The Power of the Audience

The audience you’re with can have a big effect on your film experience, and I don’t just mean whether or not you get some inconsiderate popcorn rustlers, drink slurpers, mid-movie texters, man-spreaders or even vapers in your screen. Especially for films which are designed to evoke more audible reactions from their audiences (for example laughs…

Straight-to-Streaming

I’m going to start this feature by admitting that part of the reason for writing it is annoyance (albeit I had been planning to write a similar feature for a while). I watched Alex Garland’s Annihilation on Netflix last week and I am annoyed. I am annoyed that I didn’t have the option to see…

The Oscars 2018

Following last year’s inadvertently overtly dramatic Oscars, one that will certainly go down in history, last night’s affair was a tad uneventful (perhaps a plus for the producers following 2017’s Best Picture debacle). The awards themselves held no real surprises, even in races that weren’t locks, the favourite inevitably walked away with the trophy. The…

Oscars 2018: Predictions and Opinions

We’re now just one day away from film’s biggest night, and despite certain films and filmmakers sweeping up awards left and right at other ceremonies, this year’s Oscars seems a little more unpredictable. Last year’s Moonlight triumph in the Best Picture race threw a huge spanner in the works in being pretty much the only…

BAFTAs 2018

Last night, the most prestigious awards in the British film industry were handed out in a show full of speeches characterised by Time’s Up, unsurprising winners, and a sweep of awards for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The biggest winner of the night, Three Billboards began by claiming the Best British Film award, and went…

BAFTAs 2018: Predictions and Opinions

Disclaimer: Frustratingly, there are still a few nominated films that haven’t been released in the UK yet, so I’ll be basing my predictions for those more off of the general consensus  The biggest night in the British film calendar is now only a day away, and the anticipation is reaching fever pitch. It is one…

‘The Oscars Shouldn’t Be Political’

After last year’s ceremony deeply influenced by the Trump era, and this year’s awards circuit being completely characterised by Time’s Up and MeToo, the run up to the Oscars has prompted the usual ‘I don’t want your politics’, ‘awards shows shouldn’t be political’, and the general notion that those in the film industry shouldn’t be…