Courtney Young’s Top 10 Movies of 2017

The 2018 Academy Awards are upon us, and the nine nominated movies for best picture are immersed in controversy. 2017 was the year spotlighting hot topic issues; the year of #metoo, and the scandals that rocked Hollywood to it’s core. While previous years have been suffocated by #OscarsSoWhite, I thought this year’s content was more […]

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#Academyaresnobs – Why has The Florida Project Been Snubbed?

And why does the Academy have such an issue with films featuring the lower working class like The Florida Project? Seeing the character of Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) trying to survive in pastel coloured world of Sean Baker’s excellent The Florida Project, brought back a lot of memories of my own […]

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A Look Back At The First Ever Oscars Ceremony

The 90th Oscars ceremony is quickly approaching us. Now such a major part of the film industry that it is almost hard to believe that 90 years have past since the first ceremony. And so much has changed. The very first Oscars took place on 16th May 1929, with less than three hundred guests turning up. The presentation […]

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No Gold For Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple

At the very beginning of 1985’s The Color Purple, there is an affecting scene where a woman gives birth. While shooting that very scene (the film had the clandestine title Moonsong during production), a certain actress, Amy Irving, was about to go into labor herself – incidentally this would be Max, the first child of […]

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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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Directors’ Weekend: The 10 Best Tim Burton Films

So here are the 10 Best Tim Burton films according to the collective bunch of you that voted. And a huge thank you very much indeed for taking the time to do so. In my humble opinion there are a few unexpected rankings making the cut, and a certain alien attack and tiny Alice nowhere to […]

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Alicia Malone’s Talk On The Importance Of Female Directors

Remember the impact films had on you when you’re a tiny person absorbing stories in this way for the first time? Moments like in The Never Ending Story, when the boy, Atreyu, desperately tries to save his horse, Artax, from that swamp of sadness. The all engulfing swap that rains sadness upon the children watching […]

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Awards Season Cliques of the Trade

I hated cliques in high school. I hated the idea that you had to be or act a certain way in order to be accepted. I hated the feeling of isolation I experienced, both externally and internally, because I didn’t fit the norm. Hated the drama when two sets of cliques start shit and expecting […]

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7 Potential Sneaky Oscar Nominations

I don’t do nomination predictions. That’s what I always say. Sometimes I cave, sure. It’s a tough game to resist. Every single year. See Al Robinson’s Oscar Predictions posted earlier for the there-or-thereabouts of what might happen come the big announcement. I decided to stick my neck out and dive in with some more unlikely […]

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Daniel Smith-Rowsey’s Film Brief 2016

Did the studios fiddle while Rome burned in 2016? In other words, should Hollywood have done more to stop Trump and the Republican Party taking over the government in every conceivable way? Maybe. If so, surely one reason is that the industry is far less concerned with fiddling, and more concerned with the following question: […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #27

I’m entitled to promote myself from time to time you know. I don’t endeavor to do that directly, even though I plug my own website for the first time in the 26h edition of my series of thumbs-up recommended links. With that in mind I just want to remind you all of the good work […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #14

A great weekend for America in general you might say, what with July 4th celebrations, and then the World Cup victory last night. The women’s contest was thrilling and thoroughly entertaining. In fact, a remarkable tournament in all. The final, though, opened in style. Sadly for you if you tuned in twenty minutes or so […]

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