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Not Quite A Haiku Review: The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

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Leonardo DiCaprio loves the crack.
But it’s ok because it’s only pretend.
He becomes Arnie Grape again.

Twice Oscar nominated Jonah Hill.
He wanks over former Aussie soap stars.
The Academy like that shit.

Matthew McConaughey is the man.
His money chant won’t leave your head.
Mark Hanna definitely needs bongos.

HOW IS MARGOT ROBBIE 23?!
She definitely makes me question my sexuality.
Her accents ain’t too shabby.

Disregard your moral compass, y’all.
This won’t make you desperate for drugs.
Just don’t throw any dwarves.

VERDICT: 5/5

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Hello, I’m Back (AKA A Quick Awards Season Catch Up)

Right. Let’s get back to business.

With Awards Season itching to accelerate into full gear, my acquisition of a new laptop (yes, that’s right, I have been without one since Edinburgh…) comes at just the right time.

What have I kept you in the dark over, you cry? Well, not a lot to be honest, apart from the burning question of which of the powerhouse American trifecta made up of MacFarlane, Fey and Poehler will manage to fit Shot Scorsese into their presenting duties. Oh, and Beasts Of The Southern Wild is ineligible for the SAG Awards because the little bundle of joy that is Quvenzhane Wallis isn’t a ‘professional actor’, which definitely sucks.

So, to wrap up and bring you the start of what will be a very post-heavy Awards Season, here’s the 2012 Gotham Independent Film Award nominees, BFI London Film Festival winners and the International Documentary Association Award nominees: Continue reading

2012 Saturn Awards – Nominees

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced the nominees for this year’s Saturn Awards. Coming on the tail-end of the Oscars, they almost hold two fingers up to the Academy, nominating the sort of film that wouldn’t usually get a whiff of recognition, all leading to a rather interesting set of nominees. If the presence of Limitless, Thor and The Lincoln Lawyer doesn’t get you interested then there’s something wrong with you and check out that Best Supporting Actor category! However, I must warn you that Hugo has a vast dollop of nominations, but it’s alright when there’s so much love for Tintin and a nom for Attack The Block. Check out the full set of nominees below: Continue reading

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) ****

2011 BIFA Winners

The 2011 British Independent Film Awards took place in London last night and it was Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur that came away as the big winner, surprising those who thought Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy would sweep on its home turf – the film took just one of its seven nominations. However, Considine’s debut came away with three awards, so didn’t take the limelight off other winners of the night.

Fassbender and Redgrave were no surprise in their respective categories, but it’s fantastic to see Olivia Colman end Tilda Swinton’s current run of awards for her stunning performance in Tyrannosaur and it was also rather satisfying to see Kill List rewarded for Michael Smiley’s supporting role. However, come BAFTA, I think the odds may be swaying a little more in Tinker Tailor’s favour.

Also, Oscar take note – SENNA WON BEST DOCUMENTARY!!

Check out the full winners below: Continue reading

2011 National Board Of Review Winners

The National Board Of Review has just announced its 2011 winners that are to be honoured in a ceremony on January 10th.

Take note, doubters – they picked Hugo as their Film Of The Year. I don’t think this Race is set in stone just yet.

Annie Schulhof, NBR President, on Hugo: “It is a tribute to the early years of cinema that uses today’s cutting edge technology to bring the audience into a completely unique and magical world.  It is visually stunning and emotionally engaging.”

Anyway, here are the award winners in full: Continue reading

2011 Gotham Independent Film Award Winners

The 2011 Gotham Film Awards were announced on the 28th November.

Here are the winners in full: Continue reading