From the category archives:

2013

George East’s Top Ten Films of 2013

March 2, 2014

As it is Oscar Sunday it is traditionally time for the final list of 2013 (even if it is March 2014): my top 10 films of 2013.  Because of the nature of distributors release schedules, most of the films that are in serious contention for Academy Awards tonight have only been released this year.  There […]

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George East’s Top 50 Albums of 2013: #10 – #1

January 16, 2014

Well, it’s been epic but we are finally here the great unveiling and the second last of Allthatsleft’s 2013 review posts (as is traditional my Top 10 Films of 2013 post will coincide with the Oscars and BAFTAs in February/March).     For my #50-#41, #40-#31, #30-#21 and #20-#11 follow the links. Before getting down to the […]

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George East’s Top 50 Albums of 2013: #20 – #11

January 9, 2014

After a hiatus of a few days (these posts take bleedin’ ages to put together), I am back on it.   We are now at the business end of the best albums of 2013.  For the albums at #50- #41, #40 – #31 and #30 – #21 follow the links. Before getting back to the list proper, […]

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George East’s Top 50 Albums of 2013: #30 – #21

January 4, 2014

It is time for the middle 10 before we move on to the business end of my Top 50 albums of 2013.   For those of you who have not been following the action so far, the albums at #50 – #41 and #40 – #31 can be found by following the links. Before getting into […]

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George East’s Top 50 Albums of 2013: #40 – #31

January 3, 2014

Yesterday saw the posting of the first instalment of my Top 50 albums of 2013, covering off those albums in places 50-41.   Before moving on to the next 10 albums  in the list and as promised in my post yesterday, I’d like to mention a couple of other categories. Best re-issue of the year goes […]

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Hero of the Year Awards 2013

January 3, 2014

It’s time for us to celebrate the good guys of 2013 – the people who have risen above the mediocrity and the mundane, the people who have excited us and inspired us and made us believe in the incomparable spirit of human kind. We like our heroes on this site, our weekly award keeps us […]

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George East’s Top 50 Albums of 2013: #50 – #41

January 2, 2014

Yes, it is finally that time.  The one you have all been waiting for.   The unveiling of my top albums of 2013.  I can sense the excitement. I have decided this year to make this a more expansive affair than the top ten album lists I have done every New Year since Allthatsleft launched – […]

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Villain of the Year Awards 2013

January 1, 2014

After the King of the Mountains, King of the Valleys and Prat of the Year Awards, we now move on to the business end of this years’ Awards ceremony.   2013 was another sterling year in Villainy, both domestic and international and there is much excitement at the moment here at Allthatsleft  towers as the blood […]

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Prat of the Year Awards 2013

December 31, 2013

Another vintage year of prattish behaviour comes to a close. But, you ask, who were 2013’s greatest prats of all? This is the verdict of our panel of judges. But before we do the run down, here are some that didn’t quite make it into the final cut. First off, in some pretty spectacular prattery […]

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George East’s Top Ten Gigs of 2013

December 31, 2013

It is that time of the year again.  A time for reflection on the year just gone and more importantly a time for lists.  Lots of lists.  First up is my favourite  live music experiences of 2013.   It was a truly magnificent year for live music, I think, possibly the best I have had since […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: Joan Fontaine

December 31, 2013

There aren’t many of them left now.  Links back to the golden age of Hollywood from the 1920s to the early 1950s.  Stars who made their name when the studio system was king and the big 6 studios turned out perfectly crafted films that were fit for purpose like Henry Ford did cars.  The glamour, […]

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King of the Valleys Award 2013

December 30, 2013

Our King of the Valleys Award is awarded to the person or persons who have seen their reputation plummet the furthest over the course of the last 12 months. The worthy winner(s) receive our infamous dog shit jersey. This prestigious award has a historic backstory on All That’s Left. In 2010 Vince Cable won the […]

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King of the Mountains Award 2013

December 30, 2013

Our annual end of year King of the Mountains prize is awarded to the person whose reputation has made the most significant climb upwards over the past year. In 2010, this went to Uruguayan footballer Diego Forlan, for transforming himself from a bit part Manchester United footballer to one of the stars of the 2010 […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: David Coleman

December 30, 2013

David Coleman was one of those doyens of broadcasters that opened up the world of sport to our living rooms. Men such as Coleman, Bill McClaren, Cliff Morgan, Peter O’Sullivan, Ted Lowe, Murray Walker, Dan Maskell, Sid Waddell and the last remaining giants – John Motson and Peter Alliss all became broadcasting legends through the […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: Iain Banks

December 30, 2013

Iain Banks was one of the finest writers of his generation. In the mid 1990′s he hit the literary jackpot – as his books received both popular appeal and critical praise. Books such as The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road and Complicity became bestsellers. When combined with his science fiction alter ego – Iain M […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: Elmore Leonard

December 29, 2013

When Reservoir Dogs came out in 1992 one of the unusual things about the film  that both critics and audiences immediately latched onto was that chunks of the dialogue had nothing whatever to do with the plot – the characters just chewed the fat about stuff, like the ethics of tipping or the meaning of […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: Eddie McGrady & Inez McCormack

December 29, 2013

2013 saw the death of two important figures in Northern Ireland, both born in County Down but in very different parts of that county. *** Eddie McGrady was very much the political embodiment of the south of the county, a rural part of Northern Ireland that is majority Catholic but, unlike similarly Catholic areas in […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: Lou Reed

December 28, 2013

Two men who helped shape my view of the world took their leave of it this year. I wrote about Nelson Mandela three weeks ago: he inspired me with his fortitude, wisdom and forgiveness and taught me about the evils of racism and apartheid, and of the importance of staying true to your beliefs no […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: David Frost

December 28, 2013

By the time that those who write for this blog were getting into politics  David Frost was a light entertainment figure.  As part of the launch team of the decidedly fluffy TV-AM and as the host of Through The Keyhole he represented something cosy and establishment.     A glimpse of what had been would occasionally be […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: Stéphane Hessel

December 27, 2013

Of all the deaths in 2013, Nelson Mandela deserves the largest volume of coverage, tributes and recognition. But, there is a lesser known death in 2013, that deserves to be recognised – probably much more so than was actually recognised. Stéphane Hessel died in February this year and if someone was thinking about drafting an […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: Peter O’Toole

December 26, 2013

Peter O’Toole was one of the great film stars of all time. He was also one of the greatest hedonists of all time. He achieved global superstar status from playing T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) for which he received his first Academy Award nomination. He received a further seven Oscar nominations – […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: Ray Harryhausen

December 26, 2013

I bloody well hate CGI.  It is the bane of virtually all blockbuster films these days, making many of them all but unwatchable.  Tired and obvious computer generated realities that have no soul, no art and no style.   You only have to look at the number of CGI artists, compositors and other geeks on the […]

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