21 Golden Globe Winners Not Even Nominated At The Oscars

Welcome to the Golden Globes once again. The awards season party hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press. That incorporate musical and comedy into their awards, not the actual show like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Of course, before you read on and after you have read the title, you would be right […]

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Get Out: It’s Not A Laughing Matter

Sight and Sound magazine recently declared Get Out it’s film of 2017. And while I personally disagree with this, I do think it’s a good, solid film which is certainly deserving of its praise, but it’s not my personal favourite film of 2017. However, I can understand why so many critics praise it, and why […]

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Let’s Talk About Catch Me If You Can

Whenever people talk about the historical prestige films that Steven Spielberg has made over the years, they talk about films like Schindler’s List, The Color Purple, and Lincoln. But sadly, it seems that nobody really talks about Catch Me If You Can. Even though it was nominated for two Oscars, Supporting Actor for Christopher Walken and Original Score for John Williams, and […]

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Golden Globes Nominations Have Us Scratching Our Heads

This year’s nominations for the always unpredictable Golden Globes have been released and I must say, it is the snubs that are more noticeable than the films and performances that actually got nominated. For starters, Get Out managed to get nominated for Best Motion Picture-Musical Or Comedy and Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya, but nothing […]

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5 Alternatives For Your Christmas Movie List

Having dissolved my initial advent calendar idea (for more than one reason), I felt I had to salvage some of the Christmas-kind-of-related movies you might not have seen. And if so, should see again. So find those empty windows in your seasonal viewing diary and slot the following five recommended motion pictures into them. Each […]

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Review: Dee Rees’ Essential Mudbound

Mudbound is many things at once: A demonstration of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a portrait of racial tensions in rural America, and a universal telling of everyday people trying to live through the trials of today to build a better tomorrow. Yet the film is one thing as well: Poetic. Despite its heavy subject matter, it […]

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Review: The Florida Project

“Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful.” Kailash Satyarthi In Sean Baker’s excellent The Florida Project we see the glorious, almost technicolor world through the eyes of six year old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), who is living below the poverty line in post-election America. However, she doesn’t see […]

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Review: Call Me By Your Name

A review by Bianca Garner “Nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot.” These words are profound and they sum up the power of love, it makes us weak in ways we never thought possible, but this same weakness can make an individual stronger. Call Me By Your Name addresses the complexities of a […]

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Masterpiece Memo: The Exorcist

Often I wonder with a kind of disappointed enthusiasm, what it was like to actually be around to see some of cinema’s greatest motion pictures when they first went on general release in theaters. Of all the excellent movies that drift in and out of my abstract nostalgia, not many fill that yearning more than […]

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Maren Ade’s Latest Film Toni Erdmann Is Both Long And Alluring

When the movie Toni Erdmann entered our lives last May we assumed without agenda this was about a father’s relationship with his (grown-up) daughter. Which it kind of is, but more than that it turns out to be about a daughter, and her relationship with her (juvenile) father. This is not exactly a devastating plot […]

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Lost in Translation: Visual Appreciation

  “I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be.”  In her sophomore smash hit, Sofia Coppola introduces us to a familiar world within the realms of loneliness and isolation. Lost in Translation revolves around Bob Harris (Bill Murray) who’s experiencing a mid-life crisis in Tokyo while filming a commercial advertising a whiskey for $2 million when he […]

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2 Takes On Passion and Desire From Pedro Almodóvar

Without giving too much away about the 10 Best Pedro Almodóvar Films coming up a little later, but with no Matador (1986) and High Heels (1991) making the final 10 there is always fan favorites that won’t make the final cut in such a vast filmography of excellence. Steve Schweighofer picks two of his very best – […]

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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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100 Films Made By Women – Part 20 of 20

And there we have it, 100 Films Made By Women. You perhaps noticed that names like Barbra Streisand, Gillian Armstrong, Ann Hui, Lana Wachowski, Madonna, were not featured here. That does not mean we forgot them, but it does perhaps mean we may have to do all this again soon. Another 100 Films Made By […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 19 of 20

The penultimate part has arrived as we close in on the 100. I simply have to thank every one of you that contributed here through the ten parts – reading your words over and over was a pleasure and enlightening every time. And a thank you too to those that read all of this. Keep reading. […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 18 of 20

A certain household name pops up here, a director of another Oscar-winner, and also of Wonder Woman herself. There’s also contrasting, powerful tales of endangerment and grief, of the waters, and of the forest. Blackfish (2013) – Gabriela Cowperthwaite — Robin Write @WriteoutofLA Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite takes on the bold task of making us look closer […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 17 of 20

My own inclusions here of two Danish films and their makers is purely coincidental. There’s also another short film, but in all 5, more examples of women doing great work in the film industry. In a Better World (2010) – Susanne Bier — Robin Write @WriteoutofLA Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, In a Better […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 16 of 20

Varying discourses of love and loss form much of this chapter of the female-directed movies you not only ought to know, but should have seen already. And there’s a breakthrough performance of an actress who would later win an Oscar. Frozen River (2008) – Courtney Hunt — Steve Schweighofer @banjoonthecrag Courtney Hunt’s brilliantly simple writing and […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 15 of 20

As we open the 15th part of the 100 Films Made By Women with 3 movies in black and white, we also include the oldest film on the entire list (and one of two short films). Continue to salute with us these extremely talented women bringing exceptional films to our attention: A Girl Walks Home […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 14 of 20

We throw at you a ground-breaking documentary, classic literature, oddball comedy – the list can go on – in the next part of 100 Films Made By Women. Go ahead, enjoy the next 5: The Selfish Giant (2013) – Clio Barnard — Thomas Pollock @FilmMasterT The Selfish Giant is a British film, directed by Clio Barnard, […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 13 of 20

Another mixed bag coming up in the 13th part of the 100 Films Made By Women. A man with a gun, squabbling sisters, stroppy teenagers, child abuse, and we’ll start with William Hurt’s romance with a young deaf woman: Children of a Lesser God (1986) – Randa Haines — Robin Write @WriteoutofLA I don’t want to […]

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