In Part Two of my award coverage of the 2013 Award Season I have included: The winners at the European Film Awards, The New York Film Critics Online Awards and The Boston Society of Film Critics awards.
With the exception of Fruitvale Station taking the breakthrough/debut awards, Stories We Tell honoured for Documentary Filmmaking, and The Wind Rises winning claim as the year’s best Animated Feature there is no crossover between either critical body, which puts an early surprise spin on this very open awards race.
Here are my five top reasons why His Girl Friday is a Five Star Film.
Here we are again, at the dawn of another awards season. The 2013 Independent Spirit Awards nominees have been announced.
The Brit and self-confessed “old hippie” took some time out to share his choice of a Five Star Film – from Down Under no less – and one that he has become completely “obsessed” by.
When I asked Warren Brown if he could tell Graffiti With Punctuation his FIVE STAR FILM and five reasons why, he did something unexpected; “That’s too hard, I might just down right refuse.”
IT was fate; when Warren Brown got the call to say he’d got the part in Luther his ringtone was still the theme to The Wire.
Again, where to start with 250 minutes of movie?
In town to promote his latest offering – Bad Grandpa – Johnny Knoxville lived up to his reputation and bent the rules when it came to picking a Five Star Film.
The rain seems to finally be easing up, which means dashes between cinemas are marred more by sweat than precipitation. My day today was spent entirely at GoMA, though, which—in contrast with the Palace Barracks—is well air-conditioned (some would say too much, but I’ll take that over Barracks 2’s swampy heat any day). Consequently, my films today ranged from simple to epic but always artistic.
A rainy Sunday meant only three films, once again very different. I’ll talk more about The Square in a separate review, which leaves one film experimenting with a new cinematic language and another steeped in the language of old.
The first Saturday means the big films start to rear their heads. I opted for a quieter day, however, with a mix of films which couldn’t be more different from each other.
It’s only my second full day of films and I’m already starting to feel burnt out. Film festivals are a test of stamina more than endurance; it’s less whether you can make it through and more whether you can still form a cogent sentence halfway through.
But what we care about here is this: are the films any good? This diary will contain reviews of each day’s films as I see them, including more in-depth analysis for anything particularly memorable, whether good or bad. Let’s begin with a film I saw on Monday as a curtain raiser for the festival.
Down Under for Melbourne Cup Day celebrations, star of Downton Abbey Alan Leech shed some light on the the film that has influenced him the most as a performer and why it’s his five star film.
Shot in black and white Frances Ha follows the titular character (Gerwig); a twenty something struggling to find her place and future in New York City. Yes it is a little bit Girls, a little bit Woody, but undoubtedly its own masterpiece and a wonderful take on the romance genre.
Here is a list I have been working on throughout the second half of 2013 – a list of my 50 Favourite Horror Films
I’ve been racking my brain as to why audiences don’t embrace horror in Australia and I think it may have something to do with (hear me out!)…Crocodile Dundee.
PLOT: It’s Christmas Eve and Black Mask and his mutant sledge hammer Killer Croc have orchestrated a breakout from Arkham Asylum with one intention; unleashing eight assassins to kill Batman. …
Playtime is the fourth feature film from French director Jacques Tati, and in a string of masterpieces is arguably the best film he ever made. I didn’t think cinema could get much better than his Mon Oncle, but this highly ambitious film – shot in 70mm it utilizes an enormously complex mise en scene as a cinematic play pen and took about four years to shoot and put together – feels like one of the all-time greats.