Posts Tagged ‘Gimme the Loot’


Seen Your Video #32: Best of 2013

January 25, 2014


On the latest episode of Seen Your Video, Chris Ward and I discuss our favourite films released in the UK during 2013, plus some of our biggest disappointments.

Stream the episode here.
Alternatively, you can download the episode or subscribe to the podcast by looking up Seen Your Video on iTunes.


2013 in Review

January 4, 2014


Number of films seen, excluding shorts: 343
Number of films seen for the first time, excluding shorts: 278

Pre-1920s: 1 (1 first time viewing)
1920s: 2 (1)
1930s: 6 (4)
1940s: 10 (8)
1950s: 13 (8)
1960s: 18 (17)
1970s: 18 (11)
1980s: 29 (15)
1990s: 32 (15)
2000s: 18 (9)
2010s: 196 (192)

I didn’t exactly succeed with my resolution with older cinema from the 2012 entry, but I did see enough great films for the first time this year to justify expanding the following list from 50 to 75.

75 best first time viewings of 2013, in alphabetical order
Much of a tentative selection of my favourite 2013 films can be found within. Podcast episodes and relevant writing of mine, where available, are linked.

Act of Killing, TheThe Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012, Denmark/Norway/UK/Finland)

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The Skinny’s ‘Films of 2013′

December 15, 2013


I was invited to submit a list of my favourite releases of 2013 for The Skinny’s annual contributors’ poll, going by UK theatrical release dates but not including festival showings. I also wrote blurbs for what ended up being the #1 and #9 films on our group top 10.

You can read my list, other individual lists and the consensus top 10 here.
For reference, our lists were submitted in mid-November to make the December print edition of the magazine.


My Month in Films: May 2013

June 1, 2013


28 films, 18 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. Cold Water (Olivier Assayas, 1994, France)
2. Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges, 1941, USA)
3. Osaka Elegy (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1936, Japan)
4. Ali (Michael Mann, 2001, USA)
5. A Hijacking (Tobias Lindholm, 2012, Denmark)
6. My Name Is Julia Ross (Joseph H. Lewis, 1945, USA)
7. Dust in the Wind (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1987, Taiwan)
8. Mud (Jeff Nichols, 2012, USA)
9. The Most Dangerous Game (Ernest B. Schoedsack/Irving Pichel, 1932, USA)
10. Fast & Furious 6 (Justin Lin, 2013, USA) Read the rest of this entry ?


Gimme the Loot (Adam Leon, 2012)

April 29, 2013


In Adam Leon’s debut feature, two teenaged graffiti artists, Malcolm (Hickson) and Sofia (Washington), attempt to leave their mark on an iconic monument at a New York baseball stadium. Needing $500 to pay off stadium security, the pair manoeuvre through a myriad of loosely-conceived schemes and disparate characters over 48 hours, from flirtations with over-privileged slackers to break-ins with irritable tattooed thieves…

Full review for The Skinny


My Month in Films: February 2013

March 1, 2013


26 films, 25 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. I Wish (Hirokazu Koreeda, 2011, Japan)
2. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928, France)
3. Gimme the Loot (Adam Leon, 2012, USA)
4. Neighbouring Sounds (Kleber Mendonça Filho, 2012, Brazil)
5. After Lucia (Michel Franco, 2012, Mexico/France)
6. The Legend of Kaspar Hauser (Davide Manuli, 2012, Italy)
7. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012, USA)
8. Onibaba (Kaneto Shindô, 1964, Japan)
9. Lore (Cate Shortland, 2012, Germany/Australia/UK)
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GFF 2013: The Kids are All Right

January 25, 2013


Taking place in the 11 days preceding the main event, Glasgow Youth Film Festival is an increasingly formidable entity in its own right, and this year’s line-up is no exception. Curated by a passionate programming team of 15-18 year olds, the festival hosts several UK or Scottish premieres of its own, alongside exciting workshops and special events for film fans of all ages.

On the gala front, there’s a special family-catered screening of animation Sammy’s Great Escape (3 Feb), while the opening gala is Disney’s video-game fantasy Wreck-It Ralph (4 Feb), showing in 3D ahead of its UK release later in the month. Closing the festival is the Scottish premiere of The We and the I (13 Feb) from director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), an imaginative portrait of New York teenagers on the last day of school…

Full article at The Skinny’s website

Wolf Children reviewed for Sound on Sight