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What I’m Watching – July 2013

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry.

Fire With Fire (Dir: David Barrett, 2012) **

Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Dir: Mark Waters, 2011) ***

Water For Elephants (Dir: Francis Lawrence, 2011) **

The Wolverine (Dir: James Mangold, 2013) ***

Pacific Rim (Dir: Guillermo del Toro, 2013) ***

This Is The End (Dir: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, 2013) ****

The East (Dir: Zal Batmanglij, 2013) ****

Now You See Me (Dir: Louis Leterrier, 2013) ***

The World’s End (Dir: Edgar Wright, 2013) ****

A Field In England (Dir: Ben Wheatley, 2013) ****

Kaboom (Dir: Greg Araki, 2010) **

The Soloist (Dir: Joe Wright, 2009) ***

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2012 British Independent Film Award Nominations

Never one to go with the obvious choices, BIFA’s 15th awards ceremony plays host to a set of nominations which once again prove the power of the documentary.

Although not as initially exciting as last year’s list, BIFA continue their mad love for Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman while giving Robbie Ryan and Domnhall Gleeson recognition for their continued blistering form.

Rufus Norris’ Broken sets the bar with an impressive nine nominations including Best Film, Best Director and a bunch of acting nods, with Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers and Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio picking up seven.

I’m thrilled to see The Imposter deservedly crossing over from the Best Documentary category, with Bart Layton’s film earning six nominations including Best Director. As I mentioned yesterday, it’s not going to be a quiet season for him.

Though those pesky Americans may manage to pop up in the form of Meryl Streep and Elle Fanning, for those who prefer it quintessentially British (albeit set in India…), there’s no need to fear – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has earned itself a trio of acting nominations.

The winners will be announced for the seventh time by BIFA Patron, James Nesbitt, on December 9th at the Old Billingsgate in London. So, as ever, check out the full list of nominees below: Continue reading

What I’m Watching – October 2012

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

Down Terrace (Dir: Ben Wheatley, 2009) ****

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (Dir: Quentin Tarantino, 2004) ****

Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Dir: Benh Zeitlin, 2012) *****

Skyfall (Dir: Sam Mendes, 2012) *****

The Campaign (Dir: Jay Roach, 2012) **

Sidney White (Dir: Joe Nussbaum, 2007) *

Ruby Sparks (Dir: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, 2012) ****

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Dir: Stephen Chbosky, 2012) ****

She’s The Man (Dir: Andy Fickman, 2006) ***

The Age Of Innocence (Dir: Martin Scorsese, 1993) ***

Evening Standard British Film Awards – Nominations

BAFTA, you really could have learned one or two things from these nominations. The fact that Best Supporting is rolled into Best Actor/Actress makes for some very interesting choices, very few of which are actually potential Oscar nominees – Branagh and Fassbender, Redgrave, Swinton and possibly Mulligan and Oldman if he’s exceptionally lucky after his pretty unexciting Awards season. But the one main difference is the three nominations for Joanna Hogg’s Archipelago, starring BAFTA Rising Star nominee, Tom Hiddleston. And hello to the overdue acting nods for Colman, Gleeson and Mullan. The addition of a ‘People’s Choice’ Award gives The Smurfs a chance to battle it out against Bridesmaids and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Tell Papa Smurf not to crack the champagne out just yet. Check out the full list of nominees below:

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What I’m Watching – December

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

Hanna (Dir: Joe Wright, 2011) ****

Beginners (Dir: Mike Mills, 2011) *****

Kill List (Dir: Ben Wheatley, 2011) ****

Another Earth (Dir: Mike Cahill, 2011) *****

Rango (Dir: Gore Verbinski, 2011) ***

Paul (Dir: Greg Mottola, 2011) ****

Melancholia (Dir: Lars Von Trier, 2011) ****

Tomboy (Dir: Celine Sciamma, 2011) *****

Super 8 (Dir: J.J. Abrams, 2011) ****

Midnight In Paris (Dir: Woody Allen, 2011) ****

Tyrannosaur (Dir: Paddy Considine, 2011) ****

Up In The Air (Dir: Jason Reitman, 2009) *****

Tangled (Dir: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard, 2010) ***

The Girl Who Played With Fire (Dir: Daniel Alfredson, 2009) ***

The Ides Of March (Dir: George Clooney, 2011) ****

We Need To Talk About Kevin (Dir: Lynne Ramsay, 2011) *****

My Week With Marilyn (Dir: Simon Curtis, 2011) ***

Hugo (Dir: Martin Scorsese, 2011) ****

Submarine (Dir: Richard Ayoade, 2011) ****

The 2011 BIFA Nominations

And so here starts Awards season.

Admit it, we all felt it looming. From the minute Tinker Tailor came out complete with best of British, we were all secretly wondering who’d be up for the big ones come January 2012. Who would be the one chosen for Best Supporting – Hardy or Cumberbatch? Or neither? Would Gary Oldman finally get his horrifically overdue nomination? But many of us have been quietly making our Academy Award predictions for months now. For those that saw Drive back in August, what of Albert Brooks? That same month, Warrior gave us a possibility in the form of Nick Nolte. And now with trailers for War Horse, Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, The Descendants, J. Edgar, My Week With Marilyn, Coriolanus and Albert Nobbs etc, etc, etc, coming in thick and fast, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel a little giddy with excitement – and the potential bragging rights that come with guessing the most winners correctly. Continue reading