Academy Award 2014 nominations: personal reaction

Well, we are well into awards season. Just over a week after the BAFTA nominations and a few days after the Golden Globes, we get the big kahuna – the Academy Award nominations. If the BAFTA nominees were anything to go by, the best approach is to play it safe and for the most part, this year’s Oscar nominees are relatively ‘safe’. American Hustle, 12 … Continue reading Academy Award 2014 nominations: personal reaction

BAFTAS 2014: Personal reaction

This morning, the 2014 BAFTA nominations were announced. Initial reaction? Safe.  In some categories, too safe…and they seem to discount some of the acclaimed films released mid-2013 (Stoker, The World’s End, Filth), drawing more of the attention on recent releases and critic favourites from the end of last year. So, reaction… American Hustle multiple acting nods are no surprise.  Even though it is like déjà … Continue reading BAFTAS 2014: Personal reaction

Before Midnight – 4.5/5 stars

For most film fans, the first two instalments are essential viewing and are quietly understated in terms of their respective popularity. Unfortunately, most people don’t realise that they represent two parts of cinema’s probably most enduring love story – one that is so natural, it is sometimes hard to believe that it is a figment of someone’s imagination. Before Midnight is the third film in … Continue reading Before Midnight – 4.5/5 stars