Well, like last year, in the real world 2017 was an absolute slog, but in the world of cinema, things are going strong. Now while there have been dramatic revelations about many important figures (some of which have made me drop some films that would have been on this list otherwise, not naming anyone), overall though this has been an astonishing time for film, with this year my choices being very difficult. I potentially could have a made a top twenty of the year.... but I'm fuckin' lazy, so, the traditional ten it is!
Saturday, 30 December 2017
It's time for that usual film geek ritual of "best of the year" lists once again. I'm trying something new this time; before I do my actual top ten of the year (and as always I won't be bothering with a bottom ten, because frankly life is too short for that), I'm going to share with you some little gems that took me surprise over the course of this year. Whether they were better than I was expecting, or if I had no idea something like this was coming, I thought that these deserve a little chance to not be overshadowed by the usual batch of names that various top 10 lists are going to be mentioning. Here are some of my best surprises of 2017, going roughly in chronological order, starting with...
Sunday, 5 February 2017
Hey folks, so I finally picked up an Odeon Limitless Card, after wembling about it for a while. I used to have an Unlimited Card with Cineworld, but a) Odeons are slightly easier for me to get to, and b) they’re generally a bit nicer and less… sticky compared to Cineworld. Since I’m going to be checking out more stuff at no extra cost, I thought I’d update on here more regularly as I go, keep exercising the creative muscles. This is going to mostly about reviews and the like, but I may have the odd tangental topic on here (although I’m banning myself from going off on a rant about mobile phone use.. for now). I guess with a deeply uncertain world right now, I’m also doing this because I seriously need a bit more escapism. Let’s see how this goes, starting with...
Saturday, 31 December 2016
So 2017's prospects in terms of politics, I'll be honest, don't look too great at the moment (though there is some hope), but we should take what pleasures that we can. Time for me to cast my eyes ahead over the next twelve months, and see what cinematic releases catch my interest. (Assuming the world is still here to watch them in).
Friday, 30 December 2016
Here we go, my attempt to extract a bit of positivity out of The Year of the Dumpster Fire in the form of the movies officially released in the UK this year.* Now bear in mind, this is only of the movies I saw, I didn't catch everything, so this list may change a bit when I finally get round to seeing Swiss Army Man, I Daniel Blake, When Marnie Was There, Hell or High Water, Set the Thames on Fire, and quite a few others. I will say that this was a tough call, there was A LOT of good stuff out this year, so much so that I could have done a top twenty if I wasn't so lazy. I've had to do quite a bit of soul searching over the last few weeks, if I gave it another day's thought this may turn out completely different, but at this moment, here are my top ten favourite films of 2016.
Thursday, 29 December 2016
Well, 2016 is coming to an end, and THANK F*** FOR THAT!!! I'm not going to get too deep into a discussion about this year, I do enough politics on my Twitter, here I'm just going to talk about movies. So it's time for my regular three-part look at what I anticipated, what I most I enjoyed, and what I'm now looking forward to. Let's start with my list of what I was looking forward to at the end of 2015 (how young and innocent I was back then! We all were.). As always, I'm going to leave out anything from that list that made it to my top ten of the year, so I'm not repeating myself.