Steven Spielberg Week: How To Watch His Movies – 1970s

So here we are arriving at Steven Spielberg Week. I know you’ve been looking forward to this. But wait, you haven’t seen Schindler’s List? You want to cry your eyes out to E.T. again? Can’t remember Matt Damon being in Saving Private Ryan? We got you covered. All of Spielberg’s feature films are available to […]

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I, Tonya And Mudbound Get Some Love From The New York Film Critics Online

While the New York Film Critics Online loved Mudbound enough to give it Best Picture, Best Director, and Ensemble Cast, they still were passionate about The Florida Project which tied with Mudbound for Best Picture and won Supporting Actor. They also threw their weight behind I, Tonya which won Best Actress for Margot Robbie and […]

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Boston Society Of Film Critics Go For Phantom Thread

Even though Phantom Thread is a late breaker in this year’s awards season, it managed to pick up major steam as the Boston Society Of Film Critics awarded it Best Picture, Best Director for Paul Thomas Anderson, and Best Score. Meanwhile, Willem Dafoe continues to steamroll his way through the Supporting Actor category as he […]

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A Directing Prize for Greta Gerwig Among The Toronto Film Critics Association Winners

Toronto Film Critics Association announced their film awards for 2017. No major surprises, it was The Florida Project‘s turn to take the top film prize. Get Out continued to hit home its legitimate awards season power with First Feature and Screenplay wins. Fresher, welcome wins came from the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread) winning […]

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Call Me By Your Name Is The Talking Point Of The North Texas Film Critics Association Nominations

The usual suspects are present in the nominations from the North  Texan Film Critics – one of the lesser known I might add. The Florida Project, The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, Dunkirk, Get Out, The Post, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri are all prominent, even the likes of Wonder Woman, Molly’s Game, Blade Runner 2049, Stronger, Battle […]

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San Diego Film Critics Society Shortlist Sally Hawkins For Two Great Performances

The San Diego Film Critics Society announced their annual list of nominees and thus far, they’ve proven to be the most colorful of the various critics groups that have announced their batch of nominees. For starters, Sally Hawkins managed to double dip in Best Actress with her work in The Shape Of Water and Maudie. […]

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The Square Takes Top Prizes At The 30th European Film Awards

Moments ago, in Berlin, The Square was named the Best European Film of the year at the 30th annual awards, which was kind what was expected at this stage given the Palme d’Or winner was also the recipient of European Comedy, Best Actor for Claes Bang, as well a double for Ruben Östlund who won Screenplay […]

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Paul Thomas Anderson Joins The Boston Online Film Critics Association Winners

Get Out of here! It seems that the Boston Online Film Critics Association REALLY loved Get Out as they awarded it as their pick for best film of the year and gave it Best Ensemble and Best Screenplay as well. Also, Willem Dafoe continues to steamroll his way through the Supporting Actor race as he […]

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Pleasant Surprises Among The San Francisco Film Critics Circle Nominees

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards unveiled their lineup of nominees. While a fair amount of the films and performances in their lineup are consensus picks, they did make some idiosyncratic choices, like nominating Andy Serkis in Best Actor for War For The Planet Of The Apes. Also, Melissa Leo finally gets her first […]

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Get Out And Dunkirk Make Their Mark With Washington Film Critics Associations Winners

The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Associations (WAFCA) announced their set of winners and have made the awards race crazy by forming a consensus on some categories but not others. For starters, Laurie Metcalf continues to steamroll her way through the Supporting Actress category and Coco is maintaining its momentum in the Best Animated Feature. But Get […]

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The Florida Project Is The Big Winner With Detroit Film Critics Society

So as the awards season see-saw rocks on, The Florida Project gathers momentum as the Detroit Film Critics Society award the film Best Picture, Director, and Supporting Actor for the one to beat Willem Dafoe. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri scored well with two wins for Best Actress Frances McDormand and the Best Screenplay prize. Dipping their toes with […]

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Wonder Woman Swoops Into The 2017 American Film Institute Top 10

The American Film Institute released their annual top 10 list and helped the eclectic and diverse crop of Oscar contenders in the list gain major traction. For starters, The Big Sick got a major boost with its inclusion and Wonder Woman got its first mention in any Best Picture lineup this season. Whether Wonder Woman […]

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What Makes A Film Considered Important Enough To Win The Best Picture Oscar?

When it comes to predicting what will win Best Picture, it typically comes down to what film feels important. It can be a film that tackles important subject matter like Spotlight which is about heroic journalists taking down pedophile priests, or 12 Years A Slave which is a harrowing depiction of slavery and racism. Also, it could be a film that Hollywood feels is important to […]

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Vote: Ranking The Films Of Steven Spielberg

For those that don’t know yet, 11 – 17 December is Steven Spielberg Week at Filmotomy. I’m not one for ranking movies generally, it’s a tough task at the best of times, especially with a film-maker who has such an abundance of excellent work under his belt. So, another mass vote is in order to […]

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Coco And The Breadwinner Lead The 45th Annie Awards Nominations

The current box office smash hit, Coco has topped the 45th Annie Awards nominations, and is this year’s hottest contender for Best Animated Feature. Although, there may be a dark horse around the corner, with Irish cartoon ‘The Breadwinner’ being nominate for 10 awards as well, including best independent animated feature. Coco is a dazzling and stunning Pixar film, which […]

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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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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 20

So there we have it. 100 not nominated for Oscars. And, honestly, we could easily do a hundred more of these absentees. The final five, then, are some of my own absolute favorites that somehow did not have their names called out come the announcement of the Academy Award nominations. A huge, huge thanks to […]

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Review: Justice League

We’ve been waiting for this film ever since Tim Burton’s Batman appeared on our screens back in 1989 (my birth year), and it’s taken nearly 28 years to see the Justice League on the big screen. The question on everyone’s mind is whether or not Justice League can live up to the hype. Well, may […]

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