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A Batch Of Cumber, Murdering Apollo Creed And Jamie Foxx’s Junk

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On Monday night I took part in the rather fabulous podcast, Raging Bullshit. The results are now up and it’s fair to say their first show of 2013 covered rather a lot of cinematic (and anatomic!) ground.

Discussion topics include Rosamund Pike’s insanely distracting cleavage in Jack Reacher, what we’re most looking forward to in 2013 and who’s been grossly overlooked in Awards Season.

Please listen to the results here and give them a cheeky little subscribe on iTunes – just search ‘Raging’. You won’t regret it.

Forget The Artist Winning Best Picture Last Sunday – Here’s My Top Ten Films Of 2011

I am well aware that everybody else posted their ‘Best Of 2011’ lists at, well, the end of 2011 or back in January, but I wanted to be a little different. Mainly because I still had a fair few films to catch up on and because I wanted to compare my list to what the Academy deemed ‘fit’ and what eventually won.

So, finally, I present to you my Top Ten Films Of 2011. And when I say ‘Top Ten’, I mean what I enjoyed most as opposed to what I think I should say to be congratulated on. No, this is my Top Ten and simply that. And I’m pretty sure a lot of you won’t see my #1 coming – unless you follow me on Twitter (@iamnotwaynegale) in which case you’ve probably known for a while!

So, as usual, please leave comments if you want to argue this thing out – you’ll definitely realise I’m a sucker for big performances as opposed to big films – and check out my Top Ten below, starting with the films that didn’t quite make the cut: Continue reading

My Top Ten Films Of 2011

With Oscar buzz pretty much in full swing and September 23rd (yesterday) being a brilliant day in regards to film releases, I thought I better start writing about my personal favourites from this year. There’s a lot to remember and it’s hard to think that both Natalie Portman and Colin Firth won Oscars for films that were actually released in 2011.
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Review: The Skin I Live In (2011)

DIRECTOR: Pedro Almodovar.

CAST: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet, Blanca Suarez, Roberto Alamo, Eduard Fernandez, Fernando Cayo, Jose Luiz Gomez, Barbara Lennie, Susi Sanchez.

SYNOPSIS: After losing his wife in a car crash, prolific surgeon Dr. Robert Ledgard (Banderas) becomes obsessed with creating a synthetic skin that could have saved her. His quest for a burn-proof skin is helped by patient Vera (Anaya) who stays in his beautiful home along with housekeeper Marilia (Paredes).

I have to admit that I have never seen a film by Pedro Almodovar. Loosely adapted from the novel Mygale (translated into English as Tarantula) by Thierry Jonquet, The Skin I Live In is a meticulously executed and elegant labyrinth of a film that has me fascinated as to what the remainder of Almodovar’s back catalogue includes. Continue reading

What I’m Watching – August

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

Limitless (Dir: Neil Burger, 2011) ****

The Inbetweeners Movie (Dir: Ben Palmer, 2011) ****

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (Dir: Rupert Wyatt, 2011) ****

The Skin I Live In (Dir: Pedro Almodovar, 2011) ****

Lars And The Real Girl (Dir: Craig Gillespie, 2007) ****

Into The Wild (Dir: Sean Penn, 2007) *****

The Kids Are All Right (Dir: Lisa Cholodenko, 2010) ****

Half Nelson (Dir: Ryan Fleck, 2006) ****

Cowboys & Aliens (Dir: Jon Favreau, 2011) **

Drive (Dir: Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011) *****

Warrior (Dir: Gavin O’Connor, 2011) *****

Moon (Dir: Duncan Jones, 2009) *****