It being on the cusp of Oscar month, January is equivalent of a supermarket sweep - too much choice and too little time.
Fortunately my handful of trips to the London film festival last October has helped narrow the field but there was still far more celluloid being projected onto the silverscreen than I could possibly get my bottom in front of. From what I have manage to see the cinematic year has got off to such a roaring start I fear the next 11 months will be slightly underwhelming.
This year I've turned all nerdy and in addition to my reviews I've set up a spread sheet so I can put the film scores through the number cruncher. My lowest scoring film for January (I only saw a modest five) still came in at 65% but the top slot is going to be hard to beat:
My top three films:
- The King's Speech 95%
- Biutiful 90%
- 127 Hours 75%
Top three films I've seen by average Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic score (UK box office takings)
- The King's Speech 91% (£5.1m)
- 127 Hours 88% (£6.6m)
- Biutiful* 83.5% (-)
Not much disparity there, not convinced that will continue though.
Coming up in February I'm looking forward to: True Grit, Rabbit Hole, Brighton Rock (if I decide to see it again), Never Let Me Go, I am Number Four and Howl.
If you want to see what is coming up and where it will be showing I've just found this great site called www.launchingfilms.com
* Biutiful was only released on 28 Jan so box office figures not yet available