Monday, 31 December 2012

2012: It's The End Of The Year As We Know It...

We "survived" the most anticlimatic Mayan apocalypse that wasn't, and if I'm honest, it’s been a mixed bag of a year, which means I shall be looking forward to 2013 all the more.

I have a few projects on the go as always, but want to concentrate on my filmmaking and film writing. To that end a friend and I will be starting a new blog: What Have You Done To Deserve This, which will be more film centric than this blog and less rambly too. I’ll link to our first posts here but once we’re up and flying I’ll probably just post them at the side. As for the filmmaking, that will stay here on my creative projects site and I will be cleaning it up, featuring more people and generally blogging better.

So here’s a summary of some of my personal highlights

Favourite Films
I’ve had a few disappointments, Take This Waltz being notable for high expectations but not quite delivering as a whole in spite of a decent premise and some truly wonderful casting and acting.  Mainly that I just haven’t managed to see some films, Berberian Sound Studio and Beasts of the Southern Wild, to name a couple.

That said I’ve also had some real delights, Amour, Sightseers, The Cabin In the Woods, Ted, the Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall and Paranorman all tickled my fancy in different ways.  My unbeatable film of the year for sheer combination of elements, wit, humour, cinematography and again fantastic casting and performances, you cannot fault The Avengers for unadulterated delight and leaving you wanting more.
Personal achievement of the year
Pointless.  They asked me about Oscar winning film directors.  God bless you Michel Hazavanicius and your incredibly difficult to pronounce name.

Social media Joy
This was one of my favourite tweets this month.

This will probably be my favourite retweet ever.

Favourite video:  
So hard to pick one Lizzie Bennet Diaries episode, but this one shows just how much thought has gone to the whole adaptation. 

Fab of the year: Project For Awesome 
No people has more espoused my ideals than the VlogBrothers.  I love what they do and how they do it, Decrease Suck, Increase Awesome.  What better ethos is there? They educate, speculate, write, sing and inspire and they raise money for charity to make the world a better place.  Don’t Forget To Be Awesome in 2013 people.

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