2016 Oscar Nomination Predictions

Every year Shane over at Film Actually hosts an Oscar nominations contest, wherein we try to guess what films will be nominated. I took part last year and by some utter fluke won a Blu-Ray of Her, so I figured I’d give it a shot this year too. Bear in mind that amongst this year’s contenders I’m easily one of the least qualified, as of the 42 films amongst my predictions I’ve only seen 9, so this is all guessing of the highest order. So, without further ado, here’s what I think will be receiving nominations next Thursday: Continue reading

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Blind Spot 2016: Vote!

This year I’ve tried to take part in Ryan McNeil’s Blind Spot series over at The Matinee, wherein every month we cross off an unseen classic from our own blind spots. I’ve nearly finished, just got the last one to write up (The Conversation), and as it’s nearing the end of 2015 it’s time to decide what next year’s blind spots will be. And to do this I’m enlisting you fine folk to help me vote.

Below, and on the sidebar, there is a poll to vote for the films I’ll be watching next year. I’ll watch the 12 highest voted movies, so please be kind. They’re all taken from the 1001 Movies list, as indeed were this year’s. I’ll close the poll on New Year’s Day, and please vote for as many or as few films as you’d like.

Thanks for voting!

HitchcOctober #2: Pre-View

HitchcOctober is back! It’s my second annual celebration of the films of Alfred Hitchcock, and this year I’m trying to finish them all. I’ve got eight films left to review, plus a few others that are tangentially related that might get thrown into the mix as well. Of those left there’s a couple I’ve seen before, including a personal favourite, a few I’ve got no idea about, and at least one that I can’t actually get hold of yet, but will try and track down by the end of the month. This time last year it was on Youtube, but alas it’s no longer available. A few of those remaining are also on some of the other lists I’m going through, so multiple birds are being killed with far few stones.
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Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

There’s a whole heck load of movies coming out this year. Like, more than a dozen. I’m planning to watch a few, here and there, so here’s a handy-dandy little plan for my 2015 cinematic calendar. I’ve included the UK release date (some of these films have already been released elsewhere some time ago), as well as an idea of how excited I am to see them based on how I’ll actually probably see them. The key is here:
Cinema – Fairly straightforward, I’ll be seeing this in the theatre. The highest possible acclaim.
LoveFilm: High Priority – LoveFilm, my DVD rental service, has three different levels of priority. This is the highest.
LoveFilm: Medium Priority – This is the middle priority level.
LoveFilm: Low Priority – And this, somewhat predictably, is the lowest priority, reserved only for those films in which I have a passing interest but wouldn’t care if I didn’t see them. There are exceptions to some of these rankings, which I’ll get into, but this is a fairly straightforward guide. Continue reading

Trailer Breakdown: Jurassic World

I don’t normally discuss trailers for future movies on my site, but sometimes… Well, sometimes Jurassic World happens. If you’ve ever read anything I’ve written or listened to any podcast I’ve appeared on, you should know how huge a fan I am of Jurassic Park. Well, Jurassic World is a film I’m somewhat looking forward to seeing next year. Here’s my thoughts on the trailer. Potential spoilers may follow, but this is all speculation gleamed from the trailer. Continue reading

Most Anticipated Movies for 2014

The period of retrospection and looking back to the previous year has finished, now it’s time to look forward at the year ahead. There’s a lot of interesting looking films coming up, and here’s my run-down of the 50 that I’m most looking forward to, in order: Continue reading

Pre-View: Man Of Steel

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’ve never been a fan of Superman. He just seems too uninteresting as a character, with his only inner turmoil being his fish out of water last-of-his-kind predicament, that I’m sure would become annoying and whiny if dwelt on for too long. My disinterest with him also stems from the fact that I’ve spent so little time with the character. I have technically seen Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman, but I can’t remember a single thing about it (literally nothing), and my hatred for Superman Returns is well documented. I also wasn’t much of a fan of Smallville, barely making it halfway through the first season, and I doubt I’ve seen more than a couple of episodes of Lois and Clark, although I did like Ben Affleck’s performance as George Reeves in Hollywoodland. As such, I can’t say I’m really looking forward to the upcoming Man Of Steel, despite the interesting trailers and general buzz over it all.
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