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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Anvil – Review (Film)

Anvil tells the true story of two hard rocking friends, Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner,who have been in the band Anvil since they were 14.

Despite sharing the stage with Bon Jovi & Whitesnake in 1980’s, and influencing a generation of bands from Metallica to Anthrax, Anvil are the forgotten men of rock.

The film sees the band struggling through a succession of small, badly organized gigs that often end up with them not getting paid.

Anvil really is a story about friendship and hope – Lips believes in the band so much, even after investing 40 odd years in it, that it is always feels like salvation is just around the corner… what they often get is a kick in the balls.

The music is good in my opinion, if you like your rock hard then you’ll enjoy this and I was humming ‘Metal On Metal’ for a few days afterwards.

Anvil is a great film, it does have a positive message and some warm moments but it’s an emotional rollercoaster as much of the film shows the hardship and effect of being on the road for so long with so little success.

It reminds me in many ways of a music based version of The Wrestler. Aging band tries one last ditch attempt at making the big time. On the plus side as this is a true story and not fiction, hopefully the success of the film will bring Anvil the good times they deserve.

Rating: 8/10

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