GregHorrorShow: The Films of 2010

I was actually quite surprised by the lack of films I’ve seen this year but having a baby (and another small child) means time is limited and a lot of it goes into games and TV.

However I have seen a few great films, some of which were on DVD but obviously didn’t get mentioned last year by me.

So here you go my recommended films from the ones I got to check out:

  • Machete
  • Monsters
  • Kick Ass
  • Toy Story 3
  • West Is West
  • The Hurt Locker (DVD)
  • Inglourious Basterds (DVD)
  • Anvil (DVD)
  • Sherlock Holmes (DVD)
  • Green Zone (DVD)

Plenty of great stuff in there but my film of the year has to be Kick Ass. What a great film featuring some wonderful performances from it’s actors, with Nicolas Cage and Chloe Moretz impressing.

Of course Machete makes the grade and if you liked the ‘fake’ Grindhouse you’ll love this one – Danny Trejo is at his best as the machete wielding Mexican.

Monsters was a fantastic small budget film. Shot for about £250k it’s a love story set against the backdrop of an alien invasion – it’s not as stupid as it sounds.

If you’re into music you should definitely check out Anvil - it’s the touching story of an old metal band still looking for that elusive breakthrough. There were plenty of war films this year with two of the better ones I saw being Green Zone and The Hurt Locker. The Hurt Locker in particular showed a different side to the conflict and the struggles of the soldiers on the ground.

Close runner up for film of the year was Inglourious Basterds, with some brilliant performances and a return to form for Quentin Tarantino.

Sherlock Holmes was throwaway fun and for the kids (and the grown ups) Toy Story 3 rounded out the trilogy superbly.

So there we go – there were lots of films I wanted to see but never got a chance to (Scott Pilgrim, The Expendables and The Town to name but a few) so let me know what you guys would recommend in the comments.

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GregHorrorShow Film Awards 2009

It’s been a good year for film, with lots of great releases. I don’t get to the flicks as much as I used to so these awards might have a touch of the DVD’s about them :lol:

Here we go…

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BEST TRAILER

WINNER: Zombieland

 

This trailer perfectly captures the feel of this film and I ended up watching it several times as it was just funny as hell. A good advert for a brilliant film.

RUNNERS UP:

Sherlock Holmes

The Hangover

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BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS

WINNER: Watchmen

You can say what you like about the film itself but I don’t think anyone could argue with the fact that the special effects in Watchmen were absolutely superb. From Dr Manhattan to the other heroes and even the city itself, this was a truly stunning experience.

RUNNERS UP:

Zombieland

The Damned Utd

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BEST SOUNDTRACK

WINNER: The Boat That Rocked

I’m sure people will question the quality of this film for a long while to come but one thing that can’t be questioned is the quality of the soundtrack: The Who, Dusty Springfield, The Beach Boys, Smokey Robinson, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and The Kinks are just a few of the bands to feature in what was the highlight of the film… it’s soundtrack. 

RUNNERS UP:

Watchmen

Zombieland

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BEST COMEDY

WINNER: The Hangover

A close call this one as all three of these films were absolutely superb but I’m still chuckling over Zach Galifianakis’ performance. The story of the Stag Night from hell, with no-one remembering a thing, the groom missing and the time until the wedding ticking away – The Hangover is essential viewing.

RUNNERS UP:

I Love You, Man

Role Models

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MOST ANTICIPATED FILM OF 2010

WINNER: Kick Ass

I’ve already seen a rough cut of this and can confirm it was fantastic, even in it’s unfinished state. Stand out performances throughout and big props to Nic Cage for his role as well. Check it out when it hits next year.

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BEST ACTOR

WINNER: Mickey Rourke (Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson – The Wrestler)

The Wrestler was such an emotional film it had to have some strong performances and Mickey Rourke really nailed it in his role as aging wrestling star Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson. The scenes with his daughter were among the most touching I’ve seen in a long time and it looks like he invested a lot in the performance.

RUNNERS UP:

Jackie Earle Haley (Walter Kovacs / Rorschach – Watchmen)

Michael Sheen (David Frost – Frost/Nixon)

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BEST ACTRESS

WINNER: Rachel McAdam (Della Frye – State Of Play)

I almost gave this to Abigail Breslin for her stirling showing in Zombieland but in the end, looking back over the year, it was Rachel McAdams performance in political thriller State Of Play as journalist Della Frye that really impressed me. Firstly because it was a great bit of acting and secondly because I’d only ever seen McAdam in rom coms and it’s always nice to see an actor/actress leave their comfort zone and put on a good show.

RUNNERS UP:

Abigail Breslin (Little Rock – Zombieland)

Marisa Tomei (Cassidy – The Wrestler)

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FILM OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Zombieland

Head and shoulders above everything else I saw this year was the superb Zombieland. The tale of four survivors of a zombie outbreak just trying to stay alive long enough to learn to trust each other. Great performances from all four leads, and a wonderful cameo I had no prior knowledge of, made this a joy to watch.

Close behind were The Wrestler, a truly touching tale of an aging ring warrior and Watchmen, which I really enjoyed even if most of the World didn’t :smile:

RUNNERS UP:

The Wrestler

Watchmen

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So that wraps up the film awards for 2009 – only games to go now!

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Film: Winter 2009 Preview

Sherlock Holmes (Main)

Well, with Winter pretty much here I thought I’d get a couple of preview articles in showcasing stuff I’m looking forward to that is coming up soon.

Films up first with games to follow next week…

 

ZOMBIELAND

Zombieland

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin

UK Release Date: 9th October

Man this looks great! I seem to have been reading/watching/playing quite a bit of Zombie stuff recently which is all good and Zombieland looks to continue the trend.

It tells the story of a world overrun with Zombies and with very few survivors. Zombieland focuses on four of these survivors who have to work together to keep themselves alive.

 

FANTASTIC MR. FOX

FantasticMrFox

Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Scwartzman, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon

UK Release Date: 23rd October

Ok, ok, I’ve never read the book but the Roald Dahl novels I have read were mainly great and the trailer looks amazing.

The cast is brilliant and this story of Mr. Fox and his friends fight against the farmer neighbours who want Fox out of the way.

Directed by the excellent Wes Anderson this is a film I look forward to checking out.

 

EXTRACT

Extract

Starring: Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck

UK Release Date: TBC

I had heard nothing about this film until I caught the trailer a few months back and I think it looks really interesting.

Jason Bateman plays Joel Reynold – owner of an extract factory – who appears to have it all but is so desperate for love he is willing to trick his wife into cheating on him just so he can cheat on her…

Confusing? Yes but it’s the mundane day to day of the factory that looks to shine through so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this one.

 

SHERLOCK HOLMES

 Sherlock Holmes

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams

UK Release Date: 26th December

Guy Ritchie’s ‘reimagining’ of the legendary Sherlock Holmes might usually be something that would rile me and the fact that I don’t really rate Jude Law should’ve seen this thrown aside long ago.

But the trailer below is funny and actually does make me want to see the film. Of course it’s nothing like Holmes is supposed to be, however maybe that is the charm of it.

Hoping this will be surprisingly good and if Downey Jr is on form it could happen.

 

ARMOURED

Armoured

Starring: Colombus Short, Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, Jean Reno, Milo Ventimiglia

UK Release Date: 10th January 2010

The story of an armoured truck guard who is persuaded to take part in a $42m robbery on their own cargo.

Sounds like a tense thriller with some action loaded in for good measure. I do like a heist film! :smile:

 

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

WhereTheWildThingsAre

Starring: Catherine Keener, Max Records, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, James Gandolfini

UK Release Date: 11th December

Spike Jonze’s latest film looks visually stunning.

 

The film tells the story of a boy called Max who is sent to his room for misbehaving. While there his imagination runs wild, transporting him into a fantasy world.

Definitely one to check out when it’s released.

 

NINJA ASSASSIN

Ninja Assassin

Starring: Rain, Naomie Harris, Sung Kang, Rick Yune.

UK Release Date: 27th November

What isn’t there to be excited about with a film called Ninja Assassin? The story of a ninja who turns his back on the clan that raised him and the fall out stemming from that.

Hopefully might be the assassin film I was hoping Bangkok Dangerous might’ve been.

 

So there you have it, anything I’ve missed? Or films you’re looking forward to that I should know about?

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