Blind Spot 2016: Vote!

This year I’ve tried to take part in Ryan McNeil’s Blind Spot series over at The Matinee, wherein every month we cross off an unseen classic from our own blind spots. I’ve nearly finished, just got the last one to write up (The Conversation), and as it’s nearing the end of 2015 it’s time to decide what next year’s blind spots will be. And to do this I’m enlisting you fine folk to help me vote.

Below, and on the sidebar, there is a poll to vote for the films I’ll be watching next year. I’ll watch the 12 highest voted movies, so please be kind. They’re all taken from the 1001 Movies list, as indeed were this year’s. I’ll close the poll on New Year’s Day, and please vote for as many or as few films as you’d like.

Thanks for voting!

Thoughts on the 2014 Oscar Nominations

Today was a big event in the movie calendar – the nominations were announced for the 2014 Oscars – and as I had some thoughts on the matter, I thought what better way to express them than in a post devoted to them? Bearing in mind I haven’t seen most of the films up for nomination – in fact, at least 6 of the bigger ones haven’t even come out over here yet – you can pretty much disregard everything I’ve written below.
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Life Vs Film in 2014

It’s been over a week since 2013 snuck away in the middle of the night without so much as a note, so it’s high time I start embracing 2014 and all that it may bring. I’m not normally one for new year’s resolutions, but seeing as this marks something of a return to blogging for me, after a half-year semi-hiatus for reasons I’m going to stop using as excuses for me not writing, then it’s as good a time as any to discuss what my plans are for me and my site in the future.
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My Thoughts on the 2013 1001 Movies Additions

It’s that time of year again, and the new edition of the 1001 Movies You M2013_1001_Movies_Hardcoverust See Before You Die book has been released. However, instead of the usual 10-15 films from the past year being added, the book has been subjected to a much-needed overhaul, and in fact closer to fifty new entries have been added. I’ll update my master List page in due course, but for now here’s the new films that have been added, and my thoughts on them so far (if any): Continue reading

So You Think You Can Review Tournament

As I’m sure most of you know, there’s a wonderful website known as the LAMB (Large Assembly of Movie Blogs) over at I’m proud to be a member of this site (there’s a link to it down on the right somewhere), and they recently hosted a tournament-style reviewing competition which I and 31 of my fellow bloggers took part in. The final results were announced yesterday and, after a rollercoaster of a journey, I cam second to the great Dan Heaton of Public Transportation Snob.
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I won an award!


┬áIf you’re anything like me your blogger desktop has recently been inundated with the above picture being handed out from one worthy blog to another, and thanks to the lovely Siobhan (pronounced Shi-vawn, she’ll have you know) over at Film Flammers, this honour has now befallen me. Firstly, thanks Siobhan. You can find her blog over here, and I recommend that you too.
Here are the rules:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post.
5. Go to their page and tell them.
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Hi everyone. Just a little note to say that there may not be an awful lot happening here for a little while, as I’m getting a bit burned out and rushed off my feet with other projects, so much so that I’ve not actually sat down and watched a film for well over a week now, which is pretty huge for me. Reviews are going to pop up sporadically for a bit (I’ve got my tickets for The Dark Knight Rises on Friday) but it’s unlikely that there will be a Top 5 or anything else for a week or two whilst I get some things settled at home. Sorry about that. Hopefully I’ll see you all soon. J