
But really I could just as easily call everything else "tied for third" because I always love to hear so many perspectives. But no season is perfect: Zorba the Greek turned out to be kind of a dud (I had never seen it so I blame the Oscars!). Two more episodes that were less popular than I expected were Cries and Whispers and Blow-Up which is a shame because they're such interesting films. Perhaps they've gone out of cinephile fashion and I hadn't yet noticed?
MISSING: RJ at (Home) Film Schooled would surely be honored here somewhere if I could find him/her - There were a few great entries early in the season and then both the blog and R.J.'s email ceased to exist. If you're out there, let us know you're okay! Those were some good articles.
MISSING #2: This list was made very quickly as I prepped for Toronto so I missed some key categories I had planned to do so if you don't see your blog represented, that's my bad, not yours.
And now some nominees for "Best" of Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Season Five
Timothy Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy - 19 episodes
Conrado Falco, Coco Hits New York -17 episodes
Jason Henson, Entertainment Junkie -18 episodes
Shane Slater, Film Actually -20 films *winner*
Andrew Boyd Stewart, The Film's The Thing -15 episodes
These five blogs were fuel to keep going. Quite a few other people popped in and out and if that's you, know that I anticipate your return whenever you vanish. You'll be there for Season 6, right?
I reached out to Shane for an acceptance speech. He kept it short...
"Thank you very much for this honor. I thoroughly enjoyed this Judy Garland fan cl- I mean, Hit me with your best shot series."
Hey now! No fair. I purposefully avoided Judy Garland this season when I realized we'd already done three of her musicals. I can't help loving her!
the most exuberantly-attended shot parties
"Girl on Fire" - Kyle Turner at The Movie Scene on Goldfinger (1964)
"Her's Cold Blooded Twin" -Manuel Betancourt on "Under the Skin"
"Rape Culture" - Kacey at Pop Culture Crazy on "Under the Skin"
"Thirsty Bird" - Jason, The Entertainment Junkie on Orange is the New Black (2014)
MOST SURPRISING but WONDERFUL CHOICES
"Cake" - Drew Byrd on Under the Skin (2014)
"Empty Chasm" Anne Marie from "A Year With Kate" on Suddenly Last Summer (1959)
"Vultures" Shane Slater from Film Actually on Zorba the Greek (1964)
"Yellow and Purple" - Jan from Stranger than Most on 3 Women (1977)
and finally some one-off prizes...
"Look at this Pretty Straight Lady!" - Anne Marie & Margaret at We Recycle Movies talk Can't Stop the Music (1980)
MOST TECHNICALLY FASCINATING FOR FILM GEEKS
"Nite Owl Diner" - Timothy Brayton at Antagony & Ecstasy on L.A. Confidential (1997)
We had several new contributors this season and I can't wait to see what they bring to the table in Season 6. Here's the best from the newbies:
"Askew Presentation" - Best Shot in the Dark
"All in One" - Minnesota Gneiss
"Sad Tranquility" - Cinematic Corner
"Rude Shock" - Lam Chop Chop
NATHANIEL'S 'BEST OF NATHANIEL'
these are the five pieces I'm proudest of... for various reasons
"Unfolding Before You / Not As You Remember It" - Eternal Sunshine (2004)
"Minotaur & Labyrinth" - Blow-Up (1966)
"Demented Puppies & Crop Tops" - Can't Stop the Music (1980)
"We Need to Talk About James Bond's Cock" - Goldfinger (1964)
"Multiplying the Multiples" - Three Women (1977)
If you've been lurking all season, not participating but reading or watching along, it would mean a lot to me (and I'm sure to the Best Shot regulars) if you commented on the season and things you learned or joy you took from it. Give your own awards. Which was your favorite episode?