With 2010 now completely out of view we’ve decided to look forward to some movies we think are worth getting a tad excited about. We’ve cherry picked ten non-blockbuster, lesser known movies that the crew here at HMS Friday are dancing the Hempen Jig for. Last year we were surprised and seduced by the likes of major mainstream releases including Inception, Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim and How To Train Your Dragon, but there were also some interesting low budget, indie and less well known films which popped up and pleasantly surprised us all. So here are ten smaller titles due for release in the UK over 2011 which we think merit your attention, in no discernible order.
Produced by David Fincher, (Seven, The Game, Zodiac), this animated CGI movie deals with Eric Powell’s graphic novel character The Goon. Accompanied by long time partner in crime Franky, the two misfit characters find themselves in all sorts of bother with supernatural beings, zombies, ghouls, hobos and giant monsters. Expect this film to have a far greater adult feel and theme to it than your average animated feature. The excellent Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown do the voicing honours.
Leaving tits, ass and penis jokes behind him, (for a while anyway), film director Kevin Smith, (Clerks, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back), looks to have turned in a far more serious anddarker movie judging by the trailer for Red State.Starring a slew of great character actors including John Goodman and Stephen Root the main lead is fleshed out by the always mesmerising Michael Parks as a religious extremist who, along with his devout congregation, kidnaps and tortures a group of young misfits. Think The Texas Chainsaw Massacre spliced with the Westboro Baptist Church.
Set in the mid 80s Skateland tells the story of a group of friends coming to terms with the closure of their beloved roller rink. Recognising that the winter of their youth is rapidly creeping in some decide to move on, while others realise they can’t. The film stars Ashley Greene, who can also be seen in some low budget vampire movie franchise which we’ve obviously never heard of.
Before you watch the trailer below for this film be warned it does give a large chunk of it’s plot away. That being said the plot is pretty simple, Adrien Brody regains consciousness after a severe car crash in the middle of a dense forest which has left him severely injured and erased his memory. As he struggles to make it back to civilisation he attempts to piece together who he is.
Released at the end of last year in Norway we are still waiting to find out if The Trollhunter will receive a release date here in the UK. Shot in a guerrilla mockumentary style, just like the Blair Witch Project, it charts the progress of a group of Norwegian students investigating a series of mysterious bear killings. Teaming up with a wily old hunter the group begin to realise that things out in the Norwegian countryside is not as it seems.
Don’t worry this isn’t an exhaustive post littered with top ten lists for the year we decided to veer away from that. In fact we’ve gone straight for the jugular and cherry picked our top favourites for different categories which we feel stood out among the rest over the last 12 months. For that reason alone our disclaimer is that these are our selections and ours only, you can and probably will disagree with them and we still wouldn’t give a shit.
Best Film Of 2010: Inception.
Yes it merits at least a second viewing but it truly is sci-fi at it’s best. Grounded in a realistic structure never straying too far into the fantastical, it’s tense throughout and grips you from the start until the finish and has you trying to work out what the f@ck is going on in between. Honourable mentions go to How To Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim, Toy Story 3, Shutter Island, The Prophet and Frozen.
Best TV Series Of 2010: Breaking Bad/Mad Men
The crew were split right down the middle over this decision so we decided to offer them joint honours. Breaking Bad continues to be the single most engaging and enthralling crime series ever filmed for the small screen. The chemistry, (excuse the pun), between actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul is electrifying. It was another great year for Mad Men as advertising executive Don Draper’s story continued to unfold and unravel at the seams with a few shocking surprises along the way. Never has a series managed to blend style with debauchery so effortlessly. Honourable mentions got to True Blood, Eastbound And Down, The Walking Dead, Party Down, Fringe, Lost and Justified.
Best Music Video Of 2010: LCD Sound System.
Directed by the legendary Spike Jonze this video for the band’s single Drunk Girls sees the group being mentally and physically abused by a group of overall wearing miscreants in panda style balaclavas. Unnerving, twisted, chaotic and at times hilarious this music video has it all.
Sportsman Of 2010: Lionel Messi.
Even if you don’t like football the wee man is a joy to watch. His feet seem to be at times covered with super glue, when he has the ball he dances round defenders like a graceful ballerina panicking the opposition every time he launches a blistering attack. The reason we chose Messi as Sportsman Of The Year is because in an age when six foot plus, muscular players seem to go to ground like a bag of bricks at the slightest of touches, 5ft 7 Messi bucks the trend, refuses to dive and instead rides out even the most brutal of challenges. Why? Because he loves to play the game, pure and simple and when he does we love to watch. He is the rarest of players – an honest one. Don’t believe us? Here’s the proof.
Man Of The Year: Nick Vujicic.
Don’t worry we didn’t vote for some CEO or multi-millionaire instead we honoured Nick Vujicic a man who was born without arms or legs but who continues to travel the world spreading his message of hope and motivation to thousands of schoolchildren. Born in Australia to Serbian parents Nick was brought into this world with Tetra-Amelia disorder, missing both arms at shoulder level and legless except for two small feet, one of which has two toes. The adversity Nick had to overcome from the start was colossal, initially refused enrollment at his local school due to his disabilities he was then relentlessly bullied by school mates before becoming depressed and at one point contemplated suicide. Instead Nick went on to become a motivational speaker, he has spoke to over three million people so far in 24 different countries spreading his message of hope along the way.
Woman Women Of The Year: The Tecktonic & Shuffle Girls.
In a year when most women looked up to the likes of Cheryl Cole, Fearne Cotton,Amy Winehouse and Megan Foxthe HMS Friday crew have plumped for the one woman who doesn’t have a fragrance, movie, album or self to sell but instead throws caution to the wind and enjoys herself simply by dancing and throwing her hands up in the air to hardcore techno dance music. Yes, the tecktonic and shuffle girls, (tecktonik seen by many as a purer form of hardcore dance usually expressed through greater movement in the arms whereas shuffle concentrates on intense leg movement) are creating an underground dance scene among females, which grew even more this year, to almost epidemic proportions. In doing so gives everyone a little joy and raises the spirits of those watching. Our woman of the year goes to the one who slips on some track suit trousers, turns up the sound system and dances, no matter how stupid it may look to other people.
Game Of The Year: Red Dead Redemption.
Rockstar Games proved once more they know better than anyone else how to construct and develop a rich, detailed multi-layered gaming experience which blasts the rest of the competition out of the water. Unjustly described by some critics as Grand Theft Auto on a horse Red Dead Redemption opened up a virtual portal for gamers to revisit the wild west and take to the plains raising hell along the way. They also managed to produce one of the finest pieces of downloadable content for a game with Undead Nightmare. Zombies and cowboys? What’s not to like about that match-up? Honourable mentions go to Call Of Duty: Black Ops, Fallout: New Vegas, Dead Rising 2, God Of War 3, Donkey Kong Country Returns and of course Angry Birds.
Best Epic Fails Of 2010. This lot!
Finally what review of the year would be complete without a look at some of the fails in the last twelve months. Here’s an outstanding collection of the very best ‘epic’ fails of 2010 proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that you should never underestimate the sheer stupidity of people.
And just to round things off here’s our very favourite ‘epic’ fail of 2010, from the slowest and most unco-ordinated run-up to a jump in the history of epic fails, to the eventual disasterous landing and subsequent hilarious embarrasment, it has it all. Here’s to 2011. From everyone at HMS Friday have a Happy New Year.