For Your Consideration: Amy Adams & the Case for the Understated Actor

And the Oscar Goes to… It happens every year. Studios cram the final months with their splashiest films hoping for Oscar glory and the best performances rise to the top.  I just can’t help but feel this “best”performance concept is often confused with “biggest” or “loudest.”  This thought is reinforced by the aforementioned packing and 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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100 Kick-Ass Female Film Characters – Part VIII

  These women and girls represent the sly, and clever. They are humanitarian, or an upholding of family values. They are, at a very young age, able to deal with pregnancy, protect their new friend, possess a maturity in youth. These women might also carry strength, beauty, and bite in middle-age, a winning mentality – hell, be a […]

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100 Kick-Ass Female Film Characters – Part VII

A girl can spend years and years of her childhood in the wilderness in preparation for avenging her mother’s death. A woman can come face to face with a deadly alien that has wiped out her entire crew. Ten more inspirational female characters, whether they are protecting your family from a natural disaster, super-equipped to destroy […]

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100 Kick-Ass Female Film Characters – Part VI

Welcome back to the Kick-Ass Female Film Characters series after what felt like a long break. It takes all sorts as a woman to kick some ass. Joining forces with other like-minded avenger-types. or if you’re evil-minded, and get a second chance to kill your enemy – be it with a sword or a snake. […]

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100 Kick-Ass Female Film Characters – Part V

There’s a deep moral message somewhere in the deep dark notion that if we are good to each other, look out for one another, we may well have to embark on all manner of troublesome, melancholic occurrences to get there. Cruel, I know. Some may even die trying. Some left exhausted, or grieving. Some glorious, […]

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100 Kick-Ass Female Film Characters – Part IV

Kick-ass female film characters can help catapult the rights of women all over the world. They can spend the weekend fighting for their own stability. They can grieve with age and alcohol. Have you fight and kill in her honor. Run a hell of a long way to save your ass. They can bring us […]

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100 Kick-Ass Female Film Characters – Part III

Female of all ages prove their worth on film in this third chapter of the kick-ass series. They take a beating and a fall to fend for your family and friends. As care-givers, as sisters, daughters, mothers, they open the eyes of children, buttons or not. Unable to fulfill relationships, they can break a boy’s […]

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100 Kick-Ass Female Film Characters – Part II

Like many of the great film characters in cinema, the need and act for survival are crucial – and that is prominent in the next ten female characters on our list. Whether it be in the emptiness of space, or on the ground of the streets, women (and girls) do what they need to keep […]

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100 Kick-Ass Female Film Characters – Part I

I think you get the point of this series. Although we ought to have a good selection of those female characters that literally kick ass (or punch faces, shoot guns, leap from buildings, kill monsters etc etc), we also dive a little deeper, and dig out those characters that define Kick-Ass in other familiar ways. […]

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2016 In Film So Far: Performances 2 / 2

The final chapter of the half-time movie report for 2016 is the remaining performances, book-ended by the imprisoned of sorts. We also have some voice work, some heroes, some villains. I know there are many, many others we could have included (perhaps including the wooden dummy that portrays Brahms in The Boy), so feel free […]

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2016 In Film So Far: Performances 1 / 2

I’m betting that the following two-part, non-definitive run-down of some of the finest screen performances of 2016 will have some faces you didn’t expect, some faces you don’t even recognize, and for various film-making technique reasons some were you can’t often even see their faces at all. Nonetheless, regardless of the type of role these […]

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Oscars Revision: Best Supporting Actress

Quirky. Loud. Funny. Leap off the screen. Eccentric. Those kind of bewitching performances have had a tendency to rule in the Best Supporting Actress category, the last 25 years tells us, more so than the male counterparts. Does this reflect the industry roles available to women? Is it more to do with actresses shining in […]

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Oscars Revision: Best Supporting Actor

Let’s take a brief look at the last 25 years of Best Supporting Actor winners. Will it help us determine this year’s winner? Or at least drift us a little closer? Probably not. I mean, Christian Bale could certainly win – quirky, quippy, comedic roles have won in that time. Though he won a few […]

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SAG: On And Off Track With Awards Season Race

We do love a good race. One that has the leader change numerous times during the event. An exciting spectacle that feeds the euphoria for the unknown outcome. The competition that gets the adrenaline going. Routing for the winner. The buzz. We don’t now, like most Oscar years these days, have much of a race […]

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How Overlooked Is Leonardo DiCaprio?

For years we held aloft Peter O’Toole and Richard Burton as examples of how the Academy can somehow elude greatness. Not only are both men two of the most classic, greatest actors in the history of cinema, they were both neck-and-neck for years as having 7 nominations apiece without a single competitive win between them […]

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Slaying Alive: 15 Horror Characters That Made Our Guts Twist With Worry

Horror films over the last 100 years have churned out the demise of so many characters, some we couldn’t give a fuck about, perhaps wanted them dead, even if they were on the side of good. Some we loved, admired, were drawn to like magnets, and perhaps pumped our own blood faster in the fear […]

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Carpe diem: Robin Williams One Year Gone

With a year gone by already since the incredibly sad loss of Robin Williams, how can I not be inspired by his legacy to write poetry, right now, about five of his greatest film performances? Oh if only I had three wishes, there is one that I would hold, As we remember a unique talent, […]

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A Birthday Card For Robin Williams

I generally struggle to write messages in birthday cards, in fact it is not often at all I even go out to buy a birthday card. So how am I supposed to scribble down best wishes to someone who would entertain everyone else in the room at his own birthday party? Born 21st July 21 […]

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2015 Film Performance Kudos – Part Three

As we dive head-first into Part Three let me tip my hat to all those that contributed once again. It was a real pleasure harassing you and playing film studies headmaster, especially so when we all get to now revel in the terrifically versatile writing on a subject we love. Personally, I could do this all day – […]

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