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Live for Films: The Highs and Lows of 2014

In Film, Team Live For Films on January 1, 2015 at 4:49 am

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Phil Edwards: Another year over, another one just begun. I can’t believe Live for Films is 6 years old! Where does the time go?

2014 saw many things happen in the world of film. We lost some great actors as new faces appeared on the silver screen. A Seth Rogen comedy almost started another war and it is not every year you get to say that.

phil edwardsSome of my highlights were the absolute joy of Guardians of the Galaxy, the action of The Raid 2, The Guest, Fury, watching the wonderful Captain America: Winter Soldier make Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. essential viewing, the brief times we saw Godzilla, Rosamund Pike being an absolute psycho and Ben Affleck being an idiot in Gone Girl, Ralph Fiennes and his filthy mouth in The Grand Budapest Hotel, our final journey with Bilbo in The Hobbit and Tom Cruise going all Groundhog Day in Edge of Tomorrow. It was also funny to see how the latter film’s ad people suddenly realise that they should have called it Live, Die, Repeat. Oh, and Live for Films being quoted on the Cheap Thrills poster and blu-ray (thanks to Alan and his great review for an excellent film for that one).

We also interviewed many fantastic people over the past 12 months. Oh, and the brilliant TV shows that we had – True Detective, Arrow, The Flash, Hannibal, Person of Interest and many more. There was also the cool caricature of me (left) by Will Robson.

Lows for me include not getting to see enough films in the year, how staggeringly bad Transcendence was, not enough people going to see Edge of Tomorrow at the cinema, Dracula Untold showhorning in a beginning of Universal’s non-horror shared universe.

However, the biggest low was losing Live for Films’ Holly B to cancer. She will be forever missed.

2015 has many delights for us including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, Ant-Man, Bill, The Hateful Eight, Crimson Peak, Chappie and Tomorrowland. There will also be a Live for Films video show thing on the way, with yours truly looking slightly confused as I realise the enormity of it all! Watch for that in the next few months.

That’s enough from me. Without further ado, here are some of the incredibly talented Team Live for Films with their highs and lows of 2014.


Stephen Bowron

stephen bowronHighs: It’s unbelievable that The Lego Movie came out only this year; it was a cultural phenomenon that almost rivalled that of last year’s Frozen and rightfully so. Phil Lord and Chris Miller don’t have any new films on the horizon but with both 22 Jump Street and The Lego Movie out this year I feel my funny bone’s need to be tickled has been sated for now. I expect Gone Girl will be on most peoples’ lists as a movie high this year and that’s undoubtedly because David Fincher’s latest slow-burn is not just a fine film on a practical level but is also one of the best book adaptations I can recall. Finally, the year ended on two more highs as Dumb and Dumber To and close of the Hobbit trilogy proved that we can return to treasured lands and reap shining gold.

Lows: Trans4mers, absolutely. The film itself was a vast improvement on the franchise’s second and third instalments but no Transformers film should ever earn over one billion dollars. Almost as ridiculous as Trans4mers’s gross was the plot of Transcendence and the squandered talent and premise of Muppets Most Wanted (it hurts to think badly of anything with Tina Fey in it). Jonathan Liebesman also had a good go at destroying our childhoods with the abominable TMNT for which makes me all the more excited for his 2016 film, Transformers 5. Last of all, I never saw Adam Sandler’s Blended but something tells me it’s Rotten Tomatoes rating of 14% was well-earned – though, at least he showed us he still has talent, even if he refuses to display it often, with Men, Women and Children.


Alan Simmons

Alan-Simmons2014 has been a cracking filmic year for me. Not just in terms of all the great movies that have come out, but also all the way cool stuff I’ve been able to cover for the site.

So here are not just my Top 5, but my Top 10, plus my Top 5 things I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to do thanks to a site that I love and an Editor who rocks.

Al’s Top 10 Films of 2014

  1. What We Do in the Shadows
  2. Wolfcop
  3. The Sacrament
  4. The Guest
  5. Cheap Thrills
  6. Veronica Mars
  7. Nightcrawler
  8. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  9. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy

Al’s Top 5 Highlights of Contributing to Live for Films in 2014 

In no particular order:

And do you know what? I don’t know if it’s remembering all this sweet stuff that’s put me in a particularly good mood, or that my post-holidays blood alcohol is still seasonally high, but I’m not going to do a “lows” or a worst five – let’s start the year with nothing but love.

Instead here are my Most Anticipated 5 Films of 2015:

Mad Max: Fury Road – Because Tom Hardy is Max. Because George Miller is back. And because did you see the trailer?!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Because no matter how much I hate the prequels, and because no matter how worried about JJ post-Star Trek Into Darkness I am, I will never not be excited for Star Wars – like everyone – that shit is in my blood, and the teaser got me so excited that I didn’t know if I needed to watch it another ten times in a row or throw up.

Avengers: Age of Ultron – Because Joss. Because the Marvel movies are my crack. Because the trailer gives me goosebumps.

Spectre – Because if there’s one franchise that I hold dearer than Star Wars or Marvel it’s Bond, James Bond. Plus aprés-Skyfall, all the pieces are now on the board for what could be the best Bond ever.

The Hateful Eight – Tarantino. Sold.


Adam Truscott

adam truscottHighs:

  • IMAX opening in Chichester. Sod the visuals. Interstellar and Five Armies never sounded so good!
  • Kept my Cineworld cards for 3/4 members of Team Truscott when common sense said get rid. We’ve started using them again, and baby T will start to venture in with us soon.
  • In terms of films: Nightcrawler, Grand Budapest, Raid 2 all gave me what I wanted us a little more.
  • Marvel continue to make us all their bitch. Guardians is a beautiful film… But how good is Winter Soldier? It gets better with every view, IMHO.
  • Days of Future Past wasn’t half bad, either.
  • Gone Girl saving me from reading the book.
  • Everything is awesome.
  • Scorsese and Tarantino still giving me my highlights of 2014. Even if it’s a script reading and not an actual film.
  • Freaking Force Awakens trailer in IMAX. Yes!
  • Realising Boyhood (which I missed and know I’ll love) was available on German eBay.

Lows:

  • Realising 6 weeks later that Boyhood still wasn’t here from Germany – and is out in the UK in a few weeks. (FML).
  • Missing The Guest on its theatrical run. Livid.
  • Birdman taking what feels like three years to be released.
  • 12A films fucking continuing to have the fucking “F Word” in them. So unnecessary. Fuck you Apes, X-Men, Transformers 4, Interstellar and all other fucking 12As!
  • Films that crashed and burned because audiences are idiots. Edge of Tomorrow, I feel for you Son. Spidey 2 was very harshly treated too. So was TMNT. People need to remind themselves what they’re buying a ticket for in 2015.
  • Lucy deciding to “jump the shark” when everything was looking so positive.
  • Godzilla losing all re-watchability after that honest trailer. So much good. So much bad.
  • 3D getting better but seemingly more irrelevant by the day. Disappointing they’re mastering their craft just as the craze dies down. Tell me Quicksilver’s moment isn’t the standout 3D moment of the year, though?
  • Missing several classics at the cinema as I lose out on time. Blue Ruin, Locke – I’m looking at you.
  • Knowing the world we live in will never allow Keaton an Oscar. Leo-style.

Romy Shiller

romy shillerI have decided to create a TOP 5 LIST instead of ‘highs and lows’ because my ‘low’ will ruffle way too many feathers here. For sure.

  1. Under The Skin
  2. Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance]
  3. St. Vincent
  4. The Theory of Everything
  5. Interstellar

Jackson Ball

jackson ballHighs:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – I declared it as I left the cinema, and I stand by it now: THIS is Wes Anderson’s masterwork. His meticulous visuals are never more stunning, and Ralph Fiennes delivers the comic performance of 2014.
  • Gone Girl – Controversies be damned; this was the stand-out thriller of the year. Fincher’s gift for storytelling, combines with inch-perfect casting creates for one of the most visceral cinema experiences in recent memory.
  • Boyhood – As moving as it is ambitious. Linklater shows the real milestones of childhood by ignoring them entirely, and focusing on those understated transitions we can all relate to. Arquette and Hawke are flawless.
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Easily the most exhilarating blockbuster of the year. Andy Serkis once again smashes our preconceptions of what to expect from motion capture, as Caesar the ape cements himself as one of the most iconic cinematic characters of recent history.

Lows:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – A bigger mess than Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin, and nowhere near as funny.
  • Godzilla – Overly-long and Overly-pretentious. This film was devoid of any of the charm or fun that the King of Monsters deserves.

Chris Edwards

posters3 of the best and 2 of the worst films of 2014:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – This isn’t just my film of the year, it’s one of my all-time favourites. Inspired by the work of Austrian writer Stephan Zweig, director Wes Anderson combined his trademark quirkiness with a sense of pre-war melancholy to create a wonderfully charming and funny world for his characters to thrive. A fantastic achievement.
  • How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Is it too controversial to call this the best CGI animation ever? I’m sure Toy Story and a bunch of other Pixar flics would have something to say about that, but as far as I’m concerned DreamWorks has a winner on its hands with this series. The sequel retains the journal like narration, staying true to Cressida Cowell’s books. At the same time, this is just as creative as the first, conveying traditional family film values in the most heartwarming and visually breathtaking way possible.
  • Gone Girl – I went into the cinema knowing nothing about the film or Gillian Flynn’s novel. I left utterly enthralled, but more importantly, freaked out. With its themes of domestic abuse, misogyny and psychopathy, it’s no wonder Gone Girl was one of the most talked about films of 2014.
  • The Lego Movie – I’ve only seen parts of this film, parts long enough for me to be absolutely baffled at the widespread obsession amongst various age groups. If you’re 13 or younger, fair enough, but anyone older should be grinding their teeth and painstakingly clawing at the armrest while the younger viewer screams ‘everything is awesome’. No it isn’t.
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction – Where to start with Michael Bay. Just when I thought a film about giant, transforming, alien robots couldn’t get any worse he releases this miserable excuse of a thing. If there is an art to smashing CGI polygons together in an orgy of mashed metal and explosions then this is the equivalent of an artist smearing the canvas with his own shit.

Trevor Hogg

This is how I view 2014:

Best Film: The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Worse Film: Scarlet Innocence (Madam Ppang-Deok)
Pleasant Surprise: Guardians of the Galaxy and ’71
Best Visual Effects: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Most Ambitious: Boyhood

Biggest Disappointments: Bill Cosby and Jian Ghomeshi

Looking forward: House of Cards Season 3, Blackhat, Tomorrowland, The Walk

Dreading: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Onward to 2015.


What were your highs and lows of 2014?

Team Live for Films – October highs and lows…

In Team Live For Films on November 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm

October has gone and November is here and V masks are donned ready for this evenings festivities. With that in mind here are some of Team Live for Films talking about their favourite movie moments of the past month and what they are looking forward to in November.

First up is me.

Phil Edwards

Highs:October was the month of James Bond. He turned 50 and also had Skyfall which has had the biggest opening for any Bond film ever.I thought nothing would be able to steal its thunder. Then came news that a certain Mouse had bought the Jedi and the Internet exploded.This made me put on the original trilogy and my daughter watched them for the first time and loved them. This led to drawings of Darth Vader and Yoda.Killing Them Softly was a great film with Brad Pitt doing amazing work. Cockneys vs Zombieswas a lot better than I thought it would be and a good film to watch with a group of friends.Other than that we had some great reviews from the London Film Festival (check them out here) and 31 Days of Horrorscared us on a daily basisLows:

I didn’t actually get to see many films in October.

Next month:

I cannot wait to see Argo and Rise of the Guardians.


Adam Truscott

Highs:

    • SkyFall. Genuinely brilliant.
    • Paranormal 4. Genuinely OK.
    • Sinister. Genuinely excellent… (Until last ten). Still possible soundtrack of the year, mind.
    • Killing Them Softly. Top three of 2012, For’ sure.

At Home;

  • Indiana Jones Blu Ray box set. Prom/Avengers/Wrath owned in 3D.
  • Realising Copland was out on Blu.
  • Being able to dance to Rock Of Ages in my pants, and not be judged

Lows:

  • SkyFall. Sheep.
  • Paranormal 4. Guy I went with turned and said: “I had my eyes closed. What happened?”, during last five.
  • Sinister. Last ten. Worst ending to a movie ever?

At Home;

  • No wifi for two weeks. (Possibly worse than not living.)
  • Not being very good at dancing in my pants.


Romy Shiller

Highs: Cloud Atlas. It is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea though.
Lows: Didn’t see enough films for a low.
In November I’m looking forward to Anna Karenina and Lincoln.


Mike Williams

Highs:SKYFALL! Brilliant stuff. Plus the sheer amount of horror films that it felt right to watch because of Halloween. Ended up going for the likes of [REC] and both EVIL DEAD films. LFF was also my highlight. Wasn’t prolific by any means, but managed about 12 films in the full week I was there, which included gems like RUST AND BONE, but more specifically, sci-fier, ROBOT & FRANK, and a wonderful French animation called ERNEST AND CELESTINE, which were both marvellous and my LFF highlights!Lows: FRANKENWEENIE for me. It wasn’t great.


Paul Jonze

For me, October has been a bit of a quiet month at the cinema.Of course, the cinema has been dominated by monster themed movies for adults and kids alike. The high for me this month has been Sinister. Initially, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it knowing it was from the makers of Insidious, a film that just seemed a regurgitating greatest hits of a lot of horror films of the 2000s. But, it was genuinely pretty scary in places and pretty enjoyable to watch. The only downside was the last ten minutes, all of which I think was pretty obvious and a greater twist would have been better appreciated.The low for me was Paranormal Activity 4. I loved the first film when it was released, and am in the minority of people who actually really enjoyed the second instalment. But the last two, in particular the most recent that currently appears to be boring people at the cinema have totally missed the mark. It seems full of cheap imitation tricks stolen from the first one. Not doing it for me.The big news of the month has been Disney taking over the Star Wars films and subsequently the news of a 7th instalment in 2015. This is pretty exciting stuff and I’m curious to see what they add. As long as Jar Jar isn’t even referenced to, then I’m gonna be one happy chappy. I am however looking forward to a new generation of heroes and villains in the ever expanding Star Wars universe.

Stephen Bowron

Highs: I’m pretty certain everyone will have the London Film Festival on their lists this month. The LFF had some great films and Rashida Jones’ ‘Celeste & Jesse Forever‘ was definitely my favourite. Everyone blathers on about how ‘Bridesmaids’ is a landmark film for the “real woman” but ‘C&JF’ is far superior. I can’t wait for it to come out in cinemas. Another high was the Iron Man 3trailer. It seems to have come and gone just like that, but for those two minutes and six seconds it ran for we were all more excited for it than we ever were for Christmas as children.Lows: I never got to see Argo at LFF. I have only used my Cineworld card once this month. I wasn’t as impressed as everyone else by ‘Looper‘, which is disappointing as I am a huge fan of Rhian Johnson.Looking forward to: I have never been a Bond fan but I’d quite like to catch Skyfall. I am also very much looking forward to Alec Baldwin as a Russian Santa in this month’s ‘Legend Of The Guardians‘.

Jackson Ball

Highs: The obvious one has to be Skyfall. Everyone involved was on top form and Craig has cemented himself as a more than worthy Bond. Also love how the last half hour is basically Home Alone!I also really enjoyed Frankenweenie. It reminded that once you strip away all the hype and lunacy, Tim Burton is a genuinely good filmmaker. It’s easy to forget that sometimes. Frankenweenie was funny, clever and bags full of fun.Lows: Paranormal Activity 4. What a waste of time an energy that was. Made me angry at myself, because I knew going in it was going to be bad, but I still got burned. Just awful.Low/Possible High: The whole Disney making Stars Wars thing. Initially, I have to say I am mortified, but I’ve been quick to judge and been wrong before (see: Heath Ledger cast as the Joker).


Maria Alexopoulos

Highs: I have been anticipating the release of Taken 2, for quite sometime now – having been blow away by the first one. The sequel did not disappoint with deep characters, coupled with a rich plot that left you on the edge of your seat. Aside from a few over-the-top action sequences the film was a big win for me.Lows: Yeah, um sorry but Frankenweenie, bit the proverbial wiener…and I mean that with all due respect. I have always been a fan of stop-motion, but there is something off-putting, not to mention down right disturbing about a dog with sown-on-flesh. Sorry kids, but this one just didn’t do it for me. It did have its clever moments, but still I left the film thinking ‘YUCK’.

Team Live for Films Monthly Roundup – September and October

In Team Live For Films on October 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

As the month of September comes to a close here are some of Team Live for Films talking about their favourite movie moments of the past month and what they are looking forward to in October.

Everyone in the team was so sad about the passing of Tony Scott. A legend who gave us some amazing films.

First up is me.

Phil Edwards

Highs:Quite a few good films during September. Dredd 3Dwas brilliant. Karl Urban nailed it and it was all so faithful to 2000AD. You need to go and see it.Lawless was great. Good to see Tom Hardy in a different type of role again after Bane. Guy Pearce was also creepy as hell and Jessica Chastain was just gorgeous.

Killing Them Softly was surprisingly good. Surprising in that the trailer kind of gives the wrong impression of it. It is not the action thriller that it shows. Instead it is composed of a series of conversations between low lifes as they go through a series of events. Basically the bits that would happen, but you never see in other mob based films. The few moments of violence are incredibly graphic and just highlight the dangers of living that kind of life.

ParaNorman was most fun and good to watch it with my five year old daughter. She was a bit spooked at first, but soon got into the swing of things and loved the zombies.

Lows:

I can’t think of any major disappointments in my movie watching over the last month. I just wish Dredd would make a bit more money so we can get a sequel or two.

Next month:

I am looking forward Taken 2. It may well just be a rehash of the first one, but I do like watching Liam Neeson beating up the bad guys. Some Guy Who Kills People mainly because it has a great title, but also as it has the mighty Kevin Corrigan in the lead role.

Although I am not expecting it to be brilliant I want to see On The Road just to find out how it translates to the big screen.

Radioman looks like an intriguing documentary about a Hollywood legend we have never heard of.

Taking my daughter to see Frankenweenie should be good. Room 237 should be most interesting as it focuses on the many theories people have around Kubrick’s The Shining. I also want to see Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Then we have Bond’s return in Skyfall.


Adam Truscott

Highs:Judge “saviour of 3D” Dredd. Looper. Lawless. Killing Them Softly(film of the year?).Also, a great month for Blueys. Titanic 3D is gorgeous. Avengers 3D, likewise. Cabin in the Woods and The Raid have both already been watched more than once.

Lows:

I’m still pissed about my three hour walk off the coast of Africa.

I still haven’t recieved my new Cineworld Unlimited card.


Mark Wassmer

Highs:• Have to be Dredd 3D – agree with Adam, showing how 3D can make difference. • Lawless more Hardy • Looper more JGL, with a new star to watch out for Pierce Gagnon. • And of course Avengers assembling on Blu.Lows:

House at the end of the Street = Pointless. • Poor US Box Office for Dredd meaning the potential for a sequel is not promising. • Still haven’t seen Killing Them Softly, but at least I can change that one.

Looking forward to: • Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, because it’s old school Burton. • Savages • Skyfall • Sinister because I need some Horror in my life for Halloween.


Holly Blain

I have a lot of love from Fantastic Fest for the films I saw there.Standouts include I DECLARE WAR, ROOM 237 (which is facinating) COLD STEEL (China) and TOWER BLOCK.Also, the excellent Documentary, THE FINAL MEMBER (about the Icelandic Phalliological Museum was entertaining, humorous and strangely enough, everyone I saw it with was invested in the outcome of it and talked about it over and over. “Legal length” will become important to you after seeing this film.


Romy Shiller

Lows:The Cold Light of Day. I was drawn to the film because of the stars: Sigourney Weaver and Bruce Willis. The future Superman [Henry Cavill] also made me curious. I like Weaver in the television show, Political Animal, but since the Alien films, her cinematic choices have been questionable – I keep forgetting this! I would have liked to have seen more of Bruce Willis. Henry Cavill – well the person I went with called him a B list actor… The film itself was LAME.Highs:

Not really a HIGH this month. I re-watched Mansfield Park directed by Patricia Rozema, whom I once met in Toronto, so that was fun. I am a huge Jane Austen fan and this film is based on one of her popular books – very well done!

October: I am salivating to see Cloud Atlas. I wrote a whole book on Reincarnation called AGAIN [http://romyshiller.com/Again.php] so this is right up my alley. Skyfall, of course is on my list.


Mike Williams

Highs:I’ve barely been to the cinema, but managed to see Lawless which was a good addition to Hillcoat’s filmography. Other highlights include the London Film Festival, which I am in London for now, and will continue to into October with film such as Rust and Bone, Room 237 and Beasts of the Southern Wild.Lows:

I have no negatives to speak of to be honest!


Paul Jonze

September was a mixed bag at the cinema. But, for me at least, it was a better month than August.I’m going to have to go against the grain and happily place myself in the minority and say that I actually enjoyed Total Recall. I thought the effects were great, and there aren’t many things I like to see more than Kate Beckinsale kicking ass. I thought she was great. Obviously Farrell’s accent was a little muddled, and a there were a lot of differences from the Arnie version, but I don’t think it deserved the rap that it got. In fact, I watched the Arnie version last week, and although I hate to say it as a fan of Verhoeven’s films, but it hasn’t dated well.Another great film was Dredd. I went in with low expectations having not been a huge fan of 2000 AD, but I found myself really enjoying it. Like Recall, it’s just a film you need to casually enjoy and not have to think to hard about it. If rumour is right and Judge Death is going to be making an appearance in the next one (or the one after), then I’m excited! The only downside to Dredd was that, at my local cinema at least, there was no option for 2D, which I would almost always chose over 3D.

I also thought Lawless was a great film, although Hardy, Chastain and especially Oldman were criminally underused. It’s the first time Shia Labeouf hasn’t grated on me in a long time, and Hardy had some great and funny scenes, but the show stealer for me was Guy Pierce. It’s not often an actor plays a villain so evil and cruel you actually hate them and want to see them dead, but he pulled it off. Great acting by him.

A low for me was Hope Springs. I’m a fan of Meryl Streep’s films, but I found myself bored with this one. Tommy Lee Jones is great at playing the grumpy old man, as always, but unusually for Meryl in this case, she didn’t really add anything to the film which is unusual for her.

Another low was House At The End Of The Street. Jennifer Lawrence seemed out of place in it, like she should be doing better films at this point of her career. I’m really hungry for a decent horror film!

Two films left me with mixed feelings. I felt like The Imposter should have been more enjoyable than what it was. A really interesting story, but it just wasn’t the film I was hoping it would be. If it had been on Channel 4 one evening and I knew what to expect, I would have enjoyed it, but I don’t think I was in the right frame of mind for what was on the cinema. The acting was good, and the real life footage blended really well with re-enactments, but it just didn’t quite do it for me.

The other film was Killing Them Softly. If you like films with tonnes of dialogue (probably about 80% of this film was face to face dialogue interaction) and small but violent bursts of action, then this is going to be the film for you. I just don’t think it quite managed to pull off what it wanted to. The dialogue scenes seemed like they were trying to come straight out of a Tarantino film, and the action scenes bizarrely reminded me of certain shots from Dredd. I found myself fidgeting about an hour into it.

The next month is looking to be another packed month for film. Looper is one particular film I’m looking forward to seeing, hopefully this weekend. For the horror fan in me there is Resident Evil 5, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, and Silent Hill 2 and Sinister. But of course the big one for October is Skyfall. For me, the trailer alone is better than the whole of Quantum of Solace, so I’m really hoping the film delivers!

Stephen Bowron

Highs:I am still buzzing from how great Dredd 3Dturned out to be. Also, my evenings are busy once more as US television shows have started again!Lows:

How badly Dredd 3D performed in the US is likely to be a big blotch on the possibility of Dredd sequels. Also, I barely went to the cinema or saw any films this month. Not much appealed to me, unlike next month.

Looking forward to: I am one of the few people on Earth who hasn’t seen Looper yet. Also, the Shakespeare’s Globe is screening a number of plays in selected cinemas, so I’m very eager to see some of their performances.

Piers McCarthy

Highs:Looper with a terrific cast and some incredible set-pieces, directing and writing. Untouchables – one of the most enjoyable and heart-warming films I’ve seen in a long time. Lawless – not Hillcoat’s best but certainly a stand-out film in its own right. Raiders of the Lost Arkat IMAX – epic!Lows:

That’s My Boy – didn’t see it but from the trailer alone I could tell that it was another batch of cinema-poison from Sandler Hope Springs – Not awful but not it only has a small demographic that I certainly didn’t fit in to. Also, some pretty terrible editing and a lackluster soundtrack (bar two popular tracks). To Rome With Love – After Midnight in Paris I was looking forward to Allen back on form but this sadly disproved that.

Looking forward to: Will probably see Liberal Arts again as I loved it. Frankenweenie to see Burton back on form…hopefully. Crossfire Hurricane – new Rolling Stones documentary. Skyfall looks and sounds to be back to Bond’s basics and with Mendes at the helm I cannot wait. Room 237 looks interesting and will certainly garner some discussion.

Jackson Ball

Highs:Dredd 3D: slightly lacking on narrative for me, but visually blew me away.Avengers on Blu-Ray: was literally looking forward to this from the moment I left the cinema in May. Extra features could of been better but I’m happy with the ones that they supplied.

Lows:

House at the End of the Street: just seemed plain daft to me. No real groundbreaking elements and overall a waste of time and money.

Looking forward to: Skyfall (promising), Frankenweenie (exciting/loveable), Argo (intriguing)

Team Live For Films – August

In Team Live For Films on September 3, 2012 at 11:25 am

This is a wrap-up of last month’s film highs and lows according to the Live For Films team. It is only what we’ve seen apart from our film review movies [not everything that was playing in August]. I thought that you would be interested in this.

http://www.liveforfilms.com/2012/09/01/team-live-for-films-monthly-roundup-august-september/

LFF – Highlights of June. Things in July.‏

In Team Live For Films on July 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm

This is a wrap-up of last month’s film highs and lows according to the Live For Films team. It is only what we’ve seen apart from our film review movies [not everything that was playing in June]. I thought that you would be interested in this.

http://www.liveforfilms.com/2012/07/02/team-live-for-films-monthly-roundup-june-and-july/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+liveforfilms%2FqdPt+%28Live+for+Films%29&utm_content=FaceBook