Ben’s AWARDS Ballot – Best of 2019 in Film

As I do year to year, I track all the awards season nominees and events. Whether it’s the BAFTAs, Golden Globes, Critic Circles, or the Oscars, you always end up routing for certain films. But simply it's impossible to get exactly what you'd personally liked to see get recognised. As seen via the endless chatter…

Little Women review – Greta Gerwig’s Perfect Tale of Delight

Contrasting completely to the term in the title of the film, Greta Gerwig's second feature is an immense achievement. Little Women is bustling with joy, passion, warmth and tenderness. This retelling is of the umpteenth time that the classic novel has been adapted into film, however, revived into a coming-of-age film of a beguiling quality.…

The 2019 DiscussingFilm Critic Awards Nominations

DiscussingFilm announced today the nominees for the 1st Annual DiscussingFilm Critic Awards. The awards nominations were voted on by a diverse range of critics. Critics from a wide range of sites, including; Next Best Picture, Awards Watch and more. The winners will be revealed on Wednesday 18th December.  Best Motion Picture 1917 Ad Astra Joker…

Jumanji: The Next Level review – Very Funny Mediocrity

The latter half of 2017 welcomed a complete surprise, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. It was a wonderfully hilarious romp that went on to storm the box office. To many people's surprise, it was a massive success financially and critically. After a two year gap, we are invited back into the jungle with Jumanji: The…

BAFTA Preview – Willem Dafoe BAFTA: A Life in Pictures

'BAFTA A Life in Pictures' is a long-running series of interviews conducted live in which some of the world's top talent have attended, giving insights into their career and experiences working on their films. The series has hosted interviews with talent including David Fincher, Kenneth Branagh, Martin Scorsese, Alan Rickman, Meryl Streep, Sam Mendes, Keira…

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot review – Kevin Smith’s Splendid Journey of Extreme Hilarity

Kevin Smith returns to the View Askewniverse and his beloved characters, Jay and Silent Bob, in this self-knowing comedy of ridiculous power. Jay and Silent Bob Reboot had me thinking I was about to die, that is how hilarious and pitch-perfect Smith’s film is. Completely ridiculous, raunchy, outlandish and silly, it is the perfect stoner…

The Nightingale review – A Revenge Tale Masterpiece of Grief and Anguish

An unforgiving grief stricken revenge tale of mythic properties. Jennifer Kent’s second feature is a unforgettable triumph, confined to Academy ratio, we are launched into a world of staggering horror and atrocities of devilish qualities. A historic gothic that defines Kent as a director at the height of her masterful powers, an ongoing sense of…

It’s a Wonderful Life review – Heart-warming, Classical, and Century-Defining

Frank Capra's entrancing masterpiece, It's a Wonderful Life has been embraced generation after generation as a holiday classic. Not many films bring joy and tears to families and avid-film-watchers worldwide like this one does. Now being released in restored and remastered Blu-ray form, you can watch Capra's century defining masterpiece like never before. Restored using…

BAFTA Preview: Noah Baumbach, Robert Eggers, Céline Sciamma – BAFTA Screenwriters Lectures

2019 marks the tenth year of BAFTA's annual Screenwriters Lecture Series. Taking place at Curzon Cinemas over the next few months, the Mayfair and Soho locations will be home to the celebration of some of the best screenwriting voices working today. The Screenwriters Lecture Series is a event to focus and celebrate the creative talents…

Midway review – An Admirable Wartime Extravaganza

Roland Emmerich and his style of bombastic action continue in his latest. Midway is based on the Battle of Midway, a historic event that turned the tide of America's battle with Japan. The film takes influence from John Ford's documentary of the same name as the battle, "The Battle of Midway", to which his likeness…