With it's emotional intensity, strong cast, a storyline linked to Argentina's Dirty War and it's effect on law enforcement, Juan Jose Campanella's 'El Secreto de Sus Ojos' superb noir thriller traced the effect a brutal rape and murder case, reopened 25 years later had on a judge and a retired member of the investigative team.
I was lucky enough to attend the premiere of How To Be Single with my other half, walking just meters away from its fabulous female cast; Leslie Mann, Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie and, of course, Rebel on the pink carpet.
What is a relatively new conversation publicly is far from that in the reality of our industry, but to be fair to BAFTA they have done a considerable amount to promote diversity behind the scenes including providing consistent support for the TriForce Short Film Festival, so fair play.
If that's your cup of tea, then great - go ahead and watch it, be my guest (and all that jazz) - but I know many won't like it. It may come across as more-drama-less-action which may alienate some viewers, especially for the way the film is shot. Although remember: this isn't a bad thing.
Joy is a success story about a female entrepreneur. What woman couldn't use a little more direction and guidance in business? We have so few female role models to learn from regarding success to Joy's magnitude
Zoolander 2's joke is literally "haha, look, hot model Zoolander has a fat kid", and it doesn't evolve into satire or acceptance. It takes one offensive, cruel and frankly boring punchline and runs with it until the very end credits.
Last weekend I watched, and loved, The Big Short, a film based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis, which describes a group of disparate outsiders who each spotted the colossal financial malfeasance which gave rise to the banking and housing crisis of 2008. The writer-director Adam McKay manages to create a hilarious, sharp, clear and compelling movie, all the more impressive given that the subject matter is, frankly, pretty dry and horrendously complex - riddled with acronyms and nuanced money manipulations in identikit boardrooms.
Do those guys really want all that stuff? They've probably got the best vibrators money can buy, boobs to die for and been on all the top walking tours already. Also another goody bag? Just add it to the super massive, awards season pile.
Why is there a huge reservoir of films based on books but rarely, if ever, an original movie that is subsequently turned into a novel? You may find a film-jacket edition on the shelves but never an original work. Books provide filmmakers with a solid foundation from which to start, and sometimes a track record of sales that suggests a ready-made audience.
I've trawled through Amazon to see once and for all the true colours of the biggest films released last year...
What is of most interest to someone like me, who found the image of being an Numan fan so helpful as I learned to love being disabled, is that it charts Gary's diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome, which obviously influenced his image and attitude through out his career, and his battles with depression and anxiety as he struggled to rebuild his career.
I've done numerous interviews explaining how and why I set up a film festival to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Bechdel Test and I've been humbled by these opportunities to reflect on its progress. I'm often asked questions I didn't realise needed answering; things like 'why does representation matter?'
Quite remarkably almost 50 years on never-ending repeats from the nine original series are still being broadcast as primetime Saturday night TV. And perhaps most amazing of all Dad's Army has been remade into a new feature film, not reinvented for a 2016 audience but recreated to be as close as possible to the original version.
Normally I stay for the quotes, the pop culture, the film techniques and references. Now I want to rewatch it for the character and plot development; even if it amounts to nothing more than a Western tinged big screen adaptation of Cluedo. But will fans of Tarantino applaud it? I doubt it...
If you are not familiar with the film, it stars David Bowie as Jareth, the Goblin King, who steals 15-year-old Sarah's baby brother away when she carelessly wishes for it to happen because he won't stop crying. Jareth says she can only have him back if she completes the Labyrinth. Apparently, Jareth does this because he is in love with Sarah, and wants to grant her wishes...
Over the past two years, no black actors or actresses have been nominated for Oscars. And over the past decade there has only been 18 black nominees, which amounts to just 9 percent of all acting nominees.