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What I’m Watching – November 2013

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry.

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (Dir: Wes Anderson, 2004) ****

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Dir: Lee Daniels, 2013) ****

Parkland (Dir: Peter Landesman, 2013) **

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Dir: Francis Lawrence, 2013) *****

The Counsellor (Dir: Ridley Scott, 2013) ***

Blackfish (Dir: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, 2013) ****

Gravity (Dir: Alfonso Cuaron, 2013) ****

Nebraska (Dir: Alexander Payne, 2013) ****

Cuban Fury (Dir: James Griffiths, 2014)

The Switch (Dir: Josh Gordon, Will Speck, 2010) **

Wild Bill (Dir: Dexter Fletcher, 2011) ****

Who Is Dayani Cristal? (Dir: Marc Silver, 2013)

Philomena (Dir: Stephen Frears, 2013) *****

Ender’s Game (Dir: Gavin Hood, 2013) ****

Turbo (Dir: David Soren, 2013) ***

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (Dir: Justin Chadwick, 2013) ****

UK Box Office: 30 November – 2 December – Gambit, Anyone?

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So Gambit didn’t stick around for long, then…

This week’s top ten is pretty much the same as last week with only The Master and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (last week’s nine and ten, respectively) dropping out to make room for Rise Of The Guardians and Great Expectations. But last week’s number five, Gambit, drops out completely which can’t spell good news for Michael Hoffman.

Skyfall reclaims the number one spot from those pesky vampires, but eOne can hardly complain after what the last installment has raked in. And yep, Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger is still clinging on for dear life.

Check out the top ten below: Continue reading

2013 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

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Sound the bongos – it’s a double nomination for Matthew McConaughey.

Jack Black’s nomination for Bernie is surely set to keep him ontrack for a Golden Globe nod and Emayatzy Corinealdi returns to contest Little Miss Hushpuppy once more, making it pretty clear that we’ll be seeing a lot more of the Middle Of Nowhere star before the season’s through.

Brit Marling gets some love, as does The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and Ruby Sparks, but you can always trust the Spirit Awards to dig up something a little different and nominate those who often go unseen for the rest of the season, so check out the full list of winners below: Continue reading

2012 Gotham Independent Film Award Winners

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The 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards were held on November 26th and provided more steam for Moonrise Kingdom and Benh Zeitlin’s engines, which is something I am very happy to see.

Teeny, tiny little Quvenzhané Wallis may have missed out on Breakthrough Actor and Your Sister’s Sister may have beat off stiff competition in the form of Moonrise Kingdom and Silver Linings Playbook to take the prize for Best Ensemble, but with so few awards to hand out on the night, there’s not much room for surprise.

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UK Box Office: 23 – 25 November – It’s All About eOne

It’s bye bye Neeson and hello Christmas as Taken 2 finally drops out of the top ten and improv sequel Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger gives eOne another top three entry alongside the currently immovable Breaking Dawn – Part 2.

Oscar hopeful Silver Linings Playbook embarrasses Firth and Diaz, while David Ayer’s cop flick makes a humble entry sandwiched between Bens Stiller and Affleck.

Elsewhere, Skyfall is still standing strong on home turf, with Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted apparently never wanting to disappear, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master finally passing the £1 million mark.

Check out the top ten below: Continue reading

UK Box Office: 16 – 18 November – Vampires In The Hizzle

There’s a massive surprise number one film in the UK this week – lol jk, Twilight’s out. The final (cue party poppers for some) installment in the saga knocks Skyfall off its top spot, with the newest addition to the Bond franchise currently standing at an incredibly impressive £83 million. Well played, Mendes.

Three Indian offerings also break the top ten and Madagascar 3 and Hotel Transylvania prove they have sticking power well after the half term break. And, though it may be sitting just outside the top five, it’s great to see The Master riding high in its first week on wide release.

Check out the top ten below: Continue reading

Talk About Diversity

November’s been good to you, buddy.