Monthly Archives: December 2013

Matt’s 2013: Most Anticipated Revisited

Posted by Matthew on December 31, 2013
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Most Anticipated 2013

At the start of this year I posted a list of what were then the films I was most looking forward to in 2013. The list was a bit of a mixed bag, everything from Shakespearean comedy to superheroes to complicated generational drama.

Over the course of the year I managed to see all of the films on that list and review them. Here’s a rundown of which were hits and which were misses.

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Simon’s Best Games And Movies Of The Year

Posted by Simon on December 31, 2013
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It’s time to interrupt the endless barrage of Christmas calories

that I seem intent on shoving down my throat as quickly as possible

seriously, it’s like Gluttony Man in Se7en

but I don’t have my body tied down,

my arms are wilfully ladling anything alcoholic or sweet or tasty into my mouth

like it’s going out of fashion

to round up what I think have been my personal favourite games and movies of 2013.

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Podcast Episode 57: The Hobbit, Saint’s Row 4, The Gaming Industry, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Posted by Matthew on December 21, 2013
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Awesome Friday

This week on the Awesome Friday Podcast we’re talking about The Hobbit, Saint’s Row IV, The Gaming Industry, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

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Awesome: Paul Rudd is Ant-Man

Posted by Matthew on December 20, 2013
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Ant-Man

This is amazing: Paul Rudd has been cast as Hank Pym in Marvel’s Ant-Man, the first film in their third phase of films.

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Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Posted by Matthew on December 20, 2013
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Anchorman 2

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was released in 2004 and, very generally, people I know tend to either love it or hate it. I fell pretty squarely in the “love it camp but in reflection I could have easily gone the other way. You see Anchorman was originally going to have a lot more going on. In fact there were so many different takes and removed sub plots that they were eventually assembled into a whole other film titled “Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie“.

Most of Wake Up isn’t good and it’s easy to see why none of it was included in Anchorman.

I am telling you all of this because I really feel like Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues could really have done with a bunch of stuff cut out.

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First trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar Celebrates Flight And Brings The Shivers

Posted by Simon on December 14, 2013
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Even though The Dark Knight Rises is one of the biggest cinematic disappointments in recent memory, the first glimpse of a new Christopher Nolan movie still fills me with excitement thanks to Momento, Insomnia, and the masterpiece that is Inception. His new movie, Interstellar, is due for release next November. Here’s the first teaser:

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Huh: Sony Announces Sinister Six, Venom to get Their Own Movies

Posted by Matthew on December 13, 2013
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Sinister Six

Sony made a hell of an announcement earlier today. They’re expanding their Spider-Man Cinematic Universe with a couple of spin offs, and those spin offs are all about the villains.

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House of Cards Season 2 Trailer: And The Butchery Begins

Posted by Matthew on December 13, 2013
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House of Cards

House of Cards season one is the best thing that Netflix has produced to date and it’s looking like season 2 will deliver as well. Here’s a new trailer.

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Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Posted by Matthew on December 13, 2013
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The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug

Peter Jackson is an interesting film maker. A background in indie films, specifically indie horror films, he was raised to the top of the A-List when he successfully pulled off adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy to the big screen. Those movies are not perfect by any stretch but the books were so rich and full of detail that the theatrical releases actually felt like they were lacking despite being a combined length of over 9 hours.

Now we’re on the second part of his adaptation of The Hobbit, the book that preceded the epic trilogy that was The Lord of the Rings. That book however is actually pretty short and while it has enough detail to serve the story’s purpose it has nowhere near the depth or scope that the later trilogy does.

Herein lies one of the problems with The Desolation of Smaug: You can’t turn a 300 page book into 9 hours of movie without padding the story, and Jackson has padded the story so much, and messed up the pacing so much, that while I don’t think it’s a bad film I also don’t think it’s a great one.

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71st Golden Globe Award Nominations: 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle Are The Two To Beat

Posted by Matthew on December 12, 2013
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Remember how I just said awards season is upon us? Hot on the heels of the SAG award nominations here are the Golden Globe nominations.

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Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees: ’12 Years A Slave’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ Lead The Pack

Posted by Matthew on December 12, 2013
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20th Screen Actors Guild Awards

Award season is sneaking up on us dear readers. One of the first big shows of the year is the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Voted on by the members of the guild it’s usually a pretty good indicator of what’s to come with the Golden Globes and Oscars.

So here are this years nominees.

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Doctor Who Christmas Special Trailer: Come And Get It

Posted by Matthew on December 11, 2013
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The Time of the Doctor

We just had The Day of the Doctor and this Christmas will bring us The Time of the Doctor. The upcoming Christmas Special episode of Doctor Who should be a big one for a bunch of reasons but let’s watch the new trailer before we talk about it.

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Martin Scorcese Says He’s Almost Done Making Movies

Posted by Matthew on December 11, 2013
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Martin Scorcese was at the Marrakech Film Festival last week and served as jury president. Before he left he did a Q&A with a local film school and, among other answers, he all but announced his retirement.

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Edge of Tomorrow Trailer: Groundhog Day in a Future War Starring Tom Cruise.

Posted by Matthew on December 11, 2013
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Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow may be a fitting title for a guy who is basically living out a nightmare version of Groundhog Day, waking up after dying in combat only to be forced to relive that combat over and over again. I, hover, preferred the original title All You Need is Kill.

Either way there is a trailer now so let’s take a look.

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Big Bad Wolves Trailer + Poster: Tarantino’s Favourite Film of the Year

Posted by Matthew on December 11, 2013
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Big Bad Wolves

Apparently Big Bad Wolves has been making the rounds at festivals for most of this year and once he got a chance to see it Quentin Tarantino declared the Israeli revenge film his favourite of 2013. Naturally that means it’s getting a wide release, and now there’s a new trailer and a new poster.

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