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The Best of 2014 in Film

It’s almost one year on since I started this blog, and I am thankful for a great year in film. The clairestbearest awards go to: Continue reading The Best of 2014 in Film


Oscars 2014 Wrap up

I promise this will be my last Oscars related post for the year. Just thought I’d share a few thoughts on the ceremony. Let’s face it – it was all pretty predictable. I managed 22/24 (and I didn’t even predict one of the categories). I was terrified that Gravity was going to steal Best Picture from 12 Years a Slave but to my relief, it was all as it should be. Continue reading Oscars 2014 Wrap up

FILM REVIEW: 12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)

This is not an easy film to watch. And that is why you need to watch it. 12 Years a Slave chronicles the true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) – a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. From the outset it is grim – we know that he has a long twelve years ahead of him. Hans Zimmer’s score captures the sense of foreboding and sets up what is ahead as a horror film of sorts. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: 12 Years a Slave