Top Ten 2013


Well it’s that time of year again, and this year has certainly been a mixed bag.  Some great movies and a few stinkers, but I have enjoyed compiling the good and the bad over the last week or so, to finally come up with what I consider to be the ten best movies I’ve watched and reviewed (for the first time) this year.  Note: I try and limit the contenders to movies released in the last two years.

Top Ten 2013

1.  The Impossible
2.  Django Unchained
3.  Captain Philips
4.  Elysium
5.  Stoker
6.  Sightseers
7.  Man Of Steel
8.  Flight
9.  The Wolverine
10.  Dredd

Notable mentions:  Monsters University, The Great Gatsby, World War Z

Monsters University


Viewed – 25 December 2013  Blu-ray

A daunting prospect … a sequel to possibly my favourite animated movie of all time.  I absolutely loved Monsters Inc. and consider it Pixar’s crowning achievement … funny, a perfect ‘buddy comedy’, charming, magical and with gorgeous animation and a brilliant concept.  This is more a prequel showing the early years, mainly during University of much loved characters Mike and Sully (Billy Crystal and John Goodman) as fledgling monsters who dream of nothing more than becoming Scarers one days and working at Monsters Incorporated.

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Clearly a parody of every campus comedy you’ve ever seen, and seemingly closely resembling Revenge Of The Nerds … I loved the idea of Mike and Sully becoming part of the least popular frat house on campus and having to compete against the more skilled & scarier houses for a chance to learn to be a Scarer.  The banter between the wealth of imaginative creations is first rate, and again Goodman & Crystal work brilliantly together.  There are also plenty of cameos and appearances from other supporting Monsters Inc characters, including Steve Buscemi’s chameleon-like Randy.

With less interaction with the human world this time and more of a focus on the monster world, this does lose ‘something’ that the original movie had, and with a hectic storyline and sometimes too many characters, it fails to zip along like it did before … oh and the ending was anti-climactic.  But these are small gripes for a stunning looking movie (Pixar at the top of their game) and plenty of jokes and fun moments meaning it’s impossible not to come away with a big grin on your face.  Pixar’s best movie in a while.

Verdict:  4 /5

Happy Christmas!!


Well the big day has arrived again.  I hope my viewers here and regular readers are having a nice day and that Santa has been good to you all. 

This year I have received some great gifts, some of which are pictured below, such as Dead Rising 3 on XBOX ONE, Season 3 of HBO’s acclaimed Boardwalk Empire, Monsters University on Blu-ray, 2014 Scarlett Johansson calendar … as well as clothes, chocolates, novelties etc. 

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So Merry Christmas one and all.  Thank you to all who got me something.  Hope you all like what I got you!  I am having a great day and gradually enjoying my stuff whilst looking forward to a traditional Christmas Turkey dinner! 

Cheers.