2016 was … well … challenging, to say the least. A lot of really terrible things happened. I did more crying between November 2015 and December 2016 than I probably did in the entirety of the rest of my life so far. Having acknowledged that, I also realised that, more than ever, we need to spend… Continue reading Cinematic ponderings – 2016
Hello 2017! I can’t wait to get stuck into your cinematic offer, but before then, let’s look back at 2016; a healthy year for film-watching as far as I’m concerned. I watched a total of 293 feature films; the closest I’ve come to my yearly goal of 365. Of those 293, 236 were new to… Continue reading 2016 in films
This Friday in the UK sees the release of Roger Ross Williams’ inspiring new documentary, Life, Animated, and I cannot recommend it enough. I saw the film back in January when I went to Sundance. It was the very first film I saw as it had been chosen as the opening volunteer screening. I hadn’t originally planned on… Continue reading LIFE, ANIMATED… and the power of film
For my fourth Noirvember, I really wanted to commit to one film a day, especially after last year’s festivities were cut short due to tragic life incidents. I almost managed it, until I had to fly to Scotland for a conference for work and missed the last three days of November. Oh well… close enough.… Continue reading Noirvember 2016 highlights
Dear Noirvember, You came into my life four years ago and my world has been nothing but improved ever since. With all your dark corners, mirrors, shadow chasing, broken cities and flawed characters, you make November not only bearable, but something to look forward to. I realised my love for noir fairly late in life.… Continue reading An open love letter to Noirvember
So here we are. I, and millions more, had been living in fear that this day would eventually come. But when I woke up this morning, after staying away from all the coverage from the night before, I did genuinely hope that the breaking news from 7am on my phone would be that the UK… Continue reading Political interlude
Ever since it was officially announced that we had seen the last of Daniel Craig as Bond – a piece of information I feel has been deemed ‘breaking news’ at least 10 times over the past couple of years – we’ve seen an incredible amount of A-listers lining up at the door to take on… Continue reading Can we all forget about James Bond and get ourselves a new role model?