February 2012 – Wow, that was such an expensive looking explosion!

So here we are: the business end of the longest variant of the shortest month. February was a month that saw two Avengers trailers (well, one for The Avengers and one for Marvel Avengers Assemble), a scattering of great movies and, perhaps most notably, the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

The month got off to a superpowered start with Chronicle, a low-budget found-footage movie that set the bar unexpectedly high for the likes of Marvel and DC to follow. There were other delights too, with The Woman In Black (haunting), The Muppets (charming) and A Dangerous Method (riveting) vying for audiences’ attention when arrived in cinemas on the same day. Also enjoyable was Journey 2: The Centre of the Earth, which provided a welcome departure from the pretence of awards season.

Like any month, however, February was also responsible for some real clunkers too. Man On A Ledge did little to sell Sam Worthington as an engaging screen presence while One For The Money saw Katherine Heigl advance from mild annoyance to genuine hate-figure (if you’re listening Katherine, I really would like my money back). Meanwhile, while Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D attracted the usual bile and derision, I once again found myself swept up in the saga and defending George Lucas to anyone who would listen. And a few who wouldn’t, too.

February was also the month of the 8th annual Glasgow Film Festival which I attended on behalf of Best for Film. Beating the new vibrating chairs to Cineworld by a good few weeks, I caught The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (joyous), We Bought A Zoo (heart-warming), The Kid With A Bike (zzz), Babycall (???) and Buck, a documentary that was ten times more entertaining than the 1998 film adaptation. Admittedly, the movies took an unfortunate back-seat as I dedicated my time to devouring Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy in advance of the first film’s March release. Putting aside for just a moment that this is a film blog, YOU HAVE TO READ THESE BOOKS!!

The awards themselves were a pretty lacklustre affair, with The Artist largely clearing up at both the BAFTA and Oscar ceremonies. While the deserving likes of Margaret, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Super 8, Arriety, Shame and Life In A Day might not have even been nominated, it was certainly nice to see such films as Hugo and Senna (at the BAFTAs, anyway) honoured by the industry.

Aside for that, I blogged about the five third instalments that have been most overlooked and the top five career paths that have been ruined forever by Hollywood. I ended this month, like any other, with the respective James Bond movie, A View To A Kill, which I really rather enjoyed.

Film of the Month: Chronicle

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About popcornaddiction
I am a psychology graduate, a News Writer for HeyUGuys/BestforFilm and, most importantly, a hopeless popcorn addict.

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