Movie Monday: My Top 5 Movies Of 2012

I have seen some very good movies this year, and some very bad ones too, but lets not focus on those but let’s look at what was good.  Some of these movies may not have been released this year, but if I say the movie for the first time this year then it is eligible.

I’m going to start at the top;

  1. The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble here in the U.K.):  This is by a long stretch my favourite movie of the year.  It had everything, action, drama, plot, great characters, humour, breath-taking CGI.  Joss Whedon put an amazing movie together here and I’d go as far to say this is close to being my favourite movie of all time.
  2. The Dark Knight Rises: Christopher Nolan’s epic conclusion to this Batman Trilogy was not perfect, but it was close.  It felt rushed in places and some of it felt a little strained but that is easily forgotten as the drama and the enormity of the plot gains pace.
  3. Dredd: I have a dirty confession here, I actually quite like the Stallone version but I can see the cheese factor of the movie.  This version felt a lot more raw and I loved the fact that it was a simple storyline and not Dredd trying to save the world. I’ve never read the comics that the film is based on, but I doubt that each episode has Dredd saving the world or something as grand.  It was just two cops trying to solve a crime, and stop a wider crime wave.
  4. The Hunger Games: I have just started reading the book, but I saw the movie when it first came out and it did really impress me. The changes that I have noticed have not bothered me and I’m looking forward to the next movie, although I am disappointed that Director Gary Ross will not be returning to direct the second film. Dredd only just pipped it to the 3rd place.
  5. Rise OF The Guardians: This is a late comer to the list as it only came out a few weeks ago and gets in by the spirit the movie had. It’s a really great family film which I think deserves its place here.

I’ve got a couple of honorary mentions here.  The first is The Rocky Horror Picture show, Dead Silence, Sinister, Ted and The Women In Black.  All good movies which I wanted to mention as they left a lasting impression on me.

The Christmas Period 2012

I hope that you have all had an amazing Christmas? I know that I have had my best Christmas since childhood, by a long way if I’m honest.   It was pretty relaxed and there was a lot of fun had 🙂 I managed to knock out about sixty pages of The Hunger Games Christmas Day. It was nice to be able to just sit down and read without thinking about having one of a dozen other things to do. I did get Stephen King’s The Dark Tower books for Christmas as well so I want to get started on them as soon as I can.

I’ve watched a few good movies (Ted, The Avengers (Avengers Assemble here in the UK) The Dark Knight Rises and The Rocky Horror Picture Show), had a Nerf gun fight, ate some really good food.  Spent time with my nearest and dearest and all in all it was a really good couple of days 🙂

There’s little time to rest though as I’ve been back at work today and for just a few days things will be back to normal, till New Years Eve at least. This is always an odd time of the year. Unless you’re lucky enough to have the entire Christmas and New Year period off then the days feel odd.  Like today for example it has felt like monday all day.  Weird.  I do love this time of year but I hate how it knocks me off my mental calendar.

Before New Year I’ve got a few days of work and I’m hoping to get down to Owen’s because he has a few notes for Project Apollo which in turn are a few notes for The Space Watch (Project Apollo). I’ll let you all know how that goes.

Movie Review : Ted

Ted is the story of a man who made a childhood wish for his teddy bear to become real so that they could be best friends forever, the wish came true and the child, John Bennett is now a thirty-five yeah old man whose teddy, Ted has grown up with him.  They spend most of their time smoking pot, drinking and watching movies.  Generally doing laddish things.  John is in a relationship with the lovely Lori who seems to get along with Ted but feels the soft toy is holding her relationship with John back.  Ted ends up getting his own place and a job but little changes and then the disaster happens and true friendships are tested, and that’s all I’m going to say so I don’t get accused of spoiling the movie for anyone.

This film was not really on my radar.  I know who Seth MacFarlane is but I’ve not got round to watching family guy yet.  I’m a fan of Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis but that was not a strong enough pull to encourage me to go and see this film, But my girlfriend, Tracie, wanted to go and see it so we went (I made her sit through The Dark Knight Rises last week lol) and I’ve got to say, I loved it 😀 It did not make me laugh as much as the Inbertweeners film did but its a good second place as the funniest new movie I’ve seen for a few years.  At it’s core it’s a buddy movie and a romance (Dont let that scare you off fella’s) but the humour of it is absolutely spot on, yes it’s in bad taste here and there but not to the point of being offensive (In my opinion) and it works very well.  The scenes with Ted and his boss deserve particular mention, so does Giovanni Ribisi’s role in the movie as the bad guy.  Although he’s playing a role not far from his normal here he does it well as in all the movies he’s in (It was great seeing him playing more of a straight role in Avatar though)  He’s an actor that I have a lot of time for because I’ve not seen a film where he does a half arsed job.

I will be buying this one when it comes out on DVD because it’s an incredible good film, Tracie loved it as well, well aside from the Taylor Launter joke which I found funny 😀

Here We Go

So far I’m a quarter of the way through my read through of this Project Apollo universe story which from now on will be refered to as Project Delphi.  The basic story will stay the same but the central character will have a few minor changes and a couple of the support characters will have some major changes to them. Aside from the various plot issues, character details and world building the most important changes are going to be to the humour of the story.  Originally we tried to write this with a radio show in mind so there would be more one liners and slapstick humour to it but we’re taking this down a little more of a serious route which means much tweaking, but we still want to keep some humour in it.  Thankfully some of the humour so far is written in a way that will work with how we want it too (hopefully) I do think that I have found something that slipped me by when I wrote from Owen’s initial outline where the sod is making fun of me (I will have my revenge, so be warned Owen because I know you read this, I am plotting said revenge [Insert evil laughter]  😛 )

On another note, if this all goes to my two month time frame this will finish a month before NaNoWriMo kicks off which will allow me to focus on the planning for that 😀 nicely times if I do say so myself.

Outside of writing I saw the movie Ted at the weekend and will be posting a short review in the next few days (when I have ten minutes spare) and I’ve got an Amazing Spider-Man review half written somewhere too.

That’s all for now, I’m off to watch a movie before shutting down for the night 🙂