The truth is that whatever nationality you are in the West, if you are black in the arts, you are corralled, parcelled out, mediated... 12 Years a Slave may make it even harder for black American filmmakers to be financed, to have a shot at clutching that Oscar, too.
Fans of the original will find plenty to enjoy in the '300 on steroids' approach and it nicely sets up a rousing finale. For everyone else there are enough moments of genuine ingenuity to stop it being a complete shambles, but remember to switch your brain off at the door and prepare for a visual and aural beating. Sparta this isn't.
Without stating the apparent obviousness, I'm very much in the pro-camp. Or as some of my fellow impassioned supporters call it, Get The Fuck In or Fuck the Fuck Off. With the date coming nearer and nearer, it's hard for anyone to be on the fence and it's becoming increasingly feisty.
A hidden pressure of Oscar night is the psychological tightrope narcissists tread on the red carpet. Convention requires they give an acceptance speech which thanks others and indicates humility - acknowledging the contribution of colleagues to their own success. But deep down do narcissists really believe this?
Katee has become one of the most recognisable actresses of the escapist genre. As feisty pilot Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace, she helped turn the revamped Battlestar Galactica into one of the most acclaimed dramas of the Noughties...
To those who have not seen Roots, the plot may still read like a familiar story. The recent release by black British director Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave, may start differently, but it follows a very similar trajectory of blood, whips and brutality.
Still bothered by the fact that the British media doesn't think McQueen's remarkable achievement of note, I ask Lenny Henry if he thinks it appropriate to celebrate the fact that a black Briton has succeeded to this extent. Lenny is unequivocally celebratory. "Of course you should celebrate. He's a shooting star. Everything that Hollywood, even European directors strive for, he already is."
Now in its tenth year, the Glasgow Film Festival is fast becoming an essential fixture in the UK film calendar. Like the city itself, it's friendly, welcoming and its enthusiasm is utterly infectious.
Set in an indeterminate future Qohen Leth, Christoph Waltz is an employee for a huge corporation in a dystopian future, a company that XXX owned by Management (Matt Damon), who tasks him with solving the Zero Theorem, itself part of Big Crunch theory.
A feature-length documentary originally designed to follow the heavy metal band Lamb of God and their fans throughout the world to show how their music has gone global and can bring people together took a dramatic Kafkaesque turn when lead singer, Randy Blythe was arrested in Prague on a manslaughter charge...
The UK premiere of Pixar in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall brought an audience from all walks of life and those timeless scores to magical life, with a show combining stunning footage from all 13 Pixar films (which have all been written by just four composers!).
What do you get when you put Ralph Fiennes, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman together in a picturesque mountainside hotel, amongst a large ensemble cast of even more famous faces? The answer isn't just big screen magic, it's itchy feet.
The darkness in the Superior Spider-Man arc has meant that I've been quietly hiding the comics rather than encouraging my kids to flick through them as I used to. The darkness in Man of Steel means that those same kids will grow up with the Reeve movies rather than the Cavill ones, which is probably cooler anyway.
Don Siegel's classic crime thriller 'The Killers' shines as brightly as it did in 1964 and who would have thought that Ronald Reagan, who played Jack Browning, the double-crossing ruthless mob boss would become the 40th US President.
It brought home the reality that the BAFTA's were becoming more and more like the Academy Awards, where big bucks Hollywood hype over -rules artistic merit.
Setting up a large film studio in Scotland has long been seen as key to attracting international and British productions. Just two days after this panel in Glasgow, Pinewood announced they were going to build their new studios for film and 'high end TV' in Wales instead of Scotland -- estimated to bring some £90 million to local Welsh businesses alone.