Film festivals face an additional hurdle to other types of arts organisations: Netflix and the pre-domination of online movie providers. This means that the traditional ways people access and watch movies has shifted from movie theatres and DVDs to online distribution.
Now in their fifth year, the International Screenwriters' Lectures, hosted jointly by BAFTA and the BFI, have cemented their worldwide reputation as the most prestigious forum for celebrating the peculiar genius of screenwriting.
A wondrous event took place in London town last night. A premiere like no other, vInspired's Swing The Vote set out to reveal what's remained a secret 'til now: exactly what will get the UK's 18-24 year olds to the ballot box next summer.
Summer is over, just look outside for proof, but right around the corner to help combat those post-summer blues is the UK's premier film extravaganza, the 58th BFI London Film Festival... I've picked out a few of the key highlights so you can be first in the queue when the tickets go on sale on 18 September.
It was evident that this photo was meant to be art (whatever that means). And the fact that it was shot by one of the world's leading photographers is meant to reinforce that claim. But while it is a powerful and strong image, it also shows that this image isn't 'feminist' as Claire Cohen, writing for the Telegraph, says, or a 'victory for small breasted women'.
The presence of Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and original stars Bruce Willis, Powers Boothe, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson gel nicely. The hard boiled characters and narrative are terrific, violent, sexy, extreme, brutal and seductive, but strip away the visuals and creative flourishes and truth is you're left with some rather dull stories.
American filmmaker Josh Evans' new movie Death in the Desert is a classic. I was privileged to get an exclusive preview of this brand new film. The prolonged panoramic and panning landscape shots burn into your mind with the light and the dark and the shadows. The cast and the characters they play are captivating as is the dark and addictive story.
Between them, Inman and Holman set about placing Gilles Peterson and his enduring quest for new Brazilian music at the centre of the narrative, with the veteran musicologist, for the first time, producing an album of music for which his passion is unrivalled.
It's 20 years since I've seen a Luc Bessonfilm as enjoyable as Lucy. The French movie mogul created two of my favourite films in Leon and Nikita, but in the years since then his output has been erratic to say the least.
It's a character driven thriller without a lot of dialogue, the tension quietly builds up, Jeff Grace's music score is perfect and Christopher Blauvelt's cinematography perfectly captures night moves as you're led to the inevitable question, 'what or who will bring them down?'
Richard Attenborough's perfomance in 10 Rillington Place was so triumphantly, shockingly convincing that those who see it must surely recognise his total commitment to this story. His initial reluctance to inhabit the role was tempered by the passion he felt for the film's message, declaring it "a most devastating statement on capital punishment"
Last month I highlighted the seven big titles that are set to fill cinemas for the remainder of the year. They were huge films, each of which is likely to be thrust into the public consciousness via the sizeable marketing budgets of the respective distributors. As an alternative, here are seven titles that aren't quite of the same scale but are set to be as notable in their own right.
Why is Hollywood fixated on turning everything from the childhood of twenty and thirty somethings into a movie franchise? Because we love nostalgia! Nobody knows that better than Doug Walker, also known as the Nostalgia Critic, who writes and hosts a web series scrutinising the treasures of our youth with comically brutal honesty.
Fact is, I loved The Godfather when I originally saw it. I loved The Godfather the second time I saw it. I loved The Godfather the third time I saw it. I loved The Godfather the fourth time I saw it...
Watching this film is relaxing, exhilarating, fulfilling and wonderfully nostalgic. You're gently nudged round a full spectrum of emotions, but just as is the case with 'real life', of course different moments will resonate with different people.
With 2014 (over) halfway through, it's time to reflect on the cinematic year thus far. Accredited with numerous triumphs, not to mention a number of emphatic troughs (here's looking at you, Pudsey The Movie), take a look at a list of the 5 top films of the first half of 2014, product of my humble opinion...