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?

2014 in review: music

It’s that time of year again! I can’t believe 2014 is already coming to an end. It’s been such an eventful and exciting year (as evidenced by the significant lack of posts on here – my apologies!) and I love that music can play such a great role in helping to remember all those amazing moments.

Daniel Kim from Pop Danthology has done it again this year with an amazing mash-up of all the hits of 2014. I’m glad to see Happy makes it back in this year, because the Pharrell concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July was one of my musical highlights of the year. I’m also excited to see that Let It Go from Frozen makes an appearance right at the end because that song must have been stuck in my head for about six months! Did your favourite song of 2014 get a mention?

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?

best of 2012: music

With the official Gangnam Style YouTube clip hitting 1 billion views just an hour or so ago, it seems a great time to discuss the best songs of the year.

Of course, the K-Pop hit has to be up there, along with Carly Rae Jepson’s Call Me Maybe. For me, Fun.’s We Are Young reminds me of my great summer holiday with friends and, living in Europe, I’ve come to appreciate club mixes more than I care to appreciate.

Check out a spectacular mash-up of the year’s hottest songs below and then let me know – what’s your song of the year?

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!