Posts Tagged ‘I Give It a Year’


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.
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I Give It a Year (Dan Mazer, 2013)

February 8, 2013


Coming from frequent Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator Dan Mazer, a supposed intent of British film I Give It a Year was to provide a subversion of the traditional romantic comedy. It starts off, where many of those films end, with a swift union, in this case a marriage, and follows that initially happy couple as it becomes apparent that they’re not at all suited for one another in the long-term. It’s a comedy about romance, if you will, rather than a strict romantic comedy, though it still wallows in all the clichés of the worst of mainstream romantic comedies, and there’s absolutely no enjoyment to be derived from its attempts at humour…

Full review at Sound on Sight


My Month in Films: January 2013

February 1, 2013


32 films, 29 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick, 1957, USA)
2. Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012, USA)
3. House (Nobuhiko Ôbayashi, 1977, Japan)
4. Life of Pi (Ang Lee, 2012, USA/Taiwan)
5. Bernie (Richard Linklater, 2011, USA)
6. California Dreamin’ (Cristian Nemescu, 2007, Romania)
7. Lilo & Stitch (Dean DeBlois/Chris Sanders, 2002, USA)
8. Lincoln (Steven Spielberg, 2012, USA)
9. McCullin (David Morris/Jacqui Morris, 2012, UK)
10. Elena (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2011, Russia)

Best rewatches
Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979, USA/UK)
Damsels in Distress (Whit Stillman, 2011, USA)

I Give It a Year (Dan Mazer, 2013, UK)
Hitchcock (Sacha Gervasi, 2012, USA)
Liberal Arts (Josh Radnor, 2011, USA)
Song for Marion (Paul Andrew Williams, 2012, UK)