My Festive Viewing Ranked From Worst to First – By @CiRCUStrongman
By Lee Allen
My Festive Viewing Ranked From Worst to First
12. Point Break
Not as bad as people made out, very cool visuals… just a bit lame. Ideal ‘I’ll-probably-fall-asleep-but-I’m-gonna-put-a-film-on-anyway’ watching.
11. Sour Grapes
The story of Rudy Kurniawan, a young man from a crime family in Indonesia who uses his impeccable palate to create counterfeit vintage wines and sell them for six-figure sums. Quite boring but if your wine knowledge extends beyond Blossom Hill then give it a go…
10. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
I love the Lonely Island and I love mockumentaries but I found this one lacking on the laughs front, despite it being a fairly accurate satire of the music industry; though the film’s incredible list of features will keep you amused throughout if you do take the plunge: Nas, 50 Cent, Usher, Ringo Starr, Simon Cowell, Adam Levine, Mariah Carey, Pink, Akon, A$AP Rocky, Pharrell Williams, Seal, Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Fallon, Michael Bolton, T.I, RZA, Danger Mouse, Martin Sheen, Questlove… and James Buckley of Inbetweeners fame.
9. David Brent: Life on the Road
Ricky Gervais has nailed awkward almost too well, this is uncomfortable to watch at times and equally cringeworthy in parts… does achieve a few giggles here and there but you won’t remember it in a years time.
8. My Scientology Movie
Interesting approach to the subject but as ever with Scientology films, there’s lots of hostility and pushback from the ‘church’. Louis Theroux’s presence alone can carry any documentary but this doesn’t cover a whole lot of new ground.
7. Eddie: Strongman
Awesome documentary about British Strongman Eddie Hall who at only 28 holds the deadlift world record and. Watching Eddie take on The Mountain from Game Of Thrones has made me view the sport of strongman in a new light, it’s always seemed quite boring on the surface but I’ve since found myself tuning in to Worlds Strongest Man. A bit of inspiration for anybody on a new year health kick.
6. How To Train Your Dragon 2
The sequel doesn’t quite reach the same heights of the first but is still an enjoyable watch. More dragons, less storyline.
5. Sing Street
Feel good Irish movie about a boy who starts a band to win over a girl, not loads to tell but a brilliant soundtrack and a good weekend watch, especially for the musicians among us. This is perfectly crafted cheese.
4. Project Re:Brief
This was brilliant; I’ve seen Art & Copy but this is the best advertising documentary I’ve found thus far. In summary, Google attempt to bring back four famous campaigns from 30+ years back (Coke, Avis, Volvo & Alka Seltzer) and the creatives behind them and then seek to recreate the campaigns using modern technology. Lots of small learnings to take from this, a must watch for any ad students.
I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from this so I was nicely surprised. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is great as Edward Snowden and all round it’s an eye-opening depiction of one the biggest stories of our time… stick some blue tac on your webcams and pray.
2. War Dogs
Jonah Hill + a machine gun = my favourite movie moment of the year. True story about two young men who make a killing picking up low-level defence contracts… I won’t give too much else away but I thoroughly enjoyed this.
1. How To Train Your Dragon
I’m not a fan of anything in the Dreamworks Animation catalogue but this was amazing. I don’t want to give any spoilers away with this either but I’ll say this much: Vikings & dragons are a winning combination.