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What I’m Watching – April 2014

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

Point Break (Dir: Kathryn Bigelow, 1991) *****

Plastic (Dir: Julian Gilbey, 2014) **

Short Term 12 (Dir: Destin Cretton, 2013) *****

The One I Love (Dir: Charlie McDowell, 2014) ****

Blue Ruin (Dir: Jeremy Saulnier, 2013) ****

The Case Against 8 (Dir: Ben Cotner, Ryan White, 2014) ***

Obvious Child (Dir: Gillian Robespierre, 2014) ***

Dinosaur 13 (Dir: Todd Douglas Miller, 2014) ***

Finding Fela! (Dir: Alex Gibney, 2014) ****

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (Dir: David Zellner, 2014) ***

EDC 2013: Under The Electric Sky (Dir: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, 2014) **

Frank (Dir: Lenny Abrahamson, 2014) ****

The Voices (Dir: Marjane Satrapi, 2014) ****

Fruitvale Station (Dir: Ryan Coogler, 2013) ****

Little Accidents (Dir: Sara Colangelo, 2014) ***

Hamlet 2 (Dir: Andrew Fleming, 2008) **

The Boat That Rocked (Dir: Richard Curtis, 2009) ***

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Dir: Marc Webb, 2014) *****

Your Sister’s Sister (Dir: Lynn Shelton, 2011) ****

Mr. Nobody (Dir: Jaco Van Dormael, 2009) ****

Cracks (Dir: Jordan Scott, 2009) ***

The Double (Dir: Richard Ayoade, 2013) *****

After The Night (Até Ver A Luz) (Dir: Basil Da Cunha, 2013) ***

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Trailer Talk: My Big Fat Marvelgasm, Claymation Ghosts, The Hoff And Disney’s Attempt At Dubstep

I love this week’s selection of trailers, which you may find surprising seeing how I’ve actually been a little harsh towards some – very unlike me, I know. But there’s such a brilliant mix to choose from, including some great animation, thrillers, comedy and some not so great ones. But hey, that’s all part of the fun. This week Nadine and I look at (deep breath please) The Stath, the supernatural, that pesky John Carter again, more Marvel characters than you can shake a stick at, David Hasselhoff, Snoop Stiller, Adam Sandler’s weird career, a resurrected canine, little yellow minions, morticians, American Football, claymation ghosts, John McClane and Superman, coming of age indie quirkiness and Norwegian murders. Let’s talk trailers: Continue reading

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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2011 London Film Critics’ Circle Award Nominations

I really like these nominations. Possibly more than any other batch so far, simply because the LFCC have been willing to think OUTSIDE THE BOX. It’s not a hard thing to do, but The Golden Globes (whose nominations I haven’t even posted) could seriously learn a thing or two here. Drive and Tinker Tailor lead the way and more recognition has been given to Margaret and A Separation. The best category has got to be Breakthrough British Filmmaker Of The Year – how would you even start to judge that?! Check out the full list of nominations 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!!

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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