Sunday, February 19, 2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Top of the class. My favourite Best Picture Oscar winners.

I love the Oscars. And I love many Oscar winning films. But these are special...and La La Land will join this list very soon.
  1. All About Eve
  2. The Apartment
  3. Gone With the Wind
  4. Amadeus
  5. American Beauty 
  6. Annie Hall
  7. The English Patient
  8. The Silence of the Lambs
  9. Rebecca
  10. Titanic
Honourable mentions: Casablanca, The Godfather, It Happened One Night, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Out of Africa, The Sound of Music

Saturday, February 18, 2017



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

How do you describe a feeling?

Being chuffed at work. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

An irresistible question. And statement.

"Was that a boast or a cry for help, Martha? I couldn't quite tell from your tone of voice."

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

An image to treasure.

I didn't realise this film may be coming this year. And what potential! Saoirse Ronan is perfectly cast in Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach. 2017 will be a good film year.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

And the winners are...BAFTAs 2017

Win: La La Land
Upset: None
Wish: La La Land

British Film
Win: I, Daniel Blake
Upset: None
Wish: I, Daniel Blake

Film Not In the English Language
Win: Toni Erdmann
Upset: Son of Saul
Wish: Son of Saul

Animated Film
Win: Zootropolis
Upset: Kubo and the Two Strings
Wish: Zootropolis

Win: Damien Chazelle for La La Land
Upset: Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
Wish: Damien Chazelle or Barry Jenkins

Original Screenplay
Win: Moonlight
Upset: I, Daniel Blake or Manchester by the Sea
Wish: Moonlight

Adapted Screenplay
Win: Lion
Upset: Arrival
Wish: Arrival

Win: Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea
Upset: Ryan Gosling for La La Land (I think this is likely)
Wish: Ryan Gosling

Win: Emma Stone for La La Land
Upset: None
Wish: Amy Adams for Arrival

Supporting Actor
Win: Dev Patel for Lion
Upset: Mahershala Ali for Moonlight
Wish: Hugh Grant for Florence Foster Jenkins

Supporting Actress
Win: Viola Davis for Fences
Upset: Naomi Harris for Moonlight
Wish: Viola Davis

Win: La La Land
Upset: None
Wish: La La Land

Win: La La Land
Upset: Lion
Wish: La La Land or Nocturnal Animals

Win: La La Land
Upset: Arrival
Wish: La La Land

Production Design
Win: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Upset: La La Land
Wish: Hail, Caesar!

Costume Design
Win: Fantastic Beasrs and Where to Find Them
Upset: La La Land
Wish: Jackie

Make Up and Hair
Win: Rogue One
Upset: Florence Foster Jenkins
Wish: Nocturnal Animals

Win: Arrival
Upset: La La Land
Wish: Arrival

Special Visual Effects
Win: The Jungle Book
Upset: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Wish: Arrival

EE Rising Star Awards
Win: Tom Holland
Upset: Ruth Negga
Wish: Ruth Negga

Saturday, February 11, 2017



Thursday, February 09, 2017

10 thoughts on Fences.

1. August Wilson is one of America's great playwrights
He deserves to be listed alongside Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams. And I can't wait to see Denzel Washington bring his work to screens. Even though...

2. Denzel Washington isn't the greatest film director
It's a shame as he's evidentially passionate, but Washington is not a natural director. There are shots that aren't in focus, actors are often positioned in very different places in the final edit, and the montages connecting the scenes feel contrived - but thankfully this doesn't undo the text or performances, which he ensures shine through.

3. I wish I could have seen the Broadway production.
Anyone have a time machine?

4. Family is bigger than blood
There are many ways people can and will react to Fences but my biggest takeaway is that families are dysfunctional by default and are much more than blood connections. 

5. What a cast
Everyone is terrific. And this should be remembered as one of cinemas great small ensembles. But...

6. All hail Viola Davis
She is superb in a role that gives her small and big moments. She'll break hearts everywhere. And...

7. Will Viola Davis be the first African American actor to win an Oscar for a part written and directed by African Americans?
That would be sorely overdue.

8. Denzel Washington may be my favourite person I've seen in an 'in conversation'
I was lucky enough to see him speak the day after the screening. What a privilege.

9. What wil Viola Davis do next?
She has Widows but what roles will her Oscar win bring?

10. I can't wait for more August Wilson.
On screen and/or stage.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Sunday, February 05, 2017