I love this time of year. Not for the backslapping and self-congratulatory aspects (although I do admit to being one of those people who stays awake on Oscar night to watch the awards through the early hours of the morning). No, I love this time of year as the film product that gets released tend to be the ones that impress me the most. So far this year I’ve had the pleasure of watching films such as Whiplash, Birdman, Foxcatcher, and The Theory of Everything (which reminds me, i really need to sort out the reviews of those films), and I still have American Sniper, Inherent Vice, and The Gambler to look forward to. Not forgetting the more ‘blockbuster’ approach films such as Big Hero 6 (being in the UK means I’ve had to wait a while for this one), Kingsman (being in the UK means I get to see it before the US…swings and roundabouts), and Jupiter Ascending (hey, look, I dig the Wachowskis okay?).
Yup, the starting three months is usally where I see the films that resonate most with me. That’s not to dismiss the films that come out later through the year. Heck, if you look at my look back on 2014 you will see films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Edge of Tomorrow, and Paddington mentioned in a positive manner, and they were summer to winter releases. But it is typical that my one pick for ‘top film of the year’ (or more accurately, the ‘must see’ film of the year) each year is from January to March. Past years have seen films such as Shame, Grand Budapest Hotel, and Zero Dark Thirty be my top pick for the years, each released (in the UK at least), in the first quarter.
Last year I also set myself the objective to view all the films up for the main Oscars (Film, Director, Actor, Actress) before the event, and also as many of the films in other categories as I could. I managed to fulfil that task, and will be doing the same again this year. It’s nice to set personal challenges from time to time (on the run-up to Skyfall I watched all of the Bond films, even Octopussy! That’s dedication!)
Now, if I could just get around to reviewing the films I see…