Ao-terror-oa: Kiwi Filmmakers Bring You 6 Weeks of Horror

For every horror fan, there’s something deliciously fun about Halloween: it’s a chance to indulge in your favourite horror films and check out some potential new favourites. But November 1st hits, the costumes are put away and it’s all over, Rover. This year, however, H2Ow Productions is being your ghoulish fairy godparent and bringing you […]

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Genre Blast: Things That Go Bump, Part One – MONSTERS!!

Monsters have played a key role in our mythology since the first story was shared with the tribe around the safety of a fire, and I expect they will remain the most popular way to allegorize our fears that stem from any phenomenon that has no immediate explanation. And they are great fun, to boot.

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Independent Filmmaker Arthur Egeli Reconstructs A ‘Murder On The Cape’

I knew a little about the true story of Christa Worthington, a fashion writer who was involved in a coastal affair, before being brutally murdered. When I sat down to watch Arthur Egeli‘s film based on those events, Murder on the Cape, I went looking into it even further. The screenplay from Egeli has a […]

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Film Director Oliver Park Talks About On-Screen Scares

The great thing about directors is that they inspire the next generation to create their own films. Horror writer/director Oliver Park is one such example, part of the “new breed” of filmmakers with a passion and talent for horror. Hailing from Bath, England, and now living in London, Oliver Park has had a passion for […]

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1st Edition Of My Early Oscar Predictions

Hey all Oscar fans, I’ve decided to put out my early Oscar predictions after the reactions to the Venice, Telluride, and Toronto film festivals. I’ve got the biggest major contenders being Call Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, and even the latest Toronto People’s Choice award winner, Three Billboards Outside […]

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Rat Film Is Perhaps The Most Arresting Documentary Of The Century

At last, it’s what we’ve been asking for: a documentary about Baltimore’s storied rat infestation. What if a documentary compared the lives of rats to the lives of human beings? It is the prompt for a problematic, think-piece-generating film sure to divide viewers on the socio-political spectrum. And that’s what director Theo Anthony gets at in […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 20/20

RE-POST And now, the end is near, and so we face the final cinematic curtain. My film friends, I’ll say it clear, we stated our case for Oscar snubs, of which I’m certain. Regrets, hell yeah, we have a few, the Academy would argue there are too few to mention. So we did what we […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 19/20

RE-POST So we reach the penultimate 5 of actors and actresses who were not nomination for an Oscar, and feel they should have. You’ve come this far, you may as well crack on til the end now. Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year (2014) – – – Robin Write @Filmotomy Warning: some serious, unashamed, […]

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Genre Blast: By the Book – LitFlicks

Occasionally a complex literary work will connect with the right director and screenwriter who will select a point of view, edit the hell out of the details and modify the arrangement of various elements to support the change in medium from page to screen. When this happens, we, the audience, are handed a diamond that has been painfully pressed from the coal that is the written word. The flurries of words that challenge our imaginations when we read are replaced by the filmmaker’s creative interpretation that somehow maintains all the complexities of the original book.

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 18/20

RE-POST Here you’ll find a couple of French, a couple of Greeks, not to mention a Dane, and a Norwegian. Your thoughts are always welcome in the comments section below.  Aggeliki Papoulia / Mary Tsoni for Dogtooth (2010) – – – Robin Write @Filmotomy Yorgos Lanthimos’s surreal Dogtooth is a bit like a scab you ought not […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 17/20

RE-POST So we reach the penultimate part of the Oscar Missables. A pleasantly mixed bag too, with a few out-there options as well as some that were pretty obvious – to us not voting that is. The Queen of Oscar Nominations also shows up here – so no, she was not nominated for everything she did… […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 16/20

RE-POST This 5 features, in my opinion, one of the finest pieces of acting by a child I have ever seen – and the odds are most of you have sadly not even heard of the movie. Until now. Christian Bale for American Psycho (1999) – – – Tim J. Krieg @FiveStarFlicks Not all Oscar […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 15/20

RE-POST Some truly crazed and murderous men acting their socks off here – and one man just trying to stay alive. Not one made the short-list come Oscar time. Part 15 of our list of 100 Academy Award Absentees also includes some terrific work by the female branch, their range covers extreme loss and self-abuse. […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 14/20

RE-POST Sorry Albert Brooks you are outnumbered here by feisty, fierce women. Go take a look at these Oscar never-weres. Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) – – – Robin Write @Filmotomy Jennifer Jason Leigh has hardly been synonymous with an Oscar contender in her moderately successful film career. That reputation is misleading […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 13/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. Here are 5 more acting performances not nominated for an Oscar. And might I add even further gratitude to those writing for me at the moment, your enthusiasm and talent is highly appreciated. Bryce Dallas Howard for The Village (2004) – – – Robin Write @Filmotomy With The Village continuing […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 12/20

RE-POST Another influx of Brits coming up. Including one we don’t often see on screen as the actor, but rather the creature he portrays – which ought to be a talking point about how the Academy intend to honor such performances. Gary Oldman for Sid and Nancy (1986) – – – Steve Schweighofer @banjoonthecrag Being a […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 11/20

RE-POST As we leap forth into the final half of our 100 Performances Oscar Forgot series I decided to reshuffle the running order a little bit to squeeze in an entire section of British talent into one section. Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences, we thought you loved the Brits. Carey Mulligan for Shame […]

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GENRE BLAST: The Silents Are Golden

I’m on a rant, so consider yourself warned. I had a genial little chapter on LitFlicks nearly ready for submission when I read a NY Post article by way of the Guardian that cited an American poll that said only 30% of younger audiences have seen a film in black & white and that fewer than 25% had ever watched a film from the 40s or 50s to completion.

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 10/20

RE-POST Another miserable lot to wet your awards season appetite. Not that I am grumbling, mind, it’s hard to argue with any of the next 5 terrific performances. Berenice Bejo for The Past (2013) – – – Robin Write @Filmotomy Here we go again with the actresses of 2013. I know I have covered a […]

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