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June in Review

It’s been a hectic June. A fun June, but a hectic one. For those new to the site, this is just a brief index of (what I thought) were the cream of the crop of my thoughts for the month, so I can come back in a few years and laugh my ass at off at my stupid ideas.

The decision of Christopher Nolan not to recast the Joker in Batman 3 led us to ask what “trust” in a director really means – and whether the loss of del Toro would really affect The Hobbit in a good way or a bad way (which was part of a cross-blog event with the rather awesome Andrewhis counter-proposal is here).

Aside from the (arguably objectively) awesome Toy Story 3, we found conclusive proof that Pixar are legendary.

Hollywood’s continued fascination with sequels got to me – but I worried they might simply be replaced with a wave of side-character-centric spin-offs. Of course, there’s no promise that, in the future, these movies will be screened for critics. And Anomalous Materials’ quest to find the greatest comedy of all time led me to wonder if comedies age worse than other films.

Oh, and my brother wrote his first ever review (and first ever guest-article on this site) for Get Him to the Greek.

May in Review

When I wake up in the morning, love, and the sun light hurts my eyes…
And something without warning, love, bares heavy on my mind…
Then I look to you (then I look to you), and the world’s alright with me…
Just one look to you and I know it’s gonna be…
A lovely May…

Sorry, for some reason that tune is on my mind. It’s been a fun May. As of the start of the month, we are one year old. That’s like seven in dog years. And speaking of blog-related fun, congratulations to all the LAMMY nominees, a list so prestigious we aren’t even on it. Seriously, these guys are the best at what they do and take the time to show your love.

Otherwise, we did some serious pondering this month – perhaps appropriately given the Lost series finale (which didn’t really answer any question – not that it should have). We wondered whether books such as Watchmen and The Road were ever really “unfilmable”, or if the word even really applied.

We wondered what “success” is for a modern blockbuster after Iron Man 2 succeeded… adequately. That movie also got us thinking as to whether (if or when) movie outlets should refuse to publish spoilers.

We also took part in two rather wonderful blogothons. The one run by Mike over at You Talking to Me charting the movies that made going to the cinema suck (I took Spider-Man and Toy Story, for my sins) and a musical marathon blogothon over at Encore’s World of Film & Television (I nominated The Lion King). Both entries feature top draw talent and are well worth your time.

As an aside – this seems the place to mention it – my life has gotten a bit hectic of late, with work and life and stuff. I have taken to drafting articles over the weekend before publishing them, and letting them go out at two-a-day. I hope I can keep this up, but I just wanted to let you guys know that I’m still here. I sort through the comments whenever I can find an hour or two to set aside (once or twice a week) and I’m really grateful to everyone who comes here. I don’t get a chance to reply as swiftly as I would like, but I do try to reply to every comment here. Anyway, I said it in my birthday post and I’ll say it again – thanks for stopping by, it’s much appreciated.

March in Review

It’s been a hectic month. A fun month, but a hectic month.

We somehow made the finals of the Irish Blog Awards. Don’t ask us how. Culch.ie were the deserving winners, but we were just thrilled to be nominated. We also published our 500th post.

We celebrated the 75th birthday of DC Comics with a week reviewing the still rather young medium.

The twin releases of Alice in Wonderland and Shutter Island got us pondering if we gave established directors like Scorsese and Burton too much kudos. We had the pleasure of an evening with David Cronenberg. Yes, it was awesome. We even took the opportunity to ponder whether Alice, as reimagined by Tim Burton, was a feminist icon.

Outside of that, we wondered if moral guardians were overreacting to Kick-Ass and mourned the loss of the glimmer of darkness in animation (what might be deemed “Dark Disney”).

The Hurt Locker (seemingly against its own stupidity) won the Oscar. Sandra Bullock won me over. Is she indicative of a trend of older leading ladies?

It was a good month and a fun month, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. There were some very good movies released over the course of March, which has traditionally been seen as a dumping ground for crap movies, but I’ll post about that next month.

Next month, on the 11th of April, you can look forward to Desert Island DVDs, a cross blog promotion being organised by the amazing Andy (see, it’s alliterative!) at Fandango Groovers asking bloggers to pick their must-have movies. If you’re interested in taking part, let him know. It’s nice to see that sort of community. Now, if I can figure out what my eight films will be…

February in Review

Wow, that month just flew…

Anyway, it was the month that we learnt that Christopher Nolan would return to Gotham, and take control of the Superman franchise. We had a few ideas on where David S. Goyer should take the big blue superhero.

It’s Oscar season! For the record, I have €10 bet with my brother. He has his money on Avatar and I have mine on The Hurt Locker. Only a week to go! Anyway, we pondered all the old-timer love on the acting nominations, the revamped Best Picture category and whether Paramount should have backed Star Trek instead of The Lovely Bones. Hindsight is twenty-twenty, eh? And are the Razzies, of all insititutions, out of touch?

We also wondered about the death of the tradition romantic comedy (although it seems to be clinging to life stubbornly) and whether 3D will become the de facto manner of film making for all films, not just blockbusters (think Frost/Nixon in 3D).

We vigorously mocked the rumoured plot details of Captain America: The First Avenger – while pondering if the world was ready for a black Captain America. The John Krasinski rumours would suggest not. And is Iron Man 2 the closest we’ll get to a Dark Knight sequel anytime soon?

Oh, and we got longlisted for the Irish Blog Awards. Thanks to all who nominated us.

January in Review

What a month it’s been. This is our monthly post where we round up the best of your coverage/opinion/randomness for you to sample.

We’ve had the inevitable Oscar build-up (the announcements are on Tuesday!) leading us to wonder if Inglourious Basterds has a shot at a nomination or even a win and whether a nomination or win Avatar could honestly be considered a sign that AMPAS has moved back in step with the masses (and if you could make an impartial argument that it deserves the win).

Spider-Man is getting a reboot – and we’re not really too excited about the idea – and we took a look at the Vatican and its history with cinema, what with its recent reengagement with popular culture.

We got some kudos this month, being listed on Total Film’s Top 600 Movie Blogs (woot! cracked that ceiling!) and picking up a Kreativ Blog Award. Nominations for the Irish Blog Awards are now open if you feel like throwing our name in the ring for anything (best newcomer or pop culture, maybe?)

June in Review

Hey, I thought in might be handy if I did a little post at the very end of every month that sort of picked out (from my own point of view) the highlights, so someone trawling through the archives has a handy little guide right at the top (but if you want to jump in wholesale, go right ahead).

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