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[Editor's note: If anyone says 2010 was a sh!% year for movies, please refer them to this post.]
Instead of the usual "best" or "worst" films of the year lists, I thought a good way to take a look at the highs and lows of the 2010 film year would be to compile almost every single review we published in 2010 and let readers meander through the wasteland as it were.
I'm really amazed at the range of films we managed to cover from around the globe this year. Quiet Earth has certainly come a long way over the years and it's really due to the talents and passion of our team of writers who literally travel a world of fests to bring news and reviews of new films.
I hope you're all taking notes. Many of these films were from fests and will probably be hitting VOD and Blu-ray sometime in the new year, so this is a good chance to get a start on your must-watch lists.
Initially, I could only think of a few real stand-out films of this last year, until I trawled through the UK release list for 2010 and found myself with a long list of twenty-three films, which by my reckoning means that on average, there’s been a great film in cinemas just less than once a fortnight, which seems pretty good going to me.
Here then, are my top ten followed by, in no particular order, a list of thirteen honourable mentions.
Christopher Nolan delivered yet another cinematic tour de force with this visually rich and debate-starting spectacle.
Winner of last year’s Oscar for best foreign feature, this slow-burning, generation-spanning whodunit was captivating and moving. »
- Jack Kirby
[Updating this post with today's news that Phase 4 films have pre-bought all Us rights to the film. It aint made yet but we know who'll be releasing it when it is.]
I declare my bias on this one right up front: Xyz Films - the La company that I'm a partner in - are serving as executive producers on this one and the lead producer - Hawaii International Film Festival programmer Anderson Le - is a long time friend. Do with that what you will. What I do with it is toss it all aside as irrelevant because with the talent attached to this script - which I've read and is fantastic - this is going to be a fantastic film by any measure.
Mma star Cung Le - recently seen on screen fighting Donnie Yen in Hong Kong action drama Bodyguards and Assassins - will take the lead in Journey From The Fall director Ham Tran's English language martial arts film Breaking Point. Producing are Xyz Films, Media 8 Entertainment and Vietnam-based Chanh Phuong Films. For those unfamiliar with the name, »
Colin Firth shortlisted for best actor prize as George VI drama picks up eight nominations for British Independent Film awards
Oscar-tipped period drama The King's Speech is the early frontrunner in the British Independent Film awards after securing eight nominations.
Tom Hooper's film, which stars Colin Firth as King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, tells how the monarch overcame a stammer after unexpectedly becoming king in 1936 following the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII.
Firth picked up a best actor nod, while Rush, Guy Pearce and another co-star, Helena Bonham Carter, received best supporting actor and actress nominations. The film also won nominations in the best film, best director and best screenplay categories.
Other early leaders at the awards, which try to identify the best in British independent film-making, were the London film festival opener, Never Let Me Go, which garnered five nominations, »
- Ben Child
The nominations for this year’s British Independent Film Awards have been announced. Leading the pack with eight nominations is Tom Hooper’s critically acclaimed The King’s Speech. The film has already won the top prize at the Toronto Film Festival and the Hamptons Film Festival. The King’s Speech was nominated for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), and Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter). With the kind of buzz this film is picking up, don’t be surprised to see these nominations mirrored at the Oscars. For those who don’t know, the film centers on King George VI’s (Firth) struggles to overcome a speech impediment after his unexpected ascension to the throne in 1936.
- Matt Goldberg
And a drum roll, please, because here are the winners from the 2010 Sitges Festival.
Oficial FANTÀSTIC COMPETICIÓ Sitges 43
Jurat / Jurado / Jury
Millor Curtmetratge / Mejor Cortometraje / Best Short Film
The Legend Of Beaver Damm de Jérôme Sable
Menció Especial pel seu original homenatge a una indiscutible obra mestra del cinema fantàstic / Mención Especial por su original homenaje a una indiscutible obra maestra del cine fantástico / Special Mention for its original tribute to one of the undisputed masterworks of the fantastic cinema
Vicenta de Sam Millor
Disseny de Producció / Mejor Diseño de Producción / Best Production Design
Yuji Hayashida per Thirteen Assassins
Millors Efectes de Maquillatge / Mejores Efectos de Maquillaje / Best Make Up FX
Vitaya Deerattakul & Andrew Lin per Dream Home
Millors Efectes Especials / Mejores Efectos Especiales / Best Special Effects
Millor Banda Sonora Original / Mejor Banda Sonora Original / Best Original Soundtrack
Seppuku Paradigm, »
This powerful frontline Afghanistan doc has been compared to a real-life Hurt Locker but here, war is all difficulty and very little glory. Closely observing a Us company in the hostile Korengal Valley, it's a mix of tense combat, bunker downtime and tricky "hearts and minds" local engagement efforts, interspersed with moving post-combat reflection. It all leaves you with a great deal of respect for the soldiers, and very little for the people who put them there.
Nice timing for the return of Gordon Gekko, but has the lizard changed his spots? He's now preaching that greed isn't good, and taking in young buck Labeouf for dubious reasons, in a flawed but fun sequel.
Mr Nice (18)
- The guide
Jerry arrives in Blightey, in this comic take on what might have been...
Effectively the bastard child of Team America and an Adam and Joe pastiche short, Jackboots on Whitehall has enough heart and humour to overcome its weak points.
The directorial debut of co-directors/writers and brothers Ed ad Rory McHenry, this animated comedy reimagines the second world war and throws in a heap of national stereotypes, in-jokes and swearing for good measure.
The Vertigo Films production follows the epic quest of a group of Kent villagers to survive the Nazi invasion of Britain – yes, you read that right – and keep Britain free.
Led by big-handed farm boy Chris (with Ewan McGregor using ‘why employ English, when you can get me?’ vocal stylings), the villagers are joined by the irascible Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), cocky Us pilot Fiske (Dominic West) and the remaining ranks of the Punjabi Guard (led »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Lewis Bazley)
Dev Patel is set to star opposite Pamela Anderson in a short film, The Commuter.The 20-year-old actor - who is dating his Slumdog Millionaire co-star Freida Pinto - takes on the lead role in the film.The short film also features Ed Westwick in the cast.The film will be shot entirely in mobile HD on the Nokia N8 smartphone and will be shown online after receiving a London premiere, reports the Mirror.Dev won`t be filming scenes with ex-Baywatch star Pam, who is seen lying in bed in the film.Two film fans have won the chance to appear alongside the Hollywood stars in the production.Brothers Edward and Rory McHenry, who have just finished work on their first feature film, Jackboots On Whitehall, starring Ewan McGregor and Rosamund Pike, are directing the flick. »
Set in World War II, the film is a satirical version of the war that sees the Scottish defeat the Germans and save England from invasion – even “with their tiny plastic hands”.
From the McHenry Brothers (Edward McHenry and Rory McHenry) comes a satirical version of World War II in which the Scottish defeat the German invasion of England. Chris (Ewan McGregor) dreams of the chance to join the army and fight in exciting new lands rather than be stuck in the slow paced village life he has grown up in. His chance comes when the three top Nazis hatch a plan to invade England by drilling under the English Channel and into the heart of London. With the entire British »
- Allan Ford
Empire have premiered a new UK poster for the animated war comedy, Jackbooks On Whitehall.
Directed by Edward McHenry and Rory McHenry, Jackbooks On Whitehall is a satirical alternative history of World War II where the Nazis seize London and England must band together to prevent a full on invasion.
Featuring an impressive voice cast, including Ewan McGregor, Rosamund Pike, Timothy Spall, Alan Cumming, Stephen Merchant and Richard E. Grant, Jackbooks On Whitehall gained impressive reviews following it’s premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, therefore is more than worth a watch.
Check out the new poster below:
Jackboots On Whitehall will be released nationwide on October 8. »
- Jamie Neish
It would be easy to call Jackboots On Whitehall 'the British version of Team America', and that's because, well, it is, kind of. Want proof? Well, here's an exclusive poster of it, just for you.If you haven't seen the trailer already, Jackboots On Whitehall tells the fantastical tale of how the Germans attacked Britain and actually made it over the border, forcing us Brits to peg it back to Hadrians' wall, it's mad, bad, and made of plastic toys.There's Hitler dressed as Queenie from Blackadder II, Winston Churchill packing an assault rifle, and they've only gone and put Swastikas on Whitehall and The Houses Of Parliament... this is just not on.It also boasts the vocal stylings of some of British's most respected actors, actresses and comedy people, including Ewan McGregor, Rosamund Pike, Timothy Spall, Alan Cumming, Stephen Merchant and Richard E. Grant.Interested? Intrigued? Worried it will »
With London’s Raindance Film Festival set to begin at the end of the month, Michael provides a run-down of ten movies worth keeping an eye on…
Coming up at the end of the month is the Raindance Film Festival, London's showcase for the world's most promising independent and low-budget cinema. Now in its 18th year, Raindance is boasting a line-up of 77 would-be breakout flicks, most of which are receiving their UK premieres.
With strands dedicated to documentaries, Japanese cinema, and homegrown British films, as well as awards given for the best debut, microbudget, UK and international features (to be judged by, amongst others, Charles Saatchi, Julian Barratt, Dave McKean and Lemmy), there's certainly a lot on offer for the discerning cinephile. Luckily for you, we've combed the programme and come up with 10 films that have impressed us with bold concepts, or baffled us with their barminess.
A Serbian Film »
London's indie film festival, Raindance, has announced its 2010 line-up, a 77-film strong line-up featuring some of independent cinema's finest. Raindance kicks off on September 29 with Jackboots On Whitehall, a satirical animation set in an alternative world in which Nazis occupy London and the good folk of England must rally together to give them the boot. Its voicecast, reading like a who's who of British acting talent, features Richard Griffiths, Tom Wilkinson, Richard E. Grant, Timothy Spall and him off The Crystal Maze, Richard O'Brien. Festivities wrap up a week and a half later with Son Of Babylon, an Iraqi drama that's already won silverware at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals. Between the two comes a wealth of indie goodness, and, in the case of A Serbian Film, badness. Srdjan Spasojevic's controversial film is currently banned from public screening but will get an uncut private screening at the festival. Be »
The line-up for the 18th Raindance Film Festival was announced today at a press launch held at the May Fair Hotel in London. This years line-up includes 77 feature films, 69 UK premieres and 133 short films, special live events, exclusive Q&As and masterclasses.
The festival will run from September 29 – October 10.
Opening the festival on Wednesday 29th September is Jackboots On Whitehall – a satirical animation about an alternative history of World War II where the Nazis seize London and England must band together to prevent a full on invasion. Star voiceover cast includes: Ewan McGregor, Rosamund Pike,Richard E. Grant, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, Alan Cumming, Richard Griffiths, Stephen Merchant and Richard O’Brien. It will be followed by an after-party with live set from rising Us indie band stars Airborne Toxic Event and DJ set from one of the most influential DJs in the UK – Andrew Weatherall. The following day will »
- Jamie Neish
UK's largest indie gathering will screen A Serbian Film, which features necrophilia and rape, and a banned gay zombie porno
Controversy looks set to reign at this year's Raindance film festival after organisers announced they will screen a number of highly contentious films over the event's 11-day run, which begins later this month.
Among the features that will show at the festival are first-time director Srdjan Spasojevic's horror picture A Serbian Film, which has been widely criticised for scenes involving paedophilia, necrophilia, rape and incest and was pulled from last month's FrightFest in response to the extent of the cuts demanded by the British Board of Film Classification and Westminster council. With FrightFest's organisers protesting that "a film of this nature should be shown in its entirety", Raindance appears to have found a way around the ban by billing the screening as a "private event".
Meanwhile, Bruce La Bruce's La Zombie, »
- Ben Child
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The McHenry's movie, whose voice cast includes Ewan McGregor, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, Alan Cumming, Richard Griffiths, Stephen Merchant and Richard O'Brien opens the festival which aims to focus on discoveries, innovation and indie filmmaking.
This year's festival also sees the return of its American indie sidebar with Habib Azar's "Armless," starring Daniel London and Janel Moloney scheduled alongside Zach Clark's "Vacation!" and "When The World Breaks," directed by Jans Fjellestad also locked and loaded.
The festival will close with Mohamed Al Daradji's Iraqi movie "Son Of Babylon," which has been submitted for the race to secure a foreign Oscar nomination slot and has already won two awards at Berlin International »
- By Stuart Kemp
The simplest way to describe Jackboots on Whitehall is as a World War 2 Team America. Set in an alternate history where the English soldiers have not been rescued at Dunkirk and taking its cues from the comic book heroes of the era, Jackboots is an anarchic comedy that proves very hard to dislike.
After losing their land and air forces, England is invaded by the Nazis, led by the high camp trio of Goebbels, Himmler and Goering, when they tunnel under the channel and emerge in Trafalgar Square, with an aim to capture Winston Churchill and put him in a cage. Clearly realism, sensitivity and political correctness were far from the top of the priority list. It’s left to simple farm boy Christopher, »
- Jack Kirby
Review by: projectcyclops
Rating: 9 out of 10
Edward and Rory McHenry’s deliriously entertaining WW2 historical fiction, puppet animation begins with a desperate battle for Britain over the skies of Dover, as Spitfires and Messerschmitt blast bursts of machine gun fire and explode mid-flight. Soon the Nazi war machine reaches the shores of England and the good people of God’s own green and fertile land will have to mount a resistance to the menacing Hun, who have tunnelled under London for a blitzkrieg attack!
Brought to us in “Glorious Panzervision”, Jackboots On Whitehall is possibly the best film at the Eiff this year for sheer entertainment value. It’s a real gem with a dozen jokes a minute and a sense of fun and knockabout silliness that’s rare and immensely enjoyable, and as a debut feature from animation enthusiasts, »
It's got a dose of Team America. A bit of Braveheart. Nazis invading London. And a whole host of laughs. Carl checks out Jackboots On Whitehall...
Using puppetry and computer animation, we are told a ‘what if' story about Nazis invading London and taking over. However, it has humble beginnings, as it starts on a village on the English coast which is having a fair. Here we learn all about a lot of the main characters, including the lead, a large-handed man named Chris, voiced by Ewan McGregor, who always feels a bit like an outcast because he is different. We also get to meet a few others who play big parts in the story, including Daisy (Rosamund Pike), The Vicar (Richard E Grant) and Tom (Stephen Merchant).
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