Life Vs Film in 2020

Happy New Year! It’s a new year (it’s not a new decade, don’t get me started), so let’s take a look at everything that happened to me in the past twelve months. Those of you who just follow my exploits on the blog will be forgiven for assuming that I’ve been in a coma. I haven’t, it’s just that, like pretty much every year, I started out on a fairly average trajectory and rapidly spiralled into doing nothing, but that’s only here, what about everywhere else? Well, I think the best way to look at this will be to run through my resolutions from 2019: Continue reading

2019 Review of the Year – Movies

It’s that time of year again! As the new year looms ever closer on the horizon, here’s my ranking of every new release I saw in 2019. It wasn’t a banner year for new releases (I’ll go into more detail tomorrow), but I saw 54, which isn’t terrible. Here’s the ranking: Continue reading

2018 Review of the Year

Well, that’s another year over, so it’s time for my traditional ranking of all the new releases I saw in the past twelve months. I find that the only way I can ever actually finish these lists is if I just post the list, with pictures, and no explanations why. If there’s a particular placing that’s puzzles you, ask in the comments, and remember, I’m in the UK, so not all these films may be considered 2018 releases for you, but they are for me. As such, Paddington 2 isn’t on here, but it’d be pretty darn close to #1. Here’s my list:
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2017 Review of the Year

2017 wasn’t my best year for film-watching. In fact, it was my worst for some time, mainly due to various other time-consuming events in my life (y’know, like getting married and all). However I did manage to watch 54 films released in the UK in 2017, and here’s my ranking of them all: Continue reading

2014 Review of the Year Part 3 of 3

Here it is, the final part of my review of 2014 (that’s, for various reasons, taken me a little longer to write than anticipated, seeing as last year I posted a third of the whole list a day for three days straight). You can read part 1 of the list here, and part 2 of the list here. Or, you can skip them entirely because really, the only important part is here, with my Top 20 Films of 2014: Continue reading

2014 Review of the Year Part 2 of 3

Here’s part 2 of my 2014 review of the Year. You can read the first part, listing my worst 18 movies of the year, here. From here on in, I’d at least recommend that these films are worth watching. Continue reading

2014 Review of the Year Part 1 of 3

It’s the end of another year, which means it’s time for my traditional (as of last year) end of year review. In 2013 I saw 50 movies released that year, and like every sequel this year it went bigger and better, because I went and watched a grand total of 58. Some of these were released outside of the UK earlier than this year, but I never let a thing like that get in the way of me ranking films into an arbitrary order. Oh, and technically one of these films hasn’t come out yet in the UK. We’ll get to that.

As with last year, I’ve split this post into three. Today you get my bottom 18 movies, tomorrow (or when I post the next page) the following 20, and soon after that will be the much hallowed Top 20 list. Be sure to come back to see what made the top. Continue reading

2013: A Movie Odyssey (Year in Review Part 3)

This is the final instalment of my three-part review of 2013. Part 1 can be read here, in which I complain about the fifteen worst new films I saw last year, and part 2 can be read here, where I talk about the twenty films in the middle of the pack. Today it’s on to the big guns – the best of the year. So sit back (but not so far back that you can’t read the screen) and enjoy what I believe are the best new films I saw from the past 12 months. Continue reading

2013: A Movie Odyssey (Year in Review Part 2)

This is part 2 of my 2013 Year in Review, in which I’ve ranked and briefly reviewed every new film I saw in 2013. Part 1 can be read here. Part 3 will be released tomorrow. Yesterday saw me dissing the 15 worst films I watched last year. Today I get to be a little more positive, discussing the middle 20, until we pull out the superlative guns for tomorrow’s Top 20. This is by no means a filler post though, as every film on today’s list comes with a recommendation to watch it. Continue reading

2013: A Movie Odyssey (Year in Review Part 1)

Happy New Year everybody! 2013 has been and gone, long live 2014. I think it’s safe to say that, for Life Vs Film (or LVF, as I’ve pretentiously begun referring to it), 2013 kind of sucked. I had so much going on elsewhere – moving house, beng stuck at my parents for 4 months, podcasts, other writing – that my own site got a bit neglected. In fact, in the last 6 months I’ve only written 22 posts for this site, which even for me is a massive disappointment. I can only apologise for this lack of content, and also for my lack of networking on other sites, and I pledge, as part of a new year’s resolution, to up my game considerably for 2014. I have plans, but they’re to be discussed on another day.

On the bright side, I did watch far more new movies last year than in recent times. In 2012, my end-of-year review consisted of a selection of 14 films released that year. This year, that number has almost been multiplied by four, so hurrah for both me and my LoveFilm subscription. Now, many of these haven’t had reviews written for them, so instead of doing a standard Top 10 of the year I’ve ranked every film I’ve seen from this year and written a little bit about them all. To break it up from being one ginormous post this is just part one, and parts two and three will be dispatched tomorrow and Friday. Saturday will see my Top 10 new-to-me films from the year that weren’t released in 2013. Also, I’m fully aware that there’s some pretty huge films from this year I’ve not seen yet. There’s nothing I can do about that now, but I’m planning to retro-actively add them in at a later date. Oh, and one last caveat, as I live in the UK, and we don’t necessarily receive films at the same time as the rest of the world, I’m listing here all the films that were released in the UK in 2013. I’ll pick them out when I get to them. So, without further ado here is my 2013, in movies: Continue reading