Tuesday, 31 December 2013

My Top 10 Films of 2013

2013 has been a real treat for cinema-goers; there has been so many great films out this year that picking only 10 for this 'best of' list has been a bigger challenge than ever.

So, without further ado, here are my Top 10 Movies of the 2013 - be sure to let me know in the comments section below on your thoughts! What was your favourite movie of 2013?

Monday, 30 December 2013

Film Review: The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug

Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lily and Luke Evans.

Runtime: 161 minutes

Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy returns to our screens with the second chapter in the story, The Desolation of Smaug. Starring Martin Freeman as the titular Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, The Desolation of Smaug is a step-up from the divisive first instalment, An Unexpected Journey, providing the most entertaining foray into Middle-Earth for a decade, if not ever. 

Review: Kimberley Heberley - Clarity (Music Video)

Kimberley Heberley is a Perth-based singer/songwriter on a mission - inspired by the likes of Delta Goodrem and Alicia Keys, Kimberley has her sights set firmly on the stars and aims to be one of the next big talents to hit the pop music industry.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Verdict: The Time of the Doctor (Doctor Who)

Doctor Who bids farewell to Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor in this year's 2013 Christmas Special, 'The Time of the Doctor'. Featuring all manner of classic Who foes, the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Weeping Angels and the Silence, 'The Time of the Doctor' is a fairly uneven farewell to Smith's Doctor that could have achieved more given the scope.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Film Review: Frozen

What better way to shake off the heat of the Australian summer than to sit down and watch a film called Frozen that is based on Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen?

Frozen is the latest animated adventure from Walt Disney Animated Classics - the same studio that have produced a string of quality, high-budget animated films in the last few years such as Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph and The Princess and the Frog. So, what's the verdict?

Monday, 23 December 2013

Quotes Corner: Jennifer Lawrence

One of the most talked about stars of the year, Jennifer Lawrence has cemented herself as a mega-star amongst mega-stars in Hollywood this year. 

From that Oscar winning performance in Silver Linings Playbook to the lead role in box-office hit The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the down-to-earth Lawrence is also a hit among fans for her refreshing and straight-talking attitude towards the industry and everything that is associated with it. 

It's this witty turn-of-phrase that this edition of Quotes Corner commemorates; I've dug around to find some of the best and funniest quotes from the mouth of Ms. Lawrence, on everything from movie roles, dieting and...farting. Enjoy!

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Top 5: Anti-Christmas Movies

Christmas - a time of year filled with annoying songs, good food and of course, festive films. TV schedules around this time of year are bursting with all manner of classic Christmas films, from the indelible A Wonderful Life to the more recent Yuletide favorite, Elf. All this festive cheer and cheesiness can wear thin quickly, especially after the fiftieth re-watch of Home Alone.

This got me thinking; what are the best Christmas movies that aren't Christmas movies? I mean, films that are set in and around Christmas, but not really about Christmas at all. Films you can watch at this time of year and not catch diabetes from the sugary endings and candy cane colours. There are plenty to choose from, so here is a selection of some of my favorites.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

The 2013 'Fuzzies' Movie Awards

A hastily thrown-together round-up of the good, the bad and the ugly from the last 12 months, with some cheeky little honorary awards thrown in for a bit of fun. 

I wanted to write something kind of tongue-in-cheek to go with the best actor/director waffle in-order to round off the year. Let me know what you think in the comments section below! 

Monday, 16 December 2013

My 2013 Movie Soundtrack Playlist

Movies and music; a match made in heaven.

I haven't written anything on movie scores on this blog yet but I've really been blown away by some knock-out soundtracks this year so I felt compelled to put together a quick Spotify playlist of tracks for you all.

The ever wonderful Hans Zimmer has had a busy year; Mr. Zimmer produced the soundtracks for Man of Steel, The Lone Ranger and Rush. Meanwhile, Of Monsters and Men have had a lot of thier tracks floating around movie trailers and soundtracks, from About Time, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

I've put together a collection of my favourite movie soundtrack moments in a Spotify playlist for you all to enjoy. In my mind, the real highpoint is Hans Zimmer's work on the Man of Steel soundtrack. It is up there with Inception as some of his best work.

Also, there's the score Steve Price put together for Gravity. The 11-minute-long Don't Let Go is awesome.

Also, just for a bit of fun, I've thrown in some stand-out tracks from films like Iron Man 3, Django Unchained and, yes, I couldn't resist throwing in the William Tell Overture from The Lone Ranger for a finale.

You can find the playlist by clicking on this link here: 2013 Movie Soundtrack Playlist. Enjoy!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Film Review: American Hustle

American Hustle is the latest film by highly regarded auteur David O. Russell; the director of Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter and Three Kings. Once again, Russell brings together a wonderful ensemble cast with a wealth of talent for a stylish and entertaining film; American Hustle won't leave you feeling swindled. 

Thursday, 12 December 2013

My 2013 Spotify Playlist

2013 has been a great year for music - there have been some really great tunes put together this year. I'm currently looking back over the year and writing my Top 5 Albums of 2013 post, and in the process I decided to put together a quick Spotify playlist of some of the songs I feel have made up my soundtrack to the year.

It's a pretty eclectic list, with everything from Queens of the Stone Age, Jagwar Ma and Noah and the Whale to Kanye West, The Strokes and Daft Punk.

You can read up on my Top 5 Albums of 2013 by clicking here; alternatively, you can head on over to my the playlist by follow this link: 2013 Spotify Playlist. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

My Top Albums of 2013

2013 has seen some big records released, from worldwide megastars like Daft Punk to young hipster upstarts like Lorde. Here's my Top 5 list of the best and brightest albums to have pricked my ears in the last 12 months. 

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Film Review: Ender's Game

A book once dubbed "unfilmable" by its author, Ender's Game finally hits cinema screens over 20 years after it first when to print. Starring Asa Butterfield as the titular hero, Ender and Harrison Ford as the growly Commander Hyrum Graff, the film is a glossy and often thought-provoking science-fiction adventure that loses steam somewhere along the way.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

60 Second Film Reviews #9

Quick movie reviews, without the waffle. 60 Second Film Reviews is a regular feature where I compile together brief reviews of recent films I've watched at home or at the movies - and generally couldn't be arsed didn't find time to write a proper review for. 

This month we have Welcome to the Punch, The Place Beyond the Pines and The Bling Ring.


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