I was asked to review Sergei Loznitsa's new documentary record of the Ukraine protest movement Maïdan for Radio 4's Front Row programme this month. It's a timely film. Russia's black propaganda efforts since Maidan have been unrelenting...
With any momentous marketing success it's always worth taking a look at what it was that made it such a rip-roaring winner and whether that's translatable into other sectors. So, what lessons can be learned from Fifty Shades that don't involved a blindfold and a whip?
Aptly for a story about the trials of staging a Broadway play, the camera work gives the story a very theatrical quality: the transition from scene to scene is handled by plunging a part of the screen into darkness while simultaneously spotlighting another.
It's harmful for men to believe that financial success is what defines their masculinity - it implies that their hearts and personalities will never speak louder than their wallets, and will certainly never be enough to interest a woman.
If we take a quick look at this year's Golden Globe Award winners, the notion of a high-profile award winning film made for the mobile-first generation isn't as far-fetched as perhaps it first seems.
It's an industry where diversity means Denzel Washington. It's not news that a disproportionate number of directors are male, resulting in an inevitable plethora of egotistical, navel-gazing, cock-yanking films like Birdman, Boyhood and Whiplash, that feature women as little more than glorified set design.
Cyber thrillers can fall flat if they slip into the realms of cliche, but thankfully Blackhat gets the cardinal sin out the way early: assorted close up tracking shots of data transfer through chips and microscopic tech landscapes.
As a Doctor who specialises in the analysis and the motivations of people - outside of work my favourite thing to do is to go to the cinema with my cousin (himself an award winning film maker) and then pouring over every detail of characters, story and plot lines.
They are simply the only award show that really matters. It is the first date A-listers put in their diary, the one awards where everyone turns up. Jack Nicholson will wear sunglasses and sit in the front row just to be the butt of the jokes.
Julia Stiles took two major gambles when she took on the role of Blue. First was the challenge of the part itself: an escort and working mother with a troubled past. Second was the method of delivery, with Blue initially released on YouTube by pioneering online production company WIGS (standing for 'Where It Gets...').
At the risk of sounding all "Eeh, in my day it were all fields around here", which is never a good look, (especially when the day you're talking about was only about a decade ago), I think what the new generation of filmmakers need more than anything else is some obstacles.
Who doesn't want to be carried off by a great looking man, like Bella as Edward flies with her through the forest in Twilight, the way that Grey carries Ana, spent after their great sex, and Richard Gere carries Debra Winger from the factory where she works in An Officer and a Gentleman?
The Duke of Burgundy, Peter Strickland's stylish and provocative multilayered drama fantasy teases the audience while Kumiko the Treasure Hunter is a rare cinematic oddity that captivates.
BDSM is not abuse. That's a given, and so a person might expect me to defend Fifty Shades against all allegations, but that isn't quite the case. There is certainly abuse depicted, but not in the way many believe.
It's also true Christian Grey doesn't have any guttering. The water pours down the window and reflects back on the wall as Ana cries on grey satin sheets. Surely to goodness if he can afford first edition Thomas Hardy, he can afford to avoid the pitfalls of surface water.
Was The Breakfast Club ever shouted down from every corner of the internet as romanticizing abuse? No, on the contrary it was effusively hailed as a testament to the human condition. How is it different to Fifty Shades?