Another year draws to a close, the cold touch of mortality’s hand hastening decomposition and morbid reflection. But enough of all that Gothic guff, as is customary it is time to coral a list of favourite cultural thingamebobs, stuff, yokes, items, junk, trash, treasures gathered, consumed, analyzed and regurgitated by this fleshy lump of a man in the period betwixt January the Firstus and today.
Without further guff and ado, friends, readers, travellers, seekers, muppets and mice and in no particular list of preference thus a random miscellany of my personal taste in 2013……
Ah, yes to be a critic is too easy nowadays and yet one must offer an opinion in this life lest one sink into the a black hole of anonymity and indifference. It’s a tough oul world at time though attending the cinematheque for pleasure or work is hardly on a par with being a doctor, nurse, hole digger or cement mixer. Never the less, these are the movie shows I tooketh most delight or curiosity in viewing.
Warning! No star rating or grading systems here boys and girls. Consider these, flaws and all.
The below were released in Ireland and UK in 2013 and one from 2012. Oops.
Families React to Small Town Child Abduction Horror!
15) Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
Rich Girl, Poor Girl.
16) Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
Greek Island Paradise Nearly Destroyed Our Marriage!
17) The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg)
Liar! Liar! This drama’s on fire!
18) Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
Music Hall Madness
The below musical items were released this year and in other years existing before that but what they all share is that I discovered them at various points of my existence this year; Songs, albums, box sets, compilations etc
As far as literature or books go, well I do plan on reading the Viz christmas annual as soon as I will have you know. Seriously. In that, I will read the juvenile, absurdist, crude, hilarious comic strip japery with a Freudian professorial scowl, a puckered sphincter, an academic notepad in which to record disapproving comments and a bamboo cane to whip myself with should a hint of a smile cross my miserable visage.