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La La Land wins-no, Moonlight wins Best Picture (and other Oscar thoughts)

In what might be the most stunningly embarrassing gaffe in Oscar history, La La Land was announced as Best Picture, but once Damien Chazelle and his team made it onstage, presenter Warren Beatty had to announce that the actual winner was Moonlight. It was a cringeworthy moment for all involved, but I’m just too happy …

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The 2017 Oscars: Will win, Should win, Should have been nominated

It’s that time of year again when Hollywood’s elite gathers to hand out awards for the best in film. That’s right, it’s Oscar night, and this year is looking as unpredictable as any year in the ceremony’s 89-year history. Though certain films are guaranteed to walk away with a prize, many of the evening’s biggest …

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Drive At Five: Revisiting the best cult film of the decade

Some films take a long time to reach cult status. Battered by critics, ignored by audiences on release, left to be forgotten in the silver screen wasteland until someone influential rediscovers this buried treasure and spreads the word, forcing critics and audiences alike to realise their mistake and proclaim it a forgotten masterpiece. It’s A …

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Ghostbusters: How a comedy reboot became the most controversial film of the year

If you’ve been following film news over the last year, you’re almost certain to have seen, heard, or read something about Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot. When it was first announced that Feig was to helm an updated version of the beloved eighties sci-fi comedy, replacing the original cast with female comedians Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate …

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How Modern Times is still relevant eighty years on

Never has a film title been more fitting than Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. First released in 1936, the silent comedy shows no sign of aging. The story of a factory worker and an orphaned woman trying to get by in a cruel, jobless world, Modern Times is still shockingly relevant and relatable eighty years on.

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Why Orange is The New Black Season 4 is the best yet

Unlike the majority of Netflix viewers, I’ve never considered Orange Is The New Black to be among the top tier of television. While the first three series were very entertaining, the show never felt dramatic or consequential enough to be considered a must-watch, despite sharp scripts and a wonderful cast. However, that all changes with …

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RIP Anton Yelchin

One of cinema’s most diverse and talented young actors, Anton Yelchin sadly passed away on the 19th June 2016 after a freak car accident. At just 27 years old, Yelchin had already amassed enough box office hits and fantastic performances to last a lifetime. Making his debut in 2000 as a child actor, Yelchin appeared in …

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In Praise of Mediocrity

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the quality of films. As a film blogger, it’s my duty to recommend the best films out there, and deter people away from the worst on offer. Two features I’m most passionate about are Modern Masterpieces, in which I praise the very best films made in the last sixteen years, …

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Hatewatch #1: Special Correspondents (The continuing descent of Ricky Gervais)

In this new regular feature, I am travailing through the world of bad films to find hidden gems, terrible disappointments, and the worst of the worst. Films are rated on a scale of: ‘Good’, ‘Not Bad’, ‘So Bad It’s Good’, ‘Bad’, ‘Boring’, and ‘THE FUCKING WORST’. When Ricky Gervais first broke through into the mainstream with …

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What makes a bad movie? An Introduction to Hatewatch

We’ve all seen them before; the films so bad we can’t help but stare on amazed, pinching ourselves to check this isn’t some lucid dream brought on by heat stroke. Whether that be due to Nicolas Cage punching a woman in the face whilst dressed as a bear, Arnold Schwarzenegger explaining what killed the dinosaurs, …

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