My Week in Movies, 2015 Week 30

Sometimes I hate that writing is a creative endeavour. I’ve always been much happier with numbers than I have with letters, and the solution to a maths problem is always achievable somehow, whereas compiling thoughts into cohesive paragraphs can often, for me at least, seem impossible. I get near a deadline, I get frustrated, I get moody and I wander round the house scowling and breaking things. So, this time, I’ve opted to cease staring at the 8 lines I’ve written in the past 90 minutes for my overdue Road Trip post on The Departed, and I’m writing this instead. Yes, it means I’m now behind on my Road Trip target, however it also means I won’t have to clean up any smashed glassware later this evening, so there’s pros and cons to everything. Fortunately, I’m on track with everything else and only need to review one other movie to still be on track next week, and it’s a film I’ve already watched this past week. This is a very good thing, because in the fast-approaching month of August I’ll be needing to watch up to 15 films for podcasting purposes, only four of which will be towards any of my goals, so I better get cracking on these. It’s a good thing they’re mostly all films I want to watch then. Here’s what I saw this past week:
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My Week in Movies, 2015 Week 3

This was what could be described as the year’s first “normal week,” in that it was a full week at work, with the occasional busy evening here and there. We’re in a perpetual state of doing up the house, which always eats away at time, but fortunately it means I can’t afford to go out anywhere, which leaves lots of time to stay in and watch movies. Continue reading

Top 10… New-To-Me Movies in 2013

I may not have seen many films in 2013, but I did see some new ones that weren’t released last year. This post is dedicated to those films, and here’s the top 10 new-to-me non-2013-released movies:

Honourable mention: Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect gets the honourable mention slot mainly because I didn’t expect much from it, but it really surprised me. The premise comes off as Glee: The Movie; Beca (Anna Kendrick) starts at university and joins The Bellas, an all-girl acapella group, who enter a singing competition against their all-male rivals, The Treblemakers, but she finds The Bellas’ more traditional stylings need some serious updating if they have any chance of winning, but all thoughts of the TV show (which I admit I don’t hate, mainly because of their affinity for Journey) are soon disspelled after the first bout of projectile vomitting, and once we meet Rebel Wilson’s Fat Amy. Some of the characters are basic stereotypes – the bitchy one, the slutty one, the crazy one – but the musical performances are all great – particularly Beca’s cup song, and the riff-off – and damn if this film wasn’t funny, especially the world-ending gravitas given to the line “I’ve got nodes.”. Continue reading