2014 Oscar Predictions

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Feb 262014

Sam and Johnson have put their heads together and have come up with their sure-fire* picks for this year’s Academy Awards (*no guarantees!). After the jump check out the picks (‘will win’ and ‘should win’ for each category) and their extended thoughts on who they think will take home the golden statues this year.

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Unseen World IMAX 3D

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Feb 242014

Mysteries of the Unseen World is a journey into the unseen world which we inhabit. Too fast, too slow, too small and invisible – there is so much in our world which we simply do not, or cannot see. Thanks to incredible technology such as time-lapse photography, electron microscopes, ultra violet light and high-speed photography, we are able to see, study and discover things which were once hidden in plain sight.

In this fascinating 40 minute documentary from National Geographic and an award-winning film crew, we are shown amazing footage and imagery such as the surprising beauty of popcorn popping, the incredible dragonfly and it’s four wings which can all move in different directions at the same time, the astounding beauty of our planet through time-lapse photography, and the incredible, but slightly horrifying look at various animal body parts (such as a fruit fly’s eye and the skin of a shark) magnified by up to a million times.

This is a fantastic film to catch at the IMAX as the stunning images are enhanced by the screen’s immense size. I was entertained, educated and more than a little grossed out by some of the amazing images – once you’ve seen a caterpillar’s mouth up that close, it’s hard to erase that image from your mind. Let’s just say that we should be very glad that they’re not any bigger….*shudder*.
Unseen World 3D is screening at IMAX Darling Harbour from Thursday 27 February. For more information and tickets, please visit the IMAX website.



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Feb 212014

Nebraska, my favourite film of 2013, is currently showing in Australian cinemas. I haven’t reviewed it (yet), but I’ve thought about it almost every day since I saw it 2+ months ago. Hilarious, beautiful, poignant, touching and immaculately constructed, this 6 x Oscar nominee is incredible.

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Le Week-End

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Feb 182014

A romantic weekend away in Paris which was meant to rekindle the romance in their marriage is not all it’s cracked up to be, when Meg and Nick butt heads, live beyond their means and uncharacteristically speak their minds. My review of Le Week-End after the jump.

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2014 BAFTA Award Winners

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Feb 172014

12 Years A Slave may have won the BAFTA for best film, but it was Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity which came out tops on the night, with 6 wins overall including best actor, best British film and best director.

12 Years only picked up one additional award to the top gong, that for best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor. While Ejiofor is no doubt a deserving winner, he was competing in a field which did not include Oscar front-runner, Matthew McConaughey. Dallas Buyers Club didn’t get a UK release in time to be eligible for the BAFTA awards, meaning that fellow Oscar front-runner Jared Leto was also not in consideration in the supporting actor category. That award went to the outstanding performance in Captain Phillips by Barkhad Abdi.

Cate Blanchett has continued her unbroken streak, picking up best actress for her role in Blue Jasmine. Surely she must have the shortest odds for an Oscar win almost ever? It would be absolutely shocking if anyone else won.

American Hustle was the fitting winner of the best makeup and hair award (it deserves it for Bale’s hair alone). The film also took home best original screenplay (umm…what?) and best supporting actress for Jennifer Lawrence. I must say I am surprised that the Brits couldn’t see to award Lupita Nyong’o for her powerful performance in 12 Years. If she can’t take home the BAFTA, then I’d say that Lawrence now has the definite edge at the Oscars.

With the editing award going to Rush, we are no closer to having a front-runner in this category at the Oscars. Rush has some phenomenal editing, particularly the F1 racing sequences; however the film is no in the running for an Academy Award.

The full list of BAFTA award winners are after the jump.

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Last Vegas

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Feb 122014


Kevin Kline, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Michael Douglas play four old guys travelling to Vegas for a bachelor party which ultimately results in being a quest to feel youthful and alive. Four Oscar winners, forty Viagra jokes, four hundred reasons why this could never work. My review of Last Vegas after the jump.

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2014 AFCA Award Nominees

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Feb 112014


The Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA), of which I am a member, have announced the nominees for the annual AFCA Awards, which will be presented at a ceremony in Melbourne on Saturday 1st March.

The Great Gatsby, Mystery Road, The Railway Man, The Rocket and The Turning all pick up Best Film nominees, and feature heavily in the nomination list. I was particularly happy to see Aaron Pederson receive a nomination for Mystery Road, a role that the AACTAs failed to nominate him for. Along with the categories for local (Australian) films are the Best International Film (Foreign Language), Best International Film (English Language) and Best Documentary (International and Local) categories. The Place Beyond The Pines is one of the criminally underrated films of 2013 which gets a much-deserved nod from AFCA members.

Alongside the film awards are the annual writing awards, which recognise excellence in film writing.
AFCA annually award prizes to the best Australian film criticism across four categories.

1. Ivan Hutchinson Award for writing on Australian cinema. ($500)
2. Award for writing on non-Australian cinema. ($500)
3. Award for a review of an individual Australian film. ($200)
4. Award for a review of an individual non-Australian film. ($200)

This year entries will be judged by: Alan Finney – Chair of the Australian Film Institute (AFI), Jan Epstein – Film Critic and former Chair of AFCA, Kristian Connelly – General Manager, Cinema Nova and Paul Harris – Film Critic, Host of RRR’s Film Buff’s Forecast, Director of St Kilda Film Festival.

The Full list of AFCA Award nominees are after the jump.

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