Best Actress B-Sides

The Best Actress race this year (and Supporting Actress for that matter) has been a rather static affair, with the likes of Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, and Reese Witherpoon turning up in the shortlist at pretty much every turn. That is not to say they are not deserving winners. All three exceptional ladies appear to […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #1

So my site, or at least a few pieces in particular, has been mentioned in a couple of great sites which, more than anything else, is a real ego boost as a writer and very much appreciated admiration of my work. I am very supportive of other bloggers, writers, film-makers and the rest, and some […]

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Best Screenplay B-Sides

Although my field, it is still a careful thought process that is often required to recognize good screenwriting. We’re not necessarily talking how a movie is made, more the actual story or where it came from. Nor or we talking about the delivery of lines, we are talking about the lines themselves. A movie starts […]

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Boyhood: 12 Moments That Seize You

As I write this, my wife is showing her old jewellery to our two year-old daughter. Rings worn when she herself was a little girl. We ought not to forget those times we share. They may be fleeting in the scheme of things, but they are truly meaningful moments of our lives.  From the opening frame […]

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Best Director B-Sides

Film directors are both rather exclusive and elusive come awards season. They tend to get the lion’s share of credit for the movie, but also become rather tough to call when guessing their potential recognition with voters. Some people, including myself, would consider directors like Bennett Miller, Paul Thomas Anderson, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, the […]

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Robyn Davidson: A Brief Tribute To A Long Journey

“The trip wasn’t conceived as an adventure, in the sense of something to be proved or conquered. And when people asked me why I’m doing it, my usual answer is why not?” Robin Davidson (as played by Mia Wasikowska in Tracks) Robyn Davidson did not set out to write the book ‘Tracks‘, nor did she want to talk about her walk of […]

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How Do You Review A Film Like Selma?

I am not an industry professional or an expert historian. I am someone, however, who does not generally intend to write movie reviews. I do write them, from time to time, but I don’t always intend to. I would rather simply just talk about a film, or tell you how I feel about it. Maybe […]

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Best Song Compilation B-Sides

Let me first start by saying the omission in the piece of Begin Again, which would be right up there, is purely due to Lost Stars (deservedly) being nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars. It remains one of the best soundtracks of the year. The following song compilations, albums, soundtracks, whatever you want […]

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Best Actor B-Sides

Never mind the comeback actors, or the scientists, or the mathematicians, or heirs to a fortune, or American snipers. Some of whom have sat politely under the limelight for months and months now. I have seen a wide taste of movies this year. We all have. And as the men continue to dominate the industry, […]

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Oscar Nominations: A Reaction Rant

Movies are like cookies, there are so many different kinds, you simply cannot please everyone. I won’t be listing them in top 10 form, but I am going to talk about what was not nominated (often referred to as snubs). What else usually stands out as the dust settles is how the awards are also […]

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72nd Golden Globes Predictions

With the announcement of the Golden Globes just hours away I avoided a rambling post about the this and the that, and just cut straight to the chase with my predictions. What I will say is that, while I tried to not be swayed by my personal favorites too much, this are purely my gut […]

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The Headache Of The Top 10 Films Of The Year

There is no How To book on making your Top 10 Films of the Year list. As far as I know. You watch movies and you pick your favorites. It is generally an exciting process, and movie buffs like myself can spend way too many of our thoughts on compiling it. Not a simple task, […]

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Gone Girl: For Your Late Consideration

I wonder if we are yet sick and tired of talking and thinking about Gone Girl. I doubt it. In fact this may well be the monumental motion picture we will still talk about once we have put everything else to bed. That includes the Academy Awards. And while we still afford the time to […]

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Tom Hardy: A Locke For Best Actor

A hard to sell plot like that of Steven Knight’s Locke, set pretty much entirely at the wheel of a car with one man, is in concept reminiscent of a Cast Away or an All Is Lost. You add the character’s dilemma and you might also think of a Buried or a Phone Booth. Locke […]

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