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My Thoughts on the 2014 BAFTA Winners

Howdy ladies and gents, I have arisen from the depths of the earth to make a new film post. So the BAFTAs have come and gone and while I didn’t tune in to watch it because my TV was occupied by my family, I still read up on the winners and just wanted to deliver my thoughts.


Well the winners of this year’s BAFTAs was certainly unexpected and had a few surprises which is ultimately a good thing because the people who give out these awards obviously could see the talent in some of these films that weren’t just the favourite choices to win big.

Right now have a look at the full list of winners below:

Best Film: 12 Years a Slave

Outstanding British Film: Gravity

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Leading Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Leading Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

Original Screenplay: American Hustle

Adapted Screenplay: Philomena

Animated Film: Frozen

Documentary: The Act of Killing

Film Not in the English Language: The Great Beauty

Outstanding Debut: Kieran Evans, Victor + Kelly

Cinematography: Gravity

Visual Effects: Gravity

Original Music: Gravity

Make-Up & Hair: American Hustle

Costume Design: The Great Gatsby

Production Design: The Great Gatsby

Sound: Gravity

Editing: Rush

British Short Film: Room 8

British Short Animation: Sleeping With The Fishes

Rising Star: Will Poulter

Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema: Peter Greenaway

BAFTA Fellowship: Helen Mirren

So it seems like Gravity got a lot of love last night winning in several awards including British outstanding film, cinematography, visual effects, music, sound and best director. For some of those awards it is a given like visual effects and cinematography, which to be fair are rightfully won because the film really was unmatched in those areas. I’m also happy it got recognized for its great soundtrack, I really loved it especially at the end of the film.

12 Years a Slave at got least the two awards that I hope for, best film and best actor for my man Chiwetel Ejiofor. Other awards I’m happy with include Barkhad Abdi getting best supporting actor for his work in Captain Phillips, well deserved in my opinion. And even though Rush only got an award in editing, the film did have so great editing so it is nice to see it be recognized for something.

And then there are the rest which I don’t really care about or didn’t see so I can’t give an opinion. Jennifer Lawrence for me wasn’t that great in American Hustle, I didn’t see Blue Jasmine unfortunately, but I can guess that Cate Blanchett did a good enough job to earn her award. Frozen was a given for the animation award and The Act of Killing is a really good documentary that I’ll have to check out at some point considering the critical praise it’s getting.

As for the Oscars that’s coming up in a few weeks, I dunno if I’ll tune in and watch it online again because that takes a lot of effort and while this year will be a close call, I’m not sure I’ll get the result I want. I guess we’ll see what happens.

Well that’s my quick thoughts on this years BAFTA winners, nota bad turn out in my opinion. What did you think of the winners? Right down your thoughts in the comments below.


Posted by on February 17, 2014 in Films, Media


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My Top Ten Film of 2013

My top 10 films

Howdy ladies and gents, since the year is almost over and I have seen pretty much all the films I can see this year, I think it’s about time that I release my 10 ten list of films this year. Now the following stuff is a segment from my End of Year Review which will be up very soon, so I thought I’d upload this first as a separate thing in case people miss it in the other blog post. But anyways I’ve talked too much, here’s my list:

When it comes to films, I thought this year was a pretty disappointing especially when compared to last year. There was so much promise of awesomeness and unforgettable material, however there was just a lack impact and presence when it came to a lot of the films this year. I even wrote a post about it a while ago. Now that’s not to say that 2013 was a complete waste of time, there were some really fun and impressive films on show that were on show and luckily made those days in the cinema not as painful.

Annoyingly just like last year there are films that came out this year that I’ll have to wait until next year for (12 Years as a Slave and American Hustle come to mind), but I’ve gotten used to the fact that the UK film distribution is totally unfair.

So it’s now time for my top 10, but before that keep in mind this was a frigging hard list to do and I’m only counting films released in 2013, films from 2012 that were released in 2013 for us UK residents DON’T COUNT! Okay here’s my list:

Top 10 Films of 2013

  1. Captain Phillips
  2. Now You See Me
  3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  4. Iron Man 3
  5. Gravity
  6. Saving Mr. Banks
  7. Rush
  8. Thor: The Dark World
  9. Frozen
  10. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Honourable mentions:

When it comes to upcoming films I think that 2014 will be better, I’m praying for it. With epic titles like Godzilla, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, Sabotage, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past and so much more, I’m sure that it has the potential to rectify the mistakes of this year.

So what do you think of my list? Do you like it or do you believe me to be insane with my choices? Are any of your favourites in there or are there ones I’ve missed out? Gimme your thoughts down below yo.


Posted by on December 27, 2013 in Films, Media


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Captain Phillips Review

Hello there people of the interweb, time for the second film review of the day and after reviewing Escape Plan, its time for me to talk about Captain Phillips. Now I have only known about for around two months, but ever since I saw the first trailer I’ve been really hyped for this film. You had Tom Hanks, one of the most accomplished actors ever along with Paul Greengrass at the helm who has directed some of my favourite films (Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum and Green Zone), how good you go wrong? So I went into this film with fairly high expectations and I think its fair to say that I wasn’t let down. 🙂

The story of the film is a biopic retelling the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. The film focuses on the relationship between Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips and the Somali pirate captain, Muse, who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

I thought the story in this film was SO good. I like how it was meant to be a regular day for Phillips and his crew, but when the pirates appear things start to get iffy and then once they board the ship everything goes to shit. From there the film is all about the connection between Phillips and the pirate leader Muse. Everything about the plot screams of a good solid thriller, it has action, loads of suspense and tension so high it leaves you on edge nearly all the time. The tension in this film just get bigger and bigger as the film descends into more dangerous and chaotic situations, and what I loved was that the film didn’t feel cheap or cliché. Most things played out in a realistic, dramatic and emotional fashion that keeps you invested from start to finish. Now I know that there are apparently inaccuracies to the way events truly went down, but I’m just looking at this as a film on its own merits and for me, the story works just fine.


Now let’s talk about the cast, all of which do a fantastic job as the characters they portray, but the stand out performance has to be from Tom Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips. Hanks has always been a very well-received actor in most of his films, he’s proved time and again that he is a very versatile actor and in this film, he is no different. Hanks kills it as this sea captain who wishes to keep all of his crewmates safe while at the same time trying to talk sense into the pirates. The main covers all ends of the emotional spectrum and the thing is, he never makes it feel cheap, all of these scenes that Hanks acts out feels real, raw and you really feel for his character during this terrible endeavour. I see why people are talking about Hanks potentially getting an Oscar, I feel like he deserves too haha.


Not there to be outdone by Tom Hanks, one of the other key stars of this film is Barkhad Abdi as Abduwali Muse, pirate leader. For a dude making his acting debut, Abdi does a bloody good job. Muse has this seriously intimating presence, with piercing eyes and cold, aggressive, yet cool personality to boot. What I like about Muse is that even though he is a bad guy, he does have a reason for doing what he’s doing and behind all the bravado, there is a human behind all the evil and Abdi really sells this character to the audience. Also Barkhad Abdirahman as Bilal is one of the most intense bad guys I’ve come across, even though he is the underlying of Muse, Bilal has his own opinions on what should be done during the hijacking and this leads some really crazy, scary and tension-building scenes where Abdirahman really shows off his acting skills too. As for Faysal Ahmed as Najee and Mahat M. Ali as Elmi, they’re good in their roles too but its note as noteworthy as the other above.


Moving onto the presentation now and I have to say it worked very nicely. Visually the film definitely looks like a Paul Greengrass film, the cinematography and slight shaky camera reminds me out the Bourne films and the scenes at night, while a bit dark, were shot really well. soundtrack by Henry Jackman is very nice offering up some wonderful variety and multiple moments of emotional music that really amplifies the action that’s happening on-screen. Oh and one other thing to note, there’s one track in this film that I SWEAR sounds just like a rearranged version of the song “Time” by from Inception soundtrack by Hans Zimmer. I won’t say where in the film the track plays, but SERIOUSLY listen to it and tell me you don’t hear it too!


In conclusion, Captain Phillips is a fine film and I can easily say it’s my favourite film of the year so far. Unlike the other crap I’ve had to sit through this year, this film was genuinely great from start to finish. The combination of Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks is brilliant and they have made a film that is completely solid. I highly recommend this film to everyone looking for a GOOD film at the cinema, this is amazing material that no one should miss out on. 🙂

Rating: 9/10 (Such a good film with real drama, action, emotion and all the other good qualities of a great thriller)

So what did you think of Captain Phillips? Did you enjoy the tension-based thriller at the high seas or was this story not for you? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next film review yo! 😀


Posted by on October 20, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews


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