Top 3 Movies You Definitely Have to See from 2013

A good movie is worth absolutely every penny spent on tickets, the waiting and the snacks, so much so that most of us prefer to watch a movie in the cinema not just for the special effects and 3D renditions, but also due to the excellent atmosphere. The issue is making the grave mistake of not properly analyzing a trailer and choosing a bad movie to see in the cinema. And as each year has it’s do’s and don’ts , here are three of the “do’s “ of 2013 where movies are concerned:

Despicable Me 2

Teaming up again to destroy- oh no, this time, to save the world, Gru and his minions are adapting to family life which seems to suit them perfectly. While attempting to live honestly, he is recruited by a special organization in order to save the world from a new super villain. Steve Carell magnificently lends his vocal abilities to give life to one of the most loveable villains cinema has ever seen. It’s not just that the lines are perfectly written or that the actors play their parts convincingly, it’s also that the animation exquisitely captures any subtlety of the lines that are being spoken and of the state of mind the characters find themselves in. Not to mention the adorable minions that have become some of the most loved animated pictures characters (alongside the Penguins of Madagascar and Scratch from Ice Age) recently created.

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With a unique design, absolutely hilarious sound effects and language as well as ridiculously laid out plans for the simplest of tasks, the minions turn an already wonderful animated picture into one that is simply exquisite. With well written scenes, minion abductions, an ex-villain turned vigilante, “Despicable Me 2” is certainly well worth the cinema visit and will keep you laughing all through the 100 minutes of film time.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Regardless of negative opinions regarding the first movie in the Hobbit trilogy, this sequel was one of the most expected movies of 2013 and with obvious reason. The breathtaking scenes that start the trailer off take viewers back into the magical world of dragons, elves, dwarves and hobbits- the beautiful night elf cities, imposing dwarf sculptures at the entrance to the lonely mountain, incredible detail and exquisite colors and seem to take the well-known quality of the Lord of the Rings movies a step further.

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If this weren’t enough, the trailer soon shows off one of the best special effects that have ever been seen on the big screen: the mighty Smaug. The chromatic and detail that has been put into this one scene where Bilbo meets the dragon is mind-boggling. With such effects, unique locations that only Jackson can portray and such talented actors, most movie lovers were crossing their days off their calendars until the release date.

Thor: The Dark World

One of the best (and most attractive) super heroes on screen makes a comeback that promises to be even better than fans would expect, ready again to save the world with his lovely locks and killer abs. As with all Marvel productions, the trailer begins with colossal special effects meant to impress even the least impressionable of viewers. The opening scene where the Greenwich University seems to be under attack is simply exquisite.

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The fact that the movie takes place in Valhalla for a change is reason enough for viewers to not only be curious, but to barge into cinemas. Sets are magnificently put together, costumes are beautifully crafted and if there wasn’t enough epicness  in the movie, Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hiddleston inject just enough talent into the movie to turn it into a must-see event. So make sure to catch these movies in cinemas if you haven’t yet – you’re in for a treat.

The 10 Greatest Action Movies of the 1980s

Last Friday saw the theatrical release of action-packed blockbuster “The Expendables 2,” the star-studded follow-up to the equally star-studded 2010 box office smash. Directed by Simon West of “Con Air” fame and starring such no-nonsense macho men as Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the newly released old-school action throwback proudly pays tribute to the beloved template of the ‘80s action movie – blood, pecs, testosterone and all that jazz. But here’s a question: what are the ten greatest action flicks of the 1980s? Why, let’s find out! [Read more…]

The Film Map: Over 900 Movies in One Location

This is a must-have item for any die-hard movie buff with an empty space on their bedroom wall. UK-based design studio Dorothy has created the Film Map, a map featuring over 900 movie titles as the names of roads, buildings, ponds and parks. This stunning and inventive piece comes after Dorothy’s Song Map, another cultural map which was much the same but with song titles replacing film titles.

“A street map made up of over 900 film titles including cinema classics such as Lost Highway, On the Waterfront, Jurassic Park, Reservoir Dogs, Carlito's Way, Nightmare on Elm Street, Valley of the Dolls and Chinatown,” says the official Dorothy site. “The Map, which is loosely based on the style of a vintage Los Angeles street map has its own Hollywood Boulevard and includes districts dedicated to Hitchcock and Cult British Horror movies. Like most cities it also has its own Red Light area. There's an A-Z key at the base of the Map listing all the films featured with their release dates and names of the directors.”

Check out images of the Film Map below, and maybe even buy one over on the official Dorothy site, where it’s selling for a measly £25 plus p&p (around $50 for US readers). Also, if you ever find the magical location displayed in the map, make sure you steer clear of Jurassic Park – things may get a little messy there. [Read more…]

50 Pictures of Cats in Hats

We all know of Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s book “The Cat in the Hat.” Featuring a mischievous cat clad in a red and white-striped hat, it is and always has been a widely cherished piece of family-friendly literature, beloved since its first publication in 1957 and  turned into a full-length feature film in 2003 starring Mike Myers as the titular feline. Did you know that Myers was nominated for Worst Actor at the Razzies for the film? The film itself was nominated for Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Supporting Actor, Worst Supporting Actress, Worst On-Screen Couple and Worst Excuse for an Actual Movie. It only won the last one. You’d think it’d win all of them, really. God, that movie was lousy…

Anyway, what were we talking about? Oh yeah, cats in hats. So, I’ve collected 50 (that’s right – fifty!) images of cats in hats from all four corners of the silly part of the interwebs. We’ve got all kinds of hats here: bowler hats, top hats, cowboy hats and wizard hats. All sorts of cats too: Siamese cats, ginger cats, pussycats, erm, those black ones… So, scroll down, look at the pictures, observe them, soak them in and possibly even laugh at them (y’know, if you’re into that kinda thing). Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to go throw darts at a picture of Mike Myers’ stupid face. You ruined my childhood, Myers! You ruined it… [Read more…]

The Top 5 Pixar Movies

This coming Friday sees the American release of Pixar Animation Studios’ 13th full-length feature, Scotland-set fantasy adventure film “Brave.” Initial reviews point to it being yet another win for the celebrated film studio – a relief after the rusty 2011 sequel to their very own “Cars.” To mark its highly anticipated release, I’ve taken a look back at Pixar’s previous works and selected their five greatest, which, as I'm sure you can imagine, is no mean feat.

After all, Pixar have awarded us such an awesome collection of computer-animated classics in their 17-year history, and have left us with so little to fault. As such, I’m fully expecting to be verbally spat upon in the comments section below for leaving out some truly remarkable pieces of cinema. For this, I can only apologise. One thing we can all agree on, though: “Cars 2” is not listed below, just as it shouldn’t be. [Read more…]