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:

Film Score Favourites


Not content with compiling just a list of my favourite films of the year, I’ve felt the need to compile yet another film related list. My favourite film scores of the year.

This year’s been more miss for me than hit with film scores. Some of the big films failed massively with their scores and then there were some unexpected films which had fantastic pieces.

In fact, there’s only five films I can pick out of the cinematic releases this year (That I’ve seen. I can’t listen to a film score when I haven’t seen the film!) where the score has made an impact on me.

Well what do you know. The sun came out this weekend


After all the moaning about the weather (Something us Brits know how to do perfectly.) we finally have some sun! I might actually go as far as to say that it felt somewhat like summer this weekend. I can’t remember the last time we had weather like this. I’m sitting here, it’s nearly 10pm, the back door and all the windows are open and I don’t even feel a tiny bit cold. FINALLY!

Enjoying the garden

The weather was so good this weekend I finally put the garden furniture out. I haven’t had them out at all so far this year. Milestone!

Much like a lot of Brits out there, as soon as the sun comes out, everyone’s in their gardens keeping busy and getting things tidy. This was definitely in my schedule, but sadly I had resigned myself to be spending some time indoors in front of my laptop doing some work.

100 movies: The Dark Knight Rises

100 movies of 2012

[yellow_box]Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy![/yellow_box]

WARNING: This is a spoiler warning! I was going to attempt writing up my thoughts on The Dark Knight Rises without plot points about the film. But that’s proved somewhat impossible. So, if you’ve not seen the film but will be at some point and don’t want to be spoiled, go look at some of my photos. Oh and also, in case you didn’t already guess. This one is going to be a long one. I can’t make myself succinct about this film!

The Dark Knight RisesThe Dark Knight Rises (20/07/12)

Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

Before I begin with sorting out my thoughts on The Dark Knight Rises, let’s go back to the beginning with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. See, in the run up to the release of The Dark Knight Rises I did what any sane person would do and did a rewatch of both. Sane or weirdly obsessive. I’ll let you decide. Anyway. Before this rewatch I was certain that The Dark Knight was the better film. It was beautifully dark. Serious. Unforgiving. It was everything a comic book film had never been.

As you might be able to guess. After the rewatch, I changed my mind. I’m not saying that The Dark Knight is a bad film or in any way a poor sequel to Batman Begins, but I just want to argue that it is actually a better all round film. Batman Begins sets up the universe. Gives us Gotham. Its heroes and villains. Sets the tone. It’s well structured. Has a fantastic score. It begins with a purpose and by the end, you’ve got it. The Dark Knight I found a little messy on my rewatch. I think the film is overshadowed by the epic performance given by Heath Ledger. It’s all anyway sees or talks about when it comes to that film. There is more to it than that, but it’s all anyone can really take note of. The Dark Knight also ends about 3 times before the actual ending.

So there you have it. Now you know where my mindset is in terms of the trilogy, let’s get into my thoughts on The Dark Knight Rises.

Happy Dark Knight Rises Day!


The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises poster by RyanLuckoo

The homework’s been done. Batman Begins was given a once over last week and The Dark Knight was given another look this week. The soundtracks of both have been on repeat for the last couple of days. It’s finally here.

Today is most probably one of the most exciting filmic release days of the year for me. And probably a lot of other people around the world. See, today, we finally get to see the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

I for one. Am just a little bit excited. Only a little bit.

My ticket has been booked for a couple of weeks. Well, I jumped on to booking as soon as they were available. Glad that I did too. More relieved. I don’t know what I’d have done if I didn’t get tickets for opening night. *faint*

Just a few reasons why I can’t wait for The Dark Knight Rises:

  • Batman Begins.
  • The Dark Knight.
  • Hans Zimmer – I swear, there hasn’t been a really amazing bit of score music for a single film this year so far.
  • Joseph Gordon Levitt – yes, he constitutes a reason.
  • I’ve been promised it’s going to be epic. I believe everything that’s told to me when there’s a promise involved.
  • Did you see that scene in the trailer with the bridges? Woah!
  • I have a huge amount of faith in Christopher Nolan pulling something amazing off here.

I’ve gone cold turkey from watching any promos, TV spots, trailers, etc, since the fourth trailer. Not even listened to the soundtrack.

Just hope this isn’t going to be a case of the hype killing the film. Deep down, I’m sure it’s not.

Come back to me at half eleven tonight. I’ll have an answer for you then.