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Velvet Buzzsaw | Review

★★★

Dan Gilroy’s third feature as director, Velvet Buzzsaw, has the all strengths of his first, Nightcrawler, and flaws of his second, Roman J. Israel, Esq. It’s a pulpy, viciously entertaining hodgepodge of a film, benefitting from bountifully thrilling conceits but suffering from the lapses of a frustratingly potholed script. At every turn, an a-lister is to be found revelling in roles that demand performative excess and there is great joy to be had in witnessing the ascent of Zawe Ashton to the big time. If only the script were smarter, this would likely be an all-time horror classic.

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Why The Favourite should win Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars

With the ninety-first Academy Awards zooming ever closer into vision, we’ve asked some of #FilmTwitter‘s top bloggers to explain why their favourite Best Picture nominee should come out on top.
Our run through continues concludes today with Nathan – of Perks of Being Nath – on Vice. You can follow Ruth on Twitter @__Nathan but not before you check out what he has to say here!

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BAFTA 2019 | Predictions

It’s the biggest night in the British film calendar and – this year – comes served with a dash of controversy, thanks to the exorcism of Bryan Singer’s name from the Bohemian Rhapsody nominations.

An all male directorial line up makes for a disheartening read but there’s relief in seeing recognition for Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here. Significant snubs this year, meanwhile, include Debora Granik’s Leave No Trace and Steve McQueen’s Widows.

Of those nominated, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite leads the pack with twelve, while Bohemian Rhapsody, First Man, Roma and A Star is Born have seven apiece.

As previously announced, Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley will receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award and Raging Bull editor Thelma Schoonmaker will be honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship.

As for the winners, only time – and Joanna Lumley – will tell. But that’s not stopped us guessing.

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Why Vice should win Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars

With the ninety-first Academy Awards zooming ever closer into vision, we’ve asked some of #FilmTwitter‘s top bloggers to explain why their favourite Best Picture nominee should come out on top.
Our run through continues today with Ruth – of Ruthless On Film – on Vice. You can follow Ruth on Twitter @RuthlessOnFilm but not before you check out what he has to say here!

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Old Boys | Review

★★

In a neat turn of events, Alex Lawther’s latest adolescent reject is free of the gruelling angst the young star has spent the best part of his career perfecting. As school beating stick Amberson, he’s actually quite the charmer in his own eccentric way. Quaint charm is the gentle soul of Old Boys, a so so feature debut from two time BAFTA short nominee Toby MacDonald. Though the film ultimately falls flat of its promise, it does so in a genial and occasionally witty fashion.

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Why Roma should win Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars (and why it probably won’t)

With the ninety-first Academy Awards zooming ever closer into vision, we’ve asked some of #FilmTwitter‘s top bloggers to explain why their favourite Best Picture nominee should come out on top.
Our run through continues today with our very own Steven Allison’s take on Roma. You can follow Steven on Twitter @writerfox2 but not before you check out what he has to say here!

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BAFTA Shorts 2019 | Review

★★★★

Don’t expect much by way of exuberance and joy from this year’s BAFTA shorts. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times? Released as a portmanteau feature this week, ahead of Sunday’s ceremony, the prospective live action and animated nominees are a strong grouping but even those that are not desperately sad come with a air of melancholia. There are eight in total and together they stretch to just over an hour and fifty minutes.

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