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"
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"
NOTE: This is, clearly, a year too late. But it serves as a reasonable prequel to the Best Films of 2013, coming next week! Probably. Anyway, enjoy! 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, […]Read more "Top Ten Films of 2012"
Some brief thoughts and Oscar predictions before the big event today and my official top ten of the year later this week: 1) This has been an extraordinarily strong year for film, but without one that stands head and shoulders above the rest. I’ve seen 8 of the 9 best picture nominees – apologies to […]Read more "2013 Oscar Tips"