Rakuten TV will be releasing new content every Monday throughout the month of February, which will include BAFTA contenders and Golden Globe nominees.
Movie buffs will be given the chance to make their own minds up about Loving Vincent, the BAFTA & Oscar nominated and ‘beautifully textured’ (The Telegraph) homage to Van Gogh from 5th February. Armando Iannucci’s political satire, The Death of Stalin, which enjoyed great success at this year’s BIFAs and is set for further success at the BAFTAs can be found on Rakuten TV on 19th February. Triple BAFTA nominated and Golden Globe contender Call Me By Your Name will complement Rakuten TVs critically acclaimed offerings this month. Catch EE Rising Star nominee Timothée Chalamet, whose performance as Elio has been commended as ‘remarkable’ and ‘outstanding’ (The Guardian). Call Me By Your Name will be released onto the platform on Monday 26th February.
2013 has been an interesting year for films.
Creatures Features became a social media phenomenon thanks to The Asylum’s Sharknado which became a major talking point following it’s SyFy Channel première. Sharks were very popular this year as we also saw the release of Avalanche Sharks, Ghost Shark and Sharkzilla whilst Mega Shark vs Mecha Shark was pushed back to 2014. Announcements for 2014 included Sharknado getting a sequel entitled The Second One, Sharktopus getting two vs sequels and a crossover of the Lake Placid and Anaconda franchises!
Meanwhile the two parent genres of Creature Features, Sci Fi and Horror, equally performed far above expectations. The ‘Avengers Effect’ was finally proved as the box office gross for Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World sky-rocketed from their last respective outings whilst James Wan hit a one-two punch with the super profitable Insidious: Chapter Two and mega hit The Conjuring.
But enough of that, on to my Best of 2013…