In 1994, the Oscar-nominated film Quiz Show (directed by screen legend Robert Redford) dramatised the case of the Twenty-One quiz show scandal of 1958 - in which an investigation found that producers, colluding with their corporate sponsors, had been supplying correct answers to the show’s participants to boost ratings. This triggered a series of revelations,... Continue Reading →
Could writer-director Barry Jenkins have ever topped Moonlight, his Oscar-winning triumph, with his third film? If Beale Street Could Talk, which adapts James Baldwin's cult 1974 novel, comes close.
An early Christmas present arrived from Netflix last year, tucked in between Bird Box and that new Tomb Raider film which you didn't see. Yes, it's Alfonso Cuaron's much-vaunted return to ground-level storytelling after his commercial and critical smash Gravity in 2013. An autobiographical tale of his own youth in 1970s Mexico City, related from the point of... Continue Reading →
Writing with the benefit of hindsight, it's disappointing to see that The Danish Girl hasn't exactly set the world on fire, barely making back its small budget. But it's equally pleasing to see an Oscar-winning director, an Oscar-winning actor, and an Oscar-nominated actress helping to realise a project so small, intimate and unusual. The Danish Girl is, in... Continue Reading →