December 2013 – Some people are worth melting for

FROZN_014M_G_ENG-GB_70x100.inddWith 2013 winding down and awards season well and truly underway, December was a month for studios to either cut their losses or finally release their prized contenders.

Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie, 47 Ronin and The Harry Hill Movie were cunningly snuck into cinemas while everyone was too busy with Christmas to notice, while Saving Mr. Banks, Nebraska and All Is Lost each made their cases for Oscar contention. Kill Your Darlings and Parkland also opened, though whether they will garner any nominations between them is still to be seen.

December wasn’t all off-cuts and awards fodder, however, and the month’s best films were those that sat somewhere in the middle. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug was an enormous improvement on An Unexpected Journey, picking up the pace and introducing a number of interesting supporting characters. It wasn’t the only sequel to surpass expectations either, with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues managing to do justice to the original if not quite equal it.

It was Disney’s Frozen that impressed most, however, marking a return to form for The House Of Mouse. A superb soundtrack, gorgeous animation and a surprisingly complex relationship between sisters Anna and Elsa made for a great watch, and a film that could sit comfortably alongside the classics of the Golden and Silver Age of Animation.

Outside of the cinema I interviewed character animator James Baxter ahead of the release of his latest film — DreamWorks’ The Croods — on DVD and Blu-ray, finally caught up with Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky’s Indie Game: The Movie when it screened on Channel 4 and summarised the year in film for HeyUGuys.

For Finding A Neish I described a visit to Aboyne and looked back over the year since my return from Russia. Finally, back on Popcorn Addiction, I presented my Top 10 films of 2013.

Film of the month: Frozen


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

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