“I guess I’ll see you in the movies” – An Ode to Cinema

Lockdown and the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic has brought many challenges for everyone, along with so many issues. Personally for me the cinema being closed has been one of the toughest adjustments, while many people may not actually understand this and see the cinema as somewhat of a luxury and somewhere they only go every so often, maybe even every couple of months to see the latest big blockbuster films. That is not the case for myself, I go two/three times a week and sometimes even more depending on what is being released. Managing to balance this in with work and occasionally being able to have a double feature with two films straight in a row.

Why do I like going so often? 

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Gen Zs & Millennials choose streamed movies over TV during lockdown

New research reveals Gen Z and Millennial media consumption during pandemic

Disney+ uptake surges while Netflix & Amazon Prime Video earn plaudits for high-quality original output

Swift return for cinema visits expected as lockdown eases, with Wonder Woman 1984 the most anticipated release

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The Most Iconic Smoking Scenes in Silver Screen History

It may no longer be as welcome, but smoking has had a place on screen since the medium began. It’s synonymous with the black-and-white era of cinema with screen giants like Humphrey Bogart and James Dean stealing scenes with the simple puff of a cigarette. But, even if it’s to a lesser extent, modern cinema has retained the tradition of depicting smoking on screen. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the most iconic smoking scenes across movie history.

Humphrey Bogart’s Oscar-nominated turn in the all-time classic ‘Casablanca’ included plenty of scenes of him smoking at the bar. After uttering the immortal line “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine”, his character Rick Blaine stares into the distance forlornly, only pausing to take a smoke. Bogart was able to use smoking as a subtle expression of emotion, whether laid-back cool or heartbreak.

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Julia Roberts Film World Cup

As you are probably already aware Julia Roberts is my favourite actress and over the long lockdown days and now weeks I have really enjoyed taking part in the different polls that have been running World Cup style competitions for films, actors and tv shows etc.

So I have launched my own, round 1 is now live on Twitter. The films are split into 12 groups and the top two films will go through into round 2!

Looking forward to seeing what everyone votes to be their favourite Julia Roberts film over the next few days!

Lockdown Lists: Netflix & Sky!

I have decided that with the extended lockdown and therefore no cinema or many new releases that it is the time to work my way through those lovely lists that we build up. The Netflix queue, all the films I have recorded and downloaded on Sky that I have wanted to watch (Amazon and DVD/Blu-Ray list will be coming soon too).

Anything with a * next to it I have seen before but haven’t reviewed. As you can see I have so many films that I have at some point thought I wanted to watch. Since doing these lists yesterday morning I have crossed off The Philadelphia Story (it was recorded in August 2017) and Training Day.

If you have any films you think I should watch first and bump to essential viewing in the next view days please let me know!

7 Films Based on Books – #WorldBookDay

Today is World Book Day and what better way to celebrate on a film blog than putting together a list of 7 films that are based on books? I thought it was a great idea too, the thing with the list though is that I have to have read the book and seen the film for it to make the list.

Here are my choices . . .

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Golden Globes 2020 – Winners

The 2020 Golden Globes took place last night and I have to admit that I am very happy with some of the wins. Missing Link for Best Animated film has to be a highlight, well done to the voters for picking the only original film from them!

Tom Hanks picked up the lifetime achievement award!

Film

  • Best Motion Picture – Drama = 1917
  • Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy = Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Best Motion Picture – Animated = Missing Link
  • Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language = Parasite
  • Best Director – Motion Picture = Sam Mendes, 1917
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama = Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama = Renée Zellweger, Judy
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy, Musical = Taron Egerton, Rocketman
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy, Musical = Awkwafina, The Farewell
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture = Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture = Laura Dern, Marriage Story
  • Best Screenplay – Motion Picture = Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Best Original Song – Motion Picture = “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman
  • Best Original Score – Motion Picture = Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker

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Top 25 – Female Performances in 2019

2019 has been a fantastic year for female roles as I had 41 performances on my long list to cut down to make this top 25. I can only think that is an amazing way to notice the change in more interesting roles for females within film. I feel this list has a very good mixture of different types of roles across the different genres.

My Cinema 2019 list – here
2019 Films overall – here

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100 Must See Cult Movies

For Christmas I received this incredible Scratch poster which has 100 Must See Cult Movies on it, super exciting to see how many I have already seen and then scratching off the silver to reveal the unique image related to that film.

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I have only seen 34 out of the 100

So you have guessed it this is going to be combined as my blindspot challenge as well as a new feature for 2020 (and probably beyond). Catching up with these films regarded as cult classics!

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2020 – Nominations

Here we go more awards nominations this time the SAG (Screen Actor Guild) nominations.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Christian Bale (“Ford v Ferrari”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”)
Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)
Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)
Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”)
Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”)
Renée Zellweger (“Judy”)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
Jamie Foxx (“Just Mercy”)
Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”)
Al Pacino (“The Irishman”)
Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”)
Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Nicole Kidman (“Bombshell”)
Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”)
Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
“Bombshell” (Lionsgate)
“The Irishman” (Netflix)
“Jojo Rabbit” (Fox)
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony)
“Parasite” (Neon)

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