How does cinema follow a year like 2015? A year when three of the top 10 biggest films of all time in the UK were released, including two of the top three. It was a year that also saw the release of the third biggest animated film in history (Minions), and the summer's best blockbuster, Mad Max: Fury Road, just snagged 10 Oscar nominations.
That's what I adored about Joy. Her stubborn refusal to accept any obstacle that might prevent her from completing her masterpiece. I remembered myself in her power and mourned the tempering of my own flame.
This is a question that has been instigated by the recent furore over the dearth of black representation at the 2016 Oscars with the absence of a single nomination in any category. But this crisis is not confined to film and TV, it also extends to the arts. Why is this? It can't be because of lack of talent, will or ambition, there is plenty out there.
In the midst of the 'Oscars Diversity Debate' sides are being taken and opinions are being voiced. I won't be covering the contents of the debate, or making any statement about it in any specific way, but rather I want to talk about talking about it.
Sadly, I know from that personal experience that dementia is one of those illnesses that can be very scary for anybody, especially at the first stage of dementia when there's a state of confusion for everybody. So, I'm really glad the entertainment world is making such a fuss out of dementia because raising awareness is so important to people who have the condition, their carers and loved ones because there is still a stigma attached to it. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be a cure for dementia in sight so that means we've got to make sure that people living with dementia can live well in their communities.
President Barack Obama had just weighed in on the debate over the #Oscarssowhite Twitter campaign, saying that Hollywood needed to make sure that everyone had a chance. Equality of opportunity is, after all, one of the principles America was founded on. Nominated for an honorary award, director Spike Lee has said he won't be attending. Neither will Jada Pinkett Smith. I wonder how many others will choose to sit this one out?
With it's documentary feel, sharp script and a spot on cast 'Spotlight' is a tension filled insight into The Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize Spotlight Team's investigation of long hidden systemic child abuse by Catholic priests in Massachusetts and the Church's complicity in it's cover up. It's riveting cinema with shades of 'All the President's Men.'
If you tipped your head in the right direction on Monday evening you probably heard a whoosh of applause coming all the way from the Eccles Theatre at this year's Sundance Festival, where the first of three standing ovations greeted the premiere screening of The Birth of a Nation.
For a film with perhaps one of the least imaginative titles going, The Big Short sure does give you one hell of an introduction to the recent banking crisis.
The tradition of watching minorities being ignored at the Academy Awards is as familiar as eating that tired stale fruit cake every Christmas. Hard, old and annual. I am not just talking about black people. I am talking about women, the disabled and other ethnic minorities too.
I want this film to be a love letter to all those people who are worried about saying I Love You. Say it. Trust me. You will learn a lot more about yourself if you stride out and embrace the emotional surf that knocks you off your feet.
Whenever an African American wins an award it is viewed by the African American community as historic, and that is fair enough; the Oscar is routinely mistaken for cinema's highest honour. The academy, like the Hollywood system, is deeply discouraging to black American talent, and to a disturbing extent. The awards are few; decades pass between them. Hattie McDaniel won for her portrayal of a maid. Whoopi Goldberg for her portrayal of a con woman.
'The Big Short' - fascinating, witty, sobering, a terrific tale of greed and corruption on Wall Street - 'The Assassin' requires patience but the reward is a feast for the senses - Eric Barbier's 'The Last Diamond' is a stylish, pacey diamond heist bedded in seduction, double cross and murder.
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It is a comprehensively gory film that embraces violence and brutality like American Pie embraces sex jokes. The problem is that because the violence is so front and centre the film has been, in my view at least, misconceived in its intentions by many who have seen it.
Although we tend to focus on his ability to play 'the bad (good) guy' many overlook his comedic side. Galaxy Quest, Love Actually, Dogma and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy are evident to his adeptness as an actor.