Top Ten Films of 2013

Top Ten Films 2013

2013 has been an above average year for films. 2013 is an excellent vintage for a film to have. In the future you can pull a DVD off the shelf, note that it was made in 2013 and be assured that there is a good chance you are buying a top quality film. Film works like wine, right?

I have agonised over the list below; there were so many films I wanted to mention but had to leave out in favour of films that either tried something a little different or spoke to me personally. I’ve tried to have a good mix of genres and styles and yet the majority seem to feature an in-depth look at human emotions, three have pivotal scenes involving a piano, and two were shot in black & white. On with the list:

10 – The Comedian

10 - The Comedian

Funnily enough this was the hardest position on the list to decide on as whatever film doesn’t make this slot doesn’t make the list at all. In the end I settled on Tom Shkolnik’s debut film about a young man living in London. Protagonist Ed is unsatisfied in his job and his love life and finds himself a little lost in his life in London. The film has no strict plot but instead features authentic feeling improvised scenes and simply offers a glimpse into a short period in the life of a character. I related to the film on a very personal level which earned it a place in my top 10 but which also makes me a little nervous to recommend it. Like another film much higher on this list The Comedian gives us a little peek at human relationships and does it in such a realistic way I couldn’t help but love it. More gushing in my review.

9 – A Field in England

9 - A Field in England

And now for something completely different… Over the past four years Ben Wheatley has made four films and cemented himself in the world of British film as a man who can produce low budget films filled with unbearable tension, extreme violence, and surprisingly real characters. His fourth film took a strange turn as he produced a black & white piece set during the civil war in which all manner of horrors occur in a field in England. The film was released in cinemas and on TV, DVD, Blu-Ray, and VOD all on the same day but that is far from the most remarkable thing about it. I couldn’t begin to explain the plot of A Field in England or the relatively tame but somehow harrowing visuals it contains. This is bold, brave British film-making; something we could do with a lot more of.

8 – Breathe In

8 - Breathe In

Two years ago Drake Doremus’ debut film Like Crazy was released and despite it being an impressive first film there was something about it I couldn’t quite get behind. In his follow-up, a story of infidelity and temptation starring Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce, Doremus has utilised his improvisational style to produce a fantastic feature. This is a film of lust and longing, and not being satisfied with the cards life has dealt you. What is most impressive is that Doremus manages to create scenes of incredible sexual tension and sensuality without ever needed to show anything more than a longing look or a gentle touch. Worth an entry on this list for its ability to replace sex scenes with piano duets without losing any of the sexiness.

7 – Philomena

7 - Philomena

2013 has definitely been a great year for films and specifically a great year for Steve Coogan. Four of his films were fighting for a position in my top ten but ultimately I could only allow myself one on the list. Philomena gets this most coveted position for being the only film of the four to bring me to tears. The story of an old woman searching for the son she was forced to give up 50 years ago is a heartbreaking one but the script, co-authored by Coogan, manages to be hilarious too. As we watch the unlikely pairing of Coogan’s uptight journalist and Judi Dench’s kind-hearted and deeply religious pensioner the film explores faith, family, and forgiveness in and even handed and enjoyable way. Ultimately the story of Philomena, deeply based in fact rather than fiction, is not a happy one but she isn’t going to let it get the best of her so neither should you. Full review here.

6 – Stoker

6 - Stoker

Stoker completely passed me by when it had a cinematic release in March of this year but in an effort to fill in some of the gaps in my film watching I caught up with the film over the Christmas break, and I am glad that I did. Stoker is written by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller and directed by Korean legend Chan-wook Park and is a stunningly shot gothic thriller. Mia Wasikowska plays a young girl coming of age who has just lost her father and is getting to know her previously unheard of young uncle, Matthew Goode, who comes to stay with her and her mother. The film has strangely vibrant yet artificial looking visuals and some brilliantly arch performances from its leads which allows the film to have its characters behave in a way that is slightly otherworldly. Stoker manages to maintain a strange tension throughout which created a sense that sex or violence could erupt at any moment. This film also features a second sensual scene focusing on a piano duet but things get slightly more extreme, as is so often the case with Stoker. A totally unique modern thriller that Hitchcock wouldn’t be ashamed to have directed.

5 – Saving Mr. Banks

5 - Saving Mr. Banks

At number 5 we have a very personal choice for myself. I really can’t tell if Saving Mr. Banks is actually a good film or just a load of sentimental nonsense as I am so blinded by all the baggage I am bringing to the film. Saving Mr. Banks is the story of the battle between Walt Disney and the author of Mary Poppins P.L. Travers as he tries to obtain film rights for the books from a woman who hates cartoons, musicals, and Dick van Dyke. As someone who grew up on a heavy dose of Julie Andrews singing there is something bizarrely nostalgic about this film set twenty years before I was born. Combine this with another fine performance from Emma Thompson and the result is me in repeated floods of tears at a press screening. If you love Mary Poppins then no doubt you will love Saving Mr. Banks, otherwise I probably wouldn’t bother. Full review here.

4 – Nebraska

4 - Nebraska

Have you ever received a letter telling you that you might have won millions and that you just need to phone a number or go to an address with your prize code to find out? Nebraska is the story of one man (Bruce Dern) who takes the letter seriously. Worrying that his father will try to take the journey to claim his prize alone his son (Will Forte) agrees to drive him there just to make sure he doesn’t die in the process. Along the way they stop off at the old man’s hometown and old family feuds resurface as people are mocking and jealous of the possible windfall in equal measure. Shot in gorgeous black & white Alexander Payne has made another beautiful film, one that shows the quirks of family and how important and frail dignity can be even as you get older. Funny and touching Nebraska is never inauthentic or cloying. Perfect. Full review here.

3 – Behind the Candelabra

3 - Behind the Candelabra

Having declared his retirement from directing films for the cinema Steven Soderbergh went on to direct this biopic of Liberace (Michael Douglas) and the story of his love affair with the initially young Scott (Matt Damon). In the UK we scuppered his plan for retirement by deciding that the film was too good for TV and gave it a cinematic release instead. In Behind the Candelabra Soderbergh has created a gloriously camp retelling of the life of one gloriously camp performer, and the life of an ego so big that he gives his boyfriend plastic surgery so that he can share more of Liberace’s features. Douglas and Damon are both playing completely against type and doing a fabulous job of it but neither are so brilliant as Rob Lowe who plays the taut faced plastic surgeon who can’t so much as close his eyes any more. The whole film is turned up to eleven and is a real joy to watch. Just don’t go expecting any subtle sexy scenes at the piano as Liberace eschews subtlety in favour of glitter, candelabras, and an on-stage limo.

2 – Before Midnight

2 - Before Midnight

We return to the theme of relationships that runs through this list as we reunite with one of cinema’s best couples and the most enduring onscreen romance. Richard Linklater first introduced us to Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) back in 1995 when the two lovers met, spent a night together, and went their separate ways. 9 years later the pair were reunited in Paris and shared one long real-time conversation before leaving us with a cliff hanger. Since 2004 audiences have been left wondering whether Jesse stayed to spend another night with Celine or went back to America to his wife and child. Their love story is continued in Before Midnight as we drop back into their lives as a proper couple with their own children on holiday in Greece. Through a series of conversations we see that Jesse and Celine are still very much in love but that the years have taken their toll on the young romantics and every conversation has an undertone harking back to an argument years in the making. The Before trilogy is always pretentious, funny, and touching and as theatrical as the lengthy conversations might be the performances never stray far from my favourite adjective; authentic. Here we are watching characters we love struggle in their relationship and it is all painfully real.

1 – Blue is the Warmest Colour

1 - Blue is the Warmest Colour

The only thing that can possibly top a brief trip into the relationship of Jesse and Celine is a film that encompasses an entire relationship. Across the three hours we follow French teenager Adèle as she slowly becomes an adult and discovers her own sexuality through initial fumbles with boys and then her life changing romance with the enigmatic Emma. Director Abdellatif Kechiche has come under a lot of criticism for the film since he and the young stars (Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux) won the Palme d’Or at Cannes but none of that can do anything to stop the resulting film from being so incredible. As the relationship between Adèle and Emma waxes and wanes we see all facets of their relationship. Yes we see their sex life but we see their snotty, blotchy faced arguments too. We see their initial flirtation in a bar and their tragic post-relationship reunion in a cafe. We see their conflicting family dynamics as Adèle is introduced to Emma’s foodie family as her girlfriend and Emma is invited round to Adèle’s as a friend to enjoy some bland spaghetti. The performances at the center of the film are fantastically raw and, all together now, authentic. At the end of my screening Kechiche and Exarchopoulo came out for a Q&A but I couldn’t stay to watch it for fear of ruining the illusion that the Adèle I had been watching was a living, breathing human being and someone whose most intimate moments I had seen laid bare. This marks the third year in a row that a French film has taken my top film title; they must be doing something right. Full review here.

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Out Now – Boxing Day 2013

The Secret Life of Santa Claus

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
It looks like we have a rare case of Ben Stiller appearing in a good film on our hands. Stiller both directs and stars in this fantastical story of a day dreamer embarking on a real life adventure. From what I’ve seen (sadly limited to footage in the trailer) the film has a touch of the Michel Gondry about it. This film about love and adventure looks to be the perfect family film for a Christmas trip to the cinema.

47 Ronin
“A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.” Keanu Reeves stars… I think I’ll stick with Walter Mitty thanks.

All Is Lost
Robert Redford, and absolutely nobody else, stars in this story of survival as one man must repair a sinking boat and try to sail his way back to land with failing equipment and no tigers for company. The film for someone who spent Christmas Day alone, or wished they had.

How to Make Money Selling Drugs
Alarmingly enough this documentary is pretty self-explanatory as it explores how you can rise from street dealer to drug lord in ten simple steps. Perhaps a good way to learn how to afford all the presents everyone wants next year?

Moon Man (out tomorrow)
Adorable looking German animation in which the Man in the moon catches a lift to Earth on a passing comet. While he explores the fascinating creatures found on our planet children across the world are unable to sleep without him in the night sky. D’awww.

What to Watch on PictureBox this Christmas


There are a lot of streaming film services around these days, each offering their own slice of the world’s film catalogue for you to enjoy on the many gadgets you might unwrap tomorrow. Our friends over at PictureBox have a slightly different offering to most as rather than try to offer you the most up to date films or the widest selection they almost do the complete opposite; instead they have a selection of hand-picked films that turn the focus on quality over quantity.

A quick perusal of their list of available films shows this to be a mixed success. There are some great films in the list but a few awful choices have crept in too. Below I have picked out five films that might be worth a watch tomorrow afternoon, some with the whole family and some when the kids have gone to bed.

If any of the films take your fancy you can get a month’s free trial over at (after that a subscription is £4.99 a month.)

Babe: Pig in the City

Babe Pig in the City

I’m not saying that this is the finest film the service has to offer but a light-hearted story of a talking pig travelling to the big city is going to keep any young children briefly entertained in a U certificate way. Having picked this film I can’t quite remember whether I’ve watched it or not and if I did whether I enjoyed it. Who cares? Talking pig!

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

O Brother Where Art Thou

One of the Coen Brothers’ finest is this epic retelling of Homer’s Odyssey. Three brothers (including an excellently quaffed George Clooney) are on the run from the law and on the hunt for treasure. The soundtrack comprises of period folk music and gospel singing and this music alone makes this film worth a watch.

The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

We’re heading into 15 certificate territory now. Back in the golden age of Saturday Night Live they had spin-off films that were actually worth watching, nothing like the MacGruber‘s of today. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as two brothers who embark on a mission from God to reunite their old band and raise enough money to save their old orphanage, all whilst on the run from the police. The result is a sublime comedy filled with spectacular car chases and superb musical performances from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and James Brown. Oooh, I want to watch it right now!

The Strangers

The Strangers

Anyone under 15 is definitely in bed now right? They all fell asleep in the 4th hour of this year’s Downton Abbey Christmas special no doubt. While we’re still only at 15 certificate level we’ve reached the second most terrifying film I’ve ever seen. A film made all the more chilling because it relies on no supernatural elements to provide the scares. All we have is Liv Tyler alone at home when three figures in masks start stalking her outside the house. Finally a film that will make you glad your house is filled with relatives as watching this when in an empty house could be a little overwhelming.

In Bruges

In Bruges

Playwright Martin McDonagh surprised the film world back in 2008 by bringing us this stunningly funny film about two hit men lying low in Bruges. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson play the pair whose antics had led to them hiding out in Belgium with Ralph Fiennes on their trail. It’s hard to say specifically why this is such and enjoyable film but I think it is largely down to McDonagh’s sharp script which is littered with top quality dialogue. The script is also littered with strong bloody violence, very strong language and hard drug use so definitely make sure all children are in a sugary coma before clicking ‘play’.

Out Now – 20th December 2013

Anchorman Hustle

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Reviews are positive so anyone who hasn’t suffered from Ron Burgundy fatigue will likely find something to chuckle about in this follow-up to 2004’s comedy that got quoted so much it might as well have been a Monty Python film. “I love lamp”, etc.

The Harry Hill Movie
I am conflicted. I loved TV Burp back in the day only two years ago and adore pretty much anything that Julie Walters does and yet… The Harry Hill Movie? I just don’t know.

Walking with Dinosaurs 3D
Does what it says on the tin. Although you won’t actually be walking with any dinosaurs. But the dinosaurs will walk! In 3D!! What more could a guy ask for?

Moshi Monsters: The Movie
“Join Katsuma, Poppet, Mr. Snoodle, and the other Moshi Monters in an action-packed, song-filled race against time! Together they must stop evil Dr. Strangeglove and his incompetent Glump sidekick Fishlips from pulverising the recently discovered Great Moshling Egg.” WHAAAATTTT!?!?

Dhoom: 3
“Trained as a circus entertainer by his father, the adult Sahir co-stars in a circus alongside the gymnast Aaliya, though his true motive is to rob the show’s owners, whom he believes were responsible for his father’s murder.” Somebody’s got issues.

American Hustle
So having made the above image it turns out that the film is only out in the West End today and doesn’t hit the rest of the country, or indeed the rest of London, until New Year’s Day. Well… bugger. I’ve made the image now. If you happen to be near Leicester Square over Christmas why not check out this well received period spy caper/mafia drama?

Joan Fontaine 1917 – 2013

Joan Fontaine

22nd October 1917 – 15th December 2013

“I hope I’ll die on stage at the age at 105, playing Peter Pan.”

Despite not actually featuring in our Rebecca soundboard the long-suffering young wife played by Fontaine was on the receiving end of the majority of these barbs so I thought I would place it here to celebrate one of her greatest roles; as Mrs. de Winter in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca.

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Out Now – 13th December 2013

The Innocents of Smaug

Apologies for the lack of updates but December is turning out to be a very busy month. Please feel free to assume that this is because I am Father Christmas and not just a lazy blogger.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Those hobbits and dwarves are back for more rambling through forests and encountering mythical beasts. Will this film be distinguishable from the four that have come before? Probably not but you’re going to have to see it eventually regardless; there’s nothing else out this week you’re going to want to watch.

The Christmas Candle
In this week’s instalment of overtly religious Christmas films we have a period drama about a candle that has been touched by an angel. Susan Boyle co-stars if you were worried about where she’s been lately.

Fill the Void
“A young Hasidic Jewish woman is pressured into an arranged levirate marriage to an older widower.” Because let’s not forget that it was Hanukkah just the other week.

The Innocents
I was at the BFI enjoying their Gothic season and saw the trailer for The Innocents and had a good old chuckle, enjoy:

Cinema Paradiso
Another re-release! This time of an Oscar-winning foreign film that came out the year I was born. I haven’t seen it so will be moving swiftly on…

Tamla Rose
Musical in which “three teen girls in a Motown band embark on an emotional ride to hell and back.” I cannot tell whether they literally go to hell or not but they certainly start off in Liverpool.

Tamam miyiz?
The plot summary for this film is so long and uninteresting I can do no better than providing it for you in its entirety: “Temmuz is an openly gay sculptor living at a flat with his dog in Istanbul. He lives a bohemian lifestyle and has a happy go lucky, carefree, eccentric (such as believing in good luck charms) character, frequently distracting him from his work as a children’s book illustrator, and eventually leading him to be abandoned by his boyfriend via e-mail. He is given solace and affection by her wealthy mother, who is fully supportive of him, and best friend and co-worker, Beste. In the meantime, he keeps seeing a young man in his dreams, who repeatedly calls him for help and rescue. One day he runs into this guy while getting on the bus, who is accompanied by his mother, and helps them get into their home as the young man was born without limbs. From then on, two lives would collide into each other, starting a brotherhood full of discoveries and mutual help.”

When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun – DVD Review

When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun

I’ve moaned before about finding reviewing documentaries difficult. So let’s break this down and make things easy on myself.

What is the film about?
The film focusses on China’s occupation of Tibet, the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way Policy, and the Tibetan people’s conflict between wanting to follow their religious leaders and the desire to do all they can to free their homeland.

Did you actually get that from the film or is that from Google?
Admittedly some of that wasn’t completely apparent to me while I watched the film.

Is this because you were wrapping presents at the same time?
No comment.

Why did the film fail to completely hold your interest?
For me the film was far too long. The running time was nearing the two-hour mark and perhaps had it been shorter the message might have been clearer.

Do you think the film was balanced?
As balanced as the film can be. We did see Chinese citizens reactions to the Free Tibet protests but with the way media is managed in China you’re never sure if you can believe what you are seeing.

Did you learn something from the film?
Definitely! My knowledge of world events is poor at best and while I have heard the phrase “Free Tibet” many a time this is the first time I have properly understood just why Tibet needs freeing.

Did anyone at any point compare China to Nazi Germany?
Yes, yes they did.

And how did that make you feel?
A little uncomfortable if I’m honest. The suggestion that genocide was just round the corner seemed a little unfounded. But then I could be wrong.

Was there any thing jarring about the film?
The music! It was so incredibly overwrought and overpowering. Thankfully I don’t seem to be alone in this view. Philip Glass has done much better.

So in summary was the film successful?
It certainly educated me but at the same time bored and confused me. Definitely worth a watch if you are as ignorant about the issues at hand as I am but don’t let yourself get distracted.

How many stars would you give it?

I take it the film is out on DVD?
You know where to find it.

Out Now – 6th December 2013


Alexander Payne provides his signature blend of comedy and drama in this black and white road trip about father and son relationships, growing old, and being scammed by junk mail. In my review I call the film “perfect” but in hindsight that all seems a little bit too positive. What did you see Past-Tim?

“A former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord.” The DEA agent is played by Jason Statham which does not appeal but the druglord is played by James Franco who endlessly intrigues me. I’m so conflicted. And Sylvester Stallone wrote the script!? I’m so confused.

Disney Animation, no Pixar involvement here, bring us the story of a snowman who teams up with some kids to help them find their sister in a kingdom of eternal winter. If he melts at the end I will cry.

When he’s not asking for your money on Kickstarter these days Spike Lee is producing unnecessary remakes of much-loved film and ripping off graphic designers in the process. I say we boycott! (Mostly because I haven’t even seen the original yet.)

Black Nativity
“A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, where he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey.” Strange things happen at Christmas…

Selena Gomez and Ethan Hawke team up in an action thriller. The whole thing seems quite bizarre. I don’t really know how to deal with Ethan Hawke when he’s not romancing Julie Delphy.

Big Bad Wolves
“A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.” Are the three men the three little pigs, or are they the big bad wolves? This metaphor confuses me.

Floating Skyscrapers
Tragic gay love story from Poland that is as graphic in its sex and its violence. The film is solid, and ground breaking for its country of origin, but I struggled to connect to any of the characters.

Kill Your Darlings
Murder! Sex! Drugs! Poetry! It’s the origins of the beat generation mixed with a murder mystery! Ultimately the film was a little too meandering for me and could have done with a little more meter and rhyme. What I just did there is a clever joke that I don’t quite understand.

This Ain’t California
Documentary about the world of roller boarding in the German Democratic Republic. I am almost 100% sure that roller boarding is just another way of saying skateboarding. Imagine your Dad were trying to sound cool and wasn’t quite sure of the word… now you get it!

Rough Cut
“A documentary about the making of the fictitious 1970s exploitation film Hiker Meat.” That’s right, a documentary about a fictitious film. I’d call that a mockumentary but the director prefers to call it “a ‘metamentary’, stripping back the making, unmaking and remaking of both the film and the idea”. If at all possible I will be seeing this film.

Powder Room
British comedy set in the women’s toilets. I’m afraid to see this as it would ruin the mystique built up over years of wondering just why the facilities are worth queuing for.

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s
“A documentary on the Manhattan department store with interviews from an array of fashion designers, style icons, and celebrities.” I can only assume that Bergdorf’s is America’s version of BHS.

Danish comedy about a man who kidnaps the nephew of his pregnant girlfriend to prove that he will make a good father and takes him along on a debauched canoeing trip. Oh Denmark!

A Long Way from Home
“A couple realise their dream of retiring to the South of France. Their life changes dramatically when they meet another, younger couple.”

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy – A Retrospective


How now, brown cow. How now, brown cow.

Napoleon Dynamite, Team America: World Police, Mean Girls, Shaun of the Dead, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy; 2004 was a corker of a year for ridiculously quotable, instant cult-status comedy films. In this class of cinema sequels are few and far between and, more often than not, when one does come around recycled jokes and a loss of spark make them inferior. Odd then, that the general feeling towards the Anchorman sequel is one not of trepidation but excitement.

If I’m honest it took me a long time to come around to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy. I suffered from an unfortunate case of Stop Incessantly Quoting That Film, You Twerp that prevented me from even wanting to watch the blasted thing for four years. However, after the film was suggested for the sixty-seventh time during film night at university I caved, and I’ve never looked back. I immediately regretted that I hadn’t wanted Anchorman to be in me sooner.

A lot of comedies have come and gone in the last decade and yet Anchorman is still one of the most fondly remembered. From Baxter’s cheese eating habits to, well, Brick, Anchorman is loaded to the brim with eccentricities and characters built as if they were already universally loved (just look at this trailer for the original film). The comedies that collect the least dust on our shelves are the ones built with far-fetched and tenuous plots, incomparable stars and a variety show mentality – just try to tell me that Anchorman isn’t simply an excuse to plop a group of characters into a series of comically bizarre encounters to see how they react.

What makes Anchorman preside over other films that follow the aforementioned blueprint (like Superbad or The Hangover) is that the talent involved in The Legend of Ron Burgandy is a combined quintessence sketch troupe. With Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay (who incidentally co-founded, with producer Judd Apatow, Funny or Die) having found huge success on Saturday Night Live and most of the film’s cast having wide late night TV and/or improvisational backgrounds, Anchorman is littered with erratic comedy in every frame.

Like Wayne’s World or Dumb and Dumber or even any Monty Python movie before it, unadulterated comedy reins over actual plots and realism. As for sequels, how will we know that Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues won’t just consist of recycled jokes (the reappearance of Brian Fontana’s jimmy cabinet in the trailer admittedly worried me). We don’t, but Anchorman 2 has something going for it that many substandard comedy sequels never did: the return of all the major cast and crew. Just look at Dumb and Dumberer, Son of The Mask, Evan Almighty or Ace Ventura Jr. for solid proof that a sequel without its originals will almost certainly suck.*

*-You’ll notice that all of those examples were Jim Carrey comedies and how that point relates to the only shred of hope that Dumb and Dumber To will be amazing.

Regardless, when Anchorman’s PR offered me a seat at a refresher screening for the film (an extremely rare thing) I jumped at a seat. The audience sat, giddy – I with a pint of milk (a good choice!) – bawling and quoting and cheering and we were all filled with unquestionable excitement for The Legend Continues. Let’s hope that 60% of the time, an Anchorman sequel works every time.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is in UK cinemas from 18th December.