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

Django Unchained – 4.5/5 stars

Some people think he is lucky.  Others call him a genius.  It is strange to think that Quentin Tarantino has been a director for 20 years and he continues to go from strength to strength.  After the commercial and critical success of his last film, Inglorious Basterds (2009), we see him return in his ‘homage’ to Spaghetti Westerns – Django Unchained. Set three years before … Continue reading Django Unchained – 4.5/5 stars

J. Edgar – 3/5 stars

Clint Eastwood is a legend.  Heck, my Dad got watching Heartbreak Ridge before I hit my teens and therefore, I remember the days of it being shown on TV when ‘maggot farmer’ was a veiled replacement for ‘m*****f****r’.  He is also one of those rare success stories where he is celebrated for an actor, director and even as a composer. But since his 2008 drama, Gran … Continue reading J. Edgar – 3/5 stars