Mesa Legend “Cash Prizes” – Mesa Legend

With spring 2022 coming to a close, it’s time to celebrate theaters returning to normal by looking back at the best and worst of cinema from last semester. Films submitted for nomination include previously reviewed films such as “Moonfall”, “Ambulance” and “The Batman”. With both amazingly complex and artistic films, and your average blockbuster making money, several noteworthy films have been released over the course of the semester.

Worst Actor: Jared Leto – Morbius

Last semester Jared Leto ended up taking home a Best Performance award for his memorable role as Paolo Gucci in “House of Gucci,” but this semester he’s given a boring performance as Marvel’s comic book character Dr. Michael Morbius.

Leto’s performance as Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Baht. He is constantly outdone by Matt Smith, who plays a friend turned foe. As a character in the titular role, you need to make him memorable and brilliant, but he hardly had a pulse.

Worst Actress: Gal Gadot – “Death on the Nile”

Death on the Nile is a fun and interesting novel, but the worst part of it was the boring rich girl performance of Gal Gadot. It didn’t matter if she was in the movie for 15 minutes, or two hours, she would still give the same lifeless performance.

Felt like there was no connection between her and the character, she was only Gal Gadot in a 1930s period dress. She didn’t make you care whether her character was the victim or the killer or not.

Worst movie: Morbius

The worst choice came between “Moonfall” and “Morbius” but at the end of the day, “Moonfall” had better visual effects and was a bit more enjoyable than the last. “Morbius” just felt sloppy and generic.

Unforgettable performances, weird CGI vampire faces, and overall predictability earned “Morbius” a worst film award. With the potential to be a great origin story, the Marvel/Sony combo fails to generate any excitement for Dr. Michael Morbius.

Best Actor: Robert Pattinson, “The Batman.”

Robert Pattinson delivered one of Batman’s best performances to date with his daring and emotional style on the caped crusader. As Bruce Wayne, the playboy billionaire throws out the window and takes on the character as a son who is still grieving deeply for his murdered parents.

It’s an interpretation of the character that’s never been seen before, as well as portraying him as more of a detective trying to figure out who the Riddler is and why he’s killing important citizens of Gotham. The juxtaposition of Pattinson’s Batman and Paul Dano Riddler’s is something to watch out for.

Best Actress: Park Yeo Rim, Drive My Car.

None of the women impressed me more than Park Yoo Rim, who played a deaf actress in “Drive My Car.” Every time she was on screen all eyes were on her. You have stolen everything.

Her first scene, where her character auditions for a stage performance, takes your breath away. Without words, her performance can entice you into an emotional connection that often resonates, despite her writing.

Best Director: Robert Eggers, “The Northman”

High rise horror director Robert Eggers, known for his other films “The Witch” and “The Lighthouse,” delivered a visually stunning revenge thriller centered on the Vikings. “The Northman” is almost like a Shakespearean horror movie that includes violence, blood, and supernatural elements.

At the helm, Eggers was able to combine cinematography, editing, and acting to masterfully produce a film that takes audiences back on an exciting journey through family drama.

Best Movie: The Batman

“Batman” is the obvious choice for the best movie because it takes a different approach to the character of Batman. Blends a superhero movie with a thriller and a thrilling serial killer. It was a genius choice by director and screenwriter Matt Reeves.

Highlighting Batman’s intelligence, detective skills, and general trauma in relation to his parents, “Batman” is unlike any other adaptation that came before it. High air action, cinematic visuals, and a brilliant score drive audiences deeper into the crime that has plagued Gotham and into Bruce’s life trying to make a difference.

  • Jordan Jones was appointed as the cultural correspondent for Mesa Legend in January of 2020. She is in her second semester at MCC, and plans to transfer to Arizona State University and pursue an interdisciplinary studies degree in film and art history. With her degrees and passion for cinema, Jordan intends to become a film archivist.

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