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: Max Von Sydow in The Seventh Seal

Antonious Block (Max Von Sydow) is the Knight who returns from the Crusades to only find Death waiting for him on his home soil, in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. One of many films that dealt with the question of mortality, god, and philosophy to come out in the post World War Two era. Block […]

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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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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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Jack Nicholson turns 81

Today we celebrate the 81st birthday of legendary actor Jack Nicholson. Through a magnificent career of great performances and memorable moments make up the catalogue of a storied Hollywood career. Three of my favorite performances come to mind that have cemented themselves as iconic. The first is Nicholson’s role as Jake Gittes in Roman Polanski’s […]

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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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Happy Birthday Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen has been a part of my life since my early teenage years. I have a strange love and affection for a man I’ve never met but I feel I’d get along with. His Birthday is today April 15th, and with that said I’d like to take a look back at his wildly successful […]

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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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Scorsese and the Oscars: Actors’ Wins, For and Against (1973 – 1991)

Heading into the 1973 Oscars, up-and-coming actor Robert De Niro was hotly fancied for a Best Supporting Actor nomination. And he had two very good chances, one with John Hancock’s baseball drama Bang the Drum Slowly, and another in a small New York picture called Mean Streets – directed by Martin Scorsese. Come nominations morning […]

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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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Three Billboards Dominates At The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are revealed. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the stand-out winner, taking three of the five film awards. Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell conquered again, while the film itself took the Cast prize too. Allison Janney took the Supporting Actress for I, Tonya, and Gary Oldman was the […]

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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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For Your Consideration: Benny Safdie, Best Supporting Actor, Good Time

Connie Nikas: You’re incredible, do you understand? Nick Nikas: Yeah. Good Time has a run time of 101 minutes, it’s a non-stop thrill ride which barely stops to catch its breath. Although the main character Connie (Robert Pattinson) dominates the screen and gives a strong performance, it is Benny Safdie as Connie’s mentally disabled brother who really […]

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Four Awards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Lady Bird, del Toro Also Win At 75th Golden Globes Awards

Just when we perhaps thought that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was slipping down the ranks somewhat in the awards race, the film goes and picks up 4 Golden Globe awards. Martin McDonagh won the Screenplay prize, and the film then finished the night on a greater high by winning Motion Pictue Drama. Meanwhile, Frances McDormand and […]

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Screen Actors Guild Nominations Offer A Few Surprises

WOW!!!! That is all I can say about my thoughts on the Screen Actors Guild nominations. There’s so many shockers that I don’t know where to begin. For starters, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri seriously over-performed with four nominations including Best Ensemble and a surprise Supporting Actor mention for Woody Harrelson. Also, late breakers The […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 20/20

RE-POST And now, the end is near, and so we face the final cinematic curtain. My film friends, I’ll say it clear, we stated our case for Oscar snubs, of which I’m certain. Regrets, hell yeah, we have a few, the Academy would argue there are too few to mention. So we did what we […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 19/20

RE-POST So we reach the penultimate 5 of actors and actresses who were not nomination for an Oscar, and feel they should have. You’ve come this far, you may as well crack on til the end now. Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year (2014) – – – Robin Write @Filmotomy Warning: some serious, unashamed, […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 18/20

RE-POST Here you’ll find a couple of French, a couple of Greeks, not to mention a Dane, and a Norwegian. Your thoughts are always welcome in the comments section below.  Aggeliki Papoulia / Mary Tsoni for Dogtooth (2010) – – – Robin Write @Filmotomy Yorgos Lanthimos’s surreal Dogtooth is a bit like a scab you ought not […]

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