Three Kings: A Journalist, A Scientist, A Mathematician

When you think about it, really think about it. When you live and breathe it. When you study it, write papers on it, review it, dedicate so much of your time to it. When it becomes so much a part of your life, your everything, beyond theory and hope. Movies and all they mean to […]

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Simply, Ida

Ida has been compared to classic Polish cinema of the 1960s, talked about in the same light as movies called masterpieces. Without an astonishing knowledge of the films of Poland at that time, I was instead reminded many times of Loves of a Blonde (1965) a Czechoslovakian film made by the great Milos Forman. A delicate and marvellous depiction […]

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5 Unopened Christmas Treats – Movies

And so this is Christmas. A time for movies. Well, it is always a time for movies, right? Okay, a time for family and friends and loved ones. A time for being generous and kind to all around us. Shouldn’t we be doing that anyway? Anyway, yeah, Christmas is a time for presents and blessings […]

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5 Unopened Christmas Treats – Television

It is probably no secret to you, that I love writing, here on the blog, and my screenwriting. But I would also like to declare that I also love Christmas. And in the next few days I am really looking forward to just putting the laptop down a while, putting my notes aside, and just vegetating in […]

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If Your Name Is Not Down You’re Not Coming In

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated Maggie Gyllenhaal for Best Supporting Actress for Crazy Heart, it was fair to say it was a bit of a surprise. I am not saying she did not deserve it, but having come from nowhere, and with all due respect, she hijacked that category. There was […]

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Much More Than Belle and Sebastian The Movie

Somehow referencing the heights attempted by the likes of Francis Ford Coppola or Martin Scorsese with regards to the musical is in itself an example of being way off the mark when reviewing a movie like God Help The Girl. Also suggesting it is not cinematic, or that at times it looks like “poorly shot, low-budget music […]

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Bloody Hell: Fights, Camera, Action

Sion Sono’s Love Exposure (2011) popped into my subconscious as I was watching his latest Why Don’t You Play In Hell? The difference here is, this is two hours of outlandish movie-making rather four hours. I’m not complaining, far from it. The plot here is compact enough, but far from straight forward. And I am […]

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SAG Ensemble: An Essay Or A Ramble

Regarding the Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture award at the Screen Actors Guild, I have read very recently someone using the term “SAG’s Best Picture category” when commenting about the nominees – also announced very recently. I was not genuinely sure if the commenter was making a mistake or that it was intentional. Or option […]

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The Weak Year For Women Is A Myth

Maybe is it just the movie-lovers I follow, but there appears to some diverse attitudes to the actress awards race – leading all the way to the promised land that is the Academy Awards. Some seem bitter, some make assumptions, some even think they know what is what and what is going to happen. I’m […]

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Begin Again, I Want To Be A Part Of It

New York, New York. There is a delightful sequence in Begin Again (written and directed by John Carney), were Dan (Mark Ruffalo) and Greta (Keira Knightley) re-explore the great outdoors of the city as they listen each other’s phone music playlists via a two-way headphone jack. It is night-time and New York is lit vibrantly […]

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Two Days, One Night Into Awards Season

I am not sure if, for me, the start of the awards season (officially) has been this exciting. I mean, we talk about the movies, we watch the movies (or some of them in my current late-starter case), we write about the movies, we Tweet about the movies. And so on and so forth. I can’t […]

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My Quiet Admiration After Seeing Two Days, One Night

While I was watching Two Days, One Night by brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, so much was occurring to me, or swirling around my head, that I started to get the urge to write it all down right away. And I don’t want to write regular reviews of every movie I see. That said, I was […]

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