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My Top 10 Films of 2014

9 Dec

It’s that time of year again – we’re on the final pages of the last chapter of the book of 2014, so it’s time to take a look back at the cinematic offerings since January and compile our top 10 lists! Please comment below with your thoughts/ your own lists below.

In no particular order:

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GONE GIRL

Continuing his string of stunning novel adaptations, David Fincher has created yet another masterpiece. My advice? Read the book before you see the film – while the film is almost faultless (in my opinion) it would have been impossible to cram in every last plot arc and detail from the book, so inevitably some things were condensed/ missed out.

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THE LEGO MOVIE

Everything IS awesome – from what seems to be a frivolous cashcow throwback to a popular toy back in the ’70s and ’80s, turns out to be a lovely story with moral values at its core. With some hilarious jokes that work on many different levels, it will have both kids and adults doubled up with laughter.

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

An epic win from James Gunn (of whom I’ve been a long time fan) with a fantastic story, unforgettable characters and a kick ass soundtrack. Plus, Chris Pratt with his top off? Exactly!

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NIGHTCRALWER

I had the pleasure of working on the UK social media campaign for this, and I must admit, I didn’t foresee it becoming a sleeper hit, despite starring the brilliant Jake Gyllenhaal (who is going through somewhat of a McConaissance at the moment). The story will have you gripped and guessing all the way until the end credits.


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THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Wes Anderson scores a hit with this crazy tale of hotel life in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka sometime between the two world wars. A winning, Russian Folk soundtrack from Alexandre Desplat (who I’ll be seeing at the Barbican on Thursday) and beautiful set designs and direction make it certainly one of the most unique films of the year.

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UNDER THE SKIN
This is an odd one – I remember coming out of the preview screening, not quite sure if I liked what I had just seen. It was so very strange, almost completely lacking dialogue (usually something I avoid in films if possible) but very beautifully directed. The more I mulled it over, I realised it had done it’s job and got me thinking – definitely worth a watch, but don’t expect to make too much sense of it.
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EDGE OF TOMORROW
What can I say about this? I bloody loved it! I’m not a massive Tom Cruise fan, but he was totally watchable in this, as was Emily Blunt, who was incredible as the no-nonsense, butt-kicking Special Forces Warrior. Other time-bending movies, take a leaf out of this book on how to keep things fresh and interesting.
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INTERSTELLAR
I’m still trying to get my head around some of it (unsurprisingly), but what an incredible feat of scale, storytelling and science-fiction – bravo Christopher Nolan, I expected nothing less from such a talented director.
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COLD IN JULY
Eighties NEON delight with a killer soundtrack. Hunt this one down if you haven’t already, you won’t regret it.
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BIRDMAN
Michael Keaton is back in charge and showing us all how its done. An excellent play on screen with some impressive shots, and an unusually surreal few moments, this is one to watch!

Trailer Drop

27 Sep

Here’s a bunch of new trailers to get your peepers round!

 

THE CROSSING

First up, Frank Woo’s The Crossing. which tells the true store of the ship Taiping, which sunk it 1949, an incident that led to the deaths of over 1,500 passengers and crew members.

Click on the link above to watch the exclusive trailer.

 

BETTER CALL SAUL

This is the one Breaking Bad fans have all been waiting for… the fist teaser for Better Call Saul.

 

ELSA AND FRED

One for film fans – a touching love story that reinforces the notion that it’s never too late to fall in love and change your destiny.

 

BIG EYES

Biographic drama about painter Margaret Keaton. Directed by Tim Burton and starring Amy Adams.

 

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

Crime drama set in NYC in the ’80s, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain

 

THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN

Found footage, Supernatural thriller from Bryan Singer. The plot sounds a bit ridiculous, but I’ll reserve judgement for now…

 

THE LOW DOWN

Winning the Cinematography award at Sundance Film Festival this year, this American biopic (executive produced by Flea and Anthony Kiedis from Red Hot Chili Peppers) is based on the memoirs about famous Jazz Pianist, Joe Albany.

 

Trailer Drop

17 Sep
I’ve been scouring the web to find some of the best, new trailers to be released online this week. Enjoy!

 

SERENA

 

First up is Serena. This is the third film that Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have worked on together, and the high-profile pair will no doubt draw a big crowd for this Depression-era Drama.

 

 

 

 

JOHN WICK

 

20 years after Speed and Keanu Reeves is back in the Action Thriller saddle again with fast-paced revenge flick, John Wick. The moral of the film? Don’t piss off ex-hitmen! Count me in.

 

 

 

DAYS AND NIGHTS

 

An ensemble cast that promises a great performance for this comedy drama, set in rural New England in the ’80s. A Memorial Day weekend that turns sour after an unexpected event, reveals some truths and ultimately salvation for a troubled family.

 

 

 

THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN

 

A modern re-take on a 1976 horror movie ‘loosely’ based on a true story, The Town That Dreaded Sundown picks up in Texarkana, 65 years after the original ‘moonlight murders’ took place, with a new masked murderer on the loose. Is it the same guy or a copycat? Is there more to this plot than meets the eye? Perhaps not, but it looks like it could be a fun horror flick anyway…

 

 

 

THE BOY NEXT DOOR

 

If I told you this stars Jennifer Lopez as the lead, would you be surprised to know that it isn’t another dull rom-com? The latest addition to the growing trend of Creeper Thrillers, The Boy Next Door looks like a promising take on obsession movies, a reverse Fatal Attraction, if you will. It’s not out until January 2015 though…

 

 

 

EFFIE GRAY

 

Written by Emma Thompson, Effie Gray is an historical drama starring Dakota Fanning in the titular role. It tells the tale of the first woman in history to seek a divorce from her husband. Fascinating stuff!

 

 

 

GTA V

 

Rockstar has just released a new trailer for GTA V to celebrate the new-gen console version release date announcements. Xbox One and PS4 players will be able to buy the new version from November 18th. Additions to the game include new vehicles, new weapons, and even new wildlife!

 

 

RESIDENT EVIL REVELATIONS 2

 

Capcom has released this new trailer, and announced that the game will be released episodically (odd, but perhaps a smart move).
“The party is crashed, Claire and Moira are knocked unconscious and taken to a mysterious detention center located on an island. They soon encounter demented, writhing enemies called Afflicted roaming the halls of this abandoned facility, and have to team up to survive. The real question is, who brought them here? And… why?”

 

Top 7 Horror Movies To Watch This Christmas!

26 Nov

Forget top 10 lists, it’s all about top 7s – Okay, I’m just saying that because I’m being particularly picky with this list and didn’t want to include any duds. So consider yourself lucky; I’ve only included the very best (IMO), of course if you disagree don’t forget to leave a comment!

Without further ado, in no particular order…

 

Saint (2010)

Hailing from the Netherlands, this modern Christmas Horror tale depicts Saint Nicholas as a murderous Bishop complete with a dangerous looking staff and almost permanently on a horse no less, whose creepy silhouette can be seen against the beautiful snowy backdrop on December 5th; The very same night he kidnaps and murders the bad kids. Thoroughly enjoyable, and one of my new favourite Christmas Horror films.

 

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

Perhaps the ultimate Christmas Slasher movie – After witnessing the gruesome murder of his parents (by a man in a Santa costume), traumatised Billy is taken into care and faces the wrath of the lunatic Mother Superior. Years later Billy gets a job as a store clerk and memories of his traumatic childhood come flooding back when his boss puts on a Santa costume at the work Christmas party, with devastating effects. On it’s initial release the film received a lot of criticism because the murders were being carried out by Santa Claus, or at least a deranged homicidal maniac dressing like him. I was first in line for the uncut Region 2 release which came out in 2009, and it remains one of my top slasher films to watch at Christmas/ New Year.

 

Black Christmas (1974)

Noted by some as the first Slasher movie (released four years before Halloween), Black Christmas starts in a similar way to When A Stranger Calls, with a prank phonecall. Set primarily in a Sorority house, one by one the college girls are picked off by a mysterious, almost Giallo-like killer. A tense and chilling movie with plenty of genre in-jokes, inventive deaths and John Saxon – What more could you want? A Final Destination of it’s time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Christmas (2006)

Introducing the Hollywood remake, 32 years after the original was released. An altogether more glossy affair with unnaturally beautiful stars (go figure), and death scenes with more dramatic build up and pay off.  The film, in general,is lacking the heart of the original, that said, it’s still a fairly good effort and remains mostly faithful to the original script.

 

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

The first and best Finnish Christmas Horror movie, Rare Exports originally started life as a spoof short film made in 2003 about three hunters who are employed by Rare Exports Inc. to capture and tame the most dangerous creatures known to man ready for the festive season to work as Santas. Following the success of the short, the Director decided to turn it into a feature film. I won’t spoil it for you but there are some fantastic ideas executed here including a demonic horned creature and a stampede of naked Santas! A cult Christmas classic if ever I saw one.

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

One of many family favourites to watch at Christmas, Nightmare has it all: beautiful animation, great characters and fantastic songs. The story is centred around Jack Skellington, the King of Halloweentown, who accidentally stumbles upon Christmas Town but doesn’t understand it – We then follow his magical journey of discovery and try our hardest not to sing along to the impossibly catchy musical numbers. Ignore the PG rating, anything written by Tim Burton is horror.

 

Gremlins (1984)

Dark, festive chaos – That’s what we like to see! You’d be wrong if you think it’s a straight up family Christmas film, oh no, this is thinly veiled horror at it’s best, and works just as well outside of the Christmas period as the perfect hangover movie! Billy Peltzer has everything; a good job, a nice girl, and loving parents. When he receives an unusual pet as a Christmas gift from his folks, and breaks the rules about caring for it, all hell breaks loose. Gremlins has everything you could possibly want from a fun horror movie: tension, comedy, fantastic action sequences, awesome puppetry and some pretty gruesome methods of dispatching the little blighters too (hence the 15 rating). If you haven’t watched it yet this year, do so now.

 

….And a special mention goes to my favourite Festive Short: Treevenge – which can be seen in all it’s gory glory on Youtube (NSFW/ NSFC)