Reviews / 16.01.2020

Between The Lion King and Cats, 2019 was not exactly a great year for films featuring talking CGI animals. Sadly, 2020 isn't looking much better, as we begin the year with another disappointing CGI creature fest in the form of Dolittle; Universal's big-budget calamity that's been unceremoniously dumped in January after two previous release date changes. Looks like we're kicking off the year in disastrous fashion. With a cast that inexplicably features five (!) Academy Award winners and three Oscar nominees, a screenplay from an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, a...

Awards Season, Reviews / 11.02.2018

In 1997, the 69th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1996, and December 31, 1996, the awards were held on March 24. For the fifth time, Billy Crystal hosted the ceremony, tying him with Johnny Carson for the second-most appearances as Oscars host. With her win for Best Actress for Fargo, Frances McDormand became the first performer in Oscars history to win for a role directed by his or her spouse. McDormand's husband, Joel Coen, lost...

Awards Season, Reviews / 08.02.2018

In 1994, the 66th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1993, and December 31, 1993, the awards were held on March 21. The ceremony was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg for the first time. Goldberg became not only the first solo female host, but also the first African-American host. It was reported Goldberg was only offered the position after Steve Martin, Bette Midler, and Johnny Carson all turned down the offer. Holly Hunter and Emma Thompson...

Awards Season / 20.02.2015

Wes Anderson has never been an Academy favourite. Critically beloved films like The Royal Tenanbaums, The Life Aquatic and Moonrise Kingdom were all but ignored at the Oscars, so it was starting to seem like he was one of those directors they'd just never fall for. That all changed this year with his quirky and utterly charming film The Grand Budapest Hotel. Despite being released almost 12 months ago (an Oscar rarity), it was still showered with nominations, but can it take out the top prize? Why it could...