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The Mystery Blogger Award Nomination

Thank you very much to The Cinematic Explorer for the Nomination! Bit of fun so here goes!

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by the wonderful Okoto Enigma, who I’m sure we can all agree can describe the award better in her own words, than I ever could, so without further ado:

“The “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion”.


The Rules

Put the award logo/image on your blog
List the rules.
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question
Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Things About Me:

  1. I’m a student of Art History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where I write film reviews for the student newspaper, The Saint.
  2. When I was younger I made documentary films about my family – sometimes embarrassing, sometimes a joy to watch back now!
  3. I’m from Yorkshire in the North of England and am proud to be so! A good Yorkshire film? The Full MontyBilly LiarThe Railway Children…I could go on!

Who’s your all time favourite actor?

Until I started writing this answer I would’ve have no idea, but, having started typing, it’s occurred to me that of course my favourite actor is James Stewart! Rear WindowIt’s a Wonderful LifeVertigo…Stewart was the Tom Hanks of his day – ever reliable and always watchable! No wonder that he was named in the AFI’s top three Hollywood screen legends!

What’s your favourite type of film genre?

Cop out of an answer but I love films that mix genres and defy expectations in doing so. Take Elle, a recent example. Elle sits in a very slippery position in terms of its genre – part psychological rape-revenge thriller, part brilliantly funny satire. It’s a disturbing and uncomfortable watch but breathtakingly unpredictable!

Who’s your favourite Director and what’s their best film to date?

Classically, I’d probably have to say Hitchcock. In terms of working actors today however, it’s a hard pick between Martin Scorsese – Mean Streets for me! – and Alejandro González Iñárritu – until last year his best was Birdman for me, then he made The Revenant! The man’s a genius.

If you could see any film early (before its release date) this year, what would it be?

Beauty and the Beast, with Blade Runner 2049 a close second. My adoration for the original films of both these two is so inordinately high that I feel a strange sense of personal investment. I just don’t want to be disappointed, is that so much to ask?

Pirates or Wizards?

Wizards, no question. Easy. Come on: Gandalf, Dumbledore, Merlin…! I’m a Harry Potter fan through and through; Pirates of the Caribbean has been through some rocky waters of late, but Fantastic Beasts proved that the magicians’  have still got this in the bag.

I’m going to nominate:

Hammy Reviews

Cindy Bruchman

The Cinema Elite

Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys)

Keith Loves Movies

Plain, Simple Tom Reviews


Keith & the Movies



They’re all marvellous so do give them a look! I’d be fascinated to hear their answers to the following questions…

  1. Is there a remake/reboot of a film that you wish you could erase from history?
  2. If you could put any director and any actor together from any time in history for one film, who would they be?
  3. What was your favourite film of 1987? (Totally random one there!)
  4. Why do you write about film, or anything really?
  5. Which film should win Best Picture at the Oscars this weekend?

As for my favourite post? I’m particularly fond of the Silence review I did.


Hacksaw Ridge | Review


Three hundred years on from Silence and Andrew Garfield is still being persecuted for his religious beliefs. He is even still wrestling with his conscience and contemplating his relationship with God: ‘I pray to God and I like to think he hears me, it ain’t a conversation’. Indeed, one scene sees the army send in his fiancé, channelling Liam Neeson, to convince him to give in: ‘It’s pride and stubbornness – don’t confuse your will with the Lord’s’. No, this isn’t Silence 2: Still No Word from the Man Upstairs, this is Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge.

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The Lego Batman Movie | Review


Don’t deny it! When Warner Bros. green lit The Lego Movie back in 2011 you sneered. It may have been only the slightest sneer, the twitch of an eyebrow say, but your first thought was: ‘seriously?!’ Yes, on paper it sounded like the most horrendously capitalist commercialised marketing vehicle since Pixar announced Cars 3 and E.T. turned out to be a massive fan of Reece’s Pieces. They even went and announced a relatively little known TV sitcom star as the lead. Hardly wattage… But you were wrong. Nay, we were wrong. Back in 2014 The Lego Movie was glorious. It was…well, awesome! And that ‘little known TV sitcom star’? Only one of today’s biggest blockbusters in the business, Chris Pratt! Mind, any fan of Parks and Recreation could’ve sung his praises years ago.

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The Founder | Review


‘Each McDonald’s burger has two pickles, a pinch of onions and a precise shot of ketchup and mustard’. It’s consistency and uniformity that define the fast food industry, you always know what you’re going to get for your money. Taking a similar ethos and methodology as its driving force, The Founder, latest from the Weinstein Company, runs with a conventional plot adding to its consistency a smattering more flavour than you might expect.

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Jackie | Review


In political boundaries, legacy is everything. As Donald Trump quite assiduously begins to dismantle that of Barack Obama in America, it’s a timely film that examines how it can be that those left behind may make or break the legend. This is the mantle taken by Chilean director Pablo Larraín in his first English-language film.

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Lion | Review


We swan around in our privileged lives and it makes me sick.

80,000 children go missing in India every year. Read that sentence again. It’s a harrowing truth and deeply upsetting. It’s also the opening message and concluding statement of Garth Davis’ cinematic debut Lion, a profoundly moving film taken from the true story of a boy separated from his family by terrible misfortune. Lion begins with five year old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) and his elder brother, Guddu (Abhishek Bharate), stealing and selling from a coal train to support the rest of their impoverished family. Chaotic camerawork, so common in filmmaking’s approach to the fast and overpopulated Indian metropolis, follows the pair as they buy milk for their troubles and return victors of the ‘hunt’. Things go awry when Guddu leaves an exhausted Saroo on a station platform during a night job but does not return. Saroo’s journey as it unfolds hereafter takes the story thousands of miles and results in his adoption and emigration to Australia to live with John and Sue (David Wenham and a masterful Nicole Kidman). It is a jump of twenty years into the future and the sensory awakening provided by an Indian treat from his childhood that inspires in Saroo (now Dev Patel) an emotionally destructive obsession with rediscovering his home.

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T2: Trainspotting | Review


Entering T2:Trainspotting, the twenty-years later sequel to Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, a quote from the latter comes to mind. Not the ‘choose life’ one – which, anyone who’s seen the trailer will already know, gets an updated reprise in T2 (‘choose Facebook’). No, it was Diane’s ‘You’re not getting any younger’ speech: ‘The world’s changing; music’s changing; even drugs are changing…you’ve got to find something new’. Back in 1996 Trainspotting was newness epitomised. Is it unfair to want the same of the follow up? How can a sequel ever be as original as, well…the original?

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