Genre Blast: Truth Be Told – Documentary Features

As defined by the Oxford Dictionary, a documentary is a film “that provides a factual record or report.” What the dictionary does not say is that an effective documentarian takes those raw facts and arranges them in such a way as to clarify a point or to provide additional weight and understanding to the topic at hand. This makes the documentary nearly as subjective as a fictional work …

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AwardsDaily Podcast Takes Us On An Oscarwatching Nostalgia Trip

Sasha Stone – Oscarwatch is a great site to have around when I cannot make it to the show…brilliant! That piece of gratifying text is pulled directly, font, color and all, from one of my very first websites from around 2000. Though I can’t really call it a website, more a self-build pile of dogshit hosted […]

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Steven Spielberg’s Oscar Run Heats Up With The Post Trailer

The trailer for The Post directed by Steven Spielberg was released on Wednesday. The film is based on the true story of the battle between journalists and the government and the publishing of the Pentagon Papers. The first scene in the trailer sets us up for some high drama. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks certainly […]

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Cannes Winners Among The European Film Nominations

The European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the nominations for the 30th European Film Awards on 4th November 2017. A few familiar films currently making the awards circuit that premiered in Cannes show up multiple times here, including the big winners at the festival. Here are the nominations: European Film 120 battements par minute […]

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A Prestigious Bunch Lavished By British Independent Film Awards Nominations

The recent announcement of the British Independent Film Awards for the year of 2017 are dominated by breakthrough talent from the indie circuit. The big five shortlisted for the top prize also fill the spots for Director and Screenplay, as well as making a significant chunk of the acting categories. Starting with the standard long […]

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Writer-Director Dan Jenski Talks About His First Feature Film ADDicted

It occurred to me while watching ADDIcted, written and directed by Dan Jenski, that there are not many films these days that deal with the kind of prescribed drug dependency that hovers in and out of young lives, potentially ruining their futures. ADDicted, the clever title indicates the Adderall drug, centers on college students are […]

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Vote Oscars: What Are The Greatest Of The 89 Best Picture Winners?

This needs little explaining. We’re heading towards the 90th Academy Awards, so a two-month mass vote to establish a ranked list of the 89 Best Picture winners at the Oscars is something to celebrate. There’s a bit of scrolling involved here, but of the 89 Best Picture winners you can choose up to 25. Your […]

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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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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – Head Fuck

Yes, these are the horror hybrids that have you scratching your head if only you could locate it. From the sublime, the bonkers, to the head-spinning, time-tossing, can’t-believe-your-eyes motion picture experiences you are unlikely to forget. Now, excuse me while I go take a shower, popped some painkillers, and have a lie down. Timecrimes (2007) […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – Women Scorned

I’m not here, as a man, to endorse the poor treatment of women, only to scan over how it does form a strong source of some horror stories. These 5 films might just fit into that category, but these women fight right back – with knives, razor-sharp wire, guns, but also with their courage, strong-will, […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – Funny That

What do you mean there is nothing funny about a pregnant slasher? Or zombies in a classical literary setting? Or a kind of vampire The Real World? Or severed heads in the fridge? Where the hell is your sense of humor? These 5 “horror” movies blend in wit, satire, back comedy, genuine laughs, and, well, […]

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Frankenstein and The Cinematic Legacy of Man as Creator

It was a “wet ungenial summer” in Geneva when the 18-year-old daughter of a political philosopher and a feminist author suggested to her lover and other acquaintances (including Lord Byron) that they write ghost stories. As a result, this young woman would unleash on the world a tale which terrified and captivated in equal measure. […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – Cursed Be

There’s nothing like a possession to disrupt a wedding, or indeed a congregation. Could be supernatural, could be a curse, likely unable to explain all the same. The next 5 films for Halloween carry with the weight of enigma, of body control, of actions outside of the remit of natural human forces. Mother Joan of […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – High Tension

This will not include the movie High Tension that was featured in last year’s Halloween 50, but delivers another 5 films in the same vein that ought to make up some of your binge-watching over the next few days. Entrapment, murder, secrets, deception, danger, outbreaks, twisted folk, that is all here at the very least. […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – I’m A Creep

Multiple personalities. Behaving inappropriately. Getting into someone else’s bed. Wielding an axe. Watching people from afar. Murderous tendencies. Kidnapping girls. What a bunch of creeps. Here are 5 more films for Halloween to creep you out a little. Monsieur Hire (1989) Michel Blanc’s central performance as the Monsieur Hire of the title in Patrice Leconte’s acclaimed […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – There Will Be Blood

To be spilled, to be spattered, to be in excess, to be shimmering even in black and white, to leave an impossible stain on your clothing. Blood is the name of the game with the next 5 films for Halloween, and indeed the driving force of these narratives, be it viral, explicit, for revenge, for […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – Oh The Horror

Okay let’s shovel some of the shit out of the way, with a selection of five horror movies we love to hate. Awful writing, terrible acting, ridiculous direction, laughable plots, unsurprising twists. The list goes on, but some of this garbage will have you rolling in the aisles or therapeutically enraged. And for those reasons […]

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The State Of LGBTQ+ Horror

As a gay male who loves watching horror movies, there is one thing that keeps occurring to me. I’ve noticed that there aren’t many horror movies centering around LGBTQ+ people which is not shocking, given the state of queer characters in all genres, yet it is rather unfortunate. One horror film I can think of […]

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