2014 in review: movies

I know I said last year that I wanted to see more movies this year, but somehow it didn’t quite work out that way. Can I repeat my resolution for 2015?

Of the films I did get the chance to see, here’s my round-up…

Biggest tear-jerker: The Fault of Our Stars had me actually sobbing en route to Australia earlier this year, which earned me several concerned glances from the cabin crew! I later found out that three friends had all had the same, on-plane experience (including one friend who had only ever cried in one movie in her life!) Take our advice and watch this one at home.

Best film to make you feel normal: I have never felt less messed-up than after I watched Gone Girl. Seriously, I felt completely and utterly normal compared to the characters in that movie!

Best Marvel movie: I feel like this one deserves its own category, as the Marvel universe continues to take over the silver screen (am I a total nerd right now?) For me, it’s all about X-Men: Days of Future Past because I love a good time travel epic but Guardians of the Galaxy gets an honourable mention for being so much fun.

Most anticipated: I can’t wait to see The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and Birdman.

Best film of 2014: Obviously I’m a little restricted here with my narrow viewing repertoire this year, but I have to give it to The Grand Budapest Hotel.

What are your top picks?

2013 in review: movies

I have to admit that I’ve made far fewer trips to the cinema this year than I would have liked, as you can probably tell by the distinct lack of reviews posted. One of my new year’s resolutions is actually to get back into watching more films and the below mash-up of films from 2013 has made me realise that I have a lot of catching up to do before 2014!

I haven’t even seen enough of the films on the list of releases to make a call on my favourite movie of the year – so instead I’m going to ask you! What was your favourite film of 2013?

(almost) at the movies: catching fire

The much-awaited trailer for the second film in the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire, was revealed at the MTV Movie Awards last night… and based on what we can see, I think we’ll have another fashion inspiration in the works!

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) wear some spectacular outfits and I can’t wait to see them in full! (Of course, I was a big fan of the book – once I got around to reading it – so I’m looking forward to seeing the film for other reasons too!)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due to be released on 21 November in Australia and 22 November in the US and UK.

2012 in review: movies

I love film but with everything that’s been going on this year, I must admit I’ve watched less than I normally would. As a result, I will be even less offended than usual if you choose to disagree with my nominations! So without any further ado…

Biggest disappointment: I was seriously disappointed by The Amazing Spider-Man. Emma Stone is one of my favourite actresses, and Andrew Garfield has so much potential, but the script was weak and it really looked like the poor cousin of the Spider-Man trilogy. And don’t even get me started on Prometheus

Surprising success: Who knew that a film about older people going to India could be so enjoyable? The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was one of my surprise favourite films of the year. I also liked Seeking A Friend for the End of the World, which was surprisingly uplifting despite what was inevitably coming at the end.

Still waiting: The downside of living in Switzerland is that I’m still waiting for a ridiculous number of films to arrive on the big screen. I’m most impatient to see Les Miserables, The Impossible, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook, The Perks of Being A Wallflower and The Life of Pi.

Runner Up: While I didn’t review it here (because it had already been out everywhere for months before I saw it), Looper was spectacular – it had a smart storyline that was different from the norm, a great cast and a great twist at the end.

Best Film of 2012: I know this will be a controversial call (bear in mind that all the big award-nominated films aren’t out here yet) but I’m going to give the top honour to Skyfall. I just thought it was a brilliant piece of cinematography and a real step in the right direction for the Bond franchise. Feel free to disagree in the comments!

at the movies: skyfall

I’m a Bond fan from way back so I was really excited to check out the latest instalment in the franchise.

Let me start by saying Skyfall is spectacular, and you should see it. If you don’t want to know anything else, stop reading and just go see it.

Still here? Thanks for sticking around! Daniel Craig is brilliant in his third outing as MI6’s top agent (even if he does seem to be getting on a bit), but the real star of the show is my favourite Bond girl – Judy Dench as M. They make a dynamic duo as they battle a demon from her past in the deliciously deranged hacker Silva (Javier Bardem).

The film is beautifully made, with some gorgeous cinematic moments (my personal favourite was when Silva made his first appearance – you’ll see what I mean). I’m happy to note that I didn’t really notice the product placements either – I actually walked out thinking that Heineken hadn’t appeared once (although the boy did point out that it appeared in a fairly nothing scene, with the label obscured).

This is the first Bond film I’ve seen where I felt he was human – and the story tied to the title of the film is a big reason for that (although watching Bond deal with Ben Whishaw’s young, new Q, may also have contributed). I understand where all The Dark Knight references spring from, and I agree that they are warranted. Skyfall takes a character we know and love to a deeper level, and we can help but fall for it.

Rating: ****1/2