Blog: #08 10 Worst Best Picture Winners 1970-2017

When I started my film reviews I went through all the films which won Best Picture at the Oscars, started with 2017’s Moonlight before stopping abruptly after Patton (more on that, later). Here is a countdown of my 10 least favourite of those films which won Best Picture. 10) Gandhi, * * * ½ A lengthy filmContinue reading “Blog: #08 10 Worst Best Picture Winners 1970-2017”

Film Review: Lady Bird (2018)

2018 in Cinema: Lady Bird, 2018 Directed by: Greta Gerwig Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Lois Smith   Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson (Soairse Ronan) is a rebellious, angry teenager in the final year of high school, with all the troubles of new relationships, friendshipsContinue reading “Film Review: Lady Bird (2018)”

Film Review: I, Tonya (2018)

2018 in Cinema: I, Tonya, 2018 Directed by: Craig Gillespie Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale   In Suicide Squad she was poor. In Goodbye Christopher Robin she was okay. In I, Tonya Margot Robbie was simply sublime. A biographical black comedy about the life of figure skater Tonya HardingContinue reading “Film Review: I, Tonya (2018)”

Film Review: The Shape of Water (2018)

2018 in Cinema: The Shape of Water, 2018 Directed by: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer   Fresh off its 13 Oscar nominations (including Best Picture), The Shape of Water stars Sally Hawkins as Elisa Esposito, a mute janitor working in a secret government laboratoryContinue reading “Film Review: The Shape of Water (2018)”

Blog: #03 2018 Academy Awards Discussion and Early Predictions

When I started writing film reviews full time back in late-June I always had the Academy Awards as the first long-term destination; last year I had only seen one of the films nominated for Best Picture (Arrival), so I targeted the Academy Awards, and my knowledge of films in each category, as a basis forContinue reading “Blog: #03 2018 Academy Awards Discussion and Early Predictions”

Classic Film Review: Patton (1970)

And the Oscar Goes to: Patton, 1970 Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner Starring: George C. Scott, Karl Malden   Patton is an epic biographical war film about U. S. General George S. Patton (George C. Scott) during the latter years of World War II. And, I must admit, I didn’t like it. Earlier in theContinue reading “Classic Film Review: Patton (1970)”

Classic Film Review: The French Connection (1971)

And the Oscar Goes to: The French Connection, 1971 Directed by: William Friedkin Starring: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi   Two detectives, Det. Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle (Gene Hackman, Unforgiven) and Buddy ‘Cloudy’ Russo (Roy Scheider), begin an undercover investigation into a suspected narcotics deal organised by Salvatore ‘Sal’ BocaContinue reading “Classic Film Review: The French Connection (1971)”

Classic Film Review: The Sting (1973)

And the Oscar Goes to: The Sting, 1973 Directed by: George Roy Hill Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw   This was, surprisingly, a lot of fun. Set during the 1930’s, The Sting was about a complicated plot by two professional grafters who try to con a mob boss out of half a millionContinue reading “Classic Film Review: The Sting (1973)”

Classic Film Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

And the Oscar Goes to: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975 Directed by: Milos Forman Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield, Christopher Lloyd, Danny DeVito   Jack Nicholson in a leading role, Danny DeVito (Terms of Endearment) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) in back-up, an Oscar-winning performance by Louise Fletcher andContinue reading “Classic Film Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)”

Classic Film Review: Rocky (1976)

And the Oscar Goes to: Rocky, 1976 Directed by: John G. Avildsen Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith   Apollo Creed’s (Carl Weathers) challenger to his World Heavyweight Championship falls ill, and with the time before the fight only five weeks, none of the other big-name fighters are willing toContinue reading “Classic Film Review: Rocky (1976)”