Occasionally, beyond the ad campaigns, the merchandise and the arrogant multiplex, there is almost always something decent lurking quietly in the shadows. It is in these shadows (although, I may occasionally burst into Cineworld) that I have compiled my annual top ten list of the best films of the year. The contenders are based on quality, substance and ingenuity.
Seriously now, how do you make a living as a filmmaker? I realised when I asked myself this question that I had three main areas of expertise that I could monetise. Firstly, I am a good communicator. Secondly I have an instinct for marketing and promotion and thirdly I had some marketable skills. so, what would I call myself?
How To Get Away With Murder is taking the US television scene by storm in the new season. However, its fresh take on legal drama is not what's drawing unique attention. Instead, the uber-conservative cross section of American viewership is up in arms over the 'controversial' depiction of passionate gay sex scenes.
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The showing of The Godfather at the Royal Albert Hall accompanied by a live orchestra! Sounds dreamy right! The Godfather was the latest in a series of classic films with live orchestral accompaniment at the majestic venue.
December 11th see's the release of the latest film by director Mo Ali titled Montana. I was lucky enough to attend the gala screening this past week.
The studios' argument is that this creates a better viewing experience by letting the story 'breathe'. Of course. Because audiences just love to watch stories that don't end. We all go to the movies thinking, I really hope this story will have an unsatisfying ending cynically concocted to milk me of my ticket money for the next movie.
Catching a film at the cinema was once a firm favourite to fill our free time, but it seems that the silver screen is losing its allure, seeing a huge decline in audience numbers. In 2013 over 165.5 million people attended the cinema, which was the lowest viewing figures since 2008.
Now, it's hardly a controversial view that people residing in North Africa and the Middle East during the era of the Old Testament weren't white. They were likely to be of an Arab or Black complexion. So imagine my disappointment upon watching this trailer, to see that pretty much every single character, other than a few background thieves and slaves, were white.
As a filmmaker, I've always been curious to hear people's stories. Everybody has a story to tell and the first thing I often wonder when I meet someone is what theirs is. This was the case with Naomi, the young woman whose experience sleeping rough on the streets of London inspired the story for my latest film, A Horse Called Oz.
I have cerebral palsy but I've never let it hold me back. Growing up, I was bullied but I quickly learnt not to back down... A bruise will heal, a cut will heal, but when you let someone take away who you are, it's more damaging than any broken bone and deeper than any cut. By standing up for myself, people no longer just saw my disability. It shouldn't define you. I just happen to have CP.
While Stephen Hawking personifies a will to live that can only be explained by the power of his mind over matter, the facts just don't add up. Sexuality is an issue for most people with ALS and their partners. It directly effects voluntary nerves and muscles and diminish sexual sensation.
Thursday sees ministers from all over the world gather in the UK for the London Conference on Afghanistan to talk about the country's future development. This is a very critical time, international troops are mostly withdrawing and the world will be watching to see how this will affect the country's security and development.
Which brings us to Nightcrawler, Jake's latest stunning performance. He plays Lou Bloom, an intense petty thief. However, he has the drive of a young man who could make it big in whatever business he chooses. And after witnessing a crash one night, the proverbial light bulb goes on over his head.
Paddington was a key part of my childhood and 'woe betide anyone who screwed it up', I thought. Thankfully those fears soon melted away within a few minutes of one of the best films of 2014. Getting a movie like this from script to screen is no easy matter, and King, Heyman, the cast and crew have done a magnificent job.
However, Christopher Nolan's latest epic is still a force to be reckoned with. Matthew McConaughey is on good form as Cooper, the cowboy pilot with the right stuff.