Chris Rand Writes

Films of the Year 2016

21 December 2016

After several years of trying, I managed to watch 52 new release films at the cinema this year. Here are my 10 favourites.

“Faces Of The Year” Christmas Quiz 2016

17 December 2016

I made up a quick quiz for our Christmas party last night, and people asked if they could have copies to recycle at their own gatherings, so here it is.


Movies of the Year 2015

19 December 2015

So, I didn’t manage to see 52 new cinema-release movies this year, despite the best of intentions. Here’s the best of the 46 which I did see.


My Top 20 Songs of the Year for 2015. Enjoy.

17 December 2015

One of the joys of streaming audio is that you can listen to new music all year long and just file away anything you particularly like into a “best of the year”playlist.


I Cannot Delete Dad

16 March 2015

When I first heard this, I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing. And a few years on, whenever my Mum rings me and the photo of my Mum …and Dad pops up, I think of this amazing poem.


Movies of the Year 2014

31 December 2014

I set myself the extremely ambitious target of watching 52 movies released in 2014 during the year, and just made it.


Songs of the Year 2014

11 December 2014

Despite listening to just as much music as ever, I could only come up with around 70 new songs I really liked in 2014.


A Movie A Week in 2014 – halfway stage update

29 June 2014

My target this year has been to see one film a week on the big screen, and at the halfway stage I’ve nearly done it – just the last-minute intervention of the World Cup got in the way.


100 Songs of the Year 2013

11 December 2013

This year, thanks to Spotify – and Spotify apps like the one from Any Decent Music? – I was able to listen to half a dozen highly-rated new albums a week, most from acts I’d never heard of.

Films of the Year 2013

10 December 2013

By the looks of things, I would appear to have seen about 25 films this year, which I guess is about average. Picking 10 from that isn’t going to be too hard, is it?