31 December 2013

Top 10 Films of 2013

So here it is, my top 10 films of the year. This is probably the year I saw the most films, as you'll see below and I think I've got a pretty good range covered. The only rule for this list is that it had to have been released in UK cinemas in 2013. Whilst this means that some of the Oscar films from last year make the cut, it unfortunately means that I cannot include one of my favourite films of the year, Fruitvale Station, as it still hasn't received a UK release date. With that said, here are my top 10 films of 2013.

Top 10 Performances of 2013

Here's the next of my 2013 lists, my top 10 performances of 2013. Like I said in the previous list, all the films here were released in the UK in 2013 and I am also carrying on my rule of only one performance per film (with the exception of number 6). With that out of the way, let's get started.

Top 10 Scenes of 2013

Here's the next of my end of year lists, my top 10 film scenes of 2013. First of all, a reminder that all the films included are ones that received a UK release in 2013 so there are some films on here that got a US release last year. With that out the way, here are my 10 favourite film scenes of 2013.

Top 10 Most Anticipated Films for 2014

Here's my first on the traditional end of year lists, a look forward to next year. Quick thing to say before I start, even though films like 12 Years a Slave and Wolf of Wall Street haven't been released in the UK yet I am not counting them in this list simply because there would be no room for films that are only being released in 2014. With that said, here are my 10 most anticipated films for 2014.

17 December 2013

2014 Oscar Predictions

Since I didn't do it at the start of the year, I think it's about time for me to give my predictions for the 2014 Oscars. As per usual, at this point I will not include the short film awards. With that said, let's get started:

14 December 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

Here it is, the next part of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. As I stated last year, I really enjoyed An Unexpected Journey and was really looking forward to this film to see which parts of the book would be included and how the new additions to the film would work. Whilst I found the film to be entertaining as a whole, I don't think it works as well as An Unexpected Journey on a story level.

13 December 2013

Nebraska Review

Sometimes, whenever there's a massive influx of big budget blockbusters all at once, you need something a lot smaller and more personal as a bit of a breather. In this current season of blockbusters that film is Alexander Payne's Nebraska. Honestly, when I heard the premise and saw the early trailers I wasn't really that interested, it just looked a bit boring to me but I decided to check it out based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews and I'm glad I did. Nebraska is a very funny, touching film with incredible acting, especially from Bruce Dern.

11 December 2013

CineKatz Not-So-Secret Santa Review Swap: Dredd Review

Very pleased to once again be taking part in the Cinematic Katzenjammer Not-So-Secret Santa Review Swap. When I took part in the one in July, I was given quite possibly one of the most pretentious films I've ever seen with Wrong. It seems fitting then that for this one, after the initial film I was given being unavailable in the UK, I've been given the complete opposite, an extremely violent action film with Dredd. Now two things before I start, firstly I will not make an comparisons between this and either the Stallone Judge Dredd film or The Raid, seems pointless doing that, and secondly, I am not familiar with the character of Judge Dredd so I won't be able to say if this film does justice to the character seen in the comics, although hearing from fans of the comics, this film does do justice to the character. All that out of the way, let's dive in.