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

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Fast & Furious 6

Former drag racer turned international bank robber Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) has given up the life of the crime and settled down with his new girl Elena (Elsa Pataky) after the death of his wife, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). CIA Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), who was last seen on the hunt for Toretto and his gang, shows up at Toretto’s home – not to arrest him, but to ask for his help, as Hobbs is now trying to arrest Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and his team of master criminals and drivers, who are currently making Hobbs’ cops look like idiots. And apparently, the only way to catch an international thief with crazy driving skills and his similarly equipped team is to employ another set of international thieves with crazy driving skills. So why on Earth would Dom agree to help his former foe? Well, it turns out Letty may not have died after all, as Hobbs has a photo of her working for Shaw, so Dom calls up his team, and they set to work.
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