Oscar Winners 2017

Monday, 27 February 2017 18:06

Wow. Well, awards season came to a close last night in what was a largely predictable, fairly run of the mill Oscars ceremony until THAT stunning last minute twist. Not only was it a huge shock that Barry Jenkins' Moonlight managed to upset the overwhelming favourite La La Land to take Best Picture, but the way it happened was as dramatic as any moment in the history of the Academy Awards. After being handed the wrong envelope, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway bumbled around before announcing La La Land as the winner - only it wasn't, and midway through the speeches, the Oscars had to be handed over to the Moonlight crew.


Final Oscar Predictions 2017

Thursday, 23 February 2017 23:55

Awards season seems to get longer and longer every year, with this year’s race finding its front runners last summer and going through the motions ever since. Some of those frontrunners are vulnerable at this point though, so while a La La Land sweep is on the cards, there are a few races that will still hold some intrigue at this Sunday’s ceremony.


GFF 2017: Katie Says Goodbye Review

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 23:38

In a dusty small town, a young woman harbours dreams of escaping her troubled trailer-park life to find happiness in the big city. Sound familiar? It should do, as the set-up for Wayne Roberts’ debut feature Katie Says Goodbye is the stuff of any number of American indies and the film initially plays like a laundry list of tropes. Its titular character, the eternally optimistic Katie (Olivia Cooke), is not only a sweet-as-pie pit-stop waitress but also a hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold. She’s scraping together enough cash to go start a new life in San Francisco, but not before the film inflicts a remarkable amount of pain and misery on her.


Fifty Shades Darker Review

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 23:14

Regardless of what the title might have you believe, Fifty Shades Darker is a far lighter affair than its po-faced predecessor, Sam Taylor-Johnson’s stylish but dull Fifty Shades of Grey. Taylor-Johnson has been replaced here by James Foley and while the visuals aren’t as slick, he doesn’t take the material as seriously and as such the film is more enjoyable, even if it’s almost completely devoid of any real drama.


Fences Review

Monday, 13 February 2017 23:13

Denzel Washington is one of the most compelling and powerful actors cinema has, and Viola Davis is quite possibly the only actress who can match his raw power. Fences gives these two towering performers a perfect showcase for their talents as they reprise the roles they played to Tony-winning effect in the late August Wilson's play of the same name, which Washington himself adapts for the big screen.


Toni Erdmann Review

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 23:22

Maren Ade's delightfully silly and often profound new film Toni Erdmann needs to be seen to be believed. While the prospect of a near-three-hour long German black comedy might be off putting to some, Toni Erdmann's oddball sense of humour is beguiling right from the off and its insightful depiction of an unusual father-daughter relationship compels throughout.


Oscar Nominations 2017: Full List

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 23:24

Well, we all expected La La Land to rack up an impressive amount of Oscar nominations and it has done so this Tuesday, to record-equalling effect. Damien Chazelle's sparkling musical matched All About Eve and Titanic's 14 nominations, confirming beyond any reasonable doubt that it will take home the Best Picture prize on Oscar night.


Oscar Nominations 2017: The Predictions

Monday, 23 January 2017 22:33

By the time the eventual ceremony rolls around, the Academy Awards are so predictable that much of the excitement around individual categories has waned. The nominations are a far more exciting prospect, with more surprises in store. Though a lot of categories look largely set in stone, there are a number of potential spoilers that could shake things up. Will Nocturnal Animals’ Aaron Taylor-Johnson continue a surprising awards season run? Can Deadpool follow-up some guild nominations with a shock screenplay nod, or even Best Picture? Is Hidden Figures’ whopping box office take enough to force it into Best Picture?