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My Top Ten Film of 2013

My top 10 films

Howdy ladies and gents, since the year is almost over and I have seen pretty much all the films I can see this year, I think it’s about time that I release my 10 ten list of films this year. Now the following stuff is a segment from my End of Year Review which will be up very soon, so I thought I’d upload this first as a separate thing in case people miss it in the other blog post. But anyways I’ve talked too much, here’s my list:

When it comes to films, I thought this year was a pretty disappointing especially when compared to last year. There was so much promise of awesomeness and unforgettable material, however there was just a lack impact and presence when it came to a lot of the films this year. I even wrote a post about it a while ago. Now that’s not to say that 2013 was a complete waste of time, there were some really fun and impressive films on show that were on show and luckily made those days in the cinema not as painful.

Annoyingly just like last year there are films that came out this year that I’ll have to wait until next year for (12 Years as a Slave and American Hustle come to mind), but I’ve gotten used to the fact that the UK film distribution is totally unfair.

So it’s now time for my top 10, but before that keep in mind this was a frigging hard list to do and I’m only counting films released in 2013, films from 2012 that were released in 2013 for us UK residents DON’T COUNT! Okay here’s my list:

Top 10 Films of 2013

  1. Captain Phillips
  2. Now You See Me
  3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  4. Iron Man 3
  5. Gravity
  6. Saving Mr. Banks
  7. Rush
  8. Thor: The Dark World
  9. Frozen
  10. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Honourable mentions:

When it comes to upcoming films I think that 2014 will be better, I’m praying for it. With epic titles like Godzilla, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, Sabotage, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past and so much more, I’m sure that it has the potential to rectify the mistakes of this year.

So what do you think of my list? Do you like it or do you believe me to be insane with my choices? Are any of your favourites in there or are there ones I’ve missed out? Gimme your thoughts down below yo.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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The Film Reviews Will Return, I PROMISE!

Hey ladies and gents, as you might notice, as of recent I haven’t been reviewing films as frequently as I used to and I don’t want you to think I’ve given up or dropped off the face of the planet, I’M STILL HERE, I just have other commitments with uni and my new job, So yeah let me give you some info on my situation.

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Now as I’ve said before, I’ve gotten a hell of a lot of stuff going on in my life at the moment. Firstly my animation course has been bleeding me dry with the three modules I’ve had to do and while it’s not been hard per-se, it has been tedious and time-consuming. Secondly I started my new job last weekend and that eats up all of my weekend and since its night shifts, when I get hope I’m almost dead and crash out, but for some reason I sleep even longer during this time which in turn means I have no time in the day to do anything and that sucks! All of this has made my cinema going experience very difficult to tackle.

However never fear as I shall return to the cinema soon!

With the hand-in of my uni work coming around next week and most of my work being finished this weekend, I’m thinking that I will treat myself to the cinema after all this stress and bullshit.

So what’s on the card? Well here’s the list of films I want to see and review:

  • Frozen (I have heard LOADS of people go one about this film like it’s the most amazing thing ever, I’m curious to see if it meets the hype)
  • Saving Mr. Banks (I’ve heard so many good things about this film and I have to see it because of the actors involved)
  • The Butler (This is film I had followed for a while so I’m hoping to catch it at some point)
  • Philomena (It’s got Judi Dench in it, and Steve Coogan in a serious role, plus Mark Kermode said it was good. I’m down)
  • Kill Your Darlings (It has Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in it, I’m interested by that alone)
  • Anchorman: The Legend Continues (Liked the first film, wanna see the sequel, nuff said)
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Loved the first film and early reviews say it’s better than the first so I CAN’T WAIT!)

Here are films I am kind of half and half about:

  • Homefront (I heard this film isn’t anything special, but I like the cast and the trailer, may check it out)
  • Bad Grandpa (The trailers for this looked hilarious, it’s still showing in Sheffield, so I’m gonna try and catch it)
  • Oldboy (This is remake that didn’t need to happen, but I may watch it to see how much it fails)
  • Carrie (It’s a remake, I like Chloë Grace Moretz, but I’ve heard lame things, I can take it or leave it)

As for films I want to re-watch well we have:

  • Thor: The Dark World (I really liked this film and annoyingly I haven’t seen it since opening day, weak!)
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (This was a good film and I really liked it above the first, need to check it out again)
  • Gravity (Great film, gotta see it for the crazy amazing visuals again)

Films for December 2013I know Homefront isn’t on this list, but I messed up on the Photoshop alignment lol

So yeah expect a good deal of reviews over the next few days/weeks. TRUST IN ME! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2013 in Films, Life, Media

 

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review

Okay, time to talk The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, a film I’ve been both excited for and not overly interested in at the same time! Now the first film was decent, wasn’t terrible, but wasn’t amazing either. It did rather well, and after X-Men: First Class it made Jennifer Lawrence come across as not only a bankable star, but an actress who had talent. For all its success the film had its criticisms. some thought the film was too long, others said the violence wasn’t enough, some just called it a Battle Royale rip-off and other fans of the book just slated the film for the changes made to the books. Anyways that was last year, Catching Fire is now. Does this sequel entertain or not?  Read on and find out!

The storyline for this film is as follows:

“Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.”

I thought the story in that film was pretty good and had a lot of depth to it. There was a lot more fleshing out of the world that these characters reside in, we saw more of the other districts and see how the events of the last Hunger Games affected everyone. Nothing gets easier and complications begin for not only the main characters but for everyone. There’s a difference in the air and themes of love, sacrifice, revolution and war are explored in a great way. What I really liked was how Katniss’ actions in the last film carried over into this one, where she has become a symbol of hope and the people from the other districts and cause them to slowly revolt which in turn creates problems for President Snow who sees her progress and wants her to be eliminated. Overall the story was just much more involving, dramatic, believable and cohesive than the first film.

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When it comes to the cast they’re all very good at bringing life to these characters and their definitely the film’s highlight. Firstly Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen and Lawrence is just so good as the character now. This time Katniss has to deal with the events of the last film which have taken their toll on her mentally and emotionally and you get to see that through Lawrence’s fabulous acting skills which are easily the highlight of the film. Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark is a lot better in this film than before, the material the actor is given makes his character a little more interesting and less of a weakling. Donald Sutherland is once again is wonderful as President Coriolanus Snow, I like how his outward persona is so calm and authoritative, however behind the scenes he is quite sinister and really wants to control everyone with an iron fist. Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne is back and is given more to do which has made his character more likeable and fleshed out, Hemsworth’s moments are more interesting this time around.

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Woody Harrelson is totally awesome as Haymitch Abernathy, he was one of my favourite characters in the last film and here he returns with that mixture of seriousness mixed in with dry humour. Elizabeth Banks is still as kooky, high-spirited and fancy as ever as Effie Trinket, she gets a little more screen time and actually feels a lot more developed as we see more sides of her personality. Lenny Kravitz is still as cool as ever as Cinna, the man who stood by Katniss’s side, makes amazing clothing and looks at things from a realistic perspective. Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee is the new dude who overseas the games and is in alliance with President Snow to take out Katniss. He has new tactics and plans that make him a person to look out for and Hoffman as ever is great to watch on-screen. I also liked performances from Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair and Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, and Jeffrey Wright as Beetee Latier is great, he plays this interesting returning winner and I liked his smart and funny personality and it makes a MASSIVE change from the douchebag character he’s playing in Boardwalk Empire. And lastly Stanley Tucci is still amazing as Caesar Flickerman, the charismatic TV presenter that covers all the major happenings related to the Hunger Games.

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As for the presentation it is notably better. First and foremost the most immediate difference is the lack of shaky cam in the action scenes. I watched the previous film the night before and the lack of shaky cam was incredibly noticeable and to be honest the film is a hell of a lot better for it. Action in general is just shot and staged a lot better with more convincing GCI too, it was delightful. Just wish there was a bit more violence (I am a junky for violence lol). Also the soundtrack by James Newton Howard is also a lot better too, it had a better emotional connection and better presence and the good themes that were used in the last one have returned too.

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In conclusion The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was a lot of fun and a lot better than the previous film. There is a better direction in place than before and the story, characters and action was much deeper, dramatic and better executed than before. Unlike the first film which was just decent for me,  I just felt more invested in this one and I really liked it. While it wasn’t by any means one of my favourite films of the year and I had hoped for a bit more action, otherwise this is a film I would recommend highly.

Rating: 7.5/10 (A much better and dramatic sequel)

So what did you think of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire? Did you find it better than the first or did you like the last one better? Whatever your thoughts, drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films to look out for in 2013 Part 3

Hi people of the interweb, its been a while since the last time I did this. But anyway welcome to the third and part of Films to look out for in 2013! If you haven’t read the previous parts check them out here and here. Today’s set of films will be taking place from summer right up into Christmas, so let’s get started!

Despicable Me 2

Release Date: July 9 (US), October 15 (UK)

If the first teaser trailer didn’t get you in the mood for Despicable Me 2 then this one has to, it’s great. As bad as this may sound to some people, I only got around to watching Despicable Me a few weeks ago. I initially was never interested in the film because I guess it just rubbed me the wrong way when I saw the trailers for it. But surprisingly I actually liked the film. The story was nice, those Minions were hilarious and the soundtrack by Pharrell Williams was great. So now with that knowledge in mind I am curious to see what happens in this sequel, what’s going on with Gru and the girls? What kind of other villains will be lurking around? Will Vector return from the moon? Will Mr. Perkins try to get back at Gru? So many questions need answering. I guess we’ll see later on in the year!

Pacific Rim

Release Date: July 12 (US & UK)

Before seeing the trailer for this film I wasn’t too bothered about the film, the only thing that held my interest was the fact that Guillermo del Toro wa directing it. Luckily the trailer that came out last month and confirmed that this film would be one to look out for. Here we have a world where people pilot giant robots and battle giant monsters who come from the ocean. The concept alone sounds awesome and the trailer makes it look even cooler. YouTube reviewer Jeremy Jahns described the film as a cross between Power Rangers, Real Steel and Godzilla and to be honest that’s a pretty accurate description. Now obviously monster movies can either be good or bad but since del Toro is behind this one it has to be at least worth a look right?

The Wolverine

Release Date: July 26 (US & UK)

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Ah yeah time for some more Wolverine! Now while the last Wolverine film disappointed me beyond belief I find myself once again getting hyped up for another one. This time the filmmakers are adapting a classic storyline from from the 1982 limited series Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, here the title character travels to Japan, encounters people from his past and gets to duke it out with the Silver Samurai! All of this sounds automatically way better than the previous film. The film seems much more character-driven and story-based along with more action too. Naturally I have reservations and I’m trying to keep my excitement levels in check, but Hugh Jackman and James Mangold are continuously making this film sound epic, so here’s hoping Marvel and 20th Century Fox don’t let us fans down again.

300: Rise of an Empire

Release Date: August 2 (US & UK)

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Now while I used to think 300 was badass when I was 17, over the years I grew up and the film really didn’t hold up very well for me. So now we have 300: Rise of an Empire, a prequel film with loads of action and new stories to tell. I don’t really know much about this new film and honestly I don’t think it’s entirely necessary, 300 was good on its own. But hell we’ll see what happens with this prequel when August comes around.

Elysium

Release Date: August 9 (US), September 20 (UK)

Elysium is another one of those films that I’ve heard about but don’t really know what it’s about. the only info I have on this film is that it’s the next big film from District 9 director Neil Blomkamp and it stars Matt Damon. Those two reasons alone make me want to watch this film, I loved District 9 and I love Matt Damon so it’s a win-win situation for me. The plot basically states: “Set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.” Sounds pretty interesting, can’t wait to see how this turns out.

Riddick

Release Date: September 6

Oh yeah finally the return of Riddick! Vin Diesel finally returns to one of his most famous roles in Riddick, the third film in this film series. The plot sounds pretty cool too: “Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past.” It seems like the filmmakers are going back to basics by making this film more in line with Pitch Black and giving it an R rating too. He’s hoping there’s still some interesting tales to be told in the life and times of Riddick.

The Tomb

Release Date: September 27 (US & UK)

I remember when the first image for The Tomb was first really, and there was all this buzz about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone being in the same film together (outside of The Expendables). I knew from that one image that this film would be something for me to check out. The film will follow Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), a structural engineer who is wrongly convicted of a crime, and is incarcerated in a prison of his own design, aided in his escape by his cellmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Any film with Sly and Arnie in it is worth my time, I just hope it has enough action to meet my requirements.

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Release Date: October 4 (US)

Alrighty then here we have Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, the sequel to the massively successful 2005 comic book film Sin City. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller return to co-direct the long-awaited sequel. This is the film with the ever-expanding cast, I swear the number of people in this film just keep increasing! The cast includes Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Alexa Vega, Jaime King, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert. And then add Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple and Julia Garner… Jesus Christ! Too many damn people! With all these people it makes me wonder if this film with finish production on time, I guess we’ll see later on this year.

The World’s End

Release Date: August 14 (UK), October 25 (US)

Alright a new film from Edgar Wright, any film by him is a mandatory watch. I’ve been looking forward to The World’s End for a while. This is the final film in the “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” along with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.The film stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Oliver
Eddie Marsan as a group of friends who reunite after twenty years to reattempt an “epic” pub crawl from their youth.

Ender’s Game

Release Date: October 25 (UK), November 1 (US)

I’ve heard a lot about Ender’s Game and the main reason I’m watching it is because of Harrison Ford. As far as I’m aware he hasn’t been in agood serious film for a while now so here’s hoping that he gets a chance to shine in tis film. Based on the best-selling, award-winning novel of the same name the film will star Asa Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future alien invasion, along Ford, the film also includes Ben Kingsley, Aramis Knight, Hailee Steinfeld, Jimmy Pinchak, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.

Thor: The Dark World

Release Date: October 30 (UK), November 8 (US)

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Like with Iron Man 3, I don’t think I have to tell you how hyped I am for Thor: The Dark World. I am beyond hyped! I loved Thor back in 2011 and I have been impatiently waiting for the sequel for a while now. It seems like in the sequel Thor and company will have a much bigger battle on their hands that involved all of the Nine Realms as he takes on Malekith and the Dark Elves and also tries to continue his relationship with Jane Foster. I can’t wait to see what Alan Taylor brings to the film as the new director, I seriously want to be blown away by this film. With all of the actors, practical sets and much larger scale story I think Thor: the Dark World is set to be a really great sequel.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Release Date: November 22 (UK & US)

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I enjoyed the The Hunger Games for what it was, Jennifer Lawrence was wonderful as the lead character and I liked the story and action involved. Loads of people complain about the way in which the book was adapted to film and there was controversy about the violence and race of specific characters. But it was all just blown out of proportion. All I know is that the film was good and I’m interested to see what happens in Catching Fire. In the sequel Katniss and Peeta’s victory is cut short as the Quarter Quell puts them back into the Hunger Games for the second time.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Release Date: December 13 (US & UK)

Yes, this what I’m talking about, The Hobbit Part 2! I really enjoyed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and it looks like in December this year we get to continue the fun in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. In this film Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) continues his journey with Gandalf the Wizard (Ian McKellen) and the thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor and take on Smaug the dragon.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues

Release Date: December 20

While not much is known about Anchorman 2, all I know is that the first film was awesome and they better not fuck things up with this sequel. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was a great comedy film, one of the best I’d seen in years, there was no need for a sequel. But hell it’s happening anyway. The cast have all returned and the one minute trailer seemed alright so here’s hoping this new film is worth the wait.

Last Vegas

Release Date: December 20 (US & UK)

This last film I’d never heard of until I saw it on a film guide on another website and since I liked the cast members involved I thought it’d be worth a watch. Last Vegas features Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single.

Well that’s it, that’s all of my picks of the films you should be looking out for in 2013. My god just trying to put this list together over the last two blog posts has just been so long you don’t even know! But anyway hopefully you enjoyed my picks and tell me yours in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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