January 2013 – Buzzards’ guts, man!

Les Miserables PosterWith awards season fast approaching, cinemas were this month awash with the last few nominees; in particular, the remaining four Best Picture hopefuls finally opened across the U.K.

I began the month by compiling a list of the ten films I am most looking forward to in 2013, and the ten movies that had so far failed to excite me at all. I also spotlighted the greatest injustices of the announced Oscar nominations, as presented by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone. That said, I had fewer issues with this Best Picture list than usual.

While Les Misérables just about lived up to hyped expectations, with some amazing performances and rousing renditions more than making up for director Tom Hooper’s awkward angles and Russell Crowe’s tuneless vocals. Lincoln, Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty, however, while not without individual merit, suffered from spectacularly bloated running times and stunted emotion.

Elsewhere in the release schedules, Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible brought the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to the big screen for what is really the first time. If it hadn’t been for Anne Hathaway dreaming her dream, Naomi Watts and Tom Holland would have easily stolen January with the two most genuinely devastating performances.

The month’s only real dud note was provided by Gangster Squad, a film which peeked interests in early 2012 before being eclipsed by the Aurora shooting and the reshoots that it necessitated. Even without the changes, it’s difficult to imagine how the film could ever have been more than a generic gangster flick with cliched performances and an overfamiliar plot.

Outside of the cinema, I continued to create content for my other blog, Finding A Neish, and received a copy of January’s Quest Magazine, in which I had my first ever commissioned article published.

Film of the month: Les Misérables


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

3 Responses to January 2013 – Buzzards’ guts, man!

  1. Nostra says:

    In January I had a lot of time to watch movies and ended up seeing 40 of them, with the best being The Impossible and Les Miserables (from the top of my head). I even liked Gangster Squad. Had hoped to see Django, but didn’t have a chance to do so (as I need to wait on some other people who also want to see it)

    • Wow, 40 in one month? That’s pretty incredible! Django’s alright, but never for a moment does it feel like a classic (which I’d argue many of Tarantino’s other films are). Foxx is great but nobody else ever nails their characters, and the film lacks that one iconic scene or piece of dialogue that every one of his other films always have. And I’m glad somebody liked Gangster Squad.

      • Nostra says:

        I normally don’t watch that many, but time allowed me to do so. Gangster Squad was good for what it was, a slick looking action movie with gangsters.

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