Amon Warmann is a 22 year old aspiring movie critic hailing from Watford, UK. When he’s not cheering on Manchester United, Amon writes movie reviews and other related articles for Yin & Yang and Cinevue which you can follow on his own review site, AMONymous’ blog.
Rorschach Reviews: As both a Sports Science graduate and a film reviewer, would you rather watch a great movie or a great game?
Amon Warmann: Ooh, tough one. I think I would rather watch a great movie. After a really great movie I feel animated, whether I’m thinking about what my favourite moments were or discussing it with people. That being said, I feel that we are all fortunate to live in such a time where legends like Messi and Ronaldo dominate, and I love watching quality sport too. The recent ‘El Classico’ is a fantastic example.
RR: While we’re on the topic of El Clasico, what would be the last movie you’ve seen to animate you on the same scale as, say, last Sunday’s match?
AW: I’m a huge superhero fan, so the first time I saw the Avengers I was buzzing! There have obviously been many other excellent films that I’ve seen since then, but that one definitely comes to mind.
RR: What would you say are the most important things Avengers 2 will need to do to measure up to the first film?
AW: I think Joss Whedon really did a magnificent job of giving each character the right amount of screen time in Avengers. That was my biggest concern going in and it will probably be a bigger challenge for Avengers 2 with all the talk of new heroes being added to the team and Marvel expanding their cinematic universe. The main villain needs to challenge the Avengers on a physical level (As good as Loki was, Hulk dealt with him – albeit in awesome fashion – in 2 seconds). I’m very interested to see how the separate stories of Captain America, Thor and Iron Man will merge this time around.
RR: Agreed on all accounts. Unfortunately for all of us impatient moviegoers Avengers 2 is still over a year away. What movies are you looking forward to the most over the next 12 months?
AW: Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel are definitely top of the list, superhero wise! I’m also looking forward to Pacific Rim, Django Unchained, Gangster Squad, Lincoln, Hitchcock, A Good Day to Die Hard, and After Earth. There are probably a few more films which would make it on to the list once 2013 begins!
RR: Good choices indeed, if Pacific Rim can revive the monster movie from its Sci-fi channel original grave, I’ll be very impressed. Looking back on 2012 so far, what film would you predict WILL win for this year’s Best Picture Oscar and what film do you think SHOULD win?
AW: Ooh, this is a tough one to answer as I haven’t seen some of the films that will probably be in contention. Of what I’ve watched, Argo is certainly a film that deserves to win. However, The Master (which I’m hopefully seeing this week!) has been getting a lot of hype, and Life of Pi also looks really good.
RR: I’m looking forward to your review of The Master, I’ve heard very different opinions on it from every review I’ve seen so I’m curious to see if you enjoy it. Before we go, is there any advice you have for new movie reviewers out there trying to match your level of success?
AW: There are so many websites who are looking for new writers so there are definitely many opportunities available. Additionally, these days it’s easy to start your own blog and create an online portfolio. That’s incredibly useful as a place you can send people to read your work. The more you write, the more you improve, so just keep writing!