Oscar predictions 2017


It’s that time again!

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Best Picture
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Hidden Figures
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water


The echo-ey chamber


In defence of the multiplex


The multiplex cinema experience is oft-maligned. Justifiably so, sometimes. There are the people who seem pathologically unable to put away their phones. The mess and broken seats. The half-hour of ads and trailers. The lighting. All those fucking nachos.

To say there’s room for improvement would be like saying I’m kind of looking forward to Dunkirk. (Of course I am. It goes without saying. Everybody is.) Showcase has, to its credit, recognised this, and responded with reclining seats and a borderline-comical expanse of legroom. Other chains too will need to shape up if they want to keep cinemagoing a national pastime in the age of on-demand everything.

The Alternate Oscars


A moment for the best pictures not nominated for Best Picture


2015 was a remarkably strong year for film. So strong, in fact, that there’s an alternate, but equally-strong Best Picture race being run in a parallel Los Angeles, featuring none of the films currently vying for a trophy. Some were early favourites that dropped off, some received bafflingly-average reviews, others were near-locks right up until they weren’t.

Without further ado, the Alternate Oscars.

The underappreciated master


From Jaws to Bridge of Spies: why Steven Spielberg still doesn’t get his due


It’s a curious thing. On one hand, you’re the most successful director in cinema history with over $9.1 billion in worldwide grosses; you’ve got a pair of Best Director Oscars, plus a third for Best Picture; your resume reads like a cultural ‘best of’ list from the last three decades. On the other, you’re arguably the most underappreciated director around.

Such is the case of Steven Spielberg.

Carell: Suck it, Gosling


The Big Short star reacts to his nomination


The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards yesterday, Thursday 10 December.

The Big Short confirmed its position as a major contender in the awards race with four nominations, including two of the five nominees for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, for stars Christian Bale and Steve Carell. The film also features Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling.