Interestingly apart from Mumford and Sons which was new to me in 2010 and Florence Against the Machine, not sure I will be listening to many of these albums in 3 years time. Ellie Goudling’s re-issue with “Your Song” is enchanting. The Prodigy choice is on the strength of “Stand up” as a single. Was 2010 a lean year for music or did i miss something? Let me know. Left right – Coldplay was a great live album that was available for free from their website – sadly no longer available for free. The Mercury Prize winning album The XX by XX – has some great tracks on it – particularly Islands – and is great ambient background music. The Glee albums are great fun – with some excellent versions of some classic songs. The reissue of Florence and the Machine’s album has some interesting bonus tracks and of course the wonderful Dog Days are Over.
I love the look of the XBOX kinect – trying not to look too closely or we are going to want one at home! The dance games look great fun – and who knows if they won’t work as a bit of a workout too. All the LEGO games have been excellent so far – they appeal mainly to primary school aged children. They have great graphics and some puzzle solving to do – there’s no blood and guts when you have to fight – the baddies just turn into lego bricks when you see them off. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a beautiful game to watch let alone play.
The above DVDs were recommended by my kids. I really liked Despicable Me and Up and did enjoy How to Train your Dragon. Luke enjoyed both reading and watching Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I sadly really enjoyed Karate Kid while trying not to. Shrek 1 was brilliant 2 and 3 were pretty poor but 4 was a return to form. Toy Story 3 was a brilliant movie – Mark Kermode argues the Trilogy is the best ever – even better than the Godfather Trilogy. Personally I thought Toy Story 2 was the best followed by Toy Story then Toy Story 3. Cloudy with a chance of meatballs was fun- Mr T was great in it! Up was the most moving animated film I have ever seen. Percy Jackson is steal at £6.99
Avatar may have been weak on plot but it was high on visuals. Inception was a stand out movie of the year for me (see my review). SALT was the stand out action film of the year – great twists and turns. Girl with the Dragon Tatoo and The Disappearnace of Alice Creed are not for the faint hearted as they are very creepy – but hugely compelling. Blind Side was the feel good movie of the year. Carey Mulligan was excellent in An Education. There was no installment of the Jason Bourne series – but Green Zone was the closest thing. Robert Downey Jnr had a great year with both Iron Man 2 and Sherlock Holmes. Really enjoyed the bloody but engaging Book of Eli.