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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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 14 – Talking Oscar Nominations And Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan

Robin Write, Al Robinson, Joel Melendez and Bianca Garner get together for another podcast to react to last week’s Oscar nominations announcement. And as Christopher Nolan Week is alive and kicking, they delve into their time-shifting thoughts on the illustrious career of the director. Have a listen, subscribe on iTunes or SoundCloud, and leave any […]

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Interstellar: The Odyssey for the 21st Century

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“Even his griefs are a joy long after to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured.” – Homer, The Odyssey. Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is more than just a science fiction tale. It’s a retelling of the classic tale of the hero’s fight to return to his home. And it’s a story that has existed […]

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Christopher Nolan Week: Where To Stream His 10 Feature Films

About time. Christopher Nolan Week is finally upon us. From today, Saturday 27th January through to Sunday 4th February look out for a variety of content right here at Filmotomy. And not just from myself. The regular contributors are all saving away at their computers as we speak drafting their Nolanesque articles. As well as […]

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ELIO, OSCAR… OSCAR, ELIO

Status in the industry, body of work, relevance and “importance” of the character, and, ultimately, how the Academy wants to be viewed, all come into play. All are understandable, with one exception – that is the reverse ageism that exists specifically targeted at male actors. Unlike the other three acting categories, there is not a single portrayal of a character under 30 in Oscar’s Best Lead Actor lexicon.

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Review – 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene

Psycho (1960) was revolutionary, it’s hard to fathom just how one film managed to change to entire direction of cinema, striking fear into the hearts of studio executives and audience members alike in away that they had never encountered before. There was nudity, blood, violence, sex and other taboos which all seem like something contemporary audiences have […]

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Oscars 2016: When Emma Stone Won Best Picture

So, what kind of year was 2017? How to even answer this question takes a lot of consideration and research. On the surface, it seemed like yet another up and down year. The theater I believe is slowly dying, but online film and the hunger for film has been stronger than ever. I know for […]

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A Look Back At The First Ever Oscars Ceremony

The 90th Oscars ceremony is quickly approaching us. Now such a major part of the film industry that it is almost hard to believe that 90 years have past since the first ceremony. And so much has changed. The very first Oscars took place on 16th May 1929, with less than three hundred guests turning up. The presentation […]

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Academy Awards Nominations: Greta Gerwig Joins The Oscars History Makers

The Shape of Water joins films like From Here to Eternity, Gone with the Wind, with an Academy Awards Nominations tally of 13. Steven Spielberg directs yet another Best Picture nominee with The Post. Women land deserved nods. Tatiana S. Riegel for Film Editing on I, Tonya. Rachel Morrison, for Mudbound, the first woman shortlisted […]

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Watch The 2018 Oscar Nominations Live

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The Oscars are coming. It’s hard to believe the months and months of squabbles, list-changing, discussions, movie-watching, podcast-listening, Tweeting, blogging, and all the headaches and joy – and everything in between. And it all comes down to this. The Academy Awards nominations are announced today (8:22 EST; 5:22 PST; 13:22 GMT), and you can watch […]

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Oscars Time: Potential Academy Awards Nominations Sneakers and Snubs

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Over on Twitter, a dear film friend Emi (@shruburbia) said “film twitter and the award circles have all ignored Roman J. Israel like it never happened”. Adding that she thought Denzel Washington will sneak in for Best Actor when the Oscar nominations are announced on Tuesday. Washington was of course nominated at the Screen Actors […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 13: Producers Guild, Predicting Gold

Robin and Al are joined by not only Joel Melendez and Matt St.Clair, but brand new to the podcast is Bianca “Bee” Garner. The team discuss the recent PGA results, and look at what might go down at the SAG Awards. Then onto the predictions for the Oscar nominations, which are just around the corner. […]

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Three Billboards Dominates At The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are revealed. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the stand-out winner, taking three of the five film awards. Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell conquered again, while the film itself took the Cast prize too. Allison Janney took the Supporting Actress for I, Tonya, and Gary Oldman was the […]

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Ranking Christopher Nolan’s 10 Films As Director

As part of the Christopher Nolan Directors’ Week, which starts on Saturday 27th January 2018, we’re running a standard ranking poll. You select your own ranking of the directors feature films, from best to worst (drag and drop on desktop; 1, best, through 10, worst, on mobile). If you haven’t seen all 10 just rank […]

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Producers Guild of America Winners

The Producers Guild of America announced their winners in what was the very early hours of the morning here in the UK. Very early. Anyway,, congratulations to Guillermo del Toro and company as The Shape of Water won the PGA. Here are the nominees for the motion picture categories, and the winners notified in bold. […]

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Oscars: When Reality Diddles the Dream Factory

The most appropriate metaphor for the Oscar race is probably the image of a cattle drive, with PR staff working overtime to herd as many voters as possible into one’s own corral. What is the most effective strategy for this? Concentrating on the perception that one’s vote does not necessarily reflect what is best in film, but what best represents the collective self-image of AMPAS voters from selections of a particular season.

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7 Steps Of Willem Dafoe On The Long Journey To Gold

You’ve come a long way, baby. Willem Dafoe has had such a diverse career as an accomplished, illusive actor, he’s almost a secret weapon. With over 30 years in the business, a whole host of high profile directors have worked with Dafoe – and asked him back. He appears to have a range of talent, […]

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Oscars 2010: The Traditional Over The Bold

When looking at past winners for Best Picture, it is winners like On The Waterfront, the first two Godfather films, The Silence Of The Lambs, Schindler’s List, and The Departed that show how AMPAS has the ability to reward films that will have a strong place in film history. Then there’s winners like The King’s Speech that […]

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24th Screen Actors Guild Awards Predictions

Even though the Oscar nominations don’t get announced until Tuesday morning, the Screen Actors Guild Awards will be taking place on Sunday and are a very important precursor. They’ve been a predictor of Best Picture upsets like Shakespeare In Love and Crash which won the SAG award for Best Cast In A Motion Picture. They […]

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Review: Ben Stiller In Brad’s Status

Ben Stiller is more than capable of putting on a serious face and stop acting like a goofball, in order to show us all how he can cope under the pressures of being a serious actor. We have seen Stiller act seriously in films like Greenberg (2010) and While We’re Young (2014). Although he performed better in Greenberg […]

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