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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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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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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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 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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Gary Oldman Leads The Line In Darkest Hour

The feeling that can best describe the 124 minute experience of Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour is uneven. Carried almost entirely by a tour de force performance from Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour is the backstory of Winston Churchill’s ascension to Prime Minister during World War 2. Oldman, who will most likely win Best Actor for his […]

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Christopher Nolan Continues To Enhance The Audience Experience

2017 gave us two World War Two themed films, specifically Operation Dynamo – the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk in north France during May 26 to June 4, 1940. The first film is Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour and the second film is Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. Today, we’ll discuss the latter film. Mr. Nolan […]

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WHY SO SERIOUS? – Heath Ledger, Chris Nolan, & the Villain of the Century

Heath Ledger is the only Nolan lead actor to reap critical acclaim and top it all off with an Oscar – posthumously. No glad-handing parties, talk show campaigning, no bullshit falderal that puffs from these proceedings like a bad case of gas. It was his performance, pure and simple, that overcame, for one brief moment, AMPAS’ distaste for both the genre and actors his age.

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“Who Are You?” – Memento Film Review

Memento

Who is Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce)? If you ask him he’s an Insurance Investigator from San Francisco, this is an example of the convenient answers for every justifiable question asked of him throughout the ponderous and fascinating Memento. Released in 2000, Memento is the second film from current cinematic giant Christopher Nolan. Written with his […]

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Survival of the Finest: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk

Dunkirk

Shortly before I embarked on my first screening of Christopher Nolanʼs latest motion picture Dunkirk back in July of 2017, I filled my face with a gourmet hot dog. Now, it is said that hot dogs such as those are meant to be huge, enjoyed in their full capacity. What we ideally don’t want is to […]

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Nolan’s Forgotten Film: Revisiting Insomnia

“A good cop can’t sleep because he’s missing a piece of the puzzle. And a bad cop can’t sleep because his conscience won’t let him. “ When discussing Christopher Nolan’s films, it’s almost always Insomnia that gets missed off the list. Released in 2002, and sandwiched between the release of Memento (2000) and Batman Begins […]

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Consider A Fantastic Woman For Best Foreign Language Film

One main narrative surrounding this year’s Oscar race is how it has been the year of the woman. Our Best Picture frontrunners are Lady Bird, The Shape Of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. And the Oscar snubbed In The Fade starring Diane Kruger picked up Best Foreign Language Film at both the Critic’s […]

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