- Vicious – 22 minute long Sitcom
- 1x07 – Christmas Special
- Vicious is not a brilliant sitcom, I know that as I watch it. And yet, I often find myself enjoying it, most likely on a meta-personal level. Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Ian Jacobi are two fantastic, world-class actors who fifty years ago would have had to hide their sexuality for fear of persecution. And yet, today, they can star on national television, playing a gay couple. Their banter, whilst not the strongest part of the episodes, are given life by these actors, who know how to make bad dialogue sound fantastic. The storyline is very simplistic, Ash wants to cook Christmas dinner, and the others entertain themselves with ‘Truth Or Dare’. However, for a Christmas episode, it does the job, offering a happy ending and sending the audience home in a good mood. Nothing brilliant, but I liked it.
- Sherlock – 90 minute long Crime Drama
- 3x01 – The Empty Hearse
- I love this series. I remember sitting down to watch the first episode with my housemate Lauren, both of us being tempted on the spur of the moment. Within twenty minutes, we were both loving, and watching that episode together is one of my favorite moments of University. I also recall watching both season finales with my housemates, The Reichenbach Fall leaving me particularly emotional afterwards. After a long wait over the years, the episode tonight was like a breath of fresh air, a cheeky and fun rendition that brought back to the fans the loving chemistry between Freeman and Cumberbatch. The actual answer for how Sherlock faked his death, for me, is the right level of clever and outlandish for me to accept, and I am also fascinated to see how Lars Mikkelson portrays the season finale. A welcome return to Sherlock that leaves me overenjoyed in excitement for the next episode, but also a little sad to not be sharing it with my housemates like previous seasons.
- Banshee – 50 minute long Drama
- 1x02 – The Rave
- The Pilot of this show was one that surprised me. The premise of the series, an ex-con takes on the identity of a town’s new Sheriff so he can stay hidden from his former boss, seemed outlandish, and yet was done in a way that I found plausible enough to not mind. This episode, I was left uncertain of. Whilst I expect the main character to struggle with a new role, his actions are too ridiculous to take. He beats up several handcuffed criminals, he tries making out with an ex during an open house with several people around, he walks up to someone brandishing a loaded gun and dares them to shoot him; it just goes too far beyond plausibility. The episode wasn’t fantastic, but I am willing to allow the next few episodes to try convincing me.
- 1x03 – Meet The New Boss
- Okay, this was a bit better. Several scenes devoted to discussions between family members help to begin building up each character as multi-dimensioned, a good example of world building, ala the villain Proctor having a humanising moment, or a twist to reveal why Mr Rabbit, the crime lord, is so determined to find the protagonist. This also leads into a slightly ridiculous, over-the-top, but fantastically violent fight between Sheriff Lucas Hood, and a UFC fighter who rapes & assaults a waitress. After three episodes, it shows that this show will be more along the lines of over-the-top, fun Strike Back, which means I will allow myself to be more understanding of some seemingly ridiculous writing choices, i.e. a public beat down by a Sheriff. Ohh, and lines such as “You need to go somewhere I can’t see you, and stay there”, help me enjoy the series, too.
- Only Fools and Horses – 30 minute sitcom
- 1x01 – Big Brother
- I’ve always enjoyed this series, it has an inherent Britishness to it that has realistic comedy that has tinges of emotion to it as well. It’s the sort of comedy I hold up as my preference, where the humour is based on the characters and their interplay. A lot of the best moments are comedic dialogue between the two brothers, based in their apartment. However, despite this, I’ve never watched the first season, and decided to make the effort to watch it. This episode is a solid pilot, it introduces us to the main characters, gives background information about their parents and how they’ve only relied on each other, and it also gave us our first business mishap. The choice of 25 rejected suitcase is ridiculous enough to set our expectations for future episodes, which was a good choice.
- 1x02 – Go West Young Man
- Whereas the first episode focused on their business mishaps, this episode focuses on the mishaps with women, the brothers’ attempts to pull some birds. With an accidental introduction to a gay club, and the sale of dodgy car, the episode shows us an example of future episodes, how the A-Plots and B-Plots will tie together later in the episode.
- 1x03 – Cash and Curry
- This episode seemed more focused on setting up the brothers as the supposed plotting con-men, only for the Trotters to end up swindled, a twist that would probably be a set-up for future episodes, showing how fallible the brothers are. Very much an episode of the times, it wasn’t as bad as I was worried it would be.
- 1x04 – The Second Time Around
- This is probably my favorite episode so far, as it focuses on the relationship between the three Trotters, the lengths to which they’ll go to protect one another. While it is slightly ridiculous, it’s also fun and heartwarming to see how much they love each other.
- 1x05 – A Slow Bus To Chingford
- This episode was slightly different to what was expected, a slightly quieter episode that allowed David Jason to reveal the motivations and dreams of Del Boy. By doing so, it helped build the required sympathy from the audience to follow him in later episodes.
- 1x06 – The Russians Are Coming
- Again, building on the previous episode, this is a more somber and quieter episodes, allowing Grandad to be humanised more than previously, and focused solely on the interactions between the three main actors. This feels like the precursor to similar standards of episodes, based in the later seasons, where Rodney and Del Boy experience personal trauma and sadness. By showing the ability of the actors to portray angst, but also having a strong mix of comedy, it shows the standard to which John Sullivan could reach.
- Criminal Minds – 42 minute long Police Procedural
- 9x01 – The Inspiration (part I)
- I’ve been a long time fan of this show, for me, it’s a solid, dependable show that has interesting characters and great villains. This episode continues that run with a fascinating antagonist, an UNSUB who is inspired by the praying mantis. The praying mantis kind of freaks me out, anyway, so this made this episode a little more unnerving than usual. I’m glad to see the continued chemistry between the team, and have to admit, I can’t for the next episode after a fantastic cliffhanger.
- Banshee – 50 minute long Drama.
- 1x04 – Half Deaf Is Better Than All Dead
- Okay, I don’t know what it was, but I really enjoyed this one. The fact that Proctor got arrested was slightly surprising, as it showed a huge step forward. The aftermath, though, with the introduction of a White Supremacist group, leaves me feeling there’s a lot of potential to this town, and that anything can happen.
- 1x05 – The Kindred
- Probably my favorite episode so far, the battle against the motorcycle gang, and the spotlight upon Deputy Siobhan was interesting, so far she’s the least shown characters and yet one I find fascinating. The fact that Proctor and Hood ended up working together against the Motorcycle gang was unsurprising, but a good way of adding a gray area to the show.
- Spartacus: Blood and Sand – 53 minute long Historical Drama
- 1x13 – Kill Them All
- I love this series, I can’t help it, it’s like the drama of Game Of Thrones with the style, tone and presentation of 300. I originally watched the prequel series, Gods Of The Arena, by pure chance, wanting to see what the show was like, and found myself enjoying it greatly. Because of that, I tried Blood and Sand, which started off a little rough, but every episode, got a bit better, then a lot better, eventually culminating in this episode, the season finale. This episode, is fucking awesome, and so satisfying to watch. Starting in media res, the fight scene between Crixus and Spartacus gains new meaning after every flashback, ending with the audience fascinated to see what Crixus, Spartacus, Batiatus, Oenomaus, Ashur, etc, will do. And then the screen runs with blood. This show proves that it holds nothing back, completely decimating the Roman cast, every slave gaining some form of revenge. This is an awesome stand alone season, but one that leads into stronger thematical seasons over the next two years. And also, Andy Whitfield, in his final appearance, deserves recognition, for carrying this series through some difficult episodes, to the strong finale it ends on.
- Mad Men – 47 minute long Period Drama
- 5x08 – Lady Lazarus
- This was a fascinating look at two of the male characters, Don and Pete, and how they relate to a female. Don, the alpha male, who helped Megan gain a prominent position in the Agency, has to deal with the fact that Megan is unhappy, wanting to return to acting. He puts on a brave face, wanting to be the supportive husband, but deep down, he feels confused, the idea that she knows exactly what she wants, whereas he doesn’t. Pete, likewise, has everything he wanted (good job, money, wife, kids, home) and yet is tempted by another woman because he feels there is emptiness to his life. The fact that neither of them can put their finger on why they are unhappy, makes it more fascinating.
- 5x09 – Dark Shadows
- I’m sorry, but I cannot stand January Jones as an actress. I know Betty is supposed to be childish and/or mentally traumatised, but she drags down every scene she appears in. I know they can’t just get rid of her, as she’s still the mother of Sally, who has become one of the most interesting characters on this show, but the difference between these two female Drapers in terms of acting is massive. I’m just thankful we had time with Roger, and his ex-wife, Jane. Roger is a great supporting actor who can hit the emotional drama just as well as the one-liners. In fact, I’m enjoying his dramatic scenes much more, because he’s so strong at them. His storyline and the inclusion of Michael Ginsberg’s argument with Don, are the saving graces of a Betty-set episode.
- Sherlock – 90 minute long Crime Drama
- 3x02 – The Sign Of Three
- I can understand if some people don’t enjoy this episode, they feel there is less attention dedicated to the crimes in this season, but I personally loved it. This new season seems to be very concentrated on the reunion of the main characters, and the emotions of the two. This was epitomized within Sherlock’s Best Man Speech. Slightly rambling, encompassing several crimes, several stories, it also included one of the most cringeworthy speeches I’d ever heard, before changing on a dime, and making the internet cry. His confessions about his love for John, choked me up, and was one of my favorite moments in the show. I’m also a huge fan of Mary, I love the fact that her and Sherlock get along so well, it probably helps the audience to accept her. Not only that, but she’s intelligent, loving and funny. In essence…no wonder John loves her! I do feel that the reason we’re having such emotionally happy scenes, is because the third episode is going to be heartbreaking.
On the 21st December, I finally got to watch the final film in the trilogy, “The World’s End”. Before I did, I had already had several friends lambast it as the worst in the series. For me, I found the film full of subtle humour that was tinged with emotion, particularly sadness and lamentation. Whilst I admit it may be the least laugh-out-loud of the series, I also feel it is the perfect end to the trilogy, and reinforces a slight arc I’ve noticed in the movies: life. Let me explaon.
The first, “Shaun of the Dead”, released in 2004, is the equivalent of a slacker, teenage movie. The main characters, Shaun and Ed, act immature and stuck in the guises they acquired in college. By refusing to accept maturity, Shaun loses Liz, and his journey to save her is also a metaphorical journey for him to grow up. Also, the use of zombies, represents the teenage years, these supposedly dangerous and brainless creatures who consume the world around them without thought or care. This is emphasised within the ‘morning after’ scene, when Shaun goes to the shops, oblivious to the Dead. His acceptance of them at face value shows a common lack of care by people to those in the world around them. Shaun is a juvenile teenager, and as such, must defeat the physical examples of such horrors, to become a responsible adult.
In “Hot Fuzz”, my personal favourite, Shaun and Ed have become Nick and Danny, two responsible adults looking for their place in the world. They both know what they want to be, police officers, but to do so requires a commitment and determination not truly achieved until the third act, when they become a team. Before that, responsibility and position of power is represented by the older generation, those who manipulate Nick and Danny from achieving their true potential, and again, it is in defeating the older generation, that they become true police officers. They’ve become true, responsible adults who are capable of standing on their own two feet.
And finally, we come to “The World’s End”. By now, Nick and Danny have morphed into Gary and Andy, two men who have lived their lives, and found themselves wanting more, either a more complete, family-based happiness, or a nostalgic return to simpler times. These adults become consumed by their pasts, unable to truly look forward, desperate to become the people they’ve always wanted to be. So, in this movie, they face aliens, but metaphorically, they face their pasts, as personified by the blanks. It is only by facing the blanks, or their pasts, head on, that they finally reach a level of contentment.
Over the three movies, Pegg and Frost morph from irresponsible teenagers, to young adults looking for their place in the world, and finally into middle-aged men looking for contentment. As audiences grew over 10 years, so did the characters that anchor the movies. And of course, why wouldn’t life make sense as the true arc of the movie? In each film, it is the fight for life that drives the story, whether against zombies, cloak and dagger villains, or aliens.
Firstly, one of the most likely shows: a TV series revolving around Hayley Atwell’s character, Peggy Carter, has already been suggested as a strong favorite. Peggy Carter was originally introduced in “Captain America: The First Avenger” as the love interest for Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers, but Atwell took a possible stock character and enthused humor, intelligence, classical beauty, and the ability to kick ass. Following this up with a Marvel One-Shot, that was similarly popular, Atwell has admitted to being interested.
In her Marvel One-Shot, set one year after the events of “Captain America: The First Avenger”, Peggy ends up joining Howard Stark, as played by Dominic Cooper, to run S.H.I.E.L.D. together. Also appearing in the One-Shot, is Dum Dum Dugan, as played by Neal McDonogh. With the set-up of Carter joining S.H.I.E.L.D., it would be easy to build upon that over the series.
“Agent Carter of S.H.I.E.L.D.” could star Agent Carter working alongside Howard Stark and Dum-Dum Dugan, possibly searching for Steve Rogers’ body, as well as attempting to find the remaining Hydra agents, following the end of World War II, possibly even battling Arnim Zola, as played by Toby Jones. Possible other characters who could appear, would be a young Nick Fury, and even Alexander Pierce, Robert Redford’s character in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. I would also personally quite like the inclusion of Carter running her own team of The Howling Commandos, Captain America’s former combat unit, thereby also allowing to reflect the memory of characters such as Bucky Barnes. A spy team consisting of Peggy Carter, Dum Dum Dugan, African-American Gabe Jones (Derek Luke), Japanese-American Jim Morita (Kenneth Choi), British parachutist James Montgomery Falsworth (J.J. Felid) and Frenchman Jacques Dernier (Bruno Ricci), under orders from Howard Stark, could also help invest new characterisation in the underwritten roles of the original movie.
The style of the series could be inspired by “Nikita”, a current popular Spy Thriller that focues on a kick-ass, feminine female lead, who works alongside a team, and could even include Craig Silverstein as the showrunner, creator of the soon-to-be-ending “Nikita”. The series would interest fans of not only “Nikita”, but shows such as “Mad Men”, due to its periodic choice.
Possible Cast: Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), Dum Dum Dugan (Neal McDonough), Gabe Jones (Derek Luke), Jim Morita (Kenneth Choi), James Montgomery Falsworth (J.J. Felid), Jacques Dernier (Bruno Ricci), Nick Fury, Alexander Peirce, Arnim Zola (Toby Jones).
With eight episodes dedicated to a possible mini-series, it may be the closest that the audiences will have to a Hulk movie starring Mark Ruffalo for quite a while, and may be the only time we can immerse ourselves with several favorite characters. With eight episodes to work, they could go with the “Luther” method, having multiple episodes covering one story, two stories over four episodes with “Luther”, a possible two-four stories over eight episodes with “Hulk” (my own preference being two stories).
With Bruce Banner now having been granted freedom by S.H.I.E.L.D., it would be fascinating to see the return of Betty Ross (Liv Tyler) as Bruce and Betty attempt to rekindle their relationship. There would be obvious problems with the opposition of General Thunderbolt Ross, as played by William Hurt, but it would also offer an opportunity to build a friendship between Banner and Leonard Samson (Ty Burrell), who in the comics attempted to help Banner cure himself of his alter ego. A major complication could occur with the escape from S.H.I.E.L.D. by Dr Samuel Sterns, aka The Leader (Tim Blake Nelson), who could even help Abomination escape from S.H.I.E.L.D. as well.
Recent rumors have also surfaced about there being interest in casting Jennifer Walters, Banner’s cousin, otherwise known as She-Hulk. Angie Harmon, in particular, revealed last year that she would love to play the character (http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/07/31/angie-harmon-dream-role-playing-sexed-up-hulk/). When examining the relationship between Banner and Ross, you could also include Banner’s relationship with his family, Walters possibly using her lawyers degree to help Banner get reinstated into a work role. This could lead to a double-bill finale where Walters is shot by The Leader, and whilst under capture, Banner has no choice but to give Jennifer a blood transfusion to save her, which would lead to her developing into the She-Hulk.
Whilst the CGI effects of characters such as Hulk, Abomination and The Leader would not be cheap, the smaller episode order, as well as the option of featuring all of them in their human forms on a regular basis, means the show would be financially possible. The series could also help lead into a possible Hulk movie during Phase Three, building on the goodwill earned in “The Avengers”.
The style of the show could be similar to the original TV show, a melancholic depiction of a man dealing with his demons. Due to Ruffalo depicting a Banner who has gained control of his transformations, he could display a reluctant hero uncertain whether he wants to try helping those less fortunate, or remove himself from society. The depiction could even be similar to Richard Harrow in “Boardwalk Empire”, a man capable of great talent who is ostracized by society because of his ugliness, in Harrow being literal scars, in Banner being his alter ego.
Guillermo del Toro has admitted to being interested for several years in a Hulk show, so if Marvel could get him involved, it could be akin to Whedon in charge of “The Avengers”…pure magic.
Possible Cast: Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Betty Ross (Liv Tyler), General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt), Jennifer Walters (Angie Harmon), Leonard Samson (Ty Burrell), Dr Samuel Sterns (Tim Blake Nelson), Abomination (Tim Roth).
Whilst there is no question that it would be awesome to see characters such as Tony Stark, Captain America, Thor or Loki, on television on a regular basis, they, as well as the other Avengers, would be extremely unlikely, due to all the actors being solid A-list stars nowadays, as well being signed up to movie deals with Marvel. Therefore, we will not see any spin-offs of these characters.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is one of the more unknown choices by Kevin Feige as a film choice, due to its strange setting and unconventional characters. Also, the cost of characters such as Rocket Raccoon or Groot would be too expensive for 13 episodes. So, unfortunately, they are just as unlikely an option.
Phase Three has only announced one upcoming film so far, which is “Ant-Man”, a heist movie as written and directed by Edgar Wright. Paul Rudd and Rashida Jones are both supposedly close to being signed up as the main characters, so it would be unlikely for them to appear in a television show. So, no Ant-Man or Wasp.
“Dr Strange” is supposedly all but confirmed (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/10/23/doctor-strange-to-bring-the-supernatural-to-marvels-movie-universe) by Kevin Feige, supposedly being in ‘active development’. I originally was going to include Dr Strange as a possible 13 part TV series in the style of the popular shows “Doctor Who” and “Supernatural”, two series that utilize similar elements to the movie, but with this recent accounement, it’s safe to say it is very unlikely.
And finally, it is extremely unlikely that there will be any show related to S.H.I.E.L.D. in its current iteration, seeing as “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” already exists in that genre. So, finally, this option is out of the window.
Other shows that are seemingly unlikely, due to their likely nature of being movies in the upcoming Phase Three, we probably won’t see anything related to Black Panther, or The Inhumans.
Now, having pinpointed what shows are unlikely, let us move onto shows that would be more likely…
In the last two weeks, reports have begun to appear on websites such as Deadline (http://www.deadline.com/2013/10/marvel-preps-60-episode-package-of-four-series-a-mini-for-vod-cable-networks/) and IGN (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/10/15/marvel-planning-massive-tv-expansion-that-includes-four-tv-shows-and-a-miniseries), among others. In these reports, they suggest that Marvel Studios is attempting to create a package to shop to VOD (Video-On-Demand) and Cable Outlets, examples being Netflix and Amazon. This package contains four live-action drama series, and a miniseries, all to be sold collectively, for a possible 60 episodes.
With “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” having been given a back 9 episode order, bringing the count up to 22 episodes for the first season, the highest-rated drama debut in just under four years, and solid numbers combined from ratings and DVR gains. With strong numbers after just five episodes, it is unsurprising to see Marvel Studios wanting to capitalise on the current popularity.
One of Marvel’s strengths over Phase One and Phase Two, so far, has been the choice of making sure every film have its own individual thriller. In Phase Two alone, “Iron Man 3” has the feel of a buddy cop movie with Tont Stark and James Rhodes, as written by Shane Black; “Thor: The Dark World” has a fantastical element mixed with war elements’ and finally, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is inspired by 1970’s spy thrillers/conspiracies. Because of this, the proposed TV series’ will likely inhabit different genres to one another.
Now, the choice of 60 episodes would seem a random number at first, until you realise that the current preference for many live-action dramas in the last five-ten years, is to have 13 episodes per season (“Mad Men”, “Breaking Bad”, “Being Human”, “The Shield”, “Spartacus”, etc). If the four live-action dramas all contain 13 episodes, that is a combined 52 episodes, leaving 8 episodes for a possible miniseries.
Now, at the moment, there is no talent attached, and no shows announced, just purely feelers having been sent out, I thought it would be interesting to write some posts on possible shows for this package, as well as shows that would be unlikely. So, over the next few days, there will be several posts dedicated to show options. First, what won’t be likely?
Director: Bart Layton, in his feature film debut.
Writer (Editor): Andrew Hulme.
Genre: British-American Documentary Film (similar films would be “An Inconvenient Truth”, or Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11”).
Seen Before, When, Who With: Never seen before, was recorded off Channel 4 on 33nd August 2013, viewed on 19th October 2013.
Starring: Frédéric Bourdin, Carey Gibson, Beverly Dollarhide for the documentary interviews, Adam O’Brian for drama sequences.
Running Time: 99 minutes.
Thoughts: ”The Imposter” was a documentary film that seemingly erupted out of nowhere, exploding into the movie world at the 2013 Sundance Festival, taking the critics by storm. Achieving a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and grossing just under $2 million at the box office, it was an unquestionable success. As the trailers began to debut on television, and more reviews came flying in, I became even more determined to watch the movie. Obviously, it took a while to actually view it, but now I finally have.
My first thought was that there was an unexpected reminder of a 2003 docudrama I watched, entitled “Touching The Void”. “Touching The Void” was two styles meshed together, one a normal style of having the participants involved sat talking to the camera, and the other style a dramatic reenactment of what occurred. In “Touching The Void”, the reenactment was that of two mountaineers climbing up a mountain, and one of them ending up having to cut the rope of the other; In “The Imposter”, the reenactments were that of Bourdin attempting to outwit and manipulate Spanish officers, FBI agents, and members of the Barclay family. Using these reenactments helped craft a creepy, uncomfortable atmosphere that traversed the murky world we’re inhabiting during this movie. Adam O’Brian, in fact, caught my eye, as he created a wonderful body language that instantly suggested trauma and a conniving criminal.
The actual interviews themselves are contrasting and fascinating. The Barclay family come across as uncertain and desperate for closure in the early stages, before starting to seemingly close ranks as the documentary begins to turn the screws on the families failure to realize Bourdin wasn’t their son. Bourdin, on the other hand, comes across as surprisingly open and candid about his thoughts, plans, motivations, and yet, also completely unemotional at his actions; he feels neither pride, nor remorse. Bourdin purely tells the facts, and it’s an addictive watch to discover to what lengths he went. Bourdin is a larger-than-life story, that leaves you struggling to look away from him.
Layton has created a docudrama that entices mystery, horror and shock, as well as introducing a director whose use of the camera is intelligent and candid. During the dramatic reenactments, Layton demonstrated a fantastic use of patience, slow tracking, and atmosphere. This film definitely left me interested to see what Layton does next. For Bourdin and Barclay, though, I am left unnerved and bewildered at just how strange life can truly be, compared to fiction.
I’ve recently found myself missing Tumblr. Not so much the panic of making sure I regularly update, which I definitely suffered from. I would, in fact, often write up to 15 (seriously) different posts and queue them up over the next week. For some reason, I HAD to blog regularly. I reckon it was because for me, it suggested a creative freedom. Blogging regularly meant I was doing what I love - writing.
But then the love subsided; Tumblr became a chore, not a pleasure. And over the last year, as I struggled with the inability to find work, and the pressure of keeping up a facade of happiness when I felt bleak and pathetic, I forced a self-imposed exile upon myself, removing Tumblr from my favorites and refusing to go back. I would focus on finding work, and finally clearing an overdraft that was threatening to envelop me.
And then in May of this year, I found work, and better yet, a month later, a regular income. Sure, the job was hard and I struggled, but I was no longer reliant on Jobseekers Allowance, I no longer felt ashamed to spend any money. And better yet, I could contribute to the household. My pride began to return, as did my fondness for life. The difference, according to two of my best mates, when they first saw me after starting to regularly work, was immense. I seemed…myself again, no longer down or miserable.
This happiness has gotten better, as this week, I finally got out of my overdraft. It has been a long haul, but I was finally secure, and happy. And it was then, that I thought back to Tumblr, my social media of choice. I no longer have the time to blog like I once did, as I devote 11 hours every day solely to work (including travel). But maybe, just maybe, I can start slowly, small little posts, and try returning to the world that suits me. The world of Game of Thrones, Sherlock, Joss Wed on, Avengers, and more. Maybe one day I shall return to publishing reviews, recommending media, and just taking pleasure out of the emotions that rise out of the viewing of films & tv shows I love.
Maybe, one day, soon…
500 Films In A Year Challenge: 2013 - Example Post
When reviewing my movies throughout this challenge, I want to keep it to a certain standard and style.
Title: Obviously, this would be the title of the movie, i.e. The Third Man, or The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Number: This will be whatever number in order I have seen it. So, for example, the movie 300 would be Number Three Hundred.
Director: An important detail for any movie. An example would be Jack Ryan, as directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Writer: Again, an important detail for any movie. An example would be, Moneyball, as written by Aaron Sorkin.
Genre: A simple detail, an example would be The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, would be Fantasy.
Released: The year the movie was released.
Seen Before, When, Who With: An example could be, for the movie Breaking Dawn, Part 1, I would put “Never seen before, watched on DVD, with my friend Sam Renshaw, on January 19th”.
Starring: Pretty simply, a list of the main actors of the movie.
Running Time: The running time of the movie.
Favorite Performance: If I was watching Prometheus, I would most likely put Michael Fassbender as David The Android.
Favorite Line: This could be any line, possibly one that made me laugh the most, or made me feel the most emotional. An example would be if I was reviewing Argo, I would put “Trust me, Sir, this is the best bad idea we have.”
Favorite Moment: Quite simply, the moment I enjoyed most. If I was reviewing The Avengers, it would most likely be the single tracking shot through New York, showing the Avengers working together as a team.
Thoughts: My Review.
- 500 Films In A Year Challenge: 2013 - The Alphabet List
There is always a list of movies that I am interested in seeing, but forget about. So, here, will be a list of random movies that I am interested in seeing over the next year. If any movies get recommended to me, here is where they will be listed.
So far, there is 19 movies listed. This includes the Twilight series, and also the Jack Ryan series.
Here is the Alphabet list, with specific notes of where I may be able to see the movie:
- Movies beginning with “A”
- A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
- About Cherry (2012)
- The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The Eighth Dimension (1984)
- Aladdin (1992)
- Amélie (2001)
- American History X (1998)
- American Me (1992)
- Amos & Andrew (1993)
- Annie Hall (1977)
- Arlington Road (1999)
- The Assassination Of Richard Nixon (2004)
- The Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)
- Attack Of The 50 Foot Cheerleader (2012)
- Movies beginning with “B”
- Batman: Under The Red Hood (2010)
- Bereavement (2010)
- Beyond The Mat (1999)
- Blowup (1966)
- Blue Valentine (2010)
- The Blues Brothers (1980)
- Boy A (2007)
- Boyz n the Hood (1991)
- Brazil (1985)
- Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)
- Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)
- Brief Encounter (1945)
- The Brothers Grimm (2005)
- Movies beginning with “C”
- The Captains (2011)
- Carlito’s Way (1993)
- Casablanca (1942)
- Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)
- Cell 211 (2009)
- Chatroom (2010)
- Child’s Play (1972)
- Cinderella (1950)
- Citizen Kane (1941)
- City Of God (2002)
- Clear and Present Danger (1994)
- Contagion (2011)
- The Cooler (2003)
- The Crazies (1973)
- The Crazies (2010)
- Criminal Law (1989)
- Cube 2: HyperCube (2002)
- Cube Zero (2004)
- Movies beginning with “D”
- Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic (2010)
- Dark City (1998)
- Darkman (1990)
- The Descent (2005)
- Detour (1945)
- Dick Tracy (1990)
- Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009)
- The Dreamers (2003)
- Dumbo (1941)
- Movies beginning with “E”
- Eastern Promises (2007)
- Eclipse (2010)
- Election (1999)
- Elegy (2008)
- The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
- End Of Watch (2012)
- Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
- The Expendables (2010)
- The Expendables 2 (2012)
- Movies beginning with “F”
Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal (2008)
- Face/Off (1997)
- The Fall (2006)
- Fatal Attraction (1987)
- Feds (1988)
- The Fly (1986)
- Four Brothers (2005)
- The Fox And The Hound (1981)
- Frailty (2001)
- Movies beginning with “G”
G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra (2009)
- The Game (1997)
- Get Carter (1971)
- Ginger Snaps (2000)
- Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed (2004)
- Ginger Snaps Back (2004)
- Gladiator (2000)
- Gone Baby Gone (2007)
- Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
- Gran Torino (2008)
- Green Zone (2010)
- The Grey (2011)
- The Guard (2011)
- Movies beginning with “H”
- Half Nelson (2010)
- Hanna (2011)
- Hard Candy (2005)
- Hesher (2010)
- Highlander: The Search For Vengeance (2007)
- The History Boys (2006)
- The Hitcher (1986)
- Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
- The Host (2006)
- Hugo (2011)
- The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)
- The Hunt For Red October (1990)
- Movies beginning with “I”
- I, Anna (2012)
- I Saw The Devil (2010)
- Igby Goes Down (2002)
- The Ides Of March (2011)
- In The Company Of Men (1997)
- In The Name Of The Father (1993)
- Infernal Affairs (2002)
- It Could Happen To You (1994)
- Movies beginning with “J”
- Jackie Brown (1997)
- Movies beginning with “K”
- Kalifornia (1993)
- The Killing Time (1987)
- Knowing (2009)
- The Krays (1990)
- Movies beginning with “L”
- Last Night (1998)
- Life of Pi (2012)
- Lilo & Stitch (2002)
- The Little Mermaid (1989)
- Little Otik (2000)
- Lolita (1962)
- Look (2007)
- Look, Up In The Sky: The Amazing Story Of Superman (2006)
- Love Crime (2010)
- LUV (2013)
- Movies beginning with “M”
- M (1931)
- The Machinist (2004)
- The Maltese Falcon (1941)
- Man On The Moon (1999)
- Margin Call (2011)
- May (2002)
Midnight In Paris (2011)
- Moneyball (2011)
- Mongol (2007)
- Mulan (1998)
- My Little Eye (2002)
- Mysterious Skin (2004)
- Movies beginning with “N”
- New Moon (2009)
- New Year’s Eve (1924)
- Movies beginning with “O”
- Once (2006)
- Movies beginning with “P”
- P2 (2007)
- Patriot Games (1992)
- Perfect Blue (1997)
- Pinocchio (1940)
- Pocahontas (1995)
- Pontypool (2009)
- Primal Fear (1996)
- Pulp Fiction (1994)
- Puncture (2011)
- Movies beginning with “Q”
- Movies beginning with “R”
Raising Arizona (1987)
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
- Ratatouille (2007)
- Red (2008)
- Red Eye (2005)
- The Road (2009)
- Robin Hood (1922)
- Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993)
- Romantics Anonymous (2010)
- Ronin (1998)
- The Room (2003)
- Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
- Ruby Sparks (2012)
- Movies beginning with “S”
- Seven Samurai (1954)
- Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)
- Shocker (1989)
- Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
- Sleeping Beauty (1959)
- Slither (2006)
- Sliver (1993)
- Spirited Away (2001)
- The Station Agent (2003)
- The Sum Of All Fears (2002)
- Movies beginning with “T”
- The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)
- Tangled (2010)
- They Live (1988)
- The Third Man (1949)
- Thirst (2009)
- Tony (2009)
- Touch Of Evil (1958)
- Trainspotting (1996)
- Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
- Twilight (2008)
- Movies beginning with “U”
- Uncertainty (2008)
- Underworld (2003)
- Underworld: Evolution (2006)
- Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans (2009)
- Underworld: Awakening (2012)
- Movies beginning with “V”
- V/H/S (2012)
- Venus (2006)
- Vera Drake (2004)
- Videodrome (1983)
- Movies beginning with “W”
- The Wackness (2008)
- Weekend (2011)
- When Harry Met Sally (1989)
- The Wild One (1953)
- The Woman (2011)
- Women In Love (1969)
- The Woods (2006)
- The Woodsman (2004)
- Movies beginning with “X”
- Movies beginning with “Y”
- Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
- Movies beginning with “Z”
- Movies beginning with “#”
- 1st To Die (2003 - TV Movie)
- 8MM (1999)
- 21 Jump Street (2012)
- 101 Dalmations (1961)
500 Films In A Year Challenge: 2013 - The Cinema List
Every year, there is a large collection of movies released in the cinema. There is never a guarantee that I will watch them all, but I have listed them here, out of hope that I shall get to see them all.
Here is the Cinema List for 2013:
- January 11th - Gangster Squad, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.
- January 18th - The Last Stand.
- February 1st - Bullet To The Head.
- February 14th - A Good Day To Die Hard.
- March 1st - Elysium.
- March 8th - Oz: The Great and Powerful.
- March 15th - Carrie.
- March 22nd - Jack The Giant Killer.
- March 29th - GI Joe: Retaliation.
- April 12th - Evil Dead.
- May 3rd - Iron Man 3.
- May 17th - Star Trek Into Darkness.
- May 24th - Fast Six.
- June 7th - After Earth.
- May 14th - The End Of The World, Man Of Steel.
- May 21st - Monsters University.
- May 28th - Kick-Ass 2.
- July 3rd - Despicable Me 2.
- May 12th - Pacific Rim.
- May 19th - R.I.P.D.
- May 26th - The Wolverine.
- August 2nd - 300: Rise Of An Empire.
- August 9th - Robocop.
- September 13th - The Little Mermaid.
- September 27th - The Tomb.
- October 4th - Sin City; A Dame To Kill For.
- November 8th - Thor: The Dark World.
- November 22nd - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
- December 13th - The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.
- December 25th - Jack Ryan.
500 Films In A Year Challenge: 2013 - The Numbers List
As I am going through the 500 Films In A Year Challenge, obviously the movies will be numbered in order as I go along. In order to give certain numbers more importance, and also to inspire me to watch certain movies, I have related several movies to certain numbers. An obvious example would be that, I want to watch The Third Man by Orson Welles, so I have related that movie to number 3, so it should be the third movie I watch.
So far, there is 19 movies listed here.
Here is the Numbers list:
- Number 3- The Third Man
- Number 4 - Four Brothers
- Number 7 - Seven UP! (1964)
- Number 8 - 8 Mile
- Number 10 - 10 Things I Hate About You
- Number 12 - 12 Monkeys
- Number 14 - 7 Plus Seven (1970)
- Number 21 - 21 Up (1977)
- Number 25 - The 25th Hour
- Number 28 - 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, 28 Up (1984)
- Number 35 - 35 Up (1991)
- Number 42 - 42 Up (1998)
- Number 49 - 49 Up (2005)
- Number 50 - 50/50
- Number 56 - 56 Up (2012)
- Number 101 - 101 Dalmations
- Number 300 - 300
500 Films In A Year Challenge: 2013 - The Date List
The point of this list, is that there are specific Birthdays of actors or directors that I like, who I want to dedicate a Birthday to. So, for example, I’ve always wanted to watch movies by Orson Welles, so I have decided to dedicate his birthday, May 6th, to watching films of his.
There are also sequels being released in 2013, and I prefer to watch the other movies in the series as well. So, for example, February 14th, Valentines Day, is releasing Die Hard 5, ala A Good Day To Die Hard, so I want to watch at least the classic trilogy on that day, if not also the fourth film.
There is a list of 76 movies here, in total.
Here is the Date list:
- January 12th - John Lasseter’s Birthday: Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave
- January 28th - Frank Darabont’s Birthday: The Green Mile, The Mist.
- February 14th - Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Die Hard With A Vengeance.
- February 26th - Johnny Cash’s Birthday, Walk The Line
- March 8th - The Wizard Of Oz.
- March 15th - Carrie.
- March 29th - G.I. Joe (Animated Film),
G.I. Joe (live-action film).
- April 12th - Evil Dead 1-3.
- May 6th - Orson Welles’ Birthday, Citizen Kane, Touch Of Evil
- June 14th - Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, Superman, Superman II.
- July 17th - James Cagney’s Birthday, The Public Enemy, Angels With Dirty Faces, White Heat,
- June 20th - Robert Rodriquez’s Birthday: El Mariachi, Desperado, Once Upon A Time In Mexico
- June 21st - Monsters Inc,
- June 22nd - Meryl Streep’s Birthday: Kramer Vs Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, The Iron Lady
- June 23rd - Joss Whedon’s Birthday: Serenity
- July 6th - Sylvester Stallone’s Birthday: Rocky series
- July 13th - Harrison Ford’s Birthday: Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Temple Of Doom, The Last Crusade
- July 26th - Stanley Kubrick’s Birthday: Lolita, Dr Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, Room 237
- July 30th - Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Birthday: Conan The Barbarian, Commando, Predator.
- August 9th - Robocop Trilogy.
- August 13th - Alfred Hitchcock’s Birthday: Strangers On A Train, Vertigo, North By Northwest, Hitchcock
- August 16th: James Cameron’s Birthday - True Lies
- September 21st - Stephen King’s Birthday: Firestarter.
- September 23rd - Ray Charles’ Birthday: Ray
- October 4th: Sin City.
- October 31st - Peter Jackson’s Birthday: Heavenly Creatures, The Lovely Bones
- December 18th - Steven Spielberg’s Birthday: E.T., Jaws.
- December 25th - The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger, The Sum Of All Fears.