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    Oscars 2021: Predictions and Dream Wins

    It might be a lot less than those I follow on social media, but I’ve made an impressive attempt at watching as many Oscar nominated films for 2021. That’s even with the fact that cinema watching and film distribution has been anything but normal in the last year. I’ve seen 43/56 films, just over three quarters at 76% which is the highest I think I’ve ever seen pre-show. Everything I’ve watched has been through official ways, which is why the last few I’ve missed because the U.K. still to this day gets films many months after our pals across the pond. In terms of my personal ratings, The Trial of…

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    Oscars 2020: predictions and wishes

    Of the 53 films nominated at the 92nd Academy Awards, I’ve seen 31 which is 59% and, I think, my highest pre-ceremony viewed percentage. For the top 6 categories (Film, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay), I’ve seen 95% as I’ve missed one of the 17  (Cynthia Erivo’s performance in Harriet). It’s mostly the documentaries and live-action shorts I’ve missed, but not through avoidance. The majority of the films I watched last year anyway, so imagine how much more keen I’d be at hitting 100% seen if the Oscars were more exciting and diverse! I did go see Ad Astra specifically because everyone said Brad…

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    Favourite films of the decade

    I was asked to choose my favourite film of the decade for Cineworld, which you can find here along with choices from other writers. If you can’t tell from my last three blog posts (2019 favourites | 2019 films | Decade favourites), I love lists and stats. So I wanted to do something about film in the last decade. It was the decade I was 15-25, which feels significant. Obviously because of my age, I watched more films than ever and really fell in love with them. Over the last few weeks, I’ve worked out I roughly saw 732 2010-2019 U.K. Releases (more about the rules I use for counting…

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    Top 10 films of 2019 (and stats!)

    Let’s talk rules. I’m a stickler for the rules and when creating lists, I need to know what my limitations are. So I tend to go by the guidelines of: stick to a location and year of release. So I only consider films released theatrically in the U.K. during 2019 as my contenders. Not films I’ve seen for the first time this year, if so This Is Spinal Tap would have made it into the list. And it can’t be from any year, because The Prestige would be in my list every year. Some people don’t stick to rules like this, which is fine but I can’t do it! Chris…