The Flash trembles, for as in some other large cities, the film critics from Valley media outlets have at last decided to get themselves organized. The Phoenix Film Critics Society, or PFCS, was founded last year, with a small, elite membership, including New Times' own M.V. Moorhead, Bill Muller of the Arizona Republic, Craig Outhier of the East Valley Tribune, Neil Cohen of Echo magazine, Michael Dixon of KTAR-AM 620, Byron Garrett of the Arizona Informant, George Grorud of Java Monthly, Frances Rimsza (Skippy's ex) of Today's Arizona Woman, David Ramsey of KMLE-FM 107.9 and Roger Tennis, producer of Clips TV series.
Citing Groucho Marx's axiom, the Flash declined an invitation to join the group.
This week, PFCS announced the winners of its first awards, for movies released in 2000, the lamest movie year in recent memory. Here, therefore, are PFCS' choices for best of the worst:
Best Picture, Almost Famous; Best Director, Steven Soderbergh for Traffic; Best Actor, Geoffrey Rush for Quills; Best Actress, Ellen Burstyn for Requiem for a Dream; Best Supporting Actor, Willem Dafoe for Shadow of the Vampire; Best Supporting Actress, Kate Hudson for Almost Famous; Best Screenplay-Original, Almost Famous, written by Cameron Crowe; Best Screenplay-Adaptation, Quills, written by Doug Wright; Best Family Film, Chicken Run; Best Animated Film, Chicken Run; Best Foreign Language Film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Best Song, "My Funny Friend and Me" from The Emperor's New Groove, by Sting; Best Score, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Rachel Portman; Best Cinematography, The Cell, Paul Laufer; Best Film Editing, Requiem for a Dream, Jay Rabinowitz; Best Costume Design, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rita Ryack; Best Visual Effects, Vertical Limit, Kent Houston; Best Makeup, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rick Baker; Best Newcomer, Rob Brown for Finding Forrester; Best Youth Performance, Jamie Bell for Billy Elliot.
The Flash is perplexed that the PFCS apparently believed Best in Show was a dog. This was the Flash's pick of the litter for 2000. Geoffrey Rush is no Fred Willard.
In any case, will the PFCS host an awards ceremony? Will Sting perform his song? Will Kate Hudson pick up her award? And if so, is the Flash invited?
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