The Shape Of Water (2017)

With just twelve short days until the pinnacle of the cinematic calendar, the 90th Academy Awards, all of this year’s most celebrated motion pictures are coming thick and fast though the screens of British movie theatres. With a remarkable thirteen Oscar nominations to its name, Guillermo Del Toro’s latest offering, The Shape Of Water, arrived…

Top Ten: Films Of 2017

Congratulations, if you’re reading this then you have made it through the absolute maelstrom that has been 2017. Several events this year, both political and social, have really taken the world aback, some for the better and some for much, much worse, and more than ever I have turned to the dark comfort of the…

Gifted (2017)

It’s a little known fact that when a heatwave hits the UK, one of the best places to go for sanctuary, one of the few places that actually has air conditioning, is a multiplex cinema. Willing to do anything to fend off the 33 degree heat of central Oxford, in I went to see Gifted,…

The 89th Annual Academy Awards: Head vs. Heart

This Sunday marks the annual ceremony in Hollywood where the biggest, most prestigious prizes are given out to celebrate what the assorted members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences deem to be the best selection of films and performances over the past year in cinema. Though I often end up agreeing with…

Hidden Figures (2016)

There are many different kinds of films that I have special affection for, musicals being one, Disney animations being another and modern Westerns also being held in high esteem. Another genre of movie that seems to get me every single time is that of the ‘secret history’ story, those movies that shine a light on…

Insurgent (2015)

It seems as though all I have been doing for the past few weeks is watching films starring Shailene Woodley. I was forced by a friend to sit through a second viewing of The Fault In Our Stars (a film that I really did not like), and subsequently caught her starring role in White Bird…

Fruitvale Station (2013)

It has been a long time since Fruitvale Station garnered universal acclaim at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to win both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic Film. Forward to June 2014 and the picture, a first time feature length directorial effort by Ryan Coogler, has finally made its way…