HMS Friday’s Top Movie Of 2011

This was a difficult one for two main reasons; we haven’t watched all the films released this year and a lot of the films released this year we had no real desire to watch anyway.

That being said we did get the chance to see Hannah, True Grit, The Inbetweeners, Attack The Block and Bridesmaids which we collectively enjoyed, but two films stood out for us this year for contrasting reasons.

Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows turned out to be a blast from start to finish and, for us at least, easily swiped the best action movie title, high adventure, witty one liners, massive set pieces, exciting cinematography and solid performances. Yes it may have been a tad too long and one main villain just seems to vanish into the Victorian mist with no real conclusion to his story, but for the most this was an enjoyable romp in the same vein as Indiana Jones and James Bond.

In stark contrast we’ve opted for Ben Wheatley’s grim hitman movie Kill List as joint top movie of the year. Where to begin with this film? Comfortable viewing it is not so don’t rent this for a cuddly night on the couch with your other half. It’s disturbing, disorientating and downright scary in a fashion we haven’t witnessed before. Neill Maskell eats up the scenery with an uncompromising performance as a violent man on the very edge. It’s a film that stays with you long after you’ve turned the TV off and for that reason alone it beats the rest of the field.

Of course we’ve yet to see Drive, The Guard, Win Win, Tyrannosaur, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Animal Kingdom or Take Shelter which we’ve been reliably informed from various sources are contenders for top spot, but for now as the year draws to close these two films are our current favourites.

Amazing Digital Painitings Of Famous Movies.

No Country For Old Men.

These pant wettingly amazing digital paintings of famous movie scenes were lovingly created by Italian artist Massimo Carnevale. His entire collection includes films like The Black Swan, Jaws, Serpico and Kill Bill to name only a few. (via The Swedish Bed)

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

The Usual Suspects

True Grit


Agast! Hollywood May Remake The Wild Bunch.

A picture of the HMS Friday crew on our recent holiday trip to Tunisia.

Hollywood is gearing up to remake Sam Peckinpah’s seminal western epic The Wild Bunch, (our reaction to this news here). Apparently the success of the Cohen’s Brother’s recent release True Grit, which netted $129M at the box office, has given this proposal real legs after it had sat dormant for so long. No confirmed word yet on any casting or directing duties as it seems Warner Brothers are only toying with the notion at this stage, but even that doesn’t bode well.

Movie website Slashfilm have all the gory details surrounding this horrific idea along with information on the reboot of the Lethal Weapon franchise, (without the return of Adolf and Glover), and a possible remake of Westworld, which we are already betting will star Will Smith.