Archive for February 19th, 2019

For the final of my anniversary posts, here are the most significant events in movies in the past ten years:

  1. Time’s Up and Me Too movementsTimes up
  2. Kathryn Bigelow wins best director OscarKathryn Bigelow
  3. 12 Years a Slave becomes the first Best Picture Oscar winner to have a black director or producer86th Oscars, Backstage
  4. Disney buys Marvel and Lucasfilm (and brings back Star Wars)marvel and lucasfilm
  5. The film industry went digitaldigital
  6. Growth of Netflix (and other streaming service)netlix
  7. Comic book movies dominate the box-officeAvengers Infinity
  8. The Oscars expands its Best Pictures nominees to (up to) 10 filmsbest picture nominees 2010
  9. IMAX found its way to the multiplexesimax
  10. The so called golden age of television and its impact on movies42-19931105

What will happen in the next ten years?

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For part three of my 10 year anniversary celebration, below are my top ten favourite TV shows to debut since I started blogging: 

Justified (2010-2015)justified

Luther (2010-2019)Luther

The Bridge (original title Bron/Broen) (2011-2018)Bron Broen

Game of Thrones (2011-2019)Game of Thrones

Ray Donavan (2013- )607-The 1-3-2

Orphan Black (2013–2017)Orphan Black

Hannibal (2013–2015)Hannibal

Bosch (2014– )


Penny Dreadful (2014–2016)Penny Dreadful

The Expanse (2015– )The Expanse

Special mention for the anthology show: Black Mirror (2011 -)Black Mirror


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For the second part of my 10 year anniversary celebration, I am taking a look back at the top three movies from each year of my blog with a few thoughts:


  1. Let The Right One In
  2. The Hurt Locker
  3. Inglourious Basterds

(The White Ribbon at 10 should have been higher on my list)2009.jpg


  1. Inception
  2. The Secret in Their Eyes
  3. Monsters

(I picked Winter’s Bone at 4, in hindsight both this and The Secret in Their Eyes would move up a place)2010.jpg


  1. Hugo
  2. Drive
  3. The Guard

(Black Swan only made number 4 on the list but is now my favourite film of the year, and certainly actually in my top ten for the decade)2011.jpg


  1. Skyfall
  2. The Dark Knight Rises
  3. Argo

(Rust and Bone at 9 on my list should have been in the top three)2012


  1. Stoker
  2. Before Midnight
  3. Gravity

(I haven’t re-watched Gravity since seeing it in IMAX, not sure it will work on TV)2013


  1. Boyhood
  2. Only Lovers Left Alive
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel

(I commented at the time that I based my list on UK releases so excluded Snowpiercer as it had not received a UK release (and criminally still hasn’t!).  I also included Calvary at number four despite seeing it on DVD not at the cinema.2014


  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Sicario
  3. Ex Machina

(possibly the strongest single year, my top ten is rounded out with: Star Wars : The Force Awakens, Whiplash, Kingsman, Carol, Inside Out, John Wick, and The Salvation)2015


  1. Arrival
  2. Nocturnal Animals
  3. The Hunt For the Wilderpeople

(Hell or High Water is the only film in my top ten that I have re-watched since seeing at the cinema.  The rest of the top ten comprises: Julieta, Sing Street, Green Room, American Honey, Spotlight, Rogue One)2016.jpg


  1. Blade Runner 2049
  2. The Handmaiden
  3. Baby Driver

(I have re-watched Baby Driver and Atomic Blonde (also in the top ten, at six) four or five times each)2017


  1. The Shape Of Water
  2. Three Billboards Outside
  3. Phantom Thread

(all my top three were eligible for last year’s Oscars. Roma was in my top three movies of the year, but I excluded it from my list having not seen it in a cinema)2018.jpg


My top movies of 2019 so far are:

  1. The Favourite
  2. If Beale Street Could Talk
  3. Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

How many will make by top ten by the end of the year?2019 so far.jpg

There are five none English langue movies that have made my top ten lists: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Secret in Their Eyes, and Let The Right One In have all had Hollywood remakes.  Cold War is too personal to the director and specific to the time to be remade.  In The Fade is prime for a remake!

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10Today, Fandango Groovers Movie Blog is ten years old today, to celebrate, this is the first of four posts to today to mark the occasion.  Below is a list of ten movie bloggers that have been around since the early days of my blog (or before), and is still with us:

  1. Andy Crump from  A Constant Visual Feast formally known as Andrew at the Cinema
  2. Anna from Defiant Success formally known as Life of a Cinephile and Bibliophile
  3. Caroline Ames aka Caz from Lets Go To The Movies
  4. Darren Mooney from  the mOvie blog
  5. Marc Ciafardini from Go,See,Talk!
  6. Nick Prigge from Cinema Romantico
  7. Paul from Paragraph Film Reviews – Now more commonly found on Twitter 
  8. Philip Concannon from Phil on Film
  9. Ruth Maramis from FlixChatter
  10. Ryan McNeil from The Matinee

And a special mention for your friendly neighborhood Kaider-Man, Kai B. Parker who no longer writes about movies, but along with co-host Heather Baxendale, who is still writing (more about running than movies) is responsible for one of the best movie podcasts; MILFCAST (AKA: THE MAN, I LOVE FILMS PODCAST), when not on hiatus!

Part Two Coming Soon

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