The new crop of 2013’s TV


Previously I mentioned in passing my reluctance to get into any new TV series. Strangely, right now, the thought of perhaps something I get sucked into lasting years is enough to put me off watching anything new. Or maybe I’m still mourning Breaking Bad and fear that nothing will ever reach those heights.

Maybe that’s a fear worth having. Because honestly, the new TV pilots I did catch – what utter crap. That’s just my point of view, but it’s a point of view I’m standing by. American network TV has taken a serious nose dive. Right? Let’s take a look see at the ones I took a look at:

My top films of the year


While I didn’t manage my target of watching 100 films in the year, I didn’t do too badly. Seen a lot of films I’ve been meaning to see and plenty of great stuff in the cinema. For that reason I’m going to cheat and do two lists of my top films of the year. Yes, cheat!

One’s a top 10 cinema releases and the other is a list of my top 10 small screen films I’ve watched from the comfort of my own home.

Both have been pretty tough for me. I reckon it would have been tougher had Les Miserables and Django Unchained been released over this way this year. Though, that’s all here-say!

Enough babbling, here are my lists:

Favourite shots of 2012


2012’s Photography Project turned into a bit of a *insert raspberry sound here*. That’s the only way I can describe it. The first couple of months went well enough, but I think there was just too much for me to handle.

Sadly, my general photo taking dwindled a little this year too. Sure I’ve taken the odd shot here and there. But I got lazy. I stopped taking my camera with me everywhere. A habit I’d had since 2010. Not good.

Saying that, I think I have managed a handful of good photos this year and I have definitely learnt more compared to last year. Getting more to grips with using exposure and not relying on just taking photos with a ridiculous shallow depth of field.

So, here are some of my favourite photos that I’ve taken this year. A fair few are of my dog, Cody (naturally) and of course I had to include some of those Avengers!

Cody's first snow

Cody’s first time in the snow. Yes, I was throwing snowballs at her. But she loved every minute of it. The look on her face here is priceless!

Cody splashing around

Cody splashing around in Portugal the only way she knows how to.

One in a million

Wild flower meadow in Portugal with one poppy standing out. Why I love just having a wander around where my parents live.

The halfway point

100 movies of 2012

It’s June, creeping up to July. That’s roughly halfway through the year. I figured, now would be a good point to see how exactly I’m doing with my 100 movies project for this year. And I’m happy to say that I think I’m roughly on track.

I’ve seen 48 films so far. Just under halfway to my goal. So, how have those 48 done?

The Half Time Score

Avengers Assemble16% (Eight films) have been 5/5’s. Out of those eight I think my, hands down favourite, has been… Avengers Assemble!

Yeah, I don’t think that was a hard one to guess. I’m sure plenty of people would agree with me, right? It definitely stands out for me for the first half of the year as a memorable and completely fun film and cinema experience. Who knows, if rumours pan out, I might get to see it again (director’s cut) in August. Fingers crossed!

How about the other end of the scale. I’ve only rated 10% (Five films) as 1/5. That seems a bit lenient for me. Maybe I’ve gone a little soft!

Out of those five I think the worst has definitely got to be Ca$h. I almost regret seeing that film, but it honestly didn’t sound too bad. Lesson learnt! No more blindly following Chris Hemsworth.

Big Screen vs. Small Screen

I’ve managed to only see 25% (12 films) of those films in the cinema. That’s not that much really. Roughly 2 films a month. I swear I’ve been to the cinema more than 12 times this year! That is just poor. There were a few films I missed out on at the cinema due to, the usual of, life getting in the way. Regret not having seen The Raid at the cinema. As well as Moonrise Kingdom.

A History Lesson

The oldest film I saw was Frankenstein from 1931. I think that’s the first film I’ve seen from the 1930s. And I really enjoyed it.

But aside from that, all the other films I’ve seen were from the 90s onwards.

Game of Two Halves

I’m hoping to ramp up my cinema trips for the second half of my film challenge for the year. Well, I’ve got all the big summer blockbusters to look forward to. The main one being The Dark Knight Rises. Really. Can’t. Wait. Of course there’s The Amazing Spiderman too. Looper. The Expendables 2. Brave. Looper. So much to look forward to. Not forgetting the latter end of the year with Skyfall, The Hobbit and Django Unchained.

Also hoping to make a bit more of a dent in the film recommendations all of you kind visitors have given me. I know for a fact that a fair few of these are sitting, waiting to be seen, on my Sky box at home. So, I have no excuse!

Here’s hoping I make it to at least 100 by the end of the year!

The Avengers Initiative is Here


Avengers Initiative

Apologies for going a little Avengers mad at the moment. But the Avengers hype has well and truly gripped me and I can’t let go. No. I won’t!

Just to add fuel to the hype Terrence over at The Focused Filmographer has started up his Countdown to The Avengers with a week filled with posts looking back at the how we got to The Avengers. Ending the week with a review from Terrence himself.

There are loads of different contributors and every day there’s going to be a look back to each of the characters featured in Avengers Assemble. Dan from Fogs’ Movie Reviews has kicked us off with his look back at Iron Man.

Other contributors include Aidy Reviews, Morgan on Media, Ruth at Flixchatter. And a whole load more. My post on Thor will be up on Tuesday. No doubt I’ll be reminding you of that when it’s up.

So, just to reiterate my apology. My going on and on about Avengers Assemble won’t be going away any time soon!