Awards Season, Reviews / 28.09.2019

Full disclosure - until last year, I had never heard of Fred Rogers. As someone living in the bubble that is Australia, the unassuming brilliance of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood had somehow never reached our shores. It took Morgan Neville's gorgeous and inspiring 2018 documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? to introduce the magic of Mister Rogers to those of us previously uninitiated. After the documentary provided an intimate insight into both the public and private lives of Rogers, there seemed no need for a full-scale biopic. Thankfully, that's entirely...

Reviews / 18.06.2019

When Pixar brought their Toy Story franchise to an emotional close in 2010, they did so in truly remarkable fashion. Both critically-acclaimed (it remains the last animated film to be nominated for Best Picture) and universally adored (it was the first animated film in history to gross a billion dollars), Toy Story 3 was the perfect farewell to a perfect trilogy. Few truly wanted a fourth film. It wasn't needed. We'd said goodbye. We'd closed that door. We all suspiciously sneered at the announcement of another instalment as a cheap...

Awards Season, Reviews / 09.02.2018

In 1995, the 67th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1994, and December 31, 1994, the awards were held on March 27. The ceremony was hosted by late-night talk show host David Letterman for the first (and only) time. Letterman's awkward performance as host was met with such negative criticism, he was never again invited to host. For the first time in 56 years, a performer would win consecutive acting Oscars. With his second win for...

Awards Season / 19.02.2014

Next cab off the rank in the Best Picture race is Captain Phillips. Is anyone crowing for the Captain to sail away with Best Picture? Maybe not, or at least not publicly, but it still holds a strong chance and here's why. The snub of Tom Hanks. Out of all the crazy snubs at the nomination announcement, the one that stood out for most Oscar observers was the ludicrous snub of Tom Hanks for Best Actor, who was seen as a sure thing, even in a crowded category. The...