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…

‘I, Tonya’ Review

I, Tonya begins by stating it is ‘based on irony-free, wildly contradictory, totally true interviews with Tonya Harding and Jeff Gillooly’, and the multiple perspectives this provides, combined with a snappy script and darkly comic sensibility, makes I, Tonya a blast of a film that entertains, whilst also humanising the figure at its heart. Whilst…

‘The Mercy’ Review

The first, and bigger, of two Donald Crowhurst films set to be released by Studiocanal in the coming weeks has arrived. It is an assured and affecting stab at the tragic tale, if one that plays it a little safe. Based on the true story of the amateur sailor’s attempt at the Golden Globe race…

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 Shape of Water’ Review

Arriving with an impressive 13 Oscar nominations, Guillermo del Toro brings us another fantastical tale, one featuring an amphibian man, that, despite its other-worldly qualities, is a deeply human tale of love. It is pure cinematic magic. Set in the 1960s, during the Cold War, the film follows Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute woman who…