50 Films For Christmas – Part 10 Of 10

Finally we arrive at the tenth and last part. Five more films for New Year’s Eve. And five pieces of crucial advice. Yeah right. Hope you enjoyed the whole thing, maybe we will see you next year for more. Thanks for reading, and feel free to comment below. Don’t Mix With The Wrong Crowd (Four […]

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50 Films For Christmas – Part 9 Of 10

Talk about leaving it until the last minute. Here we are at New Year’s Eve, and as promised the final ten Films for Christmas / New Year’s. Slightly different format for these, hoping providing some advice if you don’t have time to watch the movies. Here are the penultimate five: Look At What You Have Achieved […]

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Review: Nerve

The concept with the film of the same name, Nerve, is an online phenomenon described as Truth of Dare without the truth. Okay. Participants choose to either be watchers or players – watch crazy-assed people hang from sky-high rafters, merely kiss a stranger, grab a policeman’s gun – or have a go yourself. The dares […]

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Film Honors: 1993

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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Review: Mia Madre

Nanni Moretti’s family drama Mia Madre (My Mother) was talked about with high praise when it seen at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. And though it missed out on the Palme d’Or (to Dheepan) it came away with the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. Stealthily paced, and consistently emotive (though never over the top), […]

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Review: The BFG

This first paragraph was spoken by a four year-old when asked about The BFG: The big giant, he was a big friendly giant. And there was a girl, she was lost, she had lost her mum. When she got out of bed the friendly giant was there. The girl was scared of all the giants, […]

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Film Honors: 2011

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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100 Kick-Ass Female Film Characters – Part X

At last we reach the final part of the 100 Kick-Ass Female Film Characters – the blame for the delay lies with me and my unorganized schedule. But we made it. Thanks to all that contributed and followed the series. Rather than rattle on about the following submissions in this intro, I would like pay […]

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Film Honors: 2001

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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Review: Suicide Squad

By The Greek Colourful, vibrant, flamboyant and… bad. I mean… Transformers bad. No, not even, since this had potential to boot. Jared Leto’s grinning face has plagued us for months. He was everywhere; social media, ads, trailers, tributes, dolls, bobbleheads, posters, clothes — the cleverly marketed, entirely fabricated hype proved successful in its dictation. People […]

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Review: Kubo and the Two Strings

There’s a split-second moment early in Kubo and the Two Strings, the young protagonist is scooping up pages from the ground – one takes a couple of attempts (like when you try and pick up a coin). It’s a fleeting detail, sure, but one of many that illustrates how far animation has come, and how every […]

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Film Honors: 2010

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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50 Films For Christmas – Part 8 of 10

As Christmas Day blends into Boxing Day, I decided that perhaps the final two parts can reflect movies associated with New Year’s Eve. So before you become completely fed-up of all things Christmas, here are five more movies deemed appropriate for viewing while the tree is still up and there is turkey left in the […]

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Review: The Light Between Oceans

By The Greek Fassbender lacking his usual, hypnotic tension. Vikander completely devoid of the oomph that I so adore in her performances. The theme is strong, the layout simple. Yet the story never truly begins. The sloppy writing and chopped flow quickly result into erratically spoon-feeding the viewer unnecessary information when there are far more […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Twenty-Four

by Steve Schwieghofer “Merry Christmas Eve, bitch!” Strains of “Toyland” playing in the background, so begins Sean Baker’s fresh and wonder-filled Tangerine. We begin our miniature odyssey in a donut shop where trans-prostitute, Sin-Dee Rella, meets up with bff Alexandra after serving yet another short stint in jail. Baker’s film, which I have said before […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Twenty-Three

How the Grinch Almost Ruined Christmas by Al Robinson First it was a book written by Theodor Seuss Geisel aka “Dr. Seuss” and published on Christmas Day in 1956. Then in was an animated short film that debuted on television on December 18, 1966. Most people up until then usually thought of the animated short […]

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Film Honors: 2002

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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50 Films For Christmas – Part 7 Of 10

We can almost touch the end now. I wonder how many of these Christmas related movies you lot have even seen. The next five of our festive marathon is a rather strange mix of movies, both in style and quality. Check them out. 8 Women (2002) 8 Women: veterans Danielle Darrieux, Fanny Ardant, the brilliant […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Twenty-Two

It’s a Wonderful Life is now 70 years old, and its story remains fresh. Following George Bailey, a man who always seems to be held back on what he wants to do in life is one of cinema’s most relatable characters. James Stewart gives one of his all-time greatest performances that make him the charismatic, […]

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50 Films For Christmas – Part 6 Of 10

Expect these Christmas films to come thick and fast now as we towards the big day itself, and we seem to be watching films quicker than I am writing about them. This time around we have the romance, the musical, the war film, and of course a couple of slasher flicks. We can’t seem to […]

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