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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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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20 Imperially Quiet Star Wars Moments

So it is that time of year again, the clever play on words against today’s date. I, for one, need little reason to honor the great Star Wars phenomenon, so today I have chosen to pick 20 of the more quieter moments (I know, only 20?) from the A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, […]

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Al Robinson Predicts the Golden Globes

It’s almost time to hand out some more best of the year film awards. This time it’s from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and the Golden Globe Awards. They’re not a perfect precursor to the Oscar nominations or winners, but they’ll at least help us to know more about what those who vote are thinking. […]

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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 2 OF 10

The wife and I are really getting through these Christmas-related films in a real hurry. A real mixed sack of film presents here, one best left under the tree, while others you’ll be playing with all day. We’re going right back to the 1930s to kick things off here. The Thin Man (1934) The Thin […]

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Revisiting Cannes – The Bleak, Brilliant 2014

I’m not going to the Cannes Film Festival this year. And have still never been. It gets more devastating to me as each year passes by. Envy is a big deal, when you look at the venue, the range of films that open there every year, the talent that flocks under the sun, I could […]

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Oscars: And The Winners Could Well Be…

My oh my, the Oscars are a funny old institute. I simply can not help myself when predicting, an act I don’t wholly want to comply with, when making my choices I like to be just a little bit out there from time to time. You could say I stuck to my guns, like to […]

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Results: The Not So Predictable Oscars Quiz

So let’s get these results out in the open. I know you are all popping blood vessels in anticipation. To sum up, there were 25 questions revolving around the Oscars, the kind of truly ridiculously trivia that only super-nerds like me know. I mean, experts, super-experts. Yeah right. So from those 25 questions, 50 points […]

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The Not So Predictable Oscars Quiz

*** Contest Now Closed *** As promised, here is what I initially labelled the Super-Tough Oscars Quiz, but after assembling the whole thing I now have doubts over its difficulty. Regardless, have fun plowing through the following Academy Awards test, which shouldn’t take too much of your time. There are three varieties of brain-teasers, revolving […]

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Talking Movies: Oscars 1997

So this time around I am joined by Tobi Ogunyemi, Al Robinson, and Jasmine Elia, as we embark on a discussion on the hazardous journey that was the Academy Awards of 1997. (On land, Robin and Tobi arrive) Tobi:   Are we in first class here or steerage? Robin:   You’re the captain dude. (Jazz arrives) Jazz: […]

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Talking Movies: #OscarsSoWhite

You don’t need me to remind you of the #OscarSoWhite hashtag branded on pretty much every film debate over the last week, resulting from the complete lack of non-white Oscar nominees in the acting categories. There’s something rotten not just in the state of Denmark. I gathered a couple of friends to have a chat […]

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Talking Movies: Oscar Spoilers And Sneakers

The scene is set. On the eve of one of the film calendar’s biggest announcements, four lovers of the movies try to predict who may or may not be invited to the party as the Oscar nominations are almost upon us. The players are Robin Write, Al Robinson, Asif Khan, and later joined by Steve […]

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Talking Movies: Joy

For a while I’ve been somehow avoiding writing the formulaic film reviews in regard to publishing on the site (though entries from others always welcome), and have been far more fascinated in recording good old movie discussions with others. This notion has not come to fruition at Write out of L.A. – until now. Fellow […]

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Predictions: Live Not From Cannes

The coverage of Cannes is simply magnifique. The official site, first of all, is like a new world all on it’s own – a new world I want to discover over and over again. If only I had the time. I’ve watched hours of footage now. Interviews, photo calls, arrivals on the red carpet, film […]

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No My Screenplay Was Not Ready To Submit

You know you are not going to make the next round of voting in the 2015 BlueCat Screenplay Competition when the ‘What I Like’ section of the written feedback for your screenplay submission is hardly a hundred words – but the ‘What Needs improvement’ section is six paragraphs. It is a bit like buying a […]

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Screenplays Nine Years In The Making

Currently working on ‘Monsters and Angels’, a screenplay I conceived nearly 10 years ago, and is still not complete. There are many reasons for this, so many I guess, that I could likely dedicate one single blog article to that alone. Why did you not go to the beach when you fancied it earlier? How […]

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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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