Oscar Rant – Building a Better Mousetrap

Oscar is a snapshot in time, a prom queen, the MVP of a game. It’s borderline idol worship by those in pursuit of “winning”, a validation that our tastes are in sync for some, a betting competition for many, and a glammed-up sideshow of camp for the rest of us.

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 17 – BAFTA Preview

Welcome to another ensemble podcast. This week we squeeze in some BAFTA talk ahead of the awards announcement. Robin, Al, Bianca, and Rob are joined by a returning Steve Schweighofer, and we discuss the BAFTA nominations, who we think will / should win, and have a general chit-chat about some of the best British films […]

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First Slate of Presenters for the 90th Oscars Announced

Producers of this year’s Academy Awards announced the first batch of presenters for the 90th Oscars ceremony. The presenters include last year’s winners for acting Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, and Emma Stone. I’ll stick my neck out and assume they’ll be announcing Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Actor respectively. The Best Actress award may […]

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The BAFTAs: More than just the British Oscars

This Sunday sees the the 71st British Academy Film Awards known as the BAFTAs. And personally as a Brit I prefer the BAFTAs over the Oscars because it celebrates British contribution to film and it’s a night to celebrate all of our home grown talent. This year it will be held in Royal Albert Hall, which […]

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Original Screenplay Feud: Get Out v. Three Billboards

While those of us Oscar predictors are scrambling our brains trying to figure out what will win Best Picture, another category that we still can’t wrap our heads around is Best Original Screenplay. What makes this category so crazy is that it’ll either be an indicator as to what wins Best Picture or it’ll be […]

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Steve’s 2017 Top Ten…for now, anyway

I’m not a fan of “top tens” because they are living, breathing, ever-changing organisms, but I’ll play along and share a current snapshot of my own personal favorites from 2017.

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Courtney Young’s Top 10 Movies of 2017

The 2018 Academy Awards are upon us, and the nine nominated movies for best picture are immersed in controversy. 2017 was the year spotlighting hot topic issues; the year of #metoo, and the scandals that rocked Hollywood to it’s core. While previous years have been suffocated by #OscarsSoWhite, I thought this year’s content was more […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 16 – Best Films Of 2017

As we are forced to say goodbye to 2017, it’s time to announce our favorite films of the year. Al and I are joined by Daniel, Joel, Rob, and Bianca in a crowded, epic rundown of our personal top 10 movies of the year. We also dip into our almost-rans, those films that did not […]

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#Academyaresnobs – Why has The Florida Project Been Snubbed?

And why does the Academy have such an issue with films featuring the lower working class like The Florida Project? Seeing the character of Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) trying to survive in pastel coloured world of Sean Baker’s excellent The Florida Project, brought back a lot of memories of my own […]

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Why Creed Deserved More Oscar Love

Black Panther marks the third collaboration of Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan and judging by the positive reactions on Twitter from critics that have seen it, it appears that the duo has gone three for three. They made a big splash at Sundance back in 2013 with Coogler’s directorial debut Fruitvale Station and they […]

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Phantom Thread: An Ode to Hitchcock

Warning: This article does concern some spoilers. There’s a smug satisfaction that one feels when they recognise a reference. It almost seems like a secret that you and the director are sharing with one and another. Recognising a homage, or a reference to another text is a sign that you are an active viewer, rather than a […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 15 – Hanging on by a Phantom Thread

With Al taking a well-earned podcast break, I’m joined once again by Bianca, there is a return from Daniel Smith-Rowsey, and we welcome Filmotomy newcomer Rob from Uncensored Cinephiles. Together we discuss in detail Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film Phantom Thread starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Have a listen. And as usual subscribe and leave your comments […]

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Why Didn’t Oscar Call Armie Hammer By HIS Name?

While Armie Hammer’s breakthrough with The Social Network as the Winklevoss twins is a demonstration of his acting prowess thanks to his ability to nail the whip crack dialogue of Aaron Sorkin and his ability to convincingly act opposite himself, Hollywood chose to capitalize on his breakthrough by casting him in roles that are based […]

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The Filmotomy Oscars Quiz 2018

It’s that time of year again. That no man’s land between the Academy Awards nominations and the announcement of the winners. So I thought why not throw an Oscar quiz out there to keep you all entertained. Certainly not as tricky as last year’s. Just 30 questions. With multiple choice too. Deadline is midnight Friday […]

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The Films of Christopher Nolan Ranked

Inception

Here are the results of your votes to determine the ranking of Christopher Nolan films. I prefer to call it his top ten feature films rather than tagging this the ranking of his films from worst to best. Thank you all for taking part. Let’s start of course with the film receiving the lowest amount […]

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The Prestige: Underrated Magic

Of all of Christopher Nolan’s film, The Prestige is still likely the most overlooked film in his catalogue. While Memento, The Dark Knight Trilogy, and Inception get most of the praise from Nolan fans, The Prestige is often left out and that’s a shame, because it’s arguably one of his very best films. I think The Prestige came […]

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Watch: 9 Hours of Christopher Nolan

Had enough of watching Christopher Nolan’s films? Sick and tired of talking about his themes and cinematic eye (though you must read this)? No longer want to debate the Netflix prospects for cinema? Maybe it’s time to get a deeper understanding of the filmmaker, his creative vision, and his collaborators. Like maybe Mark Rylance on […]

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“Be a Better Man”: The Role of the Father in Batman Begins

Batman

“To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship.” Wendell Phillips There are many reoccurring themes in Christopher Nolan’s films, but there’s one theme which I personally find to be his most interesting and personal. That of becoming a better man than your father. This is something which reflects […]

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20 Mementos from Christopher Nolan’s Breakthrough Film

Memento

We’ve all seen Christopher Nolan’s second feature Memento – at least you better had. Following his no-budget debut named, well, Following, Nolan teamed up with his brother Jonathan to concoct a motion picture narrative still innovative and head-scratching over fifteen years later. Memento has infinite moments of brilliance, as our protagonist Leonard is embroiled in […]

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