Of the films I’ve seen at TIFF thus far, two stand out as ready to go head-to-head with Dunkirk in the main categories at the Oscars early next year. I’ve already said previously I expect The Current War to be nominated for Best Picture, but it will more than likely just be there to make… Continue reading Breathe and The Shape of Water are set to become firm Oscar favourites.
Last week, news broke that Ed Skrein had pulled out of his role in the upcoming Hellboy reboot movie, in which he, a white English actor, was due to play a character of Asian heritage (read the story here, and a follow-up to it here). While I haven’t quite been on the ball enough to fully… Continue reading Why representation and diversity on screen is so important.
It struck me upon waking up this morning that I had not taken the time to tell you what TIFF actually means in my blog post yesterday, in which I used the term in passing numerous times. Now, I have no doubt the film aficionados among you will need no informing, but I don’t particularly… Continue reading TIFF: an explanation.
I saw Hidden Figures back in early January at a preview screening at Odeon. Since then I’ve been bombarded by trailer after trailer for the film. This wouldn’t be a problem if it were a teaser we were talking about, but no. The final Hidden Figures trailer is the most tragic case of spoiling an… Continue reading Trailer comparison: Hidden Figures and Fences.
Elle, a 2016 French psychological thriller directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Isabelle Huppert in a role for which she’s become a surprising front-runner for the Academy Award for Best Actress, has quickly become one of my most anticipated movies of the year. Unfortunately, as it’s not due for release in the UK until March… Continue reading Preview: Elle.
Granted, this piece is almost a month late – in fact I think it’s almost one month to the day when I started writing it – but it’s been a pretty busy time for me lately. This year’s BFI London Film Festival was one of the biggest and best ever. Here I’ll be offering an… Continue reading BFI London Film Festival – Highlights.
Under the Shadow is an internationally co-produced (UK/ Jordan/ Qatar) horror film that has been selected as the British entry for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards. Set in 1980s war-torn Tehran during the Iran-Iraq conflict, it follows levelheaded mother Shideh and daughter Dorsa as they become increasingly unsettled not only by… Continue reading Under the Shadow.