This, my friends, might be the most extraordinary year for film in decades. Not only because there were such a long, strong list of good movies to choose from, but because the cultural upheaval of our time means that Oscar voters continue to ask the wrong questions – but different wrong questions – about what […]Read more "The Shape Of Narrative: The Top 10 Films of 2017 + Oscar Picks"
I have a motto that life’s too short to watch bad movies. So I spend a lot of my spare time trying to tick off ‘Best Picture’ winners, nominees and classic films from previous years. I’m currently watching Hannah and Her Sisters. In 2015 I also checked off The Maltese Falcon, Norma Rae, The […]Read more "The Top 10 Films of 2015 (+ Oscar picks)"
The United States has a deep and divisive race problem. The horrific events surrounding Trayvon Martin and Ferguson, among others, have in recent years made their way as news across the globe alongside what appears to be a mostly white, far right minority that insists it’s important that Americans bear arms. It’s a troubling pairing, […]Read more "Why #OscarsSoWhite has got it so wrong"
As a prelude to next week’s epic Greatest Bond Movie post, I’ve been listening to the Bond themes again. I love them, I really do. There’s something about the power ballad linked with the action movie that gives me chills. And of course, the producers of the Bond franchise – the Broccoli family – […]Read more "Ranking the James Bond themes"
On Sunday May 17, 2015, one of history’s great TV shows finished. The brilliant, thoughtful, poignant, funny, deep, jarring…I’m running out of adjectives… Mad Men Mad Men, for those many, many people who haven’t watched it, charts a map of America through the 60’s as lived out by the creative director of the fictional Stirling-Cooper […]Read more "A Beautiful Mine: Mourning the end of Mad Men"
I have a motto: “Life’s too short to watch bad movies”. In fulfillment of this, I spend much of my spare time trying to tick off ‘Best Picture’ winners, nominees and classic films from previous years. I’m currently watching Ben Hur. In 2014 I also checked off A Few Good Men, The Silence Of The Lambs, […]Read more "Top 10 Films of 2014 (+ Oscar picks)"
I LOVE Oscars season. I spend a ridiculous amount of time going to the movies in this period and critiquing and enjoying the best that the film world has to offer. December and January is flavour country for people who enjoy cinema and/or enjoy the comedic stylings of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. But then […]Read more "The 5 Movies You Should Go See Right Now That The Oscars Ignored"