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Here are my top movies and movie moments of 2013 :)
Before you get angry at something you can’t believe I’ve not mentioned please check my list of films that I haven’t managed to see yet at the bottom in case it’s on there!
Better than expected
Robot & Frank
Worse than expected
Man of Steel
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Michael Douglas - Behind the Candelbra
Can’t believe I missed these (in no order)
Zero Dark Thirty
This is 40
Welcome to the punch
Place beyond the pines
How I live Now
Saving Mr Banks
Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Only just out
This year has been a bit of a belter for me music-wise with some great releases from heavyweights and old favourites as well as a few new acts and surprises.
I hate trying to do proper numbered top tens so instead I’ve just given my favourites in no particular order but split out into to broader categories of ratings.
Top of the Pops
(my 9 & 10 out of 10 albums - ‘zomg amazing’)
The Next Day - David Bowie
Yeezus - Kanye West
Bangerz - Miley Cyrus
Artpop - Lady Gaga
Bloodsports - suede
Random Access Memories - Daft Punk
The Big Dream - David Lynch
Best of the Rest
(7 & 8 out of 10 - ‘bloody good but not perfect’)
The Minutes - Alison Moyet
Exile - Hurts
Tales of Us - Goldfrapp
Days are Gone - Haim
Pale Green Ghosts - John Grant
Kiss Land - The Weekend
Seasons of Your Day - Mazzy Star
Innocents - Moby
Three - Charlotte Church
Dead Ends - The Rumour Said Fire
Could do better
(6 & 7 out of 10 ratings - ‘a few belters and a bunch of fillers’)
Swings Both Ways - Robbie Williams
The Marshall Mathers LP2 - Eminem
Rewind The Film - Manic Street Preachers
Closer To The Truth - Cher
Great song but the album was a bit rubbish
Roar - Katy Perry
Anything Could Happen - Ellie Goulding
New act that deserves a mention on the basis of one song alone
Take Me to Church - Hozier
Man of the year
David Bowie - For being the best at keeping a secret ever.
Woman of the year
Miley Cyrus - For cultural whiplash due to her unexpected smackdown on the pop landscape
Performance of the year
Artpop at Swinefest - Lady Gaga
Because sometimes the simplest move is right.
'Moment' of the year
Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus
For straddling the zeitgeist as well as the ball.
Gig of the year
Suede - Glasgow Barrowlands
Because that’s where I go, and that’s what I do..
Most anticipated for 2014
Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey
Artpop volume 2? - Could just be a scurrilous rumour
More suede please!
A decade in self-exile obviously lit one hell of a fire in Brett Anderson’s scrawny belly. There were scores to settle. The messy split that followed 2002’s underperforming A New Morning had all but sentenced this once-beloved band of outsiders to pop’s dumper of doom. From rags to riches to digging ditches. They were becoming a mere footnote to the ‘90s falling somewhere below Tony Blair’s grin, NUTS magazine, Oasis and Blur’s playground bickering and Ginger Spice’s cleavage, though mercifully above Shed Seven. Bloodsports was their death-or-glory chance to pull their legacy from the fire and scale the museum walls leaving Dodgy, Cast and Toploader behind for good. In doing so they crafted this admirably heroic comeback which magically fused the snaked-hipped glitterpop of Coming Up with the melancholy martyrs and doomed devotion of Dog Man Star. A bittersweet and bruised record wrapped wise with scars, lust, secrets and lies. “I smile as the rope cuts through me,” barks Anderson defiantly as the brooding “Sabotage” descends. And the band played on! O Captain, My Captain our future is still unwritten!
- Matt James — The 75 Best Albums of 2013 | PopMatters
I absolutely loved the Hunger Games books when I read them (you can see my review of the series here if you like) but never quite mustered myself to watch the first film. The trailers left me a little cold - or to be more accurate not cold enough - and having already been through the initially torturous process of learning to love the Potter movies I didn’t feel quite ready to sacrifice another fandom at the alter of the adaptation. However I had heard nothing but good about the sequel Catching Fire over the last week or two so I decided to man up and go and see it. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.
Let’s get my kvetches out of the way first - as predicted all three of the main protagonists are far to pretty and healthy looking. You’ve been down the mines all year have you Gale? That’s funny because you look like you’ve been modelling Levis in a 50s garage. And speaking of Gale - actually why bother? A combination of a chronically underwritten character and an actor who might has well have been a piece of handsomely carved oak meant I really couldn’t care less about him. In fact I generally just forgot he existed. I realise he had a smaller part in the second book too but still, a bit of a waste.
On the other hand I thought Josh Hutcherson was really well cast as Peeta and once I got over her too-pretty face Jennifer Lawrence was actually far steelier and closer to ‘my’ Katniss than I had expected. Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair and Jena Malone as Johanna Mason were a treat too.
The biggest surprise for me was that even at a 12A it manages to quite effectively capture the brutality of the books. And although I felt it didn’t always fully realise the larger feeling of desperation out-with the tributes themselves they have more time to expand on that in the next film. Oh, and It made me cry once, but unusually for a movie not at the end.
A little too much lipgloss in the grime for my taste but on the whole a very good adaptation