Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Movie Round-Up

It's a new year, it's a new day, it's a new dawn, so let's hark back to last year for a movie round-up!

It was a good year for animation, with Monsters Uni, Wreck It Ralph, Despicable Me 2 and Cloudy-Meatballs 2 all providing solid, fun entertainment. Best comedy of the year was Alpha Papa, closely followed by the rapture-tastic This Is The End.

The disappointments came thick 'n fast, with Die Hard 5, Star Trek ITD, The World's End and Man Of Steel all feeling like missed opportunities.


Probably the stand-out film for me was 'The Hunt', which dealt with a sensitive topic in an unpredictable way. Excellent performances, intriguing and just classy without having to resort to Daily Mail-esque exploitation.

As for television shows, the stand-out series for 2013 has to be The Walking Dead (S3). Just brilliant. The first few episodes especially made my jaw drop at times. Games Of Thrones (S2) was not quite up to the first series (the plot meandered a bit too much), but still a quality show.

I watched the first series of 'Girls', but grew weary by the time season 2 arrived. It's a love-hate show: I want to like it, but I find it hard to care due to the main characters personalities. And I know that's a big part of the joke, but...ugh. I shouldn't be arguing so much with myself whilst watching tv!

The following list are films which I watched, either at the cinema or on DVD in 2013: (in no particular order, and just my personal taste!)

Alpha Papa
Despicable Me 2
The Impossible
Everything Or Nothing (Great Bond doc, didn't want it to end!)
The Hunt
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2
Berberian Sound Studio (Atmosphere so thick you could cut it)
Monsters University
This Is The End
The Last Stand (Unexpectedly fun 80's throwback)
Django Unchained
A Royal Affair
The Hobbit (2012)
Killing Them Softly
Les Miserables (Oh how I blubbed...)
Wreck It Ralph
Life of Pi
Ted (2012)

Also enjoyed:
Iron Man 3
Starbuck (Interesting story, different)
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Jim Carrey is brilliant as a David Blaine-alike)
Room 237 (Brain-twisting to the point of headache inducing!)
World War Z
Marion's Song
Warm Bodies (Quirky, entertaining)

Man Of Steel
I Give It A Year (Not a fan of 'cringe' comedy)
Oblivion (Sorry, but Wall-e did it better!)
The Host
Oz: Great and Powerful
A Good Day to Die Hard (How? Why?)
Womb (Grossed me out too much!)
Holy Motors (Didn't get it, sorry)
The Master (Loved Boogie Nights, but struggle with most PT Anderson films)
The Dinosaur Project
The Man with the Iron Fists

and the winner of worst film is....

Like the original Die  Hard, like hell...

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