1. The Weeknd - House of Balloons, Thursday, Echoes of Silence
The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) delivered three free mixtapes that for me were better than anything else released last year. He also appeared on and influenced the direction of the Drake album. You can get them all from http://the-weeknd.com/
For posterity and a false sense of self importance, I like to deliver a couple of lists of the things I’ve enjoyed in the past 12 months at the end of each year. For my movie list the only criteria was that I could include any movie I first watched in 2011.
I would love to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogan make many more movies together. Their friendship seemed effortless and it made me care about this movie the most this year. I was fighting back tears through the last third.
2. Black Swan
Aronofoski, Cassell, Kunis, Portman, Ryder. YES x 5
Brad Pitt is forgiven for Tree of Life, He’s back in the game but Jonah Hill Steals the movie.
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
David ‘Fucking’ Fincher delivers on the promise of THAT trailer, I was never in doubt. Enya 4EVER!!!!!
5. Kings Speech
Moved me more than any other movie this year. Loved it.
Coolest movie of the year. Soundtrack of the Year. Poster of the Year. Gosling is the MAN of the year.
7. Midnight in Paris
I loved last years Woody Allen movie ‘Whatever Works’, this is even better. Haven’t smiled as much watching a movie this year.
8. The Skin I live In
Almodovar is a sick sick genius. Watch this movie
9. The Guard
Irish Drug caper set in a sleepy village. Funniest movie of the year
10. We Need to Talk About Kevin
Tough watch but a worthwhile one. Tilda Swinton and John C Reilly are amazing
Tears…..Incredible Man, Fantastic Documentary
Directorial debut of Paddy Considine, he knocked it out of the park. Brutal Movie
13. Win Win
Paul Giamatti, Geoffrey Tambor WIN WIN!
14. Red State
Kevin Smith back doing what he does best but this time in his bravest movie yet. Scary, thought provoking and funny. Get on it.
15. Attack the Block
Joe off of Adam and Joe brought brap brap to SciFi. Take a bow
Love story of the year.
17. Page One: Inside the New York Times
Facinating documentary about the decline in readership at the New York Times thanks to emerging technologies, not as boring as it sounds.
18. Super 8
J’abrams, Speilberg, Amblin……It was worth the wait.
Gypsies bashing one another in country lanes, fantastic.
20. Paradise Lost 1 and 2
Go visit www.wm3.org and read about this story then go find these documentaries about it. It will make you sad and angry but it’s worth it. The last in the series airs in the states next week.
I’ve just submitted the below letter to the Echo to outline my dismay at this years Big Weekend celebration.
So every year Cardiff Council celebrate my birthday by putting on a lavish open air festival outside the civic buildings called the Big Weekend, I assumed the naming of the event was a fat joke but I let it slide as they seemed to be making a lot of effort.
Each year they have selected the great and the good from the world of music to help make each birthday just that little bit special. In the past my birthday celebration has been commemorated by musical acts such as Bad Manners, The fun loving criminals, Glasvegas, The Zutons, Young Knives, Jimmy Cliff, The Automatic and Ash. I’m sure everyone remembers the Chaka Demus and Pliers set of 2010, Incredible!!!
Each year around this time I get excited to see who they’ve managed to booked for me this time, however after seeing the press release today I can only assume I have pissed on Rodney Berman’s chips at some point in the past 12 months. To celebrate my birthday this year they have booked as the headline act THE FEELING