Top Five: Films to Watch in 2010

3 01 2010

After a few retrospective lists, here’s a speculative ones, so here we have a list of five films that should be worth a watch at the very least in the year ahead.

1. Tron Legacy

Thankfully not featuring that guy, the sequel to the 1982 cult classic Tron is due for release in December. Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner will reprise their roles from the original and will be joined by Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, and John Hurt. The director of the original film, Steven Lisberger also returns as producer. The trailer was released to much fanfare at Comic Con 2009, and Disney have promised that the theatrical release will feature improved CGI and 3D. Definitely the film to look forward to this year.

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Top Five: New Year Hangover Cures

1 01 2010

Now yesterday was Hogmanay, so I trust you are now nursing the mother of all hangovers, so here are my top five sure fire ways to rid yourself of it, or at least delay it until the 2nd.

1. Watch films you have seen before

Now you may want to watch the frankly hilarious The Hangover (one of my top five films of the year), or maybe whatever is on TV, I have a tradition of watching the original Star Wars trilogy, but whatever you choose it had better be something you’ve seen before. Now the reason for this is your tender head, you don’t want any surprises, you don’t want to have to think, you need to know exactly what is coming. Also means you know you’ll enjoy it, so it’s a nice, safe experience.

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Top Five: Films of 2009

29 12 2009

Here we are at the end of the year, and the decade, so a list of my favourite films of the year. I might do one for the decade later, it’ll require more thinking.

1. Moon

The feature directorial debut of Duncan Jones, aka Zowie Bowie. Visually stunning with the use of models over CGI (I have love for models), and using a spartan cast of ten actors, Jones creates a film with a nod to some sci-fi classics, such as, Solaris (original Soviet version), 2001, and Alien. Sam Rockwell is excellent (always is) as Sam, a man who has essentially lived alone on the moon for three years and whose mind is slowly turning in on itself.

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Top Five: German Films

4 08 2009

A fairly simple one today, here are my top five favourite German films.

1. Good Bye Lenin!

I have been known to be prone to Ostalgie, probably due to the fact that my early life was defined by the East/West struggle in many small ways. Anyway, this is a great feel-good film that shows the struggle of one young man to come to terms with the changing world around him and his desire to hold onto his old life in just a small way to protect his mother. The way that the iconography is replaced with the gaudy commercialism with such rapidity is startling, and is essentially what this film is about.

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Top Five: The Week Ahead

27 07 2009

Mondays, back to work, and five days until the next weekend, so what is there to help you drag yourself through the next five days? Here are my top five.

1. Monday: Watchmen

Today sees the DVD and Blu-Ray release of one of the biggest films of the year. Based on my favourite graphic novel, Snyder’s envisioning isn’t any where near perfect in my mind, but he gets points for filming the unfilmable, and the story is still excellent.  So that is Monday night’s entertainment sorted.

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