So with the award season out of the way and every winner's agent now charging at least 10 times the amount to even speak to their "Clients" we over here have said balls to that let's do "The Jonnys!" Our favourites of 2014, Categories are the same as the red carpeted Hollywood event well kind of, But the fact that all of these winners in The Jonnys didn't even get a mention at the awards (Except maybe one or did it?) makes our awards so special and so meaningful, OK maybe it doesn't it's a bit of fun!Here are our favourites, some you may have heard of and some you may not of, Either way all the films you see below are there because they are our favourites of 2014 and you need to see them all!
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS - THE EDITOR
I was lucky enough to catch The Editor from the great Astron 6 at last years Mayhem Festival and it was brilliant, The movie pays massive homage to the golden days of classic Italian Giallo movies, every frame and visual is done to perfection and a wins a very well deserved Jonny, Check it out as soon a you get a chance.
BEST SONG - EVERYTHING IS AWESOME, THE LEGO MOVIE
Massively overlooked by the so called only awards that matter, The Lego Movie is one hell of a movie and Everything is Awesome is one hell of a catchy song, Have a Jonny you awesome square blocks of coloured plastic!
BEST STORY/SCRIPT - PREDESTINATION
Another movie I was fortunate to catch up wit at last years Mayhem Festival, When I first saw it on the line up I wasn't that excited to see it, Sci-Fi with Ethan Hawke? But to say it blew me away was a understatement! It tells he story of a time travelling agent that has to go back in time and prevent a bomb from going off, sounds pretty formulaic but it has so many great twists,Check it out now!
BEST SOUNDTRACK - COLD IN JULY
Soundtrack of the year goes to Jim Mickel's stunning crime thriller "Cold In July". It's a superb homage to classic John Carpenter and 80's synth. Hats off to Jeff Grace for writing such a great score. He thoroughly deserves a prestigious "Jonny!"
BEST SHORT - "G" IS FOR GRANDPA, ABC'S OF DEATH 2.
Whilst like the 1st ABC'S Of Death number 2 was pretty hit and miss but I don't know what it was about "G for Grandad"(Or Grandpa) depending on which version you watch but I loved it! It started off with a nice family scene but soon became twisted and hillarious, Hey Grandad have a Jonny!
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - LESSONS OF EVIL
From Takashi Miike last year came Lesson Of Evil and what a film it was! I saw it had an 18 certificate and for the first hour I was thinking why? But then when it all kicked off I could well see why! Playing loads of different versions of Mack the Knife once the onslaught began and once it started it never let up, Once again a brilliant,stylish and extremely violent classic from Miike, Have a Jonny!
BEST ANIMATION - THE LEGO MOVIE
Yes it's a second "Jonny" for The Lego Movie! Well it surely had to be the best animation, Brilliantly scripted and extremely clever, A Geeks dream with all those references and when else are you going to see Batman and Gandalf in the same movie!
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - RIMA TE WIATA
Rima Te Wiata played Miriam Bucknell the mum in Housebound, A great film from last year, She for me was he star of Housebound, Hilariously funny in every scene she was in and held the film together in my opinion and if you have yet to see Housebound I thoroughly recommend you do . have a "Jonny" Rima!
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - JONATHAN BRUGH, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS.
Jonathan Brugh plays Deacon in the brilliant What We Do In The Shadows, His nonchalant attitude makes his performance really stand out, Turned into a vampire by Peter who lives in the basement he hates washing up but loves to knit! A great performance and I look forward to catching up with more of his work, Jonathan have a Jonny!
DIRECTOR - ADAM BROOKS, MATTHEW KENNEDY
Another Jonny is happily presented to Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy for The Editor, It's directed so well with ton's of classic homage shots done quite superbly, Some of the shots are brilliant and the camera work fantastic, I was lucky enough to sit in on a Q&A about The Editor and when you realise all the work that went into making it happen it blows you away, So Adam and Matthew have a Jonny!
ACTRESS - ALEX ESSOE, STARRY EYES.
Another movie I was lucky to have caught at MAYHEM festival was Starry Eyes, Before the showing Chris Cooke on of the organisers had mentioned how great Alex Essoe who plays Sarah was and he was 100% right, From the opening scene to the auditions to the real messed up ending she was mesmerising and well deserved of a Jonny! Keep your eye out for her and once again Starry Eyes is a very high recommendation.
ACTOR - JAKE GYLLENHALL, NIGHTCRAWLER
Well, He looks happy with his Jonny!
There was talk that Jake Gyllenhal has long snubbed the Oscar's and that's why he didn't get a mention, whether you see that as a shame or it doesn't really matter (that's what I think!) but the fact of the matter is that in Nightcrawler he was superb, Never mind the Oscar's Jake have a Jonny!
BEST FILM - WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
Without any doubt in our minds when we said what the best film of 2014 was it took us less than a minute to decide that it was What We Do In The Shadows, Shown to a sold out crowd at MAYHEM festival last Halloween it has been gathering massive momentum and huge praise world wide and deservedly so, and now to top it all off it's won a Jonny! Get to see it as soon as you can, Brilliant Brilliant Movie. 10/10
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS - THE FIRST 6 MINUTES!
BEST DOCUMENTARY - BLACKFISH
Although originally released towards the end of 2013 it got a wide release last year, Fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time, It tells the story of how killer whales as well as other marine life are captured and hugely mistreated, With the death of a trainer bringing all the issues to the forefront it opened up a massive can of worms and exposed huge mistreatment of these super intelligent and beautiful creatures. A "Jonny" for Blackfish
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - NIGHTCRAWLER
Yet another film massively overlooked by the so called big awards ceremonies, Nightcrawler was a slickly made, extremely well acted and unsettling movie. The panning shots of night time L.A were brilliant, It may have passed you by but seek it out, you will not be disappointed!
And folks that's it for the 2015 Jonnys. We were going to do a lot more as in worst etc but above will do just fine, If you've not seen any of the above please do so, As a genre fan I know you'll love um! Until 2016 it's addios from The Jonnys!