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Daniel Green

Oscars 2021: Our final predictions

After one of the longest awards seasons in living memory, the 93rd Academy Awards are almost upon us. Pandemic or no pandemic, this year’s nominations have been welcomed for their diversity and inclusivity, with celebrated indies rubbing shoulders with streaming hits the handful of blockbusters that managed to reach their audience in one shape or form. David Fincher’s Mank […]

Baftas 2021: Nomadland wins Best Film, Best Director

The winners of this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards were announced earlier this evening at a Covid-safe, audienceless ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Nomadland was the big story of the night, winning both Best Film and Best Director for Chloe Zhao. Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor for The Father, while Frances McDormand was the recipient of Best Actress for Nomadland. […]

Film Review: Beastie Boys Story

★★★☆☆ New York hip hop antagonists Beastie Boys are a group who have often defied the very notion of pigeon-holing, blending elements of rap, punk and a myriad of samples into their own unique sound. So it feels somewhat fitting that any documentary on the trio should do the same. A live recording of a sold-out stage show performed […]

CPH:DOX 2020: The Fight for Greenland review

★★★☆☆ The opening film of this year’s hastily – and impressively – digitised CPH:DOX festival, Kenneth Sorento’s The Fight for Greenland offers a balanced, clear-eyed view of an indigenous populace grappling with the prospect of autonomy from the Kingdom of Denmark. Colonised by the Danish in the early 18th century, modern Greenland is viewed by many in the western […]

CPH:DOX 2020: Digital programme preview

With the Cannes Film Festival now postponing its 2020 edition in light of the global Covid-19 epidemic until late June at the earliest, and other major fests either cancelling or delaying in recent weeks, CPH:DOX has arguably led the way in adapting to the current situation. Running from 18-29 March, the festival will present (almost) its entire programme for […]

Oscars 2020: Best Picture winner Parasite makes Oscars history

Parasite’s Korean director Bong Joon-ho upset the odds to win both Best Picture and Best Director at this year’s Academy Awards on a night of mixed feelings over the Academy’s perceived lack of diversity. Sam Mendes’ First World War epic 1917 flagged somewhat after its seven-award Bafta triumph, with Disney and Parasite’s US distributor Neon sharing the studio honours […]

Oscars 2020: Our final predictions

It may be early February but – thanks to a compressed awards season – the 92nd Academy Awards are almost upon us. Once again, concerns over diversity and representation have dominated the discourse, with only one non-white nominee across the four acting categories in the form of British actress Cynthia Erivo. However, there are still some eclectic choices to […]

Film Review: Uncut Gems

★★★★☆ Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love has long been held aloft by Adam Sandler advocates as proof of the 53-year-old’s acting chops. While years of shoddy comedies have undone some of that good work, A24 and Netflix thriller Uncut Gems is another sorely-needed reminder of his obvious talents. The latest film from brothers Josh and Benny Safdie (their last outing Good […]

Baftas 2020: 1917 turns one-shot into 7 wins

The winners of this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards were announced earlier this evening at a star-studded ceremony hosted by Graham Norton. 1917 was the big story of the night, winning both Best Film and Best Director for Sam Mendes. Joaquin Phoenix gave a rousing speech on diversity in the industry after picking up Best Actor for The Joker, while Renee […]

Film Review: Richard Jewell

★★★☆☆ Industry commentators were somewhat taken aback by Kathy Bates’ Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Clint Eastwood’s latest “fact-based” drama, Richard Jewell. Not only was this seen as the sacrilegious nod that knocked Hustlers’ Jennifer Lopez out of the Oscar race, but it was also for a film few had pegged as an awards contender. There […]

Film Review: The Personal History of David Copperfield

★★★☆☆ Acclaimed satirist Armando Iannucci follows up the pitch-black delights of 2017’s The Death of Stalin with The Personal History of David Copperfield, a relatively conventional Charles Dickens adaptation embellished with occasional flashes of the Scotsman’s abrasive humour. This is – by this writer’s count at least – the eighth filmic adaptation to date of Dickens’ eighth and own […]

Oscars 2020: Joker has 11 nominations, 10 each for 1917, OUATIH and The Irishman

The nominations for this year’s 92nd Academy Awards were announced this morning. As was the case with the Baftas a week prior, Todd Phillips’ Joker led the way with a huge eleven nominations, followed by Sam Mendes’ 1917, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood all on ten. Best Picture Ford v Ferrari The Irishman Jojo Rabbit […]