Top 20 films of 2013

5th January 2014


 So in 2013 I ended up writing for a lot of different websites and didn't get to write for my own blog that much - hopefully in 2014 I'll write more.  This year's list is a little different from the previous ones in that I've only written mini-reviews of the top 10, mostly because I don't believe that most people read the entire thing and instead just skim it.  I know that I shouldn't pander to people who don't read, but these lists take a long time to write!  Also, there is no mention of my least favourite films of 2013 because I feel that it is ne. . . . . . . .


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Only God Forgives

1st August 2013


 It feels obligatory to open a review of Only God Forgives with a comment about how mixed the reviews of it have been.  It was met by both boos and applause and Cannes, and the reviews seem to either praise it or completely deride it – The Guardian went as far as to publish two reviews where the critics’ opinions were polar opposites.  So far, the only review that I have seen that seemed fair to Only God Forgives was Robbie Collin’s review in the Telegraph where he neither loved nor hated it – but praised Refn for following up the cult hit Drive, with something so polarisin. . . . . . . .


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Byzantium

12th June 2013


I’ve never been interested in vampires.  That’s not to say that I dislike them, they just aren’t my go-to mythical creature.  When I went to see Byzantium at the Cameo in Edinburgh, I had to think long and hard about other vampire films that I had enjoyed and all I could come up with were Let The Right One In, From Dusk Til Dawn and Blade II.  (obviously I enjoyed Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but that was 1) a TV series and 2) another story altogether)


The funny thing about vampire films in a post-Twilig. . . . . . . .


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The Iceman

12th June 2013


Some actors’ performances are worth the entrance fee alone, and whilst some of my all time favourites like De Niro and Pacino seem to be past their test, I will watch absolutely anything that Michael Shannon is in.  I first became aware of him following his intense performance in the HBO series: Boardwalk Empire, and since then I’ve found that I’ll choose to see a film purely because he’s in it.  Incidentally, this is what sold me on Man of Steel, having never been much of a Superman fan.


In The Iceman, Sh. . . . . . . .


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