Vice (2018)

Looking back on it, it’s probably fair to say that my first memories of American politics in any real sense came during the years of the George W. Bush administration. Being born in 1989, Bill Clinton was pretty much a guy who was mentioned in the Animaniacs theme and a guy who did something naughty…

First Man (2018)

There are few things that capture your imagination as a child quite like the thought of a man landing on the moon. With missions to Mars and even further space exploration just over the horizon, it is strange to think that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on that white circle in the sky…

A Fantastic Woman (2017)

To my eternal discredit, I only managed to see two of the five pictures nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars. The first was Russian entry Loveless, and, luckily for me, the second was A Fantastic Woman, the Chilean entry that ended up taking the big prize on Sunday night. It’s victory…

The 90th Annual Academy Awards: Head vs. Heart

Well, it’s that time of the year again when Hollywood plays host to the elite creators of the film world, the culmination of awards season, the cherry that every nominee wants to add to their personal cake, the 90th Annual Academy Awards. With this year’s ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel set to be politically and…

Lady Bird (2017)

Being much closer to thirty now than any of my precious teen years, the world of ‘coming of age’ cinema is something that I tend to only want to revisit with the promise of some really high quality content. In the case of Lady Bird, attached names like Greta Gerwig, Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalfe were…

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…

Loveless (2017)

There were two main choices for my viewing pleasure this week, Russian picture Loveless or the Donald Crowhurst biopic The Mercy starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz. At this time in the cinematic calendar, it is always wise to follow the releases that have nominations attached to them, so Colin and Rachel have been set aside…