I’ve hardly done any film this year. Instead I’ve been seriously hooked on TV – Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Dexter, The Returned, Game of Thrones, Top of the Lake, The Walking Dead, Orange Is the New Black and The Good Wife to name just a few. Little time for film you see, but I promise to try harder next year.
When MarBelle asked me for my Top Ten of 2013 I wondered if I should bother. He’s seen 12 Years a Slave and I have not. However, it would be churlish of me to junk it all in for a film I suppose I can be blown away by in 2014 so here is my Top Ten.
What a year for viewing. It feels odd to be picking a top ten list exclusively from films as 2013 for me was the year of astounding television – both broadcast and online. I know how strict MarBelle gets about these things and it’s willpower alone that has allowed me to not break the rules this year. Here are the ten that have stayed with me:
A strange year for me personally and professionally. Living in Cornwall now and finishing my doctorate means I’ve missed many films that would normally have contended but getting a job teaching film at a university has reinvigorated my love of cinema and leaves me excited for 2014, a year in which I hope to return […]
When people within my new field of Academia ask about my background I tell them I’m a screenwriter and producer, festival director and programmer, critic, blogger and now, early career academic. I approach my research and academic life with less a ‘jack of all trades’ mentality and more of a ‘transmedia, multi-platform mentality’ and so […]
Ahead of us joining the irresistible pull of festive films and best of list that dominate this last slice of the year, in November we: witnessed the resurrection of nine dead Kings, stripped away the trappings of brutal tradition, headed into the night with London Grammar, wiped the bloody slate clean, felt an astronaut’s sense of longing, revisited our formative years, experienced life after death, saw a father and son struggle to stay afloat, broke away from the daily grind, and fought the pull of the storyteller’s tale.
With a good third of our October posts focussing on the time we spent attending the London Film Festival you’d be forgiven for thinking that not much else went on round here. However that’s far from the case as we also: eavesdropped on a foulmouthed conversation, confronted a deluded soul in the woods, caught up on Rino Stefano Tagliafierro & M+A’s collaboration, fell for the love story of two World War II soldiers, got our party on, employed extreme measures to find our voice, and hummed along to the catchy song of snubbed mobiles.
As I sit writing this roundup on the final day of this year’s London Film Festival, I feel the air around me haunted by a strange sense of mediocrity. It’s a funny sensation because, although there have been the inevitable disappointments, there has also been much to enjoy at the festival. And yet, for all […]
For some reason September seems to be have been our chattiest month yet, featuring interviews about ball players avoiding zombies in the countryside; primordial, albino stop motion creatures; a marooned astronaut lamenting the life he left behind; a troubled youth decaying away in obscurity; lupine parenting practices; a dancer’s hard work and dedication; a white […]
Earlier this morning, the programme for the BFI London Film Festival 2013 was announced, and although the Twitter buzz claiming this to be one of the most exciting programmes ever seems way over the top, there’s undeniably much to get excited about – as one would hope from a programme containing over 300 features, shorts […]