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Film buff attempts to watch every UK release in 2011

Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter
Critic Neil White is tipping The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg, for an Oscar

A film critic from Nottinghamshire is attempting to watch every UK cinema release in 2011.

Neil White has also vowed to write a review of each film on his blog Every film in 2011.

The challenge will involve watching between 500 and 600 films in the year, that is approximately two a day.

Mr White said: "I wanted a challenge. I'm not fit enough to climb mountains so sitting on my backside watching movies seemed the right thing to do."

Neil admitted that he wished his New Year's pledge was a little more altruistic but said it combined his two passions.

"I'm a bit of a lists fiend and I love the movies," he said.

The film buff has so far watched 70 films in what he described as the "ultimate film geek challenge".

They include the main contenders at this year's Oscars. Neil is tipping The Fighter to win Best Film.

"I thought The King's Speech was extremely good but I just think The Fighter edges it," he said.

"It's spectacular, it's funny, it makes you laugh out loud five times, and the boxing scenes are just phenomenal."

Among his other highlights is the rerelease of Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and that famous pottery wheel scene.

1. The Fighter
2. Tangled 3D
3. The King's Speech
4. 127 Hours
5. Biutiful
6. Blue Valentine
7. Ghost
8. True Grit
9. Barney's Version
10. Confessions

Neil took his wife to see it in London for Valentines.

"Seeing Ghost was a bit of a pleasure," he said. "It's passed the test of time. I really enjoyed it.

The low point for the film critic, so far in 2011, was the gratuitous violence in I Spit On Your Grave.

Neil reviews films as part of his job on the Derby Telegraph.

His challenge was inspired by a woman who wrote a memoir about cooking every recipe in a cookery book, which then became Hollywood film Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep.

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