May 2013 – I’ve got a tank on my ass!

Mud PosterLike the weather going into summer, blockbuster season has gotten off to a bit of a slow start. There have been odd glimpses of sunlight, but for the most part it has left the majority pretty cold indeed.

Things didn’t get off to the most promising of starts, with films such as Dead Man Down, 21 & Over and John Dies At The End (which I caught at Dundee Contemporary Arts’ Dundead festival) failing to make three stars. None were completely without merit, but neither were they anything special either.

The month picked up with the release of its first major tentpole movie, J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness. Although nowhere near as impressive as the original, the film still entertained thanks to a strong cast, a first-class soundtrack and a pace that waited for no-one.

Fast And Furious 6 was second out of the gate, but still somehow managed to overtake Star Trek at the box office. The film was similarly second to its predecessor, but director Justin Lin’s strong eye for an exciting set piece meant that it was still a blast from beginning to end.

While the likes of Epic, The Great Gatsby and The Hangover Part III failed to excite, May still had one final ace up its sleeve. The finest movie of the month, Jeff Nichols’ Mud seemed to come out of nowhere. Featuring stand-out performances from Matthew McConauchey and newcomers Tye Sheridan and Jacob Loftland, the film ended things on a tremendous high.

Elsewhere this month I wrote about the similarities between Iron Man 3 and Batman Begins, listed ten of the most contrived movie sequels for HeyUGuys and continued to cover the latest movie news for BestforFilm and The Hollywood News. I also received my accreditation for the 67th Edinburgh Film Festival and visited the Cairngorm National Park for Finding A Neish.

Film of the month: Mud


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

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