Michael Keaton gives the performance of his life in Birdman, a stunning, surreal, funny, at times savage study of one man's obsession with a Raymond Carver stage play which he's adapted, and is directing and starring in on Broadway.
Ridley Scott, in my opinion, had not made a great film in years, so I didn't hold out much hope for his latest, the biblical saga Exodus: Gods and Kings. However, like 2014's Noah, this huge, visionary epic holds together well and is worth a look on the big screen.
Looking at some of the pictures which didn't make it into my top 10: Dallas Buyers Club, Starred Up (with a terrific lead performance from Jack O'Connell), Wolf of Wall Street, Nightcrawler...I could go on... I realise how good a year it was. Here we go then, my 2014 movie top 10...
One of the things that has inspired me in 2014 has been scientific advancements beyond our atmosphere: from the continued work on the International Space Station, to Curiosity's exploits on Mars and Philea's historic bumpy landing on an asteroid - surely the stuff of science fiction!
What people may not have heard is how Sony has pulled Shane Dawson's parody video of Taylor Swift's Blank Space song from YouTube. Shane Dawson is one of YouTube's biggest stars, he's been around for years and has over 6 million subscribers, and that's just on one of his channels. He's rude and crude, that's kinda his thing.
Mary Poppins by Disney, is not the P.L. Travers version. In the original books, the Banks children live in a dark, sugarless world which is brightened by Mary only inasmuch as she shows them a different side of life. A magical side of a world where infants are forced to forget their union with the universe by the rigours of our society.
The movie, to use the title of one of Seth Rogen''s films, is superbad, It's neither funny, intelligent or even very controversial.
It's hard to see how 50 SoG will fail. The book has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and it's been translated into 52 languages, It's pretty much the movie is going to be a slam dunk. It has all the hallmarks of a Hollywood bonkbuster: no plot, cardboard characters and sexual violence.
We spend every Christmas Eve indoors watching The Muppet Christmas Carol. There is no better way to kick off Christmas proceedings than this film, and here's why...
Sony's decision to halt the release of The Interview will cost tens of millions of dollars. This is in addition to the estimated $100M costs incurred as a result of the hack. Nobody has died in this skirmish, but the economic costs of this one attack are huge.
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.
Excited about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies? Want the inside scoop on the 11 scenes that are so mind-blowing that you will have to watch them again and again and then probably once more to fully understand and appreciate them? Ask and thou shall receive...
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.