August 2013 – What happens in the Kremlin stays in the Kremlin

Blackfish posterTo say that Summer 2013 has been a disappointment would be something of an understatement.

And it wasn’t just the studios that suffered with poor box office receipts; audiences got very little for the money they did spend. Man Of Steel was terrible, Star Trek Into Darkness was forgettable, and the less said about Despicable Me 2 the better.

Things started to look up last month with The Wolverine, a film that was far more enjoyable than it should have been, and, it’s a relief to report, August has continued to bring the season back from the brink. The way, way back.

Granted, there were a few misfires — including Only God Forgives, Kick-Ass 2, Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, The Heat and 2 Guns — but each at least had its moments. Except for The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, with was quite simply a complete waste of time.

For the most part, however, August was a total joy. RED 2 got things off to a terrific start, while between them The Conjuring and Elysium made sure that there was always something in the cinema worth watching. Even We’re The Millers managed to impress, pretty much the first comedy of the year to do so. Even the usually insufferable Greta Gerwig raised a smile thanks to Frances Ha.

Two films in particular were so good that they went straight into my top five of 2013 so far. The first was Blackfish, a truly harrowing indictment of SeaWorld’s treatment of its orcas. The second couldn’t have been any more of a contrast: The Way, Way Back was an incredibly charming coming-of-age fiction about one boy’s self-discovery on holiday. I also took the opportunity to rewatch Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D.

This month I also attended JAM Film Festival at Tulibole Castle just outside of Kinross. The line-up included Premium Rush, The Breakfast Club and Cabin In The Woods (screened in a tent in the woods), in addition to Good Vibrations and My Cousin Vinnie, which I’d never seen before. While for HeyUGuys I reviewed Richard Curtis’ About Time, listed the top ten cinematic siblings and interviewed the Silibil ‘n’ Brains from The Great Hip-Hop Hoax.

Over at Finding A Neish I documented two disastrous job interviews, wrote about a visit to the aptly named Rejects department store in Kirkcaldy and looked back over my time as a Forces brat.

It’s been a busy month, then, but a memorable one too.

Film of the month: Blackfish


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

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