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My 2015 in Film

Posted: January 12, 2016 in Film
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This is probably the most consistent feature on this blog. Doing it well into January also seems to be consistent. Coincidentally the 2014 edition was done on this exact day last year. As with last year’s list I will include movies watched this year. In keeping with tradition I will shame myself by indicating which movies were actually watched in cinema.

  • Ant-Man*
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron*
  • Cinderella*
  • Fantastic Four*
  • Inside Out
  • Jurassic World
  • Mr. Holmes*
  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • Spectre*
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens*

Well that is weak, after watching fifteen movies in 2014 I’m back down to ten like 2013’s list. This time however seven of these ten were in cinema as opposed to the eight out of fifteen last year.

I ended off the previous edition by saying:

This time around I’ll say that though it’s not really worth writing home about perhaps a text message would be appropriate.

This time I can say that though the quantity has decreased the percentage of those seen in cinema has increased so it’s not all bad. This year I must endeavour to watch more and keep the in cinema percentage up.

So it’s already the twelfth of the month and I am only making this list now. At the end of every year, since the beginning of this blog anyway, I create a list showing how many movies I watched in that year. Most of the time I end up only making the list in the early days of January so if I watched any movies from the past year before the post then they will be included. If you considered that cheating then so be it. To make myself feel bad for watching pirated movies I will indicate which movies were actually watched in cinema.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier*
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes*
  • Divergent
  • Guardians of the Galaxy*
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies*
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1*
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Maleficent*
  • The Maze Runner
  • The Other Woman
  • Rio 2
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction*
  • Vampire Academy
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past*

So fifteen movies isn’t too bad, especially considering that the 2013 list only had ten. Also eight out of fifteen in cinema compared to four out ten is a good improvement.

My 2013 post ended with:

Clearly 2013 wasn’t a particularly good year for me and movies. Here’s hoping that the 2014 list will be something worthy of writing home about.

This time around I’ll say that though it’s not really worth writing home about perhaps a text message would be appropriate.

My 2013 in Film

Posted: January 18, 2014 in Uncategorized
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So I’m really good at lists and not much else it seems. I’ve been making lists of movies since forever, well since I started my blog anyway. So this is generally how it goes. I decide somewhere around the beginning of a year to list all the movies I’ve watched belonging to the previous. Seeing as it never happens on New Year’s Day some films will end up being watched outside of their year. Anyway I doubt that an explanation was actually necessary but oh well. Also I like to indicate if it was actually in cinema that I watched it. Let’s begin shall we

  • After Earth
  • The Butler*
  • Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug*
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire*
  • The Internship
  • Iron Man 3
  • Oz the Great and Powerful
  • Scary Movie 5
  • Thor: The Dark World*

Clearly 2013 wasn’t a particularly good year for me and movies. Here’s hoping that the 2014 list will be something worthy of writing home about.

 

Okay I haven’t made one of these lists in a while, at least not one that escaped being nothing but an unfinished draft. Seeing as I’m only publishing this post today I have included the movies that I watched up until and including the 28th February. I’ve also indicated which movies I actually watched in cinema just for just.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Avengers*
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel*
  • Brave
  • Chronicle
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Dark Shadows
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey*
  • The Hunger Games*
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • Jack Reacher*
  • John Carter
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted*
  • Magic Mike
  • Men in Black 3
  • Mirror Mirror
  • The Odd Life of Timothy Green
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Prometheus
  • Quartet*
  • Ruby Sparks
  • Skyfall*
  • Snow White and the Huntsman*
  • This Means War
  • Wrath of the Titans

I didn’t watch as many in cinema as I would have liked.

 

I last did a list along these lines near the end of 2009 so I thought I would make one for this year. This is your chance to judge me for all the time I have spent watching movies that you probably don’t approve of.

  • The Adjustment Bureau
  • Attack the Block
  • Beastly
  • Bad Teacher
  • Bridesmaids
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • The Change-Up
  • Friends With Benefits
  • Gnomeo & Juliet
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  • Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • I Am Number Four
  • Monte Carlo
  • No Strings Attached
  • Paul
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Prom
  • Rango
  • Red Riding Hood
  • Rio
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Super8
  • Thor
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • X-Men: First Class
  • Your Highness

I won’t try to sway anyone who is not convinced by the  current format of 3D cinema that we have these days but it really has come a long way since the days of cardboard glasses with one blue and one red lens.

Personally I am a fan of the the new 3D technology as I believe that it is the future of cinema bringing a more engaged and immersed cinematic experience. Though at the same time I believe that there should be some guidelines as to what and what shouldn’t be made as 3D movies and how they should go about doing it.

I do support converting old movies into 3D, especially not cartoon animations as after seeing the trailer for the converted Lion King I felt that it just wasn’t as smooth and convincing as computer animated movies or live-action films that are either shot in or converted to 3D.

Also it produces a much better experience if the movie is actually shot in 3D rather than simply converted after the movie is filmed.

I know this across as a bit of a 3D stan post, then again I suppose that is true in part. My collection of 3D glasses from all the movies that I’ve been to see can vouch for that, maybe if I get the time I’ll take a picture of them.

I suppose all that’s left to do now is to list all the movies that I’ve seen in 3D in the order that I watched them, here goes nothing:

  • Beowulf
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Bolt
  • Coraline
  • Monsters vs. Aliens
  • The Final Destination
  • Avatar
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Weird I thought I had seen more. Anyway I will continue to see movies in 3D, be it RealD or Digital 3D.

Now that I’ve watched the movie I can’t help but feel a slight sense of disappointment. It should have been longer to contain the entire book. It did not portray the years that went by or the true effect of Abigail abandoning the family. The acting wasn’t the best either, when it came to Jack and Abigail. Where did Abigail and Len’s affair disappear to? The fact that Suzie was raped as well as murdered clearly was considered unsavoury but detracts from the key plot.