Archive for January, 2011

Last February I published an article called Rising Star: Olivia Wilde. If the number of hits that article gets (32,453 total views to date) is anything to go on she certainly was one of the rising stars of 2010, who are the others?


Noomi Rapace

The original Swedish adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s millennium trilogy was released in UK and American cinemas in 2010. Some viewers found The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo too brutal and graphic, I personally thought it was excellent and placed it on my top ten movies of the year list. The two sequels weren’t as good, they were bogged down by their plot and felt altogether less cinematic, not surprising considering their TV origins. One thing that few people can disagree with is how brilliant Noomi Rapace is as Lisbeth Salander. Catching the eye of Hollywood, she is set to appear in the Sherlock Holmes Sequel that is in production at the moment, she is also rumoured to be in the Alien Prequel set for release in a couple of years.


Aaron Johnson

Having appeared in movies and TV shows since he was about ten Aaron Johnson had drifted along under the radar for years until the release of Nowhere Boy at the back end of 2009; Johnson does a great job as a young John Lennon. Then came his biggerst role to date, Dave Lizewski aka Kick-Ass. He ended 2010 with Japanese horror maestro Hideo Nakata’s Chatroom. His future films include a Kick-Ass sequel.


Chloe Moretz

Having already made several movie and TV appearances I first remember seeing Chloe Moretz as Jo-Go’s “wise beyond her years” sister in 500 Days of Summer (2009). Then in 2010 she made an even more memorable appearance as Mindy Macready aka Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass. Probably the most memorable character in the movie, she was certainly the most controversial. She also starred in Let Me In, the remake of Let The Right One In. Although the film itself was a little pointless offering nothing new that we didn’t see in the original her performance was really good.


Kodi Smit-McPhee

2009’s The Road was released in the UK in 2010. With such a small cast the movie relies heavily on the interaction between its actors, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Viggo Mortensen as his farther are brilliant together. As mentioned above although Let Me In doesn’t’t completely work, its young stars are great. He also impressed in Romulus, My Father (2007 but released in the UK in 2010) based on the autobiography of Raimond Gaita


Whitney Able

The story goes that when casting Monsters, director Gareth Edwards was shown In Search of a Midnight Kiss (great indie-movie if you haven’t seen it) staring Scoot McNairy. Edwards liked the idea of using a real life couple, as luck would have it McNairy’s girlfriend (now wife) Whitney Able is an actress. Edwards was initially reluctant to cast them as he felt Able was too good looking for the part, fortunately after meeting them he was convinced and the pair gave a great performance.


Scoot McNairy

Having appeared in numerous movies over the past decade Scoot McNairy, is hardly a newcomer (see above) but his appearance in Monsters could and certainly should be the springboard to bigger and better roles in future.


Jennifer Lawrence

Six months ago I had never heard of Jennifer Lawrence now I think she deserves an Oscar for her portrayal of Ree Dolly in the bleak but brilliant Winter’s Bone. The Burning Plain (2008) is also worth a look. Coming up she will be playing a young version of Raven Darkholme / Mystique in X-Men: First Class later this year.


Tahar Rahim

Tahar Rahim seemed to come from nowhere to star in A Prophet, the French contender for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. His powerful performance made the movie truly memorable. He will be appearing in several French movies over the next few years but is already on the Hollywood radar with a part in The Eagle (another fictional account of the disappearance of the Ninth Legion). French World War II drama Free Men should also get some international attention.

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Having missed out on The Hollywood Fantasy Draft at Anomalous Material last year I was keen to take part in The Hollywood Fantasy Draft II. The Draft took place last week and for those who didn’t see it I can reveal my cast.

  • Colin Farrell
  • Sarah Polley
  • Yumiko Shaku
  • Gael García Bernal
  • Monica Bellucci
  • Jamie Bell
  • Alan Dale
  • Melissa George
  • Mark Strong
  • Neil Marshal (Director)

Look out for more information over the next few weeks.

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With 2010 over with what are the movies I am looking forward to in the coming year and why?

  • Black Swan

  • UK release date: 11th Feb
  • Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
  • Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel
  • Why I want to see it: Great word of moth from bloggers in America, great cast, great trailer and Aronofsky is always worth watching.
  • 127 Hours

  • UK release date: 7th Jan
  • Directed by: Danny Boyle
  • Stars: James Franco,
  • Why I want to see it: Danny Boyle has never made a bad movie and the trailer looks good.
  • The King’s Speech

  • UK release date: 7th Jan
  • Directed by: Tom Hooper
  • Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter
  • Why I want to see it: Great cast interesting true story I know little about.
  • Never Let Me Go

  • UK release date: 21st Jan
  • Directed by: Mark Romanek
  • Based on a novel by: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Stars: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield
  • Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield are two of the best young actors around these days and the trailer looks intriguing. I haven’t read the book but people I know who have speak highly of it. And a screenplay by Alex Garland.
  • Hereafter

  • UK release date: 28th Jan
  • Director: Clint Eastwood
  • Stars: Matt Damon, Cécile De France and Bryce Dallas Howard
  • Why I want to see it: Clint Eastwood, need I say more.
  • True Grit

  • UK release date: 14th Jan
  • Directed by: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
  • Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld
  • Why I want to see it: Jeff Bridges reunited with the Coen’s, I can’t wait.
  • The Fighter

  • UK release date: 4th Feb
  • Directed by: David O. Russell
  • Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams
  • Why I want to see it: Hearing great things about Christian Bale.
  • Red Riding Hood

  • UK release date: 11th March
  • Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
  • Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas and Gary Oldman
  • Why I want to see it: An interesting take on an old story, Catherine Hardwicke movies are always worth watching (even Twilight is okay) and Amanda Sefried is in it.
  • Sucker Punch

  • UK release date: 25th March
  • Directed by: Zack Snyder
  • Stars: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens and Abbie Cornish
  • Why I want to see it: I am a fan of the directors previous work and the posters look amazing.
  • X-Men: First Class

  • UK release date: 3rd June
  • Directoed by Matthew Vaughn
  • Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence
  • Why I want to see it: The last two X-Men movies (The Last Stand and Wolverine) where rubbish but with an interesting cast, Matthew Vaughn onboard as director and Jane Goldman writing it should put the franchise back on track.
  • Cowboys & Aliens

  • UK release date: 12th August
  • Directed by: Jon Favreau
  • Stars:Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde
  • Why I want to see it: The Title
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

  • UK release date: 16th September
  • Directed by: Tomas Alfredson
  • Stars: Tom Hardy, Colin Firth and Gary Oldman
  • Why I want to see it: I love the BBC TV mini series, I hope this movie lives up to it.
  • On the Road

  • UK release date: TBA
  • Directed by: Walter Salles
  • Stars: Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart
  • Why I want to see it: Based on the novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac that just happens to be one of my all-time favourite books.

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway

For the first time I have decided to split my movie star of the month award, I was already considering doing this for Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able for their great performances in Monsters. Then the last movie I saw in December, Love and Other Drugs changed my mind. Although the movie was only average suffering from being formulaic and clichéd (and poorly marketed) it was largely enjoyable mainly because of its stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway.

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 670,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 29 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 246 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 455 posts. There were 976 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 115mb. That’s about 3 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was September 16th with 6,089 views. The most popular post that day was The British Are Coming.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were imdb.com, monitor.hr, search.aol.com, WordPress Dashboard, and anomalousmaterial.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for harley quinn, grease, evan rachel wood, scarlett johansson iron man 2, and olivia wilde tron.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


The British Are Coming September 2010


Avengers Assemble June 2009


Who will be The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? March 2010


The Dark Knight Returns? September 2009


Class of…… December 2009

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Movies seen in December:


Achieving five stars out of five and number three on my top ten of the year the is only one movie that could have won movie of the month.

You can find my review of monsters HERE.


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2010 Films

 Below is a list of all the new movies I have seen this year. All movies on the list were released in the UK during 2010. The * symbol denotes movies I saw on TV/DVD/Online not in the cinema/theatre. Click the name of the movie to link to a full review (most movies are reviewed). The number after each movie indicates my star rating out of five.


  1. The Secret in Their Eyes – 5
  2. Monsters – 5
  3. Winter’s Bone – 5
  4. Kick-Ass -4
  5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -4
  6. The Social Network – 4
  7. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – 4
  8. The Road – 4
  9. The Ghost -4
  10. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans -4
  11. Another Year – 4
  12. Exit Through The Gift shop – 4*
  13. Shutter Island -4
  14. Up in the Air – 4
  15. A Prophet – 4
  16. Whip It! -4
  17. Made in Dagenham -4
  18. The Disappearance of Alice Creed -4
  19. Easy A -4
  20. -4
  21. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – 4
  22.  The Kids Are All Right – 4
  23. Oil City Confidential – 4*
  24. The Killer Inside Me – 4
  25. [rec]2 – 4
  26. Valhalla Rising -4
  27. Chico & Rita – 4
  28. Toy Story 3 – 4
  29. The Town – 4
  30. Green Zone -4
  31. Micmacs -4
  32. Cemetery Junction -4
  33. Trucker -4 *
  34. Four Lions – 4
  35. The American -4
  36. Unstoppable – 4
  37. Robin Hood – 4
  38. Crazy Heart – 4
  39. The Hole – 4
  40. Let Me In – 4
  41. Precious – 4
  42. Buried -4
  43. Predators – 4
  44. Machete – 4
  45. Tron: Legacy -4
  46. The Brothers Bloom – 4
  47. Exam – 4 *
  48. The Book of Eli – 3
  49. Heartless – 3
  50. Love and Other Drugs -3
  51. The Girl Who Played With Fire – 3
  52. A Single Man  3
  53. We Are What We Are – 3
  54. Salt -3
  55. Resident Evil: Afterlife – 3
  56. Splice – 3
  57. Iron Man 2 -3
  58. Centurion -3
  59. Brooklyn’s Finest – 3
  60. Chloe – 3
  61. Daybreakers – 3
  62. The Crazies -3
  63. The Karate Kid – 3
  64. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse -3
  65. Remeber Me – 3
  66. The Blind side -3
  67. The Runaways – 3
  68. Invictus – 3
  69. RED – 3
  70. Gainsbourg – 3
  71. London Boulevard -3
  72. Letters to Juliet – 3
  73. Alice in Wonderland -3
  74. Youth in Revolt – 3
  75. Mr. Nice – 3
  76. Frozen – 3*
  77. The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud -3
  78. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps -3
  79. F – 3
  80. Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time – 3
  81. 44 Inch Chest – 3
  82. The Expendables – 3
  83. The A Team – 3
  84. The Losers – 3
  85. The Tourist – 3
  86. Knight and Day – 3
  87. Brothers – 3
  88. Tamara Drewe – 3
  89. Hot Tub Time Machine -3
  90. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – 3
  91. Solomon Kane – 2
  92. Black Death – 2
  93. Legion -2
  94. Burlesque -2
  95. The Warrior’s Way -2
  96. Piranha – 2
  97. The Joneses – 2
  98. Due Date – 2
  99. Takers – 2
  100. Clash of the Titans -2
  101. Skyline -2
  102. Valentines Day – 2
  103. Edge of Darkness – 2
  104. From Paris with Love – 2
  105. The Lovely Bones – 2
  106. Ninja Assassin – 2
  107. The Wolfman – 2
  108. Devil – 1
  109. Repo Men -1
  110. Shelter -1

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