The Artist

The Artist

A silent film in the 21st century? At a time when HD, 3D and CGI in Dolby Digital Stereo Surround Sound reigns supreme? This is a great film, that tells a charming tale with a lot of heart. Definitely deserved to win Best Film. My biggest gripe was the audience I watched it with, just because it’s a silent film it doesn’t get you the right to talk throughout the movie! Manners people!

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Nowhere near as good as the original. It lacked the truly clever elements, and was more action oriented, which was not for the better. Still, I liked the way it ends with Moriarty, a nice tip of the hat to the book.

Hugo

Hugo

This movie won way more Academy Awards than I would have expected. Particularly Best Special Effects – I have NO idea how it won that one. I didn’t really like this movie, I found it slow paced and just general boring.

5 Video Games I’m Looking Forward to in 2012

Here’s my pick of video games I’m most looking forward to playing this year. They’re not all sequels this year as it’s starting to feel like this generation’s console cycle is coming to an end and most of the franchises have already delivered three (or more) games. I seriously hope there’s a new console in 2013 and games are taken to the next level, otherwise things threaten to get pretty stale. In fact, to be honest aside from number 1, unless it’s a glowing review I’m not sure I’d play any of the other games in front of my current backlog.

5. Tomb Raider

The Uncharted games are actually making me interested in this game more than any of the previous Tomb Raider games ever have. I’m working on the assumption that Eidos have been kicked into gear thanks to the guys at Naughty Dog taking this style of game to the next level. Too early to really tell, but I’m intrigued.

4. Halo 4

While we’re definitely on the verge of Halo fatigue, I enjoyed Halo: Reach enough to want to see more of Halo.

3. Bioshock Infinite

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Bioshock 2 after the original Bioshock didn’t really feel like it needed a sequel. This new Bioshock game is by the makers of the original game, so I’m hoping for good things.

2. The Last of Us

I’m very interested to see what the makers of Uncharted have next up their sleeve. I find it hard to believe they’ll let us down. That said, there’s no guarantee this game will even be out this year, that much hasn’t been confirmed, it could, like GTA V end up being a highly anticipated game of 2013 instead…

1. Mass Effect 3

If I could only play one video game this year, it would be this. Delayed from 2011 where it was number 1 then as the game I was most looking forward to, my anticipation is only heightened thanks to the delay…

5 Movies I’m Looking forward to in 2012

Here’s my pick of movies I’m most looking forward to this year. Last year was mostly filled with comic book superhero movies and this year it truly hits its peak with some of the biggest superhero films ever.

5. Wrath of the Titans

Some people hated the original film, most people derided the 3D and cite this as the beginning of the end of the popularity of 3D movies, but I loved the film. It’s a shame Louis Letterier isn’t directing again, but movies with Sam Worthington riding a flying beast to save the day seem to be some of my favourites.

4. John Carter

This movie intrigues me. Why was so much money spent on this film? I’d heard of John Carter but knew little about it. To discover it is 100 years old and is the source of a lot of the science fiction ideas that we know and love makes me very interested to see what this movie is going to be like.

3. The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight was a quality film, Christopher Nolan can do little wrong – this conclusion to his Batman trilogy is going to be winner, no question.

2. The Avengers

Marvel have done a wonderful job taking control of their own properties and turning them into movies. The Avengers is the realisation of that quality. Before Iron Man came out, the thought of a movie of this scale would have been inconceivable. Having Joss Whedon directing is a fanboys delight – here’s hoping he can deliver on the hype.

1. Amazing Spider-Man

My love for Spidey remains strong despite the dreadful Raimi movies. I have high hopes that this might finally be the Spider-Man movie I’ve been waiting for.