• Film

    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…

  • monthly favourites

    January Favourites

    Doing these little lists gives me something to look back on at the end of the year, so I’m going to keep it up through 2020. I want future me to know that this month of January felt incredibly long. It dragged. There were good things about this month, like the new routines I started which I hope to continue for the rest of the year. I also liked these things: Succession The first time something has made two of my monthly favourites, which feels very Succession-y. Season 2 though is exceptional television. I enjoyed the different event per episode set up they took with these season, plus the development…

  • TV

    How Sex Education gets representation right by going all the way (almost)

    When I studied GCSE and A Level Media at school, a lot of the very basic curriculum, at least back then, was about representation in film and television. It was kind of bleak. We learnt how women were typically always saved by men in romantic comedies, how POC tend to be the bad guys in action movies, and we didn’t even learn about representations of sexuality. I know that’s how mainstream media was (still is?), but we weren’t really taught how that’s changing or why it should change, or better yet how we, 16-18 year old students in the early 2010s, could change it. Representation in indie/art house films and…

  • Film

    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…