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Daily Archives: February 14, 2017

As made clear by all the articles and think-pieces on the “Oscar curse”, winning an Academy Award doesn’t guarantee that Hollywood will treat an actor with more respect or opportunities. Most of all, if the actor’s instinct (and agent) doesn’t tend to more prestige roles, they tend to take a steep fall from grace after winning the statuette. The 10… Read more »

14 February 2017 | Features, People Lists

I’m not sure that there is as enjoyable a film genre as the musical, and it’s one that is often derided more than any other, except maybe for horror films. Even when a joyful and technically dazzling pastiche picture like La La Land appears there’s an almost instant backlash from cynical types determined not to enjoy a picture that celebrates… Read more »

14 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The Oscars have chosen their five picks for the Best Documentary category. While they’re not too shabby, it’s obvious that they left out quite a few stellar choices. It’s not hard to see why. 2016 has graciously gifted us with so many fantastic documentaries. With streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu swooping up as much content as they… Read more »

14 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Throughout history, filmdom has seen its fair share of horrific on-the-set tragedies. Who could ever forget the fatal accidental shooting of Brandon Lee during The Crow and the litany of deadly stunts gone wrong in films like The Dark Knight and The Expendables II? While some of these mishaps led to long and costly wrongful death trials (a stunt person’s… Read more »

14 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann is one of those brilliant movies that you have to see for yourself in order to understand where all of the talk about it has been coming from – and once you do, you’ll realise what ‘the fuss’ was all about. On the surface, Toni Erdmann is a relatable story of a retired father, Winfried (Peter… Read more »

14 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

It is no mean feat to make a movie from start to finish. We’ve all heard stories of Terry Gilliam’s “Don Quixote” or even Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon project, proving that you can be one of the most admired directors in history and still fall short of putting your vision in front of the cameras. And that’s not to mention the… Read more »

14 February 2017 | Features, People Lists