Saturday, February 24, 2018


Saturday, February 24, 2018

One reaction.

A sad day. Emma Chambers was a treasure.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

One thought.

A sad day. Emma Chambers was a treasure.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

6 ways to celebrate...75 years of Mike Leigh

  1. Tell yourself you have very beautiful lips.
  2. Go wonder at some Turner paintings.
  3. Take a driving lesson.
  4. Support the upcoming abortion referendum in Ireland.
  5. Make a dramatic phone call.
  6. Give someone a round of applause for simply getting through the day.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

10 thoughts on...BAFTAs 2018

  1. I’m a big fan of Joanna Lumley. Her almost autopilot hosting in her usual personality was a treat.
  2. I am very happy for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to be winning Best Film awards. I think it’s anger is a powerful charge that sits well with today. It has flaws but so does every film if looked at with a magnifying glass. Wouldn’t it be a better choice than Crash or A Beautiful Mind?!
  3. It’s a real shame Lesley Manville didn’t win Supporting Actress. Could BAFTA not celebrate its own with a performance and actor so great?
  4. I do love Lady Macbeth but how lovely to see Rungano Harris and Emily Morgan win Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for I Am Not a Witch.
  5. So the acting Oscars are all shown up, right? I’m perfectly happy with them other than Gary Oldman, who should be winning for another performance. And Frances McDormand will give another great speech.
  6. Guillermo del Toro has the Director Oscar too, right? That’ll be another great speech.
  7. Lily James is always a joy to watch.
  8. Although she didn’t win, it felt like Sally Hawkins was rightly celebrated. Will she get her own one awards season in the future?
  9. Was there no woman to present the top prize?! Daniel Craig is great but this felt a bit odd this year. And no women were present for the BAFTA Fellowship presentation or indeed winner! Could Sigourney Weaver not have presented Ridley Scott the award? Or Charlize Theron? Or Susan Sarandon? Or even Sean Young?!
  10. The race to Best Film at the Oscars is still an unknown. Exciting.

Sunday, February 18, 2018


Sunday, February 18, 2018

10 thoughts on...Black Panther

  1. It was a complete joy to watch this film. Why? It’s heart. Too often big budget action films flounder on questionable motivations and/or clunky sequences with little relevance to its main arc, this isn’t the case here. Ryan Coogler and the team show an awareness of the main theme (to make change, even when its not felt necessary by those in privilege) and the cultural significance of this film. The success in delivering an entertaining yet aware film should be held up as an example for all future blockbusters. 
  2. How refreshing to watch a Marvel film and have as many interesting female characters as male characters (perhaps even more!). This remains a male orienteted story but the presence of women is constant and important. They are essential to the world of the movie. And our enjoyment of the film.
  3. I hope the success of this film will allow Coogler to do whatever it is he’d like to do next.
  4. Does Black Panther have Marvel’s most interesting villain? I think so! He is a mixture of The Lion King’s Scar, Thor’s Loki and Labyrinth’s Jareth. Also...
  5. ...Michael B. Jordan is a beautiful man. Villain or not.
  6. This is a visual treat. Too often these mainstream films look similar but here the costume and production designs look distinct. I’d happily spend time in peaceful Wakanda.
  7. Can we have more Angela Bassett, Danai Gurura and Lupita Nyong’o on our screens in good (if not great) parts please? 
  8. If I had one negative comment it would be...Daniel Kaluuya is a bit one note here isn’t he? It won’t dampen his high with Get Out (what a performance), but it is a bit disappointing.
  9. Isn’t it refreshing to have a Marvel film that does not reference other Marvel films much?...
  10. ...but will the sequel be bogged down with the Marvel universe? Either way it would be hard to match this film.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

And the winners are...BAFTAs 2018

Win: The Shape of Water
Upset: Dunkirk 
Wish: The Shape of Water

British Film
Win: Darkest Hour
Upset: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Wish: God’s Own Country

Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Win: Lady Macbeth
Upset: I Am Not a Witch
Wish: Lady Macbeth

Film Not in the English Language
Win: Elle
Upset: Loveless
Wish: Elle

Animated Film
Win: Coco
Upset: Loving Vincent
Wish: Coco

Win: Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water
Upset: Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk
Wish: Guillermo del Toro and Denis Villeneuve for Blade Runner

Original Screenplay
Win: Get Out
Upset: Lady Bird
Wish: Get Out, Lady Bird or The Shape of Water 

Adapted Screenplay
Win: Call Me By Your Name
Upset: Death of Stalin 
Wish: Paddington 2

Win: Frances McDormand for Three Billboards
Upset: Sally Hawkins for The Shape of Water
Wish: Sally Hawkins, Frances McDormand or Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird

Win: Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour
Upset: Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out
Wish: Timothée Chalamet for Call Me By Your Name

Supporting Actress
Win: Lesley Manville for Phantom Thread
Upset: Allison Janney for I, Tonya
Wish: Lesley Manville

Supporting Actor
Win: Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards
Upset: Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project
Wish: Willem Dafoe

Original Music
Win: Dunkirk
Upset: The Shape of Water
Wish: Phantom Thread

Win: Blade Runner 2049
Upset: Dunkirk
Wish: The Shape of Water

Win: Dunkirk
Upset: The Shape of Water
Wish: The Shape of Water

Production Design
Win: The Shape of Water
Upset: Blade Runner 2049
Wish: The Shape of Water

Costume Design
Win: Phantom Thread
Upset: The Shape of Water
Wish: Phantom Thread

Make Up & Hair
Win: Darkest Hour
Upset: Blade Runner 2049
Wish: Blade Runner 2049

Win: Dunkirk
Upset: Blade Runner 2049
Wish: Baby Driver

Special Visual Effects
Win: Blade Runner 2049
Upset: War for the Planet of the Apes
Wish: Blade Runner 2049

Rising Star Award
Win: Daniel Kaluuya
Upset: Timothée Chalamet
Wish: Daniel Kaluuya

Friday, February 16, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

How do you describe a feeling?

Like Lindsay Lohan at the start of Mean Girls, I’m finding it difficult to fit into my new environment. Lunch alone is a constant.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

10 thoughts on...The Shape of Water

  1. This is a gift of a film. A celebration of love, minorities and resistance in the form of a fairytale. And a fairytale that isn’t afraid to be dark or sexual. How rare is that in western culture?!
  2. Another gift is Sally Hawkins. An actor I’ve admired for a long time and to watch her play such a rich part in a successful film is a joy. She’s as excellent here as she was in Happy-Go-Lucky and Maudie (two incredible performances). Here’s hoping more directors give her meaty roles.
  3. And another gift? Guillermo del Toro. He creates magical worlds where we escape to confront an ‘other’. And that ‘other’ is never so simple as it felts the same quality in its protagonist and ourselves.
  4. Can everyone now go back and watch Crimson Peak? A film that may not be perfect but is a pleasure to watch, especially to those who love this. I may also watch Pacific Rim, a film of his I did skip in the cinema.
  5. I personally don’t mind references to other films. Artists have been and should be inspired by other artists.
  6. This is a very unusual film to be nominated for 13 Oscars. Yes I think it is totally deserving but a fantasy romantic film? Times are changing! Even my partner (open minded and active film watcher) said he was surprised by the opening sequence featuring masturbation. Still I’ll happily cheer this on with the other nominees and eventual winners on 4 March. What a great year! Although...
  7. La La Land last year, my strong personal feelings of love towards the film and how it portrays love makes me sensitive to any unnecessary negativity towards the film. It doesn’t seem to have happened yet but there’s still time.
  8. Living over a cinema?! The dream. Almost as dreamy as when we hear Eliza’s voice for the first and only time. Bliss. I’ll be listening to that song on repeat.
  9. I would like Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer to be my friends.
  10. This was a perfect film to see on Valentine’s Day and I can’t wait to watch it again. And again.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018