The Kill Bill director’s favourite films from last year… Behold his broad and varied taste! (Not a single foreign film listed.) Pffft.
1. Afternoon Delight (Jill Soloway)
2. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
The third and, frankly, thankfully the last, in the ‘Before’ trilogy. Perhaps it was because Hawke and Delpy were young, perhaps it was simply because it was the ’90s, but the original two films featuring the diatribes and existential banter of these two were decidedly more charming than this. Half way through the film you find yourself wishing that a space lab would fall out of the sky (see Delpy’s Le Skylab) and squash both of them just so they would shut up about EVERYTHING. Navel gazing and nauseating, cringy and irritating. Whywhywhy??? Out on DVD so you can decide for yourselves. Answers on a postcard.
3. Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
4. The Conjuring (James Wan)
5. Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg)
6. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
7. Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
Winner of best director for Alfonso Cuaron at the Golden Globes this year. Tense story of a scientist’s battle with her will to survive in the most mind-bending of circumstances. Visually stunning, but suffers from annoyingly predictable gender roles. It would’ve been more interesting perhaps to see George Clooney play the inexperienced, nerdy scientist who had recently lost a child and who then relies upon the upbeat and encouraging voice of Sandra Bullock to pull him through. Oh well.
8. Kick Ass 2 (Jeff Wadlow)Fun follow-up to the fun 1. Out on DVD.
9. The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski)
10. This Is The End (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg)
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