Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #5

Many of you are sick and tired of the Oscars, but there are still a few interesting takes on the whole thing floating about believe it or not. Don’t worry, I managed to look beyond the whole awards fiasco too, and find some great stuff once again. Take a look. New York Times Oscar Coverage […]

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3 Oscar Wishes No.3 – Refreshingly Surprise

My third Oscar wish is for a good show (the first and second wishes here). A good show that takes us by surprise, perhaps gasp as the winner is announced. As much as we like to know, or think we know, who will win, it is still refreshing when the name read out is not […]

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3 Oscar Wishes No.2 – Honor Film History

My second Oscar wish is for a good show. A good show that honors, not just those we believe were the “best” in any given category, but also signifies achievements that transcend a moment, a scene, a movie, a year in film, a body of work spanning decades. There’s no shame in making cinematic history. […]

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3 Oscar Wishes No.1 – Entertain Us

My first Oscar wish is for a good show. A good show that is, probably more than anything else, entertaining. I know, I know, it is going to be long. All the more reason then. I’m not, at the moment, talking specifically about the actual winners or their speeches. Nor am I talking about the […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #4

The Oscars are coming! The Oscars are coming! Yes, there are. And while the internet is crammed with predictions and potential told-you-so or what-the-fucks, I found solace in some truly great publications just this week. Respect to those we lost, incredibly insightful explorations of films and their film-makers – the stuff on The Thin Red […]

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And The Oscars Go To…

The whole awards season seen from our point of view, the avid fans, the compulsive watchers, the dedicated trackers, can be something of an anti-climax when we get to this time of year. We’ve come a long way since it kicked off – haven’t we? Critics awards, done. Guild awards, done. Movies, seen. Of course, […]

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To Begin With, I Am A Screenwriter

I just had the urge, as we reach the final straight of this awards season, to just talk about screenwriting. For those of you that don’t know, I am a screenwriter before I am a blogger. And ahead of those I am, in the real world, a husband and father too. But let’s keep this […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #3

The movie section of the internet has gone a little bit Oscar crazy, which is to be expected. It’s not all bald Golden men and campaign frenzies though. Get yourself a drink, and enjoy some of the better stuff I have read in the last few days. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest A Mosaic […]

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5 Short Term Memories From BAFTA

Other than wondering as usual how the British Film Academy fit into this awards season shenanigans, and wondering who selects the combinations of presenters and big beat music, the show went pretty much as planned I suspect. There were a few minor blemishes, like Stephen Fry calling the Boyhood mother Rosanna Arquette, and later redeeming […]

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2014 Films Of The Year: The Top 10

So here they are, my Top 10 Films of 2014. I won’t ramble on, as there is a lot to read ahead (sorry about that). What I will say is, again, these are not in any real particular order, though I could argue the two foreign language films may well be my favorites. * * […]

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2014 Films Of The Year: 30 – 11

I simply won’t allow myself to agree with those that believe this was not a good year for movies. Not that I won’t let myself, I mean, it is out of my hands. Many of the movies that follow jumped in and out of my Top 10 of the year. It was tough this year, […]

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2014 Films Of The Year: 50 – 31

So here we go. The movies of the year. For me. Unfortunately, that list of movies I had not seen often felt like it did not get any smaller. Which is odd as I have watched a lot of movies – especially over the last three months. The fact is, though, the list did get […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #2

So here is your homework. Some of the more interesting, and in some cases thought-provoking, articles I have read in the last few days. As well as two podcasts that should not be missed (as per normal with Awards Daily and Gold Derby), and a tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, that bright star we lost […]

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Best Film Score B-Sides

Oh how I would love to shove Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Gone Girl score down your throat. Or rather bursting through your ear drums. But, alas, on this occasion I don’t consider this a B-side as (like Gillian Fynn’s screenplay) this was up and around the top of the chart for months. The Academy […]

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