The 2017 Oscars – Best Picture Nominations: Watched, Reviewed and Ranked

In my opinion, this is the best selection of films nominated for ‘Best Picture’ in quite a few years. That’s not to say that the previous years have been lacking, as there have been some outstanding films nominated. It’s just that this year is near enough a clean sweep in terms of the overall deservingness and quality, when all the films are considered.

But let’s stop waffling on about the quality of the overall list, and actually talk about each film individually – giving them the time and the praise they deserve. I’ll be ranking these films from my least favourite one to the one that I thought was the best. But if I’m being honest, only 1 of the films on this list is out-of-place when compared to the rest – anyway, on with the list. Read more

Review – Manchester by the Sea

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Manchester by the Sea, written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, captures brilliantly the true struggle of life, while also highlighting its more awkward, unintentionally funny side. This film took be on an incredible (get ready for a lot of hyperbolic words in this review) emotional journey; from laughter/giggles, to concerned empathy and all the way to the point where I was struggling to hold back tears. I was – more than once – overwhelmed by the completely human story that, Manchester by the Sea focused on, and my adoration for it is boundless, as you’ll see in this review. So let’s get to it, and explore all the achievements of this film. Read more