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The Unnominatables: 2020 Ramble Awards

The Unnominatables: 2020 Ramble Awards

Last year, when I started this blog, I started with a post about my favourite of the Oscar nominees. While that post is on its way, I also decided it would be a fun exercise to give Ramble awards to films or actors who weren’t nominated and really should’ve been. 2019/20 was a great year for films which meant some were going to miss out. Unfortunately the Oscars are safe and bland and really not worth the time as we celebrate Scorceses and Tarantinos over fresh film ideas. The films and actors I will nominate will hopefully represent a greater plurality of film making. With 12 films gaining 16 awards (and another 7 nominated), hopefully you get some ideas of what to watch. I’ll take my invite as a BAFTA judge in the post…

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Oscars 2020: The ASBO Awards

Oscars 2020: The ASBO Awards

Here we are, less than twenty four hours until the Oscars and as I write this, I still haven’t seen all best pictures nominees (There is a screening of Ford vs Ferrari I’m going to this afternoon). As is tradition (I did it last year), I’m looking at the nominees and picking my choices to win the Asbo award*. Although I will have seen all best picture nominees, this year has had so many good films that I haven’t had a chance to get to all of the best acting ones. Therefore, I can only judge what I’ve seen. For my own fun, I’ve also stated whether the ASBO winner would beat my Oscar snub ramble choice.

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Review: Parasite

Review: Parasite

Page 1: Full Review, No Spoilers

I went into Parasite blind. Even when there was a trailer on in the cinema, I shut my eyes and this was good enough as I don’t speak Korean. I imagine this is the best way to watch the film and while I will only give away plot elements from the first 15 minutes, if you just want to know whether to watch it, here goes: Go and watch Parasite! It’s really freaking good!!! Sitting at work today, I could not get the film out of my head.

If you just closed the tab and are no longer reading, I don’t blame you. However, if you are still here, then lets begin.

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Review: Queen and Slim

Review: Queen and Slim

Apologies for the shorter review. I’m just a but busy and there are lots of films out.

Queen (Jodie Turner Smith) and Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) are out on a date which is a bit icy. She didn’t want to be alone as one of her law clients was put on death row. She chose to be with him as he looked sad on his tinder profile. This bad first date ended with him driving her home and them being stopped by the police. It goes down badly and Slim shoots the officer in self defence and suddenly they’re on the run. We follow them from here as they attempt to flee to Cuba and a budding romance ensues.

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Review: 1917

Review: 1917

When you start off in a calm green field with Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Lance Corporal Schofield (George McKay), it’s unsettlingly calm. You know 1917 is about war and are almost thrown off. However, the illusion of peace is quickly shattered as both are called to their general. Their mission (should they choose to accept it) is to get to the frontline trench 9 miles away by morning to stop a surge forward as it’s a German trap. The twist: Blake’s brother is one of the 1,600 men they need to save.

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Review: Weathering With You

Review: Weathering With You

Film award season tends to offer a rather samey set of films which one can easily categorise. Therefore, upon my weekly Monday cinema trip, I had a choice to make: Go to another drama (Bombshell was the lead) or vary it up and go with a more left field choice… and that’s how we ended up at Weathering With You.

The Anime genre is not one I have ever really endeavoured into. The only film of this form I’ve watched was Spirited Away (which I maintain to be the best animated film ever and one of the great films), so I was going into this film as a novice, willing to give the film a fair chance. This blog is most fun when I’m watching the more obscure options.

So go with me here: Hodako is a 16 year old boy who runs away from home (I’m not sure why) to Tokyo in the Summer. But something strange is afoot. Despite it being Summer, it’s raining non stop and we’re not naive enough to blame climate change. Anyhow, he keeps running into Hani who had a crazy experience in this rooftop shrine where she was transported into the sky by the rain. Anyhow, Hodako soon discovers that she has magic powers with which she can prayer and the sun stops for a while. They then need to balance this great entrepreneurial opportunity with Hodako’s fugitive status and Hani’s love of spreading happiness. This is against the backdrop of Hani slowly disappearing and us knowing that weather maidens have a tragic ending as the two will eventually have to choose between their love and stopping the eternal rain that plagues the city.

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Lookback: January 2020

Lookback: January 2020

As we conclude this month, civilisation is still just about standing. Britain has left the European Union, although the Corona Virus will make sure to keep news anchors busy over the coming weeks. In the meantime, all this Brexit fatigue has kept me busy trying to watch films. This month’s selection of twenty (Yep, that seems like way too many now) include cult classic films and modern masterpieces from the innocent adventures of a marmalade loving bear to a scene which made one look over their shoulder while showering since. There weren’t any rubbish films this month and be sure to read to the bottom to get my top 5 picks. (I have also given out star ratings for each one).

[N] – Netflix, [P] – Prime [B] – BBC IPlayer

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