July 2013 – I didn’t say where I was touched

The Wolverine PosterHaving finally caught up on reviews from this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, I spent this month trying to get excited once more about mainstream cinema, or rather the almost unrelenting disappointment of 2013’s summer season.

July got off to a surprisingly solid start with World War Z, a big-budget zombie horror that overcame an infamously troubled production to deliver genuine thrills, and Now You See Me, a magic-tinged heist movie that managed to entertain despite the uninspiring track record of its director, The Incredible Hulk‘s Louis Leterrier.

From a distance, July seemed to have precious little else to offer, and looking back this still seems largely to be the case. This month saw the release of Despicable Me 2, This Is The End, Citadel, The Bling Ring and Pacific Rim, each of which had its moments but were soon and unceremoniously forgotten. There was Monsters University at least, but I’d seen that the month before.

The biggest disappointment of all was undoubtedly Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, a film which rounded off the unofficial Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy he had created with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Although admittedly hilarious at times, it failed to hit the heights of Shaun Of The Dead, or even the really rather funny (if you give it a sixth chance) follow-up, Hot Fuzz.

Thankfully, 2013’s biggest surprise was hot on its heels. Having taken centre stage in Bryan Singers X-Men films, played an important part in Brett Ratner’s sequel, lead Gavin Hood’s spin-off and (allegedly) stolen everyone else’s thunder in Matthew Vaughn’s prequel (outlined here), it was surely about an X-Man other than Logan finally got a look-in. Nevertheless, with The Wolverine James Mangold somehow managed to find something new to say about the character, and delivered quite possibly the best superhero movie since Joss Whedon’s The Avengers.

Outside of the cinema I took advantage of the warm weather and visited Edinburgh Zoo, Glamis Castle and Dunnottar Castle. I continued my search for a job, and uploaded my CV onto Finding A Neish.

Film of the month: The Wolverine

This Is The End (2013)

This Is The EndReturning to LA to visit friend and Knocked Up co-star Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel is looking forward to a quiet night in. Upon his arrival, however, he learns that they have been invited to a party at James Franco’s new house, and, reluctantly, accompanies Rogen across town. Before he can convince his friend to take him home, the house is hit by an earthquake, killing various partygoers and leaving Baruchel, Rogen and Franco holed up in his mansion with fellow actors Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride. Read more of this post