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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Zombie Apocalypse – Demo Impressions (PS3)

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It might just’ve been because I had seen Zombieland less than 48 hours before playing this demo but Zombie Apocalypse was great fun.

Essentially a reskinned old style shooter you (and up to four friends) take control of one of the few survivors left following the aforementioned apocalypse.

The idea of the game is to survive day to day (each level being a day) for as long as possible.

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You use the left stick to move and the right stick to fire your weapon. In times of emergency you also have a chainsaw which can activated with R1 (quick swipe) or L1 (execution move).

You will be chaining kills like there is no tomorrow and it’s worryingly satisfying to see your ‘kill count’ rack up (on one playthrough mine was almost 600! 😎 )

There are a few different weapons in the demo: shotgun, flamethrower and a sort of gatling gun. I’m guessing there are more in the full game but these all felt different enough to give you some choice.

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I can’t decide whether this is worth investing in as a full game, especially with Dead Nation (the Zombie shooter for PS3) coming up early next year.

Regardless I’d certainly recommend downloading this and at least giving it a try.

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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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Zombieland – Review (Film)

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Well that was certainly some ride 😎

Ruben Fleischer’s film packs a visceral punch from the brilliant slow motion opening right the way through until the credits roll.

Zombieland tells the story of Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) a young man left as one of the few survivors of a viral outbreak that has turned the population into the walking dead.

He meets up with wildcard Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson – excellent as usual) and they decide to travel together, eventually meeting Wichita (Superbad’s Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin from Little Miss Sunshine).

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The film deals with some complex issues of trust and family in amongst all the mayhem and there is a poignant moment involving Tallahassee. Fleischer, wisely, doesn’t dwell on it for more than a few seconds and the emotional feeling doesn’t feel forced with the laughs returning shortly thereafter.

Zombieland is a brutal film that never flinches from showing the damage done to Zombies by various weapons/household objects. But at the same time everything is so slapstick you can’t help but laugh. The balance is great.

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It has been a while (the back to back Rodriguez/Tarantino Grindhouse bill) since I saw a film get such a response from an audience – so many laughs, people were clapping, gasping, cheering almost. Here in the UK that is a fairly rare occurence.

There is also possibly one of the best cameos ever, which I won’t even hint at for fear of spoiling it for anyone.

This isn’t a film about finding a cure for the virus, or working out where it came from – for the first time in a long time in this kind of film these are real people just trying to survive.

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No-one has had army training and they know they have to follow some self imposed rules to survive.

And it’s that ‘everyman’ factor which really hits home and gives you a connection to the characters.

Zombieland is big, brash, loud and colourful.

Film of the year so far – no doubt.

Rating: 9/10

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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

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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! 🙂

 

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

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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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