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 Wrestler – Review (Film)

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After being one of the most talked about films of the year, I was looking forward to seeing The Wrestler.

I was a big fan of wrestling when I was a kid… Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior and the rest kept me entertained for many an hour (check my Wrestlemania Game Review for a flashback to the past).

It’s interesting to me how badly some of the stars were treated by the various federations over the years and having read a little about the film and real life wrestlers responses to it, it appears that with The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky has nailed what it’s like to be a wrestler.

The film tells the story of faded 80’s wrestling superstar Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson, who has been left wrestling at the weekends in small run down venues for independent producers.

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The after effects of a particularily gruelling match, having built up over time, leave him hospitalised and he is told not to wrestle again.

As Randy tries to adapt to a normal life outside the ring and piece together what little he has left in his life, we are treated to a superb performance from Mickey Rourke.

This is emotionally charged stuff and Randy struggles without the driving force of an upcoming match to keep him going.

Marisa Tomei is also great as Cassidy, a stripper who genuinely cares for Randy and whose situation, though less desperate, almost mirrors his own.

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This is gritty and brutal subject matter, both physically and emotionally – The Wrestler doesn’t pull any punches – and Aronofsky shows the violence during matches in full flow.

The characters are well developed and the story moves at a nice pace.

There are plenty of stand out moments in the film but for me Randy’s long walk to start his shift on the deli counter at his supermarket job, with a wrestling crowd added as audio, is so well done that it has to be my favourite part.

The Wrestler is a sad, depressing but ultimately touching film – irrespective of whether you have any interest in wrestling this is a film that everyone should check out.

Rating 8/10

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