Posts Tagged ‘biutiful’

I’m done! More than thirty cinema trips later, from Shutter Island way back last March to Inception in the summer and finally The Fighter, I’ve now taken full advantage of my first full year living in a city and have seen for the first time every Best Picture nominee before the winners have even been […]


I’ll try to keep this short, because I planned to make both predictions and prescriptions (that is, guessing who will win but also saying who should in fact bloody win) nearer to the time when I have had the chance to see both True Grit and The Fighter. Until then, however, I couldn’t resist making […]


Natalie Portman (Nina Sayers), Mila Kunis (Lily), Vincent Cassel (Thomas Leroy). Screenplay by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John J. McLaughlin. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Rating: 15. Running time: 108 minutes. Black Swan is without a doubt up there with The Social Network, Biutiful and Inception as a worthy contender for the title of being […]


Jim Broadbent (Tom), Lesley Manville (Mary), Ruth Sheen (Gerri). Screenplay by Mike Leigh. Directed by Mike Leigh. Rating: 12. Running time: 129 minutes. Made in Dagenham may have been hyped up as the British film of the year, but I can say wholeheartedly that it is Another Year that has made me proud to belong […]


If you know who Alejandro González Iñárritu is, and if you know what type of film he likes to make, then the first thing you should immediately want to find out when seeing him speak live is whether he’s as insanely grim as his films suggest. This is the man who proclaimed his first three films […]


Javier Bardem (Uxbal), Rubén Ochandiano (Zanc), Maricel Álvarez (Marambra). Screenplay by Nicolás Giacobone, Armando Bo, Alejandro González Iñárritu. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Rating: 15. Running time: 147 minutes. Javier Bardem is the Al Pacino of our age. Both men achieve a level of power and presence on screen that is unrivalled, have eyes curiously moving in their depth, and the characters they […]


So this is my first blog post that’s not a review, but it’s also the first time since I started running this thing that the Fall of a year has approached. That means it’s Oscar season. Because of the Academy’s short memory, it seems all studios make sure their films are released in the three […]