‘Fences’ Review

[Sidenote: I saw this before the Oscars] Another of the big awards film’s finally makes it to UK screens, and brings along an acting masterclass. Based on August Wilson’s award-winning play, Fences details the life of Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington), a sanitation worker, and his¬†relationships with his family as they are put through the trials…

‘Moonlight’ Review

[Sidenote: I saw this before the Oscars] Barry Jenkins’ critically acclaimed coming of age story should be celebrated not only for its cinematic achievement, but for its depiction of minorities not seen enough on film. Based loosely on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, the film follows Chiron, a young black boy struggling…

The Oscars 2017

OKAY, WOAH. HOLD UP. WHAT JUST HAPPENED. Let’s start at the end because that’s the only place to begin on an Oscar night that was quite¬†historic, and not just for good reasons. So…the Best Picture winner was Moonlight, but due to an envelope mix-up, La La Land was announced as the recipient of the award.…

Oscars 2017: Predictions and Opinions

Film’s biggest night is finally here; it’s the Oscars. We’ve had awards ceremonies galore leaving certain locks and open races in the various categories here tonight. Will La La Land sweep the board? Who will be named Best Actor? What upsets or shocks might there be? With Jimmy Kimmel as the host, the night should…

’20th Century Women’ Review

Mike Mills’ latest is a beautifully formed comedy-drama, centering around a household of characters and their lives in the 1970s. It will make you laugh, feel and think, in one of the most underseen gems of the past year. The (Oscar-nominated) script is the star of the show here. Its unconventional structure, and close examination…

‘Oscar bait’ – does it exist?

Often the term ‘Oscar bait’ is thrown around in reference to films that fit within a certain criteria, created by observations of past Oscar winners and nominees. It’s frequently used as an insult to attack a film as opposed to the Academy, used in an attempt to delegitimise success. It presents the idea that films…

More Nominations = More Backlash?

As we reach the final stretch of Awards’ Season, it’s interesting to examine whose reputation has lasted the battering of the race…surprisingly its often those in first place that suffer the most. After gaining traction early on with critical acclaim, followed by audience love, followed by awards nominations, films often start to pick up increasing…