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Kick-Ass Film Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 20/11/2009 @ 18:10
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Films seen so far this year: 418
Films seen this week: The Sea Wall, Machan, The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (again, because it's brilliant), Southern Softies, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

List-Makers Anonymous
In any normal year I'd be excited about December rolling around, because, aside from Christmas, it signals the beginning of List-Making Month, where myself and my fellow film reviewers (as well as all my film-obsessed friends) all agonise over our Best of The Year lists. However, this year is somewhat special because it's also the end of the decade (which comes around, *literally* once every ten years), meaning that we also all have to come up with our Best Of The Noughties lists. Normally I'd be hard away at the list-making process by now, but I'm actually slightly terrified at the prospect this year and I keep putting it off as a result.

Part of this is to do with the fact that the Noughties are my first entire decade as a professional film reviewer, so there are a lot more films to choose from – this year alone I will have seen around 500 films, so to pick the best ten from that is hard enough, let alone picking ten for the entire decade. Currently I have about six “locks” for the Noughties list and those remaining four spaces are proving particuarly difficult. Maybe I'll just feed them all into Flickchart and rank them against each other till it looks right. In the meantime I'm holding off on my Best of 2009 list until I see Where The Wild Things Are next week...

Films I'm Looking Forward To: Kick-Ass
I've been waiting for a trailer for Kick-Ass ever since the positive buzz began flowing out of Comic-Con earlier this year. Based on the comic by Mark Millar, it's directed by Matthew Vaughn from a script by Jane Goldman (aka Mrs Jonathan Ross) and stars Aaron Johnson as a nerdy high school student who decides to become a superhero, even though he has no superpowers or training. The teaser below has a pretty amusing opening joke and gives the merest hint of what to expect, but it looks like a lot of blackly comic fun. It has a great cast too – I love the idea of Christopher Mintz-Plasse (aka Superbad's McLovin') as a character called Red Mist and I'm a huge fan of wise-cracker par excellence Clark Duke, even though he only seems to be playing the lead's best friend rather than another superhero. I'm not a big fan of Aaron Johnson (see: Dummy, Angus Thongs) but he actually seems to be doing a pretty good American accent here, so I'm prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt, as with Nowhere Boy. The cast also includes Nicolas Cage and I can't decide whether it's a good thing or a bad thing that he's not really featured in the trailer. Time will tell, I guess. The trailer says April, but there's no official UK release date yet. Watch this space.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
There seems to be an avalanche of good films coming out at the moment. There were five new entries last week (Cold Souls, We Live In Public, 2012, The White Ribbon and Tulpan) and there are four more this week, with French family drama The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (one of the best films of the year), the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man, Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! and Stephen Poliakoff's eve-of-WWII thriller Glorious 39 all making it into the top ten. Of the remaining films in the top ten, I highly recommend catching four hour Japanese movie Love Exposure, the remarkable Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno and powerful French immigrant drama Welcome, before they reach the end of their limited runs.

Elsewhere you can read our exclusive interview with Remi Bezancon (director of The First Day of the Rest of Your Life) here as well as our interviews with Twilight / New Moon stars Robert Pattinson (R-Patz), Kirsten Stewart (K-Stew) and Taylor Lautner (er...T-Laut), even though New Moon doesn't quite make it into the top ten. Also, be sure to check back early next week for exclusive interviews with Glorious 39 star Romola Garai and writer-director Stephen Poliakoff.

1. The First Day of the Rest of Your Life
2. Love Exposure
3. A Serious Man
4. Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno
5. The Informant!
6. Up
7. Cold Souls
8. Glorious 39
9. We Live In Public
10. Welcome

DVD of the Week: Sunshine Cleaning (out now, RRP £19.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is Sunshine Cleaning, a comedy from the producers of Little Miss Sunshine, starring Amy Adams as a single mother who recruits her slacker sister (Emily Blunt) to help her start up a crime scene clean-up business. Adams and Blunt deliver likeable performances and have strong sibling chemistry that's entirely believable, making this an enjoyably quirky comedy-drama that's by turns darkly funny and emotionally engaging. Extras include the UK and US trailers, a commentary by writer Megan Holley and producer Glenn Williamson (were the director and stars unavailable?) and an amusing 10 minute featurette (padded out with clips) about a real-life pair of women in the “Bio-Recovery” business who offer an informed commentary on all the bits they got wrong. If you missed it at the cinema this is well worth seeing, but it's a shame the DVD doesn't have a better extras package.

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