Jim Schembri presents the Schembri Film Awards for Cinematic Excellence in 2007.
The I Can Do More Than Open Blockbusters Award goes to:
Will Smith for The Pursuit of Happyness, a touching, personal drama that drew in a sizeable chunk of his fanbase.
■The … And We Thought This Franchise Was Dead Award goes to: Die Hard 4.0 for reviving an action movie franchise that had been comatose for 12 years with a kick-ass, steroid-fed action spectacle that cleared the cynicism from the sinuses.
■The We Wish This Franchise Was Dead Award goes to: the third instalments of Pirates, Ocean's and Shrek. Enough already.
■The Most Realistic Action Hero Award goes to: Matt Damon, doing his best running-and-jumping work in The Bourne Ultimatum.
■The Comic Brilliance Ignored Award goes to: Dr Plonk. Rolf de Heer's masterful monochromatic silent comedy was fast, funny, clever and seen by practically nobody.
■The Best Period Film Award goes to: This is England, for evoking the evil allure of racism in 1980s Britain with such frightening authenticity.
■The Best Straight-friendly Gay Film Award goes to: 300. Something for everybody with abs aplenty amid crowd-pleasing action. Runner Up: I Now Pronounce you Chuck and Larry. Wake up, Gay Rights lobby. Having Adam Sandler on your side is a good thing, not a bad thing.
■The Come From Behind Award goes to: The Jammed. By far the best Australian film of the year, this compelling, micro-budget drama about the Melbourne sex-slave trade was destined for a straight-to-DVD release before being discovered by audiences who carried it to victory at the IF awards.
And the list goes on.. big shout out to Jim Schembri from The Jammed team, THANK YOU for all of your support!!!Check out his blog here: http://blogs.theage.com.au/schembri/