Cinema 2018 Half-Time Report: 15 Memorable Performances

Well, there is actually 16… We joined forces to come up with just a handful of our very favourite performances of 2018 in cinema so far. And in this bunch there is more than enough to be proud of. Don’t forget to listen to our recent podcast in which we discuss the first half of […]

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10 Great Performances To Revisit From Coen Brothers Films

As we hurtle towards the close of our Coen brothers season, we spontaneously picked 10 of our favorite performances from their bravura film collection. I know we all love Frances McDormand as the pregnant law enforcers, or Jeff Bridges as the lawman, or even Javier Bardem as the law-breaker. But we wanted to shine a […]

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Happy Birthday Helena

Helena Bonham Carter is a national treasure, who is a talented actress who can transform into any character she wishes. To celebrate her birthday on the 26th May, I decided to do a top 5 best performances like I usually do, but I have to admit this was a hard one because there are so […]

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Hopping Mad: Just who was the ”real” Dennis Hopper?

May 17th is Dennis Hopper’s birthday, if he was still alive today (he passed away in 2010) he would be 82, but it was a surprise to many that he managed to make in out of the 1970s let alone into his seventies. The name Dennis Hopper will forever be cemented to the New Hollywood […]

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Happy Birthday Mr Pattinson

When I first saw Robert Pattinson on-screen (in Twilight…Don’t judge me, I was a teenage girl at the time), I knew this was a talented actor who deserved better material. Pattinson had a James Dean vulnerability to him, with his long drawn out pauses, and awkward reserved body language, he gave off this bad boy […]

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Heath Ledger: The Double Breakthrough Actor of 1999

Some time before the turbulent, passionate romance story Dan shared with Candy, filmed in his native Australia, Heath Ledger had already made the big time in mainstream cinema. The 2006 story of love and other drugs with Abbie Cornish, was a return to roots for Ledger – and an impressive one at that. Infact, both […]

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Best Actress 2019: Premature Predictions

Even though we already have put the 90th Academy Awards behind us, who says it’s too early to look ahead? There’s a wide range of films and performances that could make a dent in the upcoming awards season and it’s fun to create early speculation. But for this post, we will take a look at […]

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A Few Words On This Sunday’s Oscars..

The 90th Academy Awards will be taking place on Sunday. It is a time where we celebrate the best in cinema from 2017 and watch films and performances cement their place in Oscar history as they become awarded with the coveted golden trophies. However, the Oscars can also become a time of toxicity as well. […]

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The Master: A Masterclass of Acting

Regardless of what your thoughts are or what your reactions might be towards Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 “Scientology” drama The Master; you can’t help but be stunned at the sheer power of the performances from the two main actors in the film. The late great Philip Seymour Hoffman and the forever enigmatic Joaquin Phoenix. As […]

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Why Creed Deserved More Oscar Love

Black Panther marks the third collaboration of Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan and judging by the positive reactions on Twitter from critics that have seen it, it appears that the duo has gone three for three. They made a big splash at Sundance back in 2013 with Coogler’s directorial debut Fruitvale Station and they […]

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Why Didn’t Oscar Call Armie Hammer By HIS Name?

While Armie Hammer’s breakthrough with The Social Network as the Winklevoss twins is a demonstration of his acting prowess thanks to his ability to nail the whip crack dialogue of Aaron Sorkin and his ability to convincingly act opposite himself, Hollywood chose to capitalize on his breakthrough by casting him in roles that are based […]

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WHY SO SERIOUS? – Heath Ledger, Chris Nolan, & the Villain of the Century

Heath Ledger is the only Nolan lead actor to reap critical acclaim and top it all off with an Oscar – posthumously. No glad-handing parties, talk show campaigning, no bullshit falderal that puffs from these proceedings like a bad case of gas. It was his performance, pure and simple, that overcame, for one brief moment, AMPAS’ distaste for both the genre and actors his age.

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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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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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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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Of Color, Creed, Culture, Country Of Origin: 21 Of The Very Best Lead Actresses From 2017

Its a sad look that there’s no WOC in this pic of us promoting our female lead films. The industry needs to become more inclusive in its storytelling. What were your favorite WOC lead films this year? I LOVED @salmahayek in #BeatriceAtDinner https://t.co/tzoijwy88q — Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) December 24, 2017 Jessica Chastain, one of the […]

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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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