Archive for January, 2013

The films I saw at the cinema in 2012…

January 17, 2013

Listed in chronological order of having been watched, and scored out of 5 where 5 is the highest score….

  1. Mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol = 3
  2. Sherlock Holmes = 3 ½
  3. Albert Nobbs = 2 ½
  4. Melancholia = 3 ½
  5. The Skin I Live In = 4
  6. The Decedents = 4
  7. Young Adult = 3 ½
  8. Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy = 3
  9. Chronicle = 4
  10. Weekend = 4
  11. Shame = 4
  12. The Artist = 4
  13. J.Edgar = 4
  14. Star Wars Phantom Menace = 5
  15. My Weekend With Marilyn = 3 ½
  16. Elles = 3 ½
  17. The Hunger Games = 4
  18. Margin Call = 3 ½
  19. Best Marigold Hotel = 3 ½
  20. A Separation = 4
  21. Titanic 3D = 5
  22. The Deep Blue Sea = 2 ½
  23. Romantics Anonymous = 3 ½
  24. Dark Shadows = 3
  25. The Avengers = 4
  26. W.E. = 3 ½
  27. Café de Flour = 4
  28. Prometheus = 4 ½
  29. Rock Of Ages = 2 ½
  30. Seeking Friends For The End Of The World = 4
  31. Take This Waltz = 4
  32. A Royal Affair = 4 ½
  33. Margaret = 3
  34. The Dark Knight Rises = 3 ½
  35. Magic Mike = 3
  36. Bourne Legacy = 4 ½
  37. Total Recall = 4
  38. The Sapphires = 4
  39. Your Sisters Sister = 4 ½
  40. Ruby Sparks =4
  41. Lore = 4
  42. Looper = 4
  43. Arbitrage = 4 ½
  44. Savages = 4
  45. Argo = 4
  46. The Sessions = 5
  47. Skyfall = 5
  48. Intouchables = 5
  49. Quartet = 4

The books I read in 2012….

January 10, 2013

Listed in chronological order of having been read, and scored out of 5 where 5 is the highest score. Only a few got the top marks:
1. In A Dark Wood, by Marcel Moring = 2
2. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, by Jeanette Winterson = 2
3. Player One, by Douglas Coupland = 3
4. The Tigers Wife, by Tea Obreht = 1
5. A Darker Domain, by Val McDermid = 4
6. Zone One, by Colson Whitehead = 3
7. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins = 5
8. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins = 4
9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins = 5
10. World War Z, by Max Brooks = 5*
11. The Necessary Aptitude, by Pam Ayres = 3
12. You Are Not A Stranger Here, by Adam Haslett = 3 ½
13. A Cry In The Jungle Bar, by Robert Drewe = 1 ½
14. Union Atlantic, by Adam Haslett = 3 ½
15. Ed King, by David Guterson = 3
16. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows = 4 ½
17. 11.22.63, by Stephen King = 4
18. The Leftovers, by Tom Perotta = 4
19. In One Person, by John Irving = 3
20. The Boy In The Suitcase, by L. Kaaberbol & A. Friis = 4
21. So You’re Going To Be A Dad, by Peter Downey = 4
22. Age Of Miracles, by Karen Walker = 4
23. My Life In France, by Julia Child = 3
24. Dirt Music, by Tim Winton = 4
25. Life Of Pi, by Yann Martel = 4
26. The Married Man, by Edmund White = 1
27. Then, by Julie Myerson = 4
28. Holes, by Louis Sachar = 4 ½
29. Fear Of Flying, by Erica Jong = 3 ½
30. Fear Not, by Ann Holt = 3
31. The Twelve, by Justin Cronin = 5

2012 in review

January 3, 2013

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 14 years to get that many views.

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