under the skin
It is often said that there's never a bad year for cinema and 2014 emphatically proved that. In a year when cinema admissions were down on the highs of the last few years and no single film crossed the £40m mark for the first time since 2003, it would be easy to be pessimistic about the current state of cinema.
So that was 2014, a year when a comedy compromised the free world, when a tree and a raccoon stole millions of hearts, and when Gilliam, Scorsese, Godzilla and Jack Ryan returned to cinemas, but what, you may yawn, was THE film of the past 12 months?
How much exposition do you need in a film? Those clunky scenes when characters discuss plot, stitching Scene A to Scene B? Obviously film is a visual medium, so in theory nobody needs say anything.
Yes, I regularly take an index finger and push my chin fat to the side whilst explaining to my friends, 'without finger - Elephant and Castle chin, with finger - Hollywood chin. Without, with.' They laugh of course, but can't disagree that with a lean side profile I could take on the world.
Scarlett Johansson may have been all voice, no trousers - or body either - in Spike Jonze's high-concept 'Her', where she
February 14 was a significant date in the film calendar and it had nothing do with romance. To be eligible for the BAFTAs, films had to be released by this date, meaning all the big awards films for 2014 are either in cinemas now, or have already been and gone...
Wes Anderson, Richard Ayoade, are just two of the filmmakers debuting their latest big screen offerings at this year's Glasgow
The actress has undergone the radical makeover to play her latest role in the film adaptation of Michael Faber's novel, Under