Saturday, March 11, 2017

How do you describe a feeling?

I've found a new home. It's got quirks but I've got optimism.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Top of the class. Underrated films.

Some films seems to disappear without any type of fanfare. Below are ten such films that I love and wish more people would seek out.

  1. Away We Go
  2. Young Adult
  3. Me and You and Everyone We Know
  4. The Fountain
  5. The Skeleton Twins
  6. Enemy
  7. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
  8. Bachelorette
  9. The Fall
  10. About Time

Monday, March 06, 2017

Essential cinema.

Almost 8 hours of incredible filmmaking. Watch it.

Monday, March 06, 2017



Sunday, March 05, 2017

How do you describe a feeling?

When a visit to Ikea is much more than just a shop. 

Sunday, March 05, 2017



Saturday, March 04, 2017

Top of the class. Potentially homosexual characters in Disney animated films.

Whilst it's always good to push forward with equality, I think the recent press around Disney's first gay character is rather descructive. For too long filmmakers have struggled to represent homosexuality and LGBT stories but they have in their own way. Perhaps the best example for Disney is the animated Beauty and the Beast, heavily inspired by Howard Ashman's experience with AIDS. To suggest that there were no homosexual characters before in a canon where many characters don't express sexuality at all (and therefore can have unconfirmed orientation) is sad, and makes me fear that we're seen as much more 'other' than I did when watching these films from childhood. Thankfully I do see us in Disney since their first animated feature film, and here's 10 to celebrate this.

  1. Elsa from Frozem
  2. Cogsworth from Beauty and the Beast 
  3. Zazu from The Lion King
  4. Scar from The Lion King
  5. The gargoyles from The Hunchback of Norte Dame 
  6. Bashful from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  7. Rex from Toy Story
  8. Dumbo
  9. Friend Owl from Bambi
  10. Kronk from The Emperor's New Groove

Friday, March 03, 2017

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

10 thoughts on...the 89th Academy Awards

  1. Moonlight's win would have been a surprise regardless of the envelope it'll be a permanent point of reference outside of Oscar fans. This will forever be one of the most shocking Oscar ceremonies.
  2. Thank god it wasn't the other way around. Imagine if La La Land had replaced Moonlight? The Haters would be hating online even more than they have been. Speaking of which, can everyone lay off La La Land now?
  3. I'm so happy for Moonlight. The first LGBT and African American centred film to be awarded Best Picture. Of course my preference would have been La La Land (followed by Arrival) but it is a deserving winner, and the success of those three films will hopefully bring about more diverse stories and fresh energy to filmmaking. Exciting times.
  4. Viola Davis won her Oscar. YES.
  5. Jimmy Kimmel was good.
  6. Will we ever know what happens with the envelopes?!
  7. I love that Amy Adams skipped the red carpet. She totally deserved to win Best Actress. Even though I do love Emma Stone of course.
  8. Jordan Horowitz  is the real winner.
  9. I hope Ruth Negga finds herself with incredible opportunities following her nomination. She is a star.
  10. Bring on the 90th Academy Awards. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

An image to treasure.

They're just like us. Really.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

And the winners are...89th Academy Awards

Winner: La La Land
Upset: None
Wish: La La Land but would be happy with Arrival or Moonlight

Winner: Damien Chazelle for La La Land
Upset: Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
Wish: Damien Chazelle AND Barry Jenkins. A tie, yes please!

Winner: Denzel Washington for Fences
Upset: Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea
Wish: Ryan Gosling for La La Land or Denzel Washington (not Casey Affleck)

Winner: Emma Stone for La La Land
Upset: Isabelle Huppert for Elle
Wish: Ruth Negga for Loving

Supporting Actor
Winner: Mahershala Ali for Moonlight
Upset: Dev Patel for Lion
Wish: Mahershala Ali

Supporting Actress
Winner: Viola Davis for Fences
Upset: None
Wish: Viola Davis

Original Screenplay
Winner: Manchester by the Sea
Upset: La La Land
Wish: The Lobster

Adapted Screenplay
Winner: Moonlight
Upset: Arrival
Wish: Moonlight

Foreign Language Film
Winner: The Salesman
Upset: Toni Erdmann

Animated Film
Winner: Zootropia
Upset: Kubo and the Two Strings

Winner: La La Land
Upset: Lion
Wish: La La Land or Moonlight

Winner: La La Land
Upset: Moonlight
Wish: La La Land

Costume Design 
Winner: La La Land
Upset: Jackie
Wish: Jackie

Production Design
Winner: La La Land
Upset: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Wish: Arrival

Makeup and Hairstyling
Winner: Star Trek Beyond
Upset: A Man Called Ove 

Original Score
Winner: La La Land
Upset: None
Wish: La La Land AND Jackie

Original Song
Winner: La La Land - City of Stars
Upset: None
Wish: La La Land - Audition

Visual Effects
Winner: The Jungle Book
Upset: Rogue One
Wish: The Jungle Book

Sound Editing
Winner: Hacksaw Ridge
Upset: La La Land
Wish: Arrival

Sound Mixing
Winner: La La Land
Upset: Hacksaw Ridge
Wish: Arrival