Film Honors 2017: The Handmaiden and Dunkirk Big Winners

The Film Honors for 2017 were finally announced on Thursday 8th March. Postponed until after the Academy Awards as it just wouldn’t have been fair on ABC’s ratings. Yeah right. As perhaps expected, The Handmaiden and Dunkirk were the big winners. Below are the final nominations (in the order of play), and the winners. But […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 18: Our Film Awards & More Paul Thomas Anderson

In this monster podcast, Al is joined by Bianca, Daniel, Matt Joel, and Steve. The gang run through their own personal choices for the best in film for 2017. There’s also even more chatter about Paul Thomas Anderson. Do not miss! We’d love to hear your thought in the comments below.

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Why The Shape of Water is​ the Oscars Best Picture of 2017

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is a beautiful tale of love conquering all. The plot is relatively simple; a fairytale for troubled times set in a troubled time, a down-trodden voiceless woman falls in love with a creature feared and misunderstood by all. Although the film has a standard narrative, it is full of complex and […]

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Femininity in Crisis: Exploring the Representation of Femininity in the Films of 2017

2017 saw some excellent female characters being presented on screen. From the likes of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, to Saoirse Ronan’s Lady Bird, to Margot Robbie’s Tonya Harding, to Frances McDormand’s Mildred. These four characters come from different backgrounds; they are a range of different ages, belonging to different social classes and different time periods, but evidently […]

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Filmotomy Team Oscar Predictions

Yes, it is almost time to watch film actors, directors, producers, and writers award the newest minted Oscar winners to their colleagues and friends. Sunday will be the 90th Academy Awards, and unlike last year, there is now a whole team of us at Filmotomy who have made Oscar predictions for Sunday’s show. Listed below […]

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Steve’s 2017 Top Ten…for now, anyway

I’m not a fan of “top tens” because they are living, breathing, ever-changing organisms, but I’ll play along and share a current snapshot of my own personal favorites from 2017.

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Courtney Young’s Top 10 Movies of 2017

The 2018 Academy Awards are upon us, and the nine nominated movies for best picture are immersed in controversy. 2017 was the year spotlighting hot topic issues; the year of #metoo, and the scandals that rocked Hollywood to it’s core. While previous years have been suffocated by #OscarsSoWhite, I thought this year’s content was more […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 16 – Best Films Of 2017

As we are forced to say goodbye to 2017, it’s time to announce our favorite films of the year. Al and I are joined by Daniel, Joel, Rob, and Bianca in a crowded, epic rundown of our personal top 10 movies of the year. We also dip into our almost-rans, those films that did not […]

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BAFTA Announce Their Film Nominations

The British Film Academy (BAFTA) announced their nominations in film for 2017 early this morning. Denis Villeneuve’s Director nod for Blade Runner 2049 was an epic surprise for fans of the sci-fi reboot. But traditionally, BAFTA likes to sway towards British talent, and coincidentally many of the big-hitters this awards season are dominant here. Guillermo […]

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Listmania – Al Robinson’s Top 6 Horror / Thriller Films Of 2017

Mwahahahaha!! Hey everybody, it’s Big Al Robinson here, aka, the Keeper of the Scrolls, and I’m gonna give you guys my top 6 favorite horror/thriller movies of the year. First off, there was such a gluttony of horror films this year, and it makes it that much harder to choose from, especially since many of them were really […]

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Matt St.Clair’s Top 10 Films Of 2017

Now that 2017 has come to a close, it is time to reflect on the best that the year in cinema had to offer. And it has been quite a year. 2017 was a rich year for diversity in terms of not just the stories being told, but also the people that have made them. Female directors […]

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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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1st Edition Of My Early Oscar Predictions

Hey all Oscar fans, I’ve decided to put out my early Oscar predictions after the reactions to the Venice, Telluride, and Toronto film festivals. I’ve got the biggest major contenders being Call Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, and even the latest Toronto People’s Choice award winner, Three Billboards Outside […]

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Rat Film Is Perhaps The Most Arresting Documentary Of The Century

At last, it’s what we’ve been asking for: a documentary about Baltimore’s storied rat infestation. What if a documentary compared the lives of rats to the lives of human beings? It is the prompt for a problematic, think-piece-generating film sure to divide viewers on the socio-political spectrum. And that’s what director Theo Anthony gets at in […]

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Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! Proves To Polarize With Its Ambiguity

So many things to say about Darren Aronofsky’s new film, Mother!. First, I want to express that I really liked it. It’s scary, intense, emotional, frenetic, and ambiguous, which I think might be its greatest strength. For most of the film, it has rising and falling tension, but never becomes more than what the average […]

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Review: The Big Sick

USA Theatrical Release – June 23, 2017 (Limited), July 14, 2017 (Wide) Director – Michael Showalter Screenplay – Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani Cast – Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano Synopsis – Kumail Nanjiani deals with the ups and downs of his relationship with his girlfriend, when an unknown illness occurs and threatens […]

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Listmania – Al’s Best of 2017 (Jan-June)

It’s now July, and that means that the first half of the year is over. That also means that it’s time to look back at the movies I’ve seen so far and pick my favorites based on the main categories that I enjoy to award. I’ve only seen 15 movies, which is a pretty low […]

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Cinema 2017 Half-Time Report: Movies 4/4

And we’ve made it to the end. Or should I say halfway mark. Some awesome movies, moments, and performances have sailed on by in the first 6 months. Here’s to the next half year and what movie magic it might bring. For now, enjoy these: Wonder Woman What is there to say that hasn’t been […]

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Cinema 2017 Half-Time Report: Movies 3/4

Here are 8 more recommendations movie-wise from the pre-summer, awards season era of this year. 2017 has uncovered some gems for me personally, and a lot of you too by the looks of things. How many of these have you seen: Get Out The last time I spoke highly of a horror film, it was […]

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Cinema 2017 Half-Time Report: Movies 2/4

It feels as though the deep dramas, cringey horrors, and black comedies are three of the freshest produce on the market these days – lucky for us the next few fall into those boxes. If you haven’t seen the following movies from this year, you have some work to do: Free Fire I had the […]

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