Category Archives: Oscars

Hidden Figures

I’ve always been a bit of an astronut and so it was a no brainer to check out the film that is one of this years Academy contenders. Based on a true story, Hidden Figures tells the story of three scientists – Katherine Johnson (Taraji P Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Click here to read more…

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Arrival

Ever since Metropolis, a great Hollywood mainstay has been aliens from another planet. There are films like ET, Men In Black or Super8 that see it naively with a child’s perspective. There are the sinister visitations such as Independence Day or War Of The Worlds which have a more apocalyptic, threatening feel. And there are Click here to read more…

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Intersteller

These days when you watch a trailer you more or less see a mini version of the whole film. Indeed the trailer for this film makes the film look rather plain and I was in two minds whether to go and see it. (After all, you may have noticed that since fatherhood at the start Click here to read more…

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On The Waterfront

This Oscar winner from 1954 is set in the docks near Manhattan and tells the story of Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando), a dockworker who lives a humdrum existence accepting casual low paid work at the docks and spending the rest of his time keeping pigeons.

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Saving Mr Banks

Disney brings us this film about the making of its film Mary Poppins. The story, presumably based on anecdotal and early spooled recordings of the early development stages depicted in the film, tells of the hot cold relationship between Walt Disney himself (Tom Hanks) and the writer of Mary Poppins Pamela L Travers (Emma Thompson), Click here to read more…

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Captain Phillips

Based on a true story published in the book “A Captain’s Duty:Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS and Dangerous Days At Sea” by Captain Richard Phillips, the film tells the account of how his cargo ship, the US Maersk Alabama was hijacked in 2009 by a handful of Somali pirates and he himself later kidnapped by them Click here to read more…

Posted in 2014, BAFTA's 2014, Oscar's 2014

Hitchcock

For me he’s probably one of the best film directors that ever lived. Why? Because he knew how to tell a story. Not just script but camera angle, lens, music, casting etc etc…  In an industry which can often resemble a conveyor belt production line, often at the insistence of the producers (who , despite their Click here to read more…

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Moonrise Kingdom

This beautiful coming-of-age comedy is about a pair of young lovers Sam Shakusky and Suzy Bishop. After sparking a penpal relationship, they arrange to run away from home on their remote New England island, though only for 10 days. Armed with his scouting enquipment and she with her pet cat and a record player they cope remarkably well Click here to read more…

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Zero Dark Thirty

Maybe some considered it tempting fate to produce National Security drama whilst Americas public enemy number one terrorist, Osama bin Laden, was still at large. But since his death, there seems to have been closure in America that’s been counterbalanced with the birth of dramas about the nations security, the war on terror and other Click here to read more…

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Lincoln

Heavily nominated by both the Academy of Motion Pictures and BAFTA, this biopic from Steven Spielberg focuses primarily on Lincoln’s last four months and his attempts to emancipate the black population starting with his campaign to pass the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution which outlawed slavery, still a problem in many southern, Confederate states. To many, Click here to read more…

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