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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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 32: Meryl Streep and Strong Female Roles

After a week off, the podcast returns with a bang. Host and Deputy Editor Bianca Garner is joined by fellow Deputy Steve Schweighofer, regular film nut Rob Motto, and a special invite was accepted by Mark Ziobro from TheMovieBuff.Net. To celebrate Meryl Streep’s birthday, the gang try to encapsulate a quite magnificent acting career. Discussion […]

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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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L’été meurtrier: Red Hot Isabelle Adjani Kills It In One Deadly Summer

There is a sweltering heat, shimmering sweat, at the very opening of L’été meurtrier (One Deadly Summer), when Elle steps into the frame. “That girl” quickly becomes the talk of the southern French town, and claims the leering eyes of most of the men. Much of what makes Isabelle Adjani smoking hot here, is what […]

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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 Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan broke onto the acting scene with 2009’s An Education, getting nominated for Best Actress in a leading role at the 2010 Academy Awards. Today May 28, we celebrate Carey Mulligan’s brilliant performances that she’s given to the world of cinema. There is a soulful vulnerability that Mulligan brings to her characters, able to […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 25 – Judy Garland and the Wicked Studios of the West

In this episode of the Filmotomy Podcast, the subject is the turbulent times of the incredible Judy Garland. The show is hosted by Bianca once again, who is joined in this rather candid discussion by Mr Motto and Mr Holmes. Their journey down the yellow brick road of the disturbing events behind the scenes of […]

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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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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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Alice in Wanderland: Why Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore is More Than Just a “Woman’s Picture.”

Despite having an impressive filmography Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) remains Martin Scorsese’s first and only film starring a female protagonist, but regardless of the gender of its central character, it is very much a story about finding one’s identity in the chaotic world and the evolution of relationships between certain individuals. It is a film that is […]

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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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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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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: A Best Supporting Actress Trio, Get Out

Understandably, Daniel Kaluuya is the one actor from Get Out heaping most of the awards traction. The film is up for Best Picture and he is the film’s center. However, the film has another secret weapon that makes it effective: Its women. While they may not be a focal point in the storyline, the three main actresses use […]

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For Your Consideration: Michelle Pfeiffer, Best Supporting Actress, mother!

There is plenty to try and decipher about the psychological thriller mother!. For example, one could wonder whether the story about an unnamed couple trying to build a paradise called “Eden” is a parallel to the Bible. It’s ambiguous to the point where the characters don’t even have names. It’s a chaotic yet intriguing labyrinth. But aside from […]

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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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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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