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!


 If 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

Holiday Apologies

Apologies for the lack of posts this past week, I’ve been on holiday in Wales and the cottage we were staying in had considerably less Internet than we were expecting. The Unlisted and Top 5 posts were hastily scrambled together the night before we left home, just in case. Fortunately the typically Welsh weather allowed me to watch a few more films than I thought I would (still only five from the List though) but a lack of researching ability meant few posts could be written unpublished. Ah well, I’ll try and get back on track in the coming week.

In comfort we trust

On a weekend trip visiting the girlfriend in Bury St Edmunds, we decided to step out to the cinema to see the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (keeping a recent tradition of film titles seemingly designed to be hard to remember, hello Martha Marcy May Marlene). The film was OK, a tad long and seemed to forget about some of its characters when what little plot it had did not require them, but the experience is worth proclaiming about because of the venue. We went not to an Odeon, a Cineworld or an Empire, but to a Picturehouse, something I haven’t done for a while. We arrived a little late, after a last minute snack dash, so the only remaining sets of two seats were fairly near the front, but we didn’t mind because they were on sofas. Not hard-backed, squeeze yourself in wooden benches, but full-on sofas, with leg room and cushions, separate cup holders and everything. No fighting for the arm rest with your neighbour, no hunching up to fit in a ridiculously narrow corridor whilst simultaneously ducking down to ensure the person behind can see (I’m 6′ 3″, though the chairs at my local Odeon seem designed more for those 4′ 5″ and under). Just sit back, relax, stretch out a little and enjoy. And these weren’t even premier seats, just standard, used to encourage patrons to sit nearer the front of the screen, and I’d strongly recommend other cinemas to employ them too. One of the main reasons I don’t go to the cinema that often – other than the exponentially increasing ticket prices – is because the seats are so damn uncomfortable, and I’m fairly sure I’d go at least once a week if I knew I wouldn’t be shifting and squirming throughout the film, else it really is more worthwhile just to wait for the DVD.

1 Year Anniversary

Happy Birthday to the list! One year down, four to go, so far I’ve crossed off 260 films and spent a total of 21.21 solid days watching films (and that’s just the list ones), yet I’m still 7 films and 4 minutes behind where I should be, plus there’s 31 posts I haven’t written yet, but all being well by the end of this month (thankfully extended by a day just for this purpose) this should all be sorted, and I’ll be struggling manfully to write posts on either the day, or the day after I watch them, or maybe before I watch the next film, whichever is easier.

So, thanks to everyone who’s been watching films with me (especially Aisha, I’m very sorry for putting you through such atrocious oddities as All That Jazz and Videodrome, but you should thank me for introducing you to the joys of Fargo, Monsters and Annie Hall) and to everyone who’s been reading these posts, I hope you agree that they’ve gotten better, but fear not, I know I’ve still got a way to go before I actually get any good at doing this.

Here’s to the next 4 years!