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 😆

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 🙂

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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The Hangover – Review (Film)

The Hangover

2009 has been a good year for comedies in my opinion, with great films like Zombieland, Role Models and I Love You, Man. Now I can add The Hangover to this years comedy greats.

Telling the story of stag trip to Las Vegas it’s the story of the groom Doug, two of his friends and his slightly eccentric (soon to be) brother in law.

After starting their night up on the roof of the hotel with some drinks we then cut to them waking up in their trashed room, nursing horrific hangovers and having no idea what happened the previous night.

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The Hangover’s comedy isn’t sophisticated but it is occasionally subtle and always very funny.

Stand out role here is Zach Galifianakis as brother in law Alan. Having previously only seen him as the sedate Davis on TV show Tru Calling it was fantastic to see such a performance from him. His line about having found a baby before in a Coffee Bean coffeehouse had me in stitches for ages.

Strong performances from all the leads make sure the film never feels too outlandish and it retains that kind of ‘I’ve done similar (or could’ve done) when I’ve been drunk’ mentality for the audience.

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The film is a very funny one and is definitely something everyone should check out. Be warned however that this is adult humour and if you’re offended by swearing, nudity and general crudeness then you’d be well advised to leave your sensibilities at the door.

Lots of the lines are quotable and with an almost throwaway soundtrack that perfectly compliments, but never takes away from, the action onscreen The Hangover is a well packaged film.

Rating: 9/10

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I Love You, Man – Review (Film)

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Paul Rudd is fast becoming one of my favourite actors.

Films such as Role Models, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Anchorman and even old skool classic Clueless have seen him cement the kind of reputation that I will base seeing a film on.

His run of great films continues with ‘I Love You, Man’ – the most accurate description of which was the term ‘Bromance’ that was coined by someone when the movie hit screens earlier this year.

This film is essentially a love story. Man looks for companion, takes them on dates until he finds one then gets to know them better. Except both characters are men 😆

I Love You Man

Peter Klaven (Rudd) gets engaged to his girlfriend and then realises he doesn’t have a male friend who can be his best man.

He sets about trying to find a friend he can ask before he gets married and after some memorable encounters ends up befriending Sydney Fyfe (Jason Segel).

The film plays out around their new found friendship but is treated like a love story of sorts, which just adds to the comedy value.

I won’t spoil anything here but as you can imagine there are plenty of laughs in the various situations they end up in and the way that their relationship takes off.

The two leading men have such a great chemistry that you can’t help but love them despite their faults.

I Love You, Man is a great film that plays on our pre-conceived notions of rom-com movies and flips them 180 degrees.

Well recommended.

Rating: 9/10

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Role Models – Review (Film)

Role Models

I’d heard Role Models was a great film and having seen the trailer I definitely wanted to see it but never found the time to get to the cinema to check it out.

So I finally got round to seeing it on DVD and what a treat it was! 😎

Two energy drink salesmen, Danny (the ever awesome Paul Rudd) and Wheeler (Seann William Scott), end up having to do community service after Danny crashes their work truck during a minor breakdown – triggered by his girlfriend Beth (Elizabeth Banks) leaving him.

Rather than going to jail Danny and Wheeler take community service and end up at a programme called Sturdy Wings where they will take on the role of big brothers to the children there, who all seem to have social problems.

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Wheeler ends up with Ronnie (Bobb’e J. Thompson) a little 10 year old kid who is a foul mouthed know-it-all and Danny lands Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, better known to the world as McLovin), a nerdy teen who is into live role playing games.

Role Models is a crude and very rude film – don’t watch this if you’re easily shocked – but it’s not done just for the sake of it. The characters are surprisingly well rounded for this type of comedy and the chemistry between not only the four leads but between Rudd and Banks really does its job.

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I haven’t laughed this much at a film since Superbad and there are too many moments to go into detail.

As the relationships grow between the older characters and the younger ones the film moves towards it’s inevitable conclusion. I saw it coming a mile off but what I didn’t realise was just how funny it would be.

As much as I enjoyed the ending, having watched the extended one on the DVD extras I kinda wish they had gone with that one as it sort of closed everything off a bit better.

Overall if you’re not easily offended and liked films such as Superbad and American Pie then you really need to see this film.

Rating: 9/10

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