Monday 17 December 2012
Plot: Three aliens from the planet Zots find themselves in exile on Earth when it is believed that their emotions are destroying the ozone layer of their home planet. A stay on the blue planet is meant to break their hearts when exposed to the cruel dating scene of our specie. But nothing ever goes to plan, and romance is in the cards...
Thursday 13 December 2012
I suffer from a severe case of listilitis, probably because I have lived in the UK for over 15 years now, a country when the making up of list has been elevated to an art form. And I usually spend my time from February onwards deciding whether each film I see is worthy of an inclusion in my end of year top 10. Having published my top 5 of unreleased films, it is time for the top 10 of the films which did make it to the UK in 2012! This list is in 2 parts, I shall start with 10 to 6, and then my top 5 has already been published on the brilliant film site Cinemart.
It has not exactly been a vintage year for films, from my point of view anyway, apart from a very strong top 3. But then it has actually been a fantastic year for film festivals on the plus side, and 2013 is looking promising.
Tuesday 4 December 2012
Out of the 100 films or so I have watched in cinemas this year, nearly half of them were at film festivals, mainly in London but also at the Cannes Film Festival, so it is only fair that I dedicate a separate list to those films seen at festivals but which have not come out in the UK yet. That I have seen so many at festivals is as much a testament to the vitality of the film festival circuit as a lament about the sorry state of the current cinema going experience, but this is a debate for another day. While some films on the list have already secured a UK release for next year, and as such, might find themselves in my top 10 of 2013, the fate of others is more uncertain.
I shall be releasing my top 10 of 2012 later in the year, but as far as this list is concerned, with no film festival coming up until the end of the year, I can safely release it now. I also feature two films which are completely out of competition, simply because I cannot determine whether they belong to the list of best or worst films I have seen this year, probably both...
Monday 3 December 2012
Laurence Anyways, seen at the London Film Festival earlier in the year, was a surprise disappointment, especially considering how much I rated Xavier Dolan's previous film, Heartbeats. I found it ambitious but ultimately hollow, too long and uninvolving. Only one scene has really stuck with me ever since and it is available on YouTube. Not that I am saying you should skip the film completely and only watch this scene below (Of COURSE not!)...