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Hmsbeefnuts Returns With His Top 10 Films of Last Year (Better late than never)

By @hmsbeefnuts

 

Hello, I’m back. I haven’t written anything for a while, apart from an attempt at a children’s story, which is still a work in progress. However, I have been very busy with that thing called life, it’s been far too busy as of late to write much of anything. Well, I thought it was high time that I did something to contribute to this blog I started with Geeky Gem, before she thinks I have abandoned her for good, I havent by the way. So last year was a great time to be a movie geek, we had a few films that many geeks didn’t think would ever happen, but were delivered to the screen in fantastic and amazing ways. I enjoyed many films this year, although I didn’t see as many as I would normally have done, I still got more than my fair share in. So standard Top 10 Time is the order of the day… here we go.

 

10. Prometheus

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Lots of people didn’t like this Alien Prequel, but I liked it a lot, in fact, I’d rather watch this again than Alien (not Aliens though, obviously). I liked that we didn’t get all the answers, I liked that it left things hanging somewhat. Good special effects, good mature Sci-Fi. Give it another chance, and don’t view it as a direct prequel to Alien, and more of a film set in the same universe, that may answer some questions, but poses far more.

 9. John Carter
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Again, not a film many people seemed to like, but I loved this fun Sci-Fi/fantasy film. Great effects, a lot of fun, monsters, aliens and fighting, all a growing geek needs. It’s like Star Wars before Star Wars was invented. Probably never going to see a sequel, and it is such a shame.
 
 8. The Grey
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Liam Neeson has to survive a plane crash, freezing Alaskan temperatures, snow, ice and a pack of hungry wolves who are pissed off at humans being in their territory. Although this film wasn’t Wolf Puncher The Movie, as the trailers seemed to suggest, it ended up being so much better. Really worth checking out.
 
 7. Dredd
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Wasn’t really on my radar, but I absolutely loved this new take on Judge Dredd. Uber violent, loyal to the comic and very stylish, in a low key way. I would love to see a sequel to this. Karl Urban was great as Dredd, and in any other year, this would have been the best comic book movie, but this year was stellar.
 
 6. Cabin in the Woods
 
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I’m not even going to talk much about this, because you must see this unspoiled. If you like horror of any type, you should give this a watch. An awesome film.
 
5. Skyfall
 
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A great end to the first Daniel Craig Bond Trilogy. Not quite as good as Casino Royale in my mind, but it was excellent none the less.
 
 
4. Jack Reacher
 
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Didn’t really expect to like this film as much as I did, but I loved it. I have a lot of time for Cruise, and his Jack Reacher was fantastic. Made me want to check out the books, so job done there. A gripping thriller, with great action, more Reacher please.
 
3. The Dark Knight Rises
 
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This could easily have been my favourite film of the year, and it could easily change place with number 2. However, I place this as number 3, simply because the spectacle of number 2 won out. This is the end of a brilliant, outstanding trilogy. Lots of people have said that this wasn’t true to the character of Batman, and I can see that point. However, I like to view the Nolan trilogy as kind of an Elseworlds tale. It seems impossible to imagine a better, realistic take on Batman, simply brilliant.
 
2. The Avengers
 
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I never thought it would happen, and then I never thought it would be this good. The Hulk was the stand out star, but the beauty was everyone got to shine. This was no easy task to film, and Marvel and Joss Whedon did a miraculous job. Phase one is over, on to phase two, I can not wait.
 
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
 
 
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My personal favourite film of the year. I love Middle Earth, have done since my Dad read me The Hobbit when I was 5. I loved the books, loved the films, and was in no doubt that I would love The Hobbit. Well, I was right wasn’t I. This film was magnificent, yes it did take a while to get going, but it needed that time. Time spent in the Shire is never wasted. It felt like meeting old friends, slipping back into a comfortable state of amazingness. I could watch this film endlessly, everything was wonderful and just as I imagined. Thank you Mr. Jackson. There will always be part of me that will wonder what Del Toro’s Hobbit would have been like, but overall, I’m glad PJ got to do this, it ties everything up with the Trilogy much better.

April Assessment

By @hmsbeefnuts

April is over, and with it, AGTM’s Avenging April season. It is time then for my monthly look back at the month in film, at least the films I saw, and assess how April went. I didn’t see as many films this month as I would have liked, partly due to other responsibilities, and partly due to there not being more films released. In the end I saw everything that I really wanted too, and that’s the main thing. Before we get on to the films, I would like to mention Game of Thrones. The second season is four episodes old, at the time of writing, and I have to say, it just gets better and better. I am currently reading book 3, A Storm of Swords, so I am a little ahead of the on screen action, however, I’m finding watching the events unfold in Westeros as exciting as reading them.

I love that the series seems to be doing things just a tiny bit different, it all adds to the awesomeness of Game of Thrones. Favourite characters? Well Tyrion obviously, but also Arya, Ser Jorah Mormont, Dany, Jon Snow and Rob Stark. With this series, you can never truly be sure that your favourite character will make it to the next episode, it’s a testament to the writing of George R. R. Martin, and the show runners, that they can keep you on your toes this much. I recommend you all check out Game of Thrones, but do yourself a favour, start with season one, don’t just jump in now, you will regret it if you don’t. Right, onwards to the movies, and quite a good selection this month.

Battleship was a film I wasn’t overly looking forward too. I do normally like these kind of brainless action films, for instance, I really like all the Transformer films, perfect popcorn entertainment. Battleship though isn’t based on transforming robots, but a pretty boring board game. I didn’t have to worry too much though, Hasbro seemed to have employed the Covenant from Halo as bad guys, and battle ship was a man vs alien menace film. Now I wouldn’t exactly recommend this film to everyone. It isn’t a great movie, but it is a hell of a lot of fun, and who doesn’t want to see a man with no legs slug an alien in the face? Things blow up, people look heroic or pretty, ships battle, Liam Neeson is in it, and it’s not all ‘America is the best country in the world whoo ha!’ either. The film has a quirky sense of humour, and I laughed a lot at it, when I was meant too. I felt the action was always played a little tongue in cheek, and was all the better for it. Worth seeing if you like explosions, hot blonde ladies, fun and don’t take things too seriously. It won’t win any awards, but it kept me entertained for 2 hours, and that’s what it was meant to do.

Cabin in the Woods was a film I had very little expectations for. I had kept away from most of the hype for it, and thought it was going to be a bog standard teens in peril movie. Boy, was I wrong. If it was not for The Avengers, this would be film of the month, and will likely be in a lot of critics top 10’s this year. The only problem with the film is that, you can’t really say why it is so awesome. The central idea is so amazingly awesome, that you have to experience it yourself. Do not read spoiler, do not listen to anyone talking about the plot. This film is amazing, and needs to be seen by any fan of horror. Seriously, so so good. That’s all I can really say about it other than this, and The Avengers has kind of changed my mind about Josh Whedon, someone who I was not a fan of before, I can definitely appreciate him now though, even if I still can’t warm to Buffy, or Firefly. Go see Cabin in the Woods, thank me later.

Lockdown is stupid, and silly and ridiculous, and I loved every single second of it. Guy Pearce plays a super hard wise ass of a Special Forces Agent, who has to go and save the presidents daughter, who has been taken hostage aboard a Maximum Security Space Prison. If you think that sounds shit, stop reading right now and skip to the Avengers, because, this film only gets more ridiculous. I loved it. Guy Pearce is a badass mother fucker in this film, who’d have thunk it? This is very much in the vein of The Transporter franchise, Luke Besson being involved in both. It has a slightly lame sense of humour, which makes all the jokes even better. It is super violent, has two Scottish thugs as the main bad guys and is a really fun 2 hours, if you like that sort of thing. Once again, this isn’t going to win any film prizes, no Oscars, but why does every film have to win awards? This is two hours of mindless, violent fun, set in a SPACE PRISON, where THE PRESIDENTS DAUGHTER, is kidnapped. What’s not to like?

The Avengers. Oh My Loki. I have written my impressions on first viewing The Avengers here. I loved every second of it, it is clearly the best movie to go see this month. Whedon has produced a near perfect film for comic fans. Everything promised in the previous Marvel Films (for more on those click here and here) was delivered in The Avengers, whilst also setting up the future of the Marvel Movie Universe. Run to see this film, it deserves to be seen in a theatre. I won’t write anything more on this for now, as I’m sure some of you haven’t seen it, don’t be spoiled, spoil yourself and buy a ticket.

In other news… Avenging April has been a success, so I think that in the future All Geek To Me will be doing more weekly or monthly special events. Hopefully we will have more news on this very soon. Thank you for reading, liking, commenting and re-blogging, it is always appreciated. Now, when is that new Batman Movie out…

Movie of the Month – April 2012

 By Geeky Gem and Hmsbeefnuts

 

As you know it is a new month, which here at All Geek to Me can mean only one thing. That I have to pick a film that will be better than Hmsbeefnuts movie last month and take part in his game, that he makes up the rules for and doesn’t tell me.

Now usually the picking of Movie of the Month leaves me pondering what I should pick, however this month has been the easiest choice I have ever had to make. Fans of this certain genre will know that this movie has been a long time in the making and in case you missed that nice shiny banner at the top of the page then you’re stupid. No, no I kid, not stupid just….well yes you’re stupid. That’s right folk’s this month’s movie that we here at All Geek can’t wait to see is The Avengers.

Before I go into why we should go watch this frankly beautiful looking movie I have to get something of my chest. You may have noticed that I called it The Avengers, now if you live here in UK and have been to a cinema in the last few weeks you may have noticed that The Avengers has gone through a name change. It is now called and this is only in UK mind Avengers Assemble, now I refuse to call it this and so do many of my friends, the reason for the change was that we folk here in the UK may confuse it with a television programme that was aired here many moons ago called The Avengers, some of us may even recall a film based on said show starring Sean Connery. Seen as this change has been made we have to live with it, but it doesn’t mean we have to like. Moving on, as thinking about this just makes me cry.

As we know all The Avengers have pretty much had an origin story movie leading up to this point where they now team up to save the world from evil. All kinds of evil and they have a Hulk, come on who’s going to win. Nick Fury and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. bring together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki & his army. To be honest this movie looks amazing and I really hope it is as I, as many of us have waited a long time to see. Let’s just hope Mr Wheadon has got it right, so here for your viewing pleasure, I hope you have tissues as you may cry at its beauty is The Avengers trailer.

Now remember The Avengers hits screen’s in the UK on April 27th, put it on your calendar, go do it now. 

Geeky Gem 

Last month, I picked John Carter as our All Geek To Me Movie of the Month, and despite Disney and the US audience not really giving two shits about it, I still maintain that not only is John Carter clearly the best movie in March, but it will be one of the best Movies this year. GO SEE IT. Right, enough of that, it’s time for this month, and April presents a bit of a problem to be honest, at least for me. Geeky Gem above has outlined why April is one of the biggest geek months this year, and I’m finding it very hard to actually do my job and pick an alternative pick. Umm…. well… fuck it, I’m just gona back The Avengers as well. Why not? There are no firm rules, and you can’t make me choose something else.

 

If things were different and I was forced to make a choice I would recommend that, if The Avengers isn’t for you, and if you don’t like going to the movies, may I suggest that the movie of the month may be 10 or 12 hours long, and broken up weekly. I am of course talking about Game of Thrones. I’ve recently re-watched the first season on Blu-ray, and it is by far the greatest TV show I have ever seen. I can’t wait for season 2 to start, it’s going to be epic.

 

OK for basic professionalism I will attempt to outline a few choices. So here we go… Friday 13th brings us Lockout and Cabin in The Woods. Both look interesting especially Cabin n the Woods. I’m not a Whedon Fan, more on that later, but this looks fun. Friday 20th brings us, according to this list I have Battleship and Jeff Who Lives At Home, both very different. Battleship looks like Battle: Los Angeles at Sea, but that may not be such a bad thing, the mighty Liam Neeson is in it after all. Jeff could be a nice little indie comedy, fingers crossed. That’s it for April really, looks quite interesting. However, I don’t think I can endorse any other film then… 27th April’s The Avengers.

 

I have been looking forward to The Avengers since Iron Man. But I have my worries. I don’t like being negative to something I haven’t seen, but I really don’t like Joss Whedon. I hated Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Serenity. They just aren’t for me. I can see why people would like them, but, I just don’t click with it. However, The Avengers has looked great since the very first trailer, and I have been told that Whedon’s comic runs on Marvel properties are excellent, so surely this will be the film of the year so far? Whedon writes a lot of smart and sharp dialogue, and no one does this better than Downey Jnr. I can’t wait to see how these guys are gona fit together. Captain America is my personal favourite Avenger, and I can’t wait to see how this man out of time fits in with a playboy billionaire, a God, a troubled scientist and the rest. Sparks will fly, and I really can not wait to see this movie. For the first, but probably not the last time, All Geek To Me is behind one movie for a month. It has to be The Avengers, Make Mine Marvel!

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