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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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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For Your Consideration: Aubrey Plaza, Best Actress, Ingrid Goes West

As those of us that follow the Oscar race know, Best Actress this year is a bloodbath with no clear frontrunner. You have Sally Hawkins for The Shape Of Water and Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri out in front. Then names like Margot Robbie for I, Tonya, Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird, […]

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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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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 17/20

RE-POST So we reach the penultimate part of the Oscar Missables. A pleasantly mixed bag too, with a few out-there options as well as some that were pretty obvious – to us not voting that is. The Queen of Oscar Nominations also shows up here – so no, she was not nominated for everything she did… […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 16/20

RE-POST This 5 features, in my opinion, one of the finest pieces of acting by a child I have ever seen – and the odds are most of you have sadly not even heard of the movie. Until now. Christian Bale for American Psycho (1999) – – – Tim J. Krieg @FiveStarFlicks Not all Oscar […]

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