Top 5 Films Of 2013

15 01 2014

Film Reel 2013

2013 has passed, and what a year it was for great films. We have seen visions of the Future, Conspiracies, Super Heroes, Monsters and Amazing Adventures and with the passing of the year, it is time to take a look back at the films that impressed us, the audience the most. So here are my Top 5 films of 2013.

The Wolverine (20th Century Fox - 2013)

5. The Wolverine – Upon first hearing about The Wolverine I was a bit worried that it was going to be nothing more than a bad sequel to a bad film. It wasn’t. Based on the comics of Wolverine (not just the comics), The Steel Clawed hero ventures to Japan to visit a man who owes him a debt. However, the feral hero soon finds himself in the middle of something more than just a mafia turf war. Hugh Jackman returned as the title hero that helped make him the actor he is today, in a film that became one of the best comic book films to date. easily better than any Avengers film and the best Marvel film since X-Men: First Class. Alongside a great cast of characters and other lesser known X-Men characters mixed with the sights and sounds of a brilliant country and action to back the film up, The Wolverine is The Comic Book film of 2013.

Welcome to the Punch (Momentum Pictures - 2013)

4. Welcome To The Punch – In between all the big action blockbusters of 2013 is what could be considered by some as a small film. A film that nobody could see coming, and they didn’t, even I didn’t……….until I saw the trailer. While I initially forgot the name of the film, it looked brilliant and the mention of Ridley Scott as the Executive Producer sparked enough to get me interested, and thanks to the film’s lead actor appearing on Top Gear, reminded me of the film’s name. Welcome To The Punch is a proper British Action Cop film. Starring James McAvoy and Mark Strong it follows a London Detective as he is trying to pursue a man he was unable to catch several years previously, it is not until he finally confronts the man that he discovers a major conspiracy within the ranks. While it maybe an independent British Film, Welcome To The Punch is a film that shouldn’t be ignored. One of the film’s major points is that of actress Andrea Riseborough who gives an amazing performance as James McAvoy’s aide. With great action scenes and a plot that you will find gripping and intense backed up by a great cast including David Morrissey, Welcome to The Punch deserves its spot as one of the best films of 2013.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (StudioCanal - 2013)

3. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa – Easily the funniest film of the year. instead of just being a cheap comedy film made only for the sake of making money, Alan Partridge is a piece of clever comedy with truly laugh out loud moments, I think the last time I saw a film at the cinema that made me laugh out loud was Tropic Thunder. Steve Coogan resurrects his fine comedy creation brilliantly as the former TV Presenter is forced to go enter a hostage situation being run by one of his colleagues. With jokes every minute and moments that make you want to call for a break just to calm down and with a great supporting cast including Simon Greenall, Colm Meaney and Anna Maxwell Martin, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa is a proper comedy film and the best one in years.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate - 2013)

2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – The Sequel to the Best Film of 2012. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire brought me back into a world that had impressed me since the first instalment, but this time I had read the book before hand. While the first film (as the book) shows more of a perspective of what is going on in the current moment with the characters, Catching Fire goes on to say what happens next as well as explore the world of The Hunger Games. All the regular cast from before return to amaze the audience again. Of course the lead in this film no doubt is Jennifer Lawrence, but all the others give a great performance that cannot be forgotten including Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth and the legendary Donald Sutherland. With Great moments of both the humankind nature and action that is easily on par with the more action orientated films, backed up with a great story from one of the best book series to date, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a truly Great Film that will have you pining for more, Guaranteed.

Pacific Rim (Legendary Pictures - 2013)

1. Pacific Rim – In my opinion, Pacific Rim is pretty much the Perfect film if it wasn’t missing one key ingredient. Pacific Rim tells the story of humanities struggle in dealing with a race of Giant Monsters called Kaiju, they do this by building Giant Robots called Jaegers to fight the monster threat. In what could be considered in many ways as a tribute to the Japanese Kaiju genre that both inspired and created the idea of it, Pacific Rim is a Monster Movie taking those influences and adding its own spin to it and creating moments that will not be forgotten. Splendidly directed by Guillermo Del Toro and starring Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba with a brilliant soundtrack provided by Ramin Djawadi and visuals that rival Jurassic Park in terms of both Beauty and Scale, Pacific Rim is a titan of a film and possibly the fore-seer of Monster films to come. The Best Film of 2013.


My Week: 09/04/2012 – 15/04/2012

20 04 2012

After being inspired by the Radio 4 series Ed Reardon’s Week I thought I would give a go at doing something similar but while that is fiction this is reality. I am not going to add links (at the moment, maybe one day) because it will take forever.

Hurray I have been looking forward to this day. I am having a day out with my best friend Esther. I even had an early night to make sure I would not be tired. Once again I have not had breakfast but seeing as I usually have breakfast at 11:00am and lunch soon after it does feel a bit weird. Well just before 11:00am Esther and her parents arrive and I get an amazing Easter Egg off her. I got Esther one that was just an egg with Happy Easter Esther on the front of it. It was interesting to see the egg I received from her and discovered it was not an egg but a rabbit with Sam written on it. Now that was a surprise but also a lovely one and a delicious one which I discovered the following day. Well while her parents are having tea and coffee with my Mam and Dad we leave and start our day. Even though during the day I have problems with my throat which is what happens when I have chocolate and nothing to drink (my stupidity for not buying a drink when I bought the cookies), I also have a nasty pain downstairs while walking which goes away once I have gone to the toilet. We go to the castle which for a small hill has a nasty climb which always tires me out. Well at least it is not as bad as the hill up to Williamson’s Park, I mean why can’t we have a tram system or flatten the hill. Actually a tram system would greatly benefit the city but it seems as though I am the only one who thinks so. Being a bank holiday many shops are open despite things that my family say about them not being open on bank holidays even though they were open last Easter Monday as well. We end up going to Pizza Hut for lunch only to find out that the buffet is not on because it is a bank holiday, probably because they think everyone is having a picnic at a castle somewhere. Oh well it was a Good Pizza, I end up having most of it because Esther had a massive breakfast. I phone up Myra (my brother’s wife) because it was an ideal opportunity for Myra to talk to Esther because she has wanted to meet her. Well Esther invites both Myra and Luke to our annual visit to Blackpool Pleasure Beach so we can have a fun day out where Myra and Esther can have some time together and Me and Luke can catch up, that’s how Fantastic Esther is always coming up with ideas, like me really, well they do say great minds think alike (whoever they are, that part has not been made clear, could they mean those characters with red eyes in that Mitchell and Webb Look sketch). We go to HMV and buy some CD’s, Esther buy’s some Love songs while I buy a Black Sabbath CD I have wanted to buy since September. Well we go to Juicafe for a milkshake but I continue to have problems downstairs so we go to the doctors but turns out it’s closed so I decide to wait till tomorrow despite the fact it is really painful (however the pain completely disappears and so if I was to go to the doctor they would probably not find anything, again). We go to the train station so she can catch her train and as her train leaves an old train passes by (probably one of those special day trip ones which cost £5000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 to go on) which was interesting to watch but a shame it was not a steam train. Within the next few seconds I already begin to miss Esther and I still do, even though she lives a whole lot closer to me than my friends from Roothill.

After watching The Hunger Games at the cinema I have been reading the book when I go to bed and it is quite fun to match things from the film to things I am reading, even though it has been over a week since I saw it and I still can’t get enough of it. It makes a change from reading comic books and by the time I have finished reading all 3 books I may have several comic’s to read. I have decided to start reading books again and have chosen bed time to read them because then I can read them at a good rate. I have been reading several books recently but despite the fact a year and a half has gone I still have not finished reading MogWorld. I have decided that I would like to read Bram Stoker’s Dracula and possibly Alexandra Dumas novel The Count of Monte Cristo. I keep looking up how well my blog is doing and at the moment the viewing figures look a bit erratic and I do sometimes get annoyed when posts I have enjoyed writing don’t do as well as others (and also when people don’t (as usual) leave comments or rate my posts, I like it when they do and it is also nice when they do, no offence to those of you who do, it is greatly appreciated). OK other posts I did enjoy writing are some of the most viewed but why is my review of The Hunger Games only getting viewed on the weekend. While it is not my favourite film (possibly my favourite non-Godzilla film) I do think it is one of my best reviews to date. I am already looking forward to its Home Video release, in fact I am looking forward to that more than the next Batman film seeing as it is unlikely that the Legendary Pictures Godzilla Film will not be getting released this year and there is no sign of The Host sequel.

Too many shows on TV to watch, I keep recording them but don’t really get time to watch them, I still need to watch some episodes of Casualty, Rookie Blue repeats, Sea Patrol season 5, Touch plus some movies not to mention the fact that Not Going Out returns this week. Oh well I need to keep working, I won’t pass the year without work. Need to get this maths thing done and 750 word essay for film and media. As the week goes on I finish the work but don’t start anymore, it’s the Easter break for crying out loud, I want a break. I continue to play Minecraft on the Server with friends form Roothill and continue to build my Giant Lighthouse, if only there was an easier way to gather materials. I could use better tools but everyone else finds the better ingredients in places I am not looking in. I could try to make a generator but once again I need the materials to do so and I don’t have the materials to make the materials. I have decided that my next major project will be a small version of the Hunger Games arena and I found an ideal location in a nice green area near Matt’s Waterfall party place. I suppose if I keep digging I will find better resources. I do like Matt’s new station for travelling from my house to the lighthouse. Because creatures keep spawning inside the thing I might remove most of the floors. One Question about Minecraft still evades me; how come my character can eat huge amounts of food but does not need to go to the toilet? I keep reading news on and as usual the media is being nasty to Nintendo, the only time the media is nice is when the media is proven wrong which is usually all the time. I remember when the Wii was about to come out and how everyone said it was rubbish, well they were wrong but too proud to admit their mistake. I remember before the DS was released and how all attention was on that massive failure that was the NGage, yes combine a phone with Video Games, didn’t work did it. Ok you have something similar with the IPhone and how people claim how it will be the future and completely forgetting how low the memory on them is and how big games on them won’t work, maybe on the next generation which will be tomorrow knowing how often IPhone’s are released but then the consoles will have better power in them and still beat them. Well now all the media is being mean to the Wii U and completely failing to notice that Kinect and PS Move were only released because Motion Sensing worked fantastically with Nintendo. Now this new controller is turning the media back into what it was and failing to notice that the potential tablet control on the PS4 looks similar to the Wii U but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO the media still has to be nasty to Nintendo, technically everything that is standard on consoles today were invented by Nintendo so I don’t see why they can’t see that Nintendo are the innovators and the PlayStation and the YCube 180 are just copycats.

On Thursday I finally watch a Godzilla film for the first time in a long time. I decided to watch Godzilla vs Mothra 2 because it is the only one that I have not seen since buying it on DVD. One of my ultimate favourite films with some amazing monster scenes and Music as well as acting but does it get mentioned as often as that film with all the blue people in it or that one with so many plot holes the ship sinks or that other one where a bunch of small people have to transport some jewellery for miles instead of doing it on the giant eagles like someone with a brain would do, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I don’t understand why Syfy does not show Godzilla films in the UK, they could increase viewing figures immensely, it has been too long since a Japanese Godzilla film was shown in the UK, instead they show that 1998 (not technically a Godzilla film) film, I want to watch a PROPER GODZILLA FILM WITH MONSTER FIGHTS.

On Friday I travel to Ware which sounds like Where and as such it is complicated to tell people you are going there because it sound like a question for a Christian Conference Weekend. It is north of London but I have to travel to London just to change trains. I have reserved seats but there are some annoying children behind me with their dad, it is quite hard to resist the urge to turn around and shout SHUT UP at them. I do get to play on my 3DS and play some Su Do Ku. I get into Euston and look for something to eat and once again find out that Euston is the only major train station in London to not have a Sushi place. I like Sushi but nowhere North of Manchester has sushi places. I end up buying a giant pasty for £4.00, stupid pasty tax; I thought it was only supposed to be 60p more. I have been studying market theory and aren’t things supposed to get cheaper where there is more demand, I thought there would be lots of demand in London. I almost get into a panic when I think I lose my ticket but then find them hiding in my pocket. How come on the Great Anglia line all the stations don’t have the digital timetables like every other train station in the whole country. I finally get to Ware not where and remember that my only contact is Jim from GBM so I ring him only to meet the event organiser Nigel after ringing Jim so I ring Jim again to tell him that I have a lift. It’s a hot day so that means that pasty did not need to have tax included on it, cheapskate.

I arrive at the Christian college and pick up my info pack and a name badge, I loathe badges. I almost get into a state when I accidently doze off and discover I am 10 minutes late for tea. I get a shock when Jim comes looking for me. I recognize a few people but as usual am too shy to sit with them unless they want me too, I really need to work on not being scared of people I know. Unfortunately I forget to notice there is pudding available and go without, mince for tea 2 days in a row, I had some for breakfast as a toasted sandwich. The lasagne does look like cottage pie. Well I get picked out for accidently yawning at the beginning of the session. It is here that I realise I forgot to bring a Bible with me (along with my card games which would have been fantastic to bring but were not on my mind on Friday morning, I still have to play Munchkin and I have not played Fluxx for months, boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. I do get to observe Tom and Suzie playing Stomp or whatever it is called which usually involves slapping the table. I also read MogWorld for the first time since the Summer before going to bed because I want to prolong The Hunger Games because it is sooooooooo Good.

Saturday and today is the day we have to do those Workshops, I don’t like group discussions because I am always worried about saying something that may be wrong and might get told off, yes I am 22 but it still worries me. Egg, Tomato and Sausage for breakfast, nice, kind off, really messy to eat. I hear Tom talking about having a game of sardines which is something like Hide and Seek. I also talk to someone about drama and how one film I saw involved so much overacting it was quite good, I saw it at last year’s LMC end of year show but I cannot find it on YouTube, oh well. The first workshop is quite good but I find it hard to stay awake in the second, probably because of the Sardines Game. Basically it is like Hide and seek but one person hides while everyone seek them and once they are found they have to stay there until the last person. I end up looking where everyone isn’t and no wonder I am always one of the last people to find them, but to be fair they could easily hide up the chimney. It’s an interesting game but has some flaws particularly when you introduce buildings with several floors, if it was in a forest or just on the ground floor it would be better. In the evening I have tremendous fun playing Card Games for about 3 hours with Tom, Suzie, Chris, Tania and some other people who were friends with my friends followed by riddles for an hour. I end up having to pick up 24 cards in an extreme rules version of UNO. I even get more when I keep talking during the silent red phase, the game ends due to the number of cards I have. I keep thinking to myself “I should have brought Fluxx and or Munchkin. During one case of the ridiculous Silent Red rule I sing in my head and then when it is time for another colour I start singing aloud, if you want to know what song it was, well it was Cry Of The Banshee by Brocas Helm, one of the most obscure Heavy Metal Songs in the history of music which is quite a shame because it is an AWESOME song.

Decide to miss out on the early part of breakfast to get some more sleep on Sunday. Pain au Chocolat for the first time in years. There is a bit of service in morning with the weekend speaker Roger Carswell and Chris Hawthorne, there is also a Question time session where out of the 9 questions asked 4 of them are mine. After Lunch I need to get ready to leave by packing up my room. It’s a nice place but tiring to walk around for its size. I get some good answers for my questions. Then it is time to leave and say goodbye to people who I have come to know better as well as those who I knew already, it is hard especially with them all being in the south and near each other while I am in the north, oh well it was fun while it lasted (I did wish Esther could have come).

It is only a short trip to the railway station with a couple of girls who came to the event I met at the train station on Friday, we go in Nigel’s car and then wait Half an hour for the train. They get off at Broxbourne and I get off at the final stop, Seven Sisters and have to take the tube back to Euston where I discover I have to wait for over an hour for my train, I decide to look for some food and discover there is a Sushi place at Euston and so I get some sushi. While waiting for the train I knew from past experience that everyone surrounding me would be getting the same train, any train that goes in the direction of Lancaster (even those that terminate at Lancaster) are popular, some leave when Liverpool Lime Street is announced. The announcement does the usual thing of telling us stuff it has already told us 5 times instead of telling us which platform our train is on. Then just as I predicted everyone heads for platform 8 for the Glasgow Central Train which goes to Lancaster. I get on and grab a Priority seat hoping it is not reserved. I do see something weird which is some woman looking at the seats in front of me and keeps looking at them for about 5 minutes, constantly. At this point I need to go to the toilet but I was going to wait until the train was moving before I did because someone could easily steal my seat. The seat in front gets filled but not by that woman. I get ready to go to the toilet and I really need it but people are still moving, there is one woman who keeps prowling around, maybe she thinks I need the toilet and is waiting to pounce, there is one person at the table across from me who keeps standing up, eventually he stops after messing with his case. The train moves and after a further 10 minutes I go to the toilet and remember something Alan Partridge said, Going to the toilet does take away some of the time on a long journey but he was referring to train stations. I finish the journey coming up with ideas of how to complain about the toilet situation on trains for a future blog post and play Pokémon Soul Silver for the rest of the way, the amount of potions you need to stay alive in certain matches particularly when you are trying to level up your Pokémon, Trostodon is up to level 30 while Sheep is up to level 20. I do get a bit annoyed when all the in-game characters use sleep and confusion potions on you and how come they always get to go first unless I have Trostodon out, also how come things are ridiculously expensive? It is a fun game but there are too many Pokémon, maybe I should get that Black and White one, at least then there is a controlled number of creatures. I then arrive in Lancaster and get a lift from my Dad home to my house and then finish off the evening by being on the computer and load my pictures for the week.

Well that was my week, it was an extremely fun week and this was an enjoyable post to write (please don’t forget to comment and rate, thank you), I might do it again, not every week because that would be too hard. Thank you Ed Reardon for inspiring me. So that was my week, how was yours in comparison?

GENEPOOL (This post has 3455 words in it).

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