Films watched and reviewed in March 2021

I watched 14 films in March, which is broken down as 12 first time views and two rewatches. I finished rewatching The Hobbit series but couldn't find any charm in Made in Italy. 1ST TIMERS Moxie (2021) - Moxie is a powerful film that will hopefully empower audiences to challenge the status quo that they witness. ★★★★... Continue Reading →

Interview with veteran Hollywood animator Gene Hamm

"Working on Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings was my Woodstock," explains Gene Hamm, an animator now living in San Francisco who cut his teeth on the ambitious 1978 animation of JRR Tolkien's classic novel. "Everybody working on the production was just totally nuts. I'm amazed we got anything done because we'd have entire conversations just... Continue Reading →

Seven faces of Gary Oldman

Today – 21st March – is the 63rd birthday of the extremely versatile and supremely talented British actor Gary Oldman. Currently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Mank (2020), Oldman has delighted fans throughout his near 40-year career, bringing to life a diverse set of... Continue Reading →

Thursday Movie Picks: Fake Identity

This week in Thursday Movie Picks – run by Wandering through the Shelves – we’ve been asked to list three to five films that feature fake identity. I found this a tricky theme, as there are many more films that focus on mistaken identity instead, so may have strayed from the brief slightly. If you haven’t... Continue Reading →

Musical Monday: Daft Punk bid adieu

French electronic duo Daft Punk announced their retirement in February, bringing to an end an illustrious, award-winning career that had spanned nearly 30 years. Famous for never revealing their faces and for wearing robotic helmets and gloves, the enigmatic duo (confirmed as Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo) composed the soundtrack to 2010's Tron: Legacy.... Continue Reading →

Films watched and reviewed in February 2021

During February I finished watching the Mission: Impossible series, started rewatching The Hobbit trilogy and revisited Drive, 10 years on from its release. 1ST TIMERS Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) - Action-packed, entertaining and with a healthy dollop of humour. ★★★★ Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) - Powerhouse acting from McDormand, Rockwell and Harrelson: intriguing plot and worth all of... Continue Reading →

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