God’s Lonely Creature: Revisiting Robin Williams’ in One Hour Photo

A picture tells a thousand words. In a world obsessed with appearances and our image, we place a lot of emphasis on the importance of a photo. One Hour Photo (2002) deals with the pursuit for the perfect image, and the need to appear important to the outside world. The film follows Sy Parrish (Robin […]

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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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Performance: Harriet Andersson in Through a Glass Darkly

I recently gushed over Harriet Andersson for her career-defining performance in Summer with Monika. A catapult, too, for her director Ingmar Bergman. I fell in love  (again) with Andersson the actress, her character, the whole persona. The Swedish actress would mesmerize me when I first came to see her work, from a film eight years […]

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Performance – Victor Sjostrom in Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries is a film about coming to terms with old age and mortality. Following a day in the life of Dr. Eberhard Isak Borg who after  living a life marked by coldness and isolation, is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence. The film’s strength lies within the performance of Victor Sjöström, who truly […]

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Top 20 Meryl Streep Performances Ranked

The Top 20 performances by Meryl Streep, as voted for by you, is like a treasure chest of golden acting. On the flip side, so sad to see those that did not quite make the final list. But there’s plenty to be in awe of here. Thanks to all who voted. And a huge, huge […]

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VOTE – the Greatest Performances of Meryl Streep

With Meryl Streep‘s birthday coming up, its the perfect time to honor the ridiculously brilliant career of the actress. Now in her fifth decade of lighting up the silver screen, Streep’s career as an actress has been not only consistently good, but the roles she has undertaken offer such variety and depth. Probably the most […]

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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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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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Happy (Go-Lucky) Birthday to Sally Hawkins

I love disappearing. That’s what acting is. For me it’s about putting on a persona, stepping into a pair of shoes. It’s my face, but I’m using it as a tool for that spirit, that character. Sally Hawkins 2017 was a big year for Sally Hawkins with her leading role in the best picture winner […]

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Celebrate the Greatest Performances of Al Pacino

Al Pacino

While many of you voted in the poll for what you considered the greatest performances by Al Pacino, the legendary actor was heading towards his 78th birthday. A career beyond remarkable on so many exceptional levels. Picking Pacino’s finest acting moments is not an easy feat. The extraordinary range of characters, the tempo of his […]

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Beyond the Videodrome: A Celebration of James Woods’ Work

James Woods

If I say I’m the best actor for the part, I mean it and I’m not kidding. James Woods Love him or hate him, there’s no way to ignore actor James Woods. Famously a republican (although he has stressed that he’s not a hard core conservative although check out his Twitter account and be your […]

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Vote: The Greatest Performances of Al Pacino

Al Pacino

So it’s Al Pacino’s birthday next week. We were going to through him a surprise party, but the last time we did that for him he pulled a tantrum when we wouldn’t say hello to his little friend. I told him he was out of order, he then told me I was out of order, […]

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Why Rooney Mara’s Pie Eating Scene Defines A Ghost Story

Rooney Mara

David Lowery’s A Ghost Story was one of 2017’s most divisive films, but there is no denying the power of Rooney Mara’s performance. As it is her birthday today, I have chosen to revisit the film’s most infamous scene. This scene is a total of nearly five minutes long and is a simple one shot, with no editing […]

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The Brilliance That Is Saoirse Ronan As Hanna Simply Has To Be Experienced Again

Saoirse Ronan is the name at the top of the poster for the 2011 film Hanna. And rightly so. Getting your name ahead of someone like Cate Blanchett on the billing food chain is impressive. And still amazingly seldom for a women. A child. Recent across-the-board successes like Brooklyn and Lady Bird could so easily be […]

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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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Casino: Same Old Song & Dance?

Casino

In the hands of almost any other filmmaker, Casino would be a considered a watermark in that person’s career. Critics and film nuts (such as the very fine folks here at Filmotomy) would still be talking about the fantastic performances of Robert De Niro & Joe Pesci, two wiseguys hired by the midwest mafia to run […]

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A Perception of Color in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator

The 2004’s The Aviator, Martin Scorsese wanted to imitate the color techniques from his memories watching the films of the era as a child. You can almost feel him relish the prospect of being able to make a motion picture about the movies. About an integral, transitional period of cinema. Experimenting with color palettes and […]

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Romantic Comedy Review: Off the Menu

I’m not a huge fan of romantic comedies, I often find them cheesy, predictable, unrealistic and cliched; however I found Jay Silverman’s Off The Menu to be an utter delight. It’s a bright, cheerful and full of life film, which will leave you hungry in more ways than one. The film is a real treat and draws into […]

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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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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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